Middlesex, Washington 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]

Middlesex was chartered on June 8, 1763. Middlesex took its boundaries from Waterbury, which had been granted the day before. Worcester, which was granted on the same day as Middlesex, took its boundaries from Middlesex. For that reason it has always been assumed this town was named for its location between the other two.

The town's history relates that in the late 1800's Middlesex still had a large bear population, as attested to by the story of a farmer and his wife who went out to find what had killed one of their sheep. The farmer spotted a bear and killed it; then his wife called out that she could see another. The farmer killed that bear, too, and they started back home, only to find the one they had been looking for, a third bear eating a sheep. If that was a sample of the bear population in Middlesex it is easy to see why one section of town was for years known as Beartown. It is claimed that another section was such a miserable place to live that it was called merely Skunks Misery.  [1]   [2]  

Historical Data
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Town Histories[edit | edit source]

  • Middlesex in the making: history and memories of a small Vermont town, Sarah Seidman; Patricia Wiley; Middlesex Historical Society (2006) - find this book in a library.
  • History of the town of Waitsfield : incl. an engraving of Bethany Church at Montpelier, and papers from Marshfield and Middlesex, Perrin B. Fisk (1882) - a digital copy of this book is available online.

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 Middlesex is Washington.
Washington District Probate Court
10 Elm St. #3
Montpelier, VT 05602
Phone: (802) 828-3405

Church Records
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City Directories
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1873 map of Middlesex

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

Card file of cemetery lots, 1785-1870, is available on microfilm from the Family History Library.

Town Records
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Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1790 -1858, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Middlesex Clerk's Office. These include Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1857-1997, Deeds, 1788-1884 and  Town records, 1825-1832, 1847-1914.

Middlesex Town Clerk
5 Church Street
Middlesex, VT 05602
Phone: 802-223-5915
E-mail middlesxtwnclrk@comcast.net
Website: http://middlesexvermont.org/

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Burlington Free Press

Libraries and Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

Middlesex Historical Society
5 Church Street
Middlesex, VT 05602
Email: pwiley3@gmail.com
Phone: (802) 272-8074
Website: http://middlesexvermont.org/middlesex-historical-society/

References[edit | edit source]

Adjacent towns: