Middletown Springs, Rutland County, Vermont Genealogy

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

On Oct. 28, 1784, the Legislature incorporated Middletown. The Assembly took land from four towns: Tinmouth, 3,510 acres; Wells, 6,118 acres; Poultney, 2,388 acres; and Ira, 1,825 acres to create the town..

The story regarding the town's name revolves around Joseph Spaulding, the original surveyor. Apparently, he was permitted to name the new town. Hailing from Middletown, CT, Spaulding believed this name fit the community, having been pieced together from acreage from the other four towns and placed right in the center.

It took another 100 years to add, "Springs" to the town name. Middletown had three large springs that bubbled up close to the Poultney River. The springs served as the primary reason why Middletown added, "Springs" to the town name. The post office first adopted the name and the Legislature made it official in 1884. [1][2]

Town Histories[edit | edit source]

The history of Middletown, Vermont, in three discourses: delivered before the citizens of that town, February 7 and 21, and March 30, 1867, Barnes Frisbie, Rutland, VT, Tuttle Co., 1867. Locate a library holding this book.

Middletown Springs Town History

Historical Photos

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch Historical Records Collection has Vermont birth, death, and marriage records online.

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

The probate district for Middletown Springs is Rutland.
Rutland Probate Court
83 Center Street
Rutland, VT 05701
Phone: (802) 775-0114

City Directories
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1854 Rutland County, Middletown Springs map

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Middletown Springs. For location of cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Rutland County, website at this link.

Churches[edit | edit source]

1. Middletown Springs Community Church
PO Box 1213
Middletown Springs, VT 05757
Phone: (802) 235-2386
E-mail: mscchurch@gmail.com

2. Saint Anne Catholic Church
Middletown Springs, VT 05757
Phone: (802) 235-2156

Town Records[edit | edit source]

Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005, can be found on FamilySerach (browse only images) at this link.

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Middletown Springs Town Clerks Office. These include records of Land records 1782-1916, indexes 1782-1973, Town records, 1801-1896, Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1868-1995; index to births and deaths, 1857-1905, and Records of births, marriages, and deaths, v. 2, 1770-1867.

Middletown Springs Town Clerk
10 Park Avenue
P.O. Box 1232
Middletown Springs, VT 05757
Phone: (802) 235-2220
E-mail: middletown@vermontel.net

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Rutland Herald online at this link.

Libraries and Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

Middletown Springs Library
39 West Street,
Middletown Springs, VT 05757
Phone: (802) 235-2435
E-mail: middletownsp@vals.state.vt.us
Website:Middletown Springs Library

Middletown Springs Historical Society
PO Box 1121
Middletown Springs, VT 05757
Website: Middletown Springs Historical Society

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Middletown Springs: They came for the waters, Don Wickman, Rutland Herald Newspaper, Jan.5, 2007.
  2. History Rutland County Vermont, Edited by H. P. Smith and W. S. Rann, Syracuse, NY, 1886

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