Halifax, Windham 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]

The Town of Halifax was chartered on May 11, 1750 by Benning Wentworth, the Governor of New Hampshire, and was settled very soon after the grant was issued. Settlements were commenced in the town during the year following the issue of its charter, in 1751, but those who undertook them were not able to prosecute their plans on account of the hostility of the Indians. [1][2]

Historical Data
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Town Histories
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Born in controversy : history of Halifax, Vermont, chartered 1750, by the Halifax Historical Society (2008) - find this book in a library.  Book is also available from the Halifax Historical Society.

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 Halifax is Marlboro.
Marlboro Probate Court
80 Flat St, Suite 104
Brattleboro, VT 05301
Phone: (802) 257-2898

City Directories
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1869 map of Halifax

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The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Halifax. For location of cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Windham County, website at this link.  Several of the cemeteries in Halifax have more than one name. For consistancey - each of the cemeteries will be listed under the name it has been given by the Vermont Old Cemetery Association (VOCA). If a cemetery is known by any other name it be noted.

  • Bascom Cemetery - south side of Collins Road on old trail - inscriptions at Find a Grave site.
  • Halifax Center Cemetery - on the north side of Jacksonville Stage Road - inscriptions at Find a Grave site.
  • Hall Cemetery - off Tony Hanson Road on private drive - inscriptions at Find a Grave site.
  • Hatch Road Cemetery, also known as Hatch Cemetery[3] - Hatch School Road - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Prouty Cemetery - on Thomas Hill Road, north side, across the road from the Thomas Hill Cemetery - inscriptions at Find a Grave site.
  • Stafford Cemetery - not located on a main road but in the woods off of a "legal town trail." Access is best from Jacksonville Stage Road turning onto Josh Road, a small, one lane, rutted, dirt road  - inscriptions at Find a Grave site.
  • Taylor-Stacy Cemetery, also known as Taylor Cemetery, and Stacy Cemetery.  - near the junction of Hatch School Road and Butterfield Road - inscriptions at Find a Grave site.
  • Thomas Hill Cemetery, also known as Stanclift Cemetery. - on Thomas Hill Road, south side, across the road from the Prouty Cemetery - inscriptions at Find a Grave site.
  • Thomas Hill-Bell-Phelps Cemetery, also known as Thomas Cemetery, and Phelps-Bell Cemetery.[4] - on Thomas Hill Road, near the intersection of Thomas Hill Road and Hale Road - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • West Halifax Cemetery - at the north end of West Halifax Village, at the end of a short dirt road, behind some homes - inscriptions at Find a Grave site.

BEWARE: If using Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954 found on Familly Search to determine the place of burial - this resource uses Bell to refer to both Bell Cemetery and Thomas Hill-Bell-Phelps Cemetery. Using the 1953 cemetery transcriptions done by Ruby Austin will help clarify the proper cemetery - although personal visits by those contrubuting to Find A Grave have provided further clarity if a personal visit was made to obtain a picture of the tombstone.

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Town Records
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Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1772-1865, can be found on FamilySerach (browse only images).

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Halifax Town Clerk's Office. These include  Birth, marriage, death certificates and transit permits (1883-2002) and index (1858-1906), Halifax, VermontLand records and deeds, 1772-1906; index to deeds, 1772-1937 : with town and vital records, 1772-1865Record of marriages in the town of Halifax, from 1857 to 1868, and Registers of marriages, births, and deaths, 1857-1896.

Halifax Town Office
246 Branch Road
PO Box 127
West Halifax, VT 05358
Phone: (802) 368-7390
Website: http://www.halifaxvermont.com/

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Brattleboro Reformer

Libraries and Historical Societies
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Halifax Historical Society

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Vitual VT - Town of Halifax http://www.virtualvermont.com/towns/halifax.html#about
  2. History of the Town of Halifax, VT, http://usgenwebsites.org/VTGenWeb/Windham-Co-VT.htm#HALIFAX
  3. Cemetery name comes from Halifax Historical Society, Historical Homes and Sites of Halifax, Vermont (map) (Brattleboro, Vt.: Windham Regional Commission, 2002).
  4. Cemetery name comes from Ruby Brufee Austin, Halifax, VT Church, Town and Misc. Records (1989).

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