Williamstown, Orange County, Vermont Genealogy

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Historically, the largest religious groups in Vermont were the Congregational, Baptist, Roman Catholic, and Methodist churches. For general information about Vermont denominations, view the New Hampshire Church Records wiki page.

To see the churches in TOWN, visit.

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. The following are church records available online for the town of TOWN:

City Directories[edit | edit source]

Land Records[edit | edit source]

The following are online land records for the town of TOWN:

Libraries and Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

The following are online maps of the town of TOWN:

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

In Vermont, most probate records are kept at the town level. The following are online probate records for the town of TOWN:

Town Histories[edit | edit source]

Town Records[edit | edit source]

In Vermont, most records are kept at the town level and generally began being kept at the founding of the town. These records may include the following:

  • Births
  • Marriages
  • Deaths
  • Burials
  • Cemetery records
  • Appointments
  • Earmarks
  • Estrays (stray animals)
  • Freemens' oaths (men eligible to vote)
  • Land records
  • Mortgages
  • Name changes
  • Care of the poor
  • School records
  • Surveys
  • Tax lists
  • Town meeting minutes
  • Voter registrations
  • Warning outs (of town)

The following are TOWN town records available online:

Town Clerk[edit | edit source]

The town clerk is responsible for these records, and so most originals can be found at the town clerk's office.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Births[edit | edit source]

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Deaths[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Brief History[edit | edit source]

Williamstowm was granted its charter on August 9, 1781 by the Vermont State Legislature.  Among the early landowners was Elijah Paine who served as Williamstown's first moderator and Representative to the General Assembly, eventually becoming a Vermont Supreme Court Justice, a U.S. Senator from Vermont and a Judge of the U.S. District Court.

The inventor Thomas Davenport, born in Williamstown in 1802, trained as a blacksmith's apprentice before moving to Brandon. He there developed the world's first electric motor which he patented in 1837.   [1] [2]

Historical Data
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A history of Williamstown, Vermont, 1781-1991, Williamstown Historical Society - find this book in a library.

Williamstown my own : the history of Williamstown, Vermont, 1781-2012, Williamstown Historical Society - find this book in a library.

Town Histories
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Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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

Probate Records
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The probate district for Williamstown is Orange.
Orange Probate Court
5 Court St
Chelsea VT 05038
Phone: (802) 685-4610

City Directories
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Maps
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1877 map of Williamstown

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of major cemeteries in present-day Williamstown. For location of all cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Orange County, website at this link.  

Churches
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Town Records.
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Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1770-1967, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Williamstown Town Clerk's Office. These include Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1770-1997, and Land records, 1782-1880, 1783-1857.

Town Clerk
PO Box 646
2470 VT RT 14
Williamstown, VT 05679
Phone: (802) 433-5455
Email: clerk@williamstownvt.org
Website: http://www.williamstownvt.org/

Newspapers
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The Herald of Randolph

Valley News

Libraries and Historical Societies
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Ainsworth Public Library
P.O. Box 236
Williamstown, VT 05679
Phone: (802) 433-5887
Email: library@williamstownvt.org
Website: http://ainsworthpubliclibrary.wordpress.com/

The Williamstown Historical Society
Main Street
P.O. Box 338 - Route 14
Williamstown, Vermont 05679
Wbsite: http://www.williamstownvt.org/histsoc.html

References[edit | edit source]

  1. A Brief History of Williamstown, VT - http://www.williamstownvt.org/history.html
  2. History of Williamstown, VT http://sites.rootsweb.com/~vermont/OrangeWilliamstown.html

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