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Brief History

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

Town Histories

  • 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

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

Probate Records

The probate district for Middlesex 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 Middlesex

Cemeteries

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. Order film online.

Town Records

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/

Newspapers

Burlington Free Press

Libraries and Historical Societies

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

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