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Brief History

Berlin was chartered June 8, 1763. The name refers to Berlin, Germany, and was the only German town name in this new English colony. The charter was issued by the Royal Governor of New Hampshire, Benning Wentworth, and stated that each "proprietor, settler or inhabitant" should pay one ear of Indian corn for each acre of land, and after ten years, one shilling for each 100 acres.


Jacob Fowler, a hunter, was the first settler who stayed and left descendants in town. Other early settlers were Moses Smith, Daniel Morse, John Lathrop, and Hezekiah Silloway. In 1789 thirteen families lived in Berlin, and eight more in 1790. The first child born in Berlin was Abigail Black (1789).

The first town meeting was held on March 31,1791. The first sawmill was built in the same year, the first school (on East Street) in 1794. The first Christian institution was founded in 1798, with James Hobart as its minister. A Congregational meeting house opened at Berlin center in 1803. After it burned down in 1838 the Congregational Church was built at Berlin Corner.

The first store and tavern opened ca. 1800 and closed in 1850. [1]  [2]

Historical Data

Town Histories

Look around Winooski, Vermont, David J Blow and James N Hunt (1972) - find this book in a library.

Vital Records

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

Probate Records

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

Military Records

City Directories

Winooski City Directory (1903-1960) are available on Ancestry.com ($)

Maps

1869 map of Winooski Falls

1869 map of Winooski Part Town

Cemeteries

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

  • Saint Francis Xavier Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.

Churches

Town Records

Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1857-2001, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Winooski City Clerk's Office. These include  Land records and deeds, 1774-1912; indexes, 1763-1922.

The City of Winooski
27 West Allen Streeet
Winooski, Vermont 05404
Phone: (802) 655-6410
Website: http://www.winooskivt.org/

Newspapers

Burlington Free Press

Libraries and Historical Societies

Winooski Memorial Library
32 Malletts Bay Ave
Winooski, VT 05404
Phone: (802) 655-6424
Website: http://winooskilibrary.wordpress.com/

Winooski Historical Society

References

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