Fayston, Washington County, Vermont Genealogy

Brief History

Cemeteries

Church Records

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

Land Records

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

Libraries and Historical Societies

Maps

The following are online maps of the town of TOWN:

Newspapers

Probate Records

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

Town Histories

Town Records

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

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

Vital Records

Births

Marriages

Deaths

References

Brief History

Fayston was chartered on February 27, 1782 by the Vermont State Legislature. The town was organized in 1805, and by 1860, about one-third of Fayston's "heads of household" were people born in Ireland.

Until the rise in popularity of downhill skiing (two major ski areas in Fayston; Mad River Glen and Mt. Ellen), the mountainous western half was valueless except for timber. There is no indication as to why such an insignificant (at the time) parcel was named for the Fays, a family which figured so prominently in the founding of the state, nor is there any indication as to what the family thought of having a town named for them. While they were among the grantees of several Vermont towns, they are not among those of Fayston. [1]  [2] [3]  

Historical Data

Town Histories

The history of the towns of Plainfield, Roxbury and Fayston, Abby Maria Hemenway (1882) - view a digital copy of this book online.

Vital Records

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

Probate Records

The probate district for Fayston is Washington.
Washington District Probate Court
10 Elm St. #3
Montpelier, VT 05602
Phone: (802) 828-3405

Church Records

City Directories

Maps

1873 map of Fayston

Cemeteries

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

  • Center Fayston Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • North Fayston Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • South Fayston Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.

Town Records

Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1800-1941, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Fayston Town Clerk's Office. These include Deeds, 1782-1853; index to deeds, 1805-1887.

Fayston Town Offices
866 N Fayston Rd.
Fayston , VT 05660
Phone: (802) 496-2454
Website: http://www.faystonvt.com/

Newspapers

Burlington Free Press

Libraries and Historical Societies

Fayston Historical Society

References

Adjacent towns: