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Brief History

Westminster is one of Vermont’s oldest and most historic towns, Westminster was the first township granted in Vermont, named Township No.1 in 1736.  On Nov. 9, 1752, the Province of New Hampshire incorporated it as Westminster.

The Town of Westminster has been first in many events, including:
- First State Bank established in 1807.
- First Printing Office established in Vermont by Spooner & Green in 1778.
- First newspaper in Vermont, “The Vermont Gazette” or “Green Mt. Postboy.”  [1][2]

Historical Data

Town Histories

History of Westminster, 1791-1981, by M. Elizabeth Minard Simonds (1983) - 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 Westminster is Westminster.
Westminster Probate Court
PO Box 47
Bellows Falls, VT 05101
Phone: (802) 463-3019

City Directories

Maps

1869 map of Westminster

Cemeteries

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

  • Gilson Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Old Westminster Cemetery (aka Old East Parish Cemetery, Westminster Cemetery Old) - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Sacred Heart Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Saint Charles Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • West Parish, NW Bemis Hill Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Westminster New Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Westminster West Cemetery (aka West Parish Cemetery) - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.

Headstones and epitaphs in Westminster, Vermont, compiled by Bertha Miller Collins, edited by Alice Caggiano - available from the Westminster Historical Society.

"Old Cemeteries of Westminster, Windham Co., Vermont," compiled by Rachel V. Duffalo - available from the Westminster Historical Society.

Churches

Town Records

Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1763-1997, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Westminster Town Clerk's Office. These include Land records, 1736-1909; index to land records, 1736-1911Town records, 1752-1876, and Births 1857-1930, marriages 1857-1950, deaths 1857-2001, and indexes 1857-1903.

Westminster Town Clerk
3651 U.S. Route 5
PO Box 147
Westminster, VT 05158
Phone: (802) 722-4091
Website: http://www.westminstervt.org/

Newspapers

Brattleboro Reformer

Libraries and Historical Societies

Westminster Historical Society
P.O. Box 2
3651 U.S. Route 5
Westminster, Vermont, 05158
Website: http://www.westminstervthistory.org/

Butterfield Library
3435 U.S. 5,
Westminster, VT 05158
Phone: (802) 722-4891

References

  1. Brief History of Westminster, VT - Westminster Historical Society - http://www.westminstervthistory.org/
  2. History of the Town of Westminster, VT http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vermont/WindhamWestminster.html

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