Monkton, Addison County, Vermont Genealogy

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

Monkton was chartered on June 24, 1762 and was organized as a town in 1786. Settlement of the town was sporadic before the Revolutionary War, and many of the early settlers left their homes during the course of the war, seeking safety elsewhere. The overall settlement of the town began after the war.

Most present-day maps show the town's main village as Monkton Boro, although the postal name is just Monkton. At different times the hamlet has been known as The Borough, sometimes spelled Boro, or Burrough.

Overlooking a small body of water in the northern section of town is the village of Monkton Ridge; the body of water there was called simply Monkton Pond from the time the town was settled until a few years ago, when it was renamed Cedar Lake because of the fine stand of cedar that casts its reflection on the surface of the water. [1] [2]

Historical Data[edit | edit source]

Town Histories[edit | edit source]

Go to to find published materials for this town.

  • History of Monkton, Vermont, 1734-1961, by Leon V. Bushey, Jessie Thomas, and Howard French - view digital copy of this book online.
  • Around the mountains : historical essays about Charlotte, Ferrisburgh, and Monkton, by William Wallace Higbee; Kathleen McKinley Harris; Mary G Lighthall (1991) - find this book in a library.
  • Monkton History from the “Gazetteer and Business Directory of Addison County, VT, for 1881-82”, compiled and published by Hamilton Child - view a digital copy of this book online.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

The town of Monkton kept annual town reports. These reports often contained birth, marriage, and death information. Below is a list of years when Monkton kept town reports. (NOTE: Occasionally, these town reports missed vital statistic information from the end of the year. If you don't find your ancestor's vital information, check the following year's town report to see if your ancestor's information was recorded later.)

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

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

The probate district for Monkton is Addison.
Addison Probate Court
7 Mahady Court
Middlebury, VT 05753
Phone: (802) 388-2612

City Directories[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

1871 map of Monkton Township

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

  • Boro Cemetery (also known as Monktonboro Cemetery) - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • East Monkton Cemetery (also known a Morgan Cemetery) - inscriptions found at Find a Grave site.
  • Monkton Ridge Cemetery (also known as Ridge Cemetery) - inscriptions found at Find a Grave site.

Churches[edit | edit source]

Monthly meeting records, 1801-1846, Society of Friends. Monkton Vermont are on microfilm at the Family History Library.

Town Records[edit | edit source]

Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1857-1998, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).

Vermont, Addison County, Monkton, land records, 1850-1904 can be found on FamilySearch (browse only).

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Monkton Town Clerk's Office. These include Land records, 1762-1850; index to deeds, 1786-1950, and Town records, 1788-1905.

Monkton Town Clerk
280 Monkton Rd.
P.O. Box 12
Monkton, VT 05473
Phone:(802) 453-3800

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Addison County Independent ($)

Burlington Free Press

Rutland Herald

Libraries and Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

Monkton Museum and Historical Society
280 Monkton Ridge
North Ferrisburgh, VT 05473

Russell Memorial Library
4333 States Prison Hollow Rd.
Monkton, VT 05469
Phone: (802) 453-4471

References[edit | edit source]

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