The town of Coventry was chartered on November 4, 1780 by the Vermont Legislature and remained uninhabited, and virtually inaccessible, until 1800. In March of 1800, Samuel Cobb and his son Tisdale, along with their families, became Coventry’s first settlers. It was throughout the year of 1803 that Coventry organized as a town. The first school was organized, with classes being taught in Samuel Cobb’s corn barn. Small business also began to operate in 1803.
Inventory of the town, village and city archives of Vermont, no. 10, Orleans County, vol. V, Town of Coventry, Coventry Fire District no. 1 - view this document online.
- A history of Coventry, Orleans County, Vermont, by Pliny H. White (1859) - view a digital copy of this book online.
- Bits and pieces of Coventry's history, by the Coventry Bicentennial Committee (1977) - find this book in a library.
FamilySearch Historical Records Collection has Vermont birth, death, and marriage records online.
Orleans Probate Division
247 Main Street
Newport, VT · 05855
Phone: (802) 334-3305
The following is a list of major cemeteries in present-day Coventry. For location of all cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Orleans County, website at this link.
- Coventry Center Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
- Coventry Village Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
- Day Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1928 -2001, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).
The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Coventry Town Clerk's Office. These include Vital records of Coventry, Vermont, 1872-Jan. 2001.
Coventry Town Clerk
168 Main St.
Coventry, VT 05825
Phone: (802) 754-2288
Libraries and Historical Societies
Northeast Kingdom Genealogy - Genealogy resources for towns in the counties of Essex, Orleans and Caledonia.
- Town of Coventry Municipal Plan, June 2003 - http://www.nvda.net/pdf/Towns/Coventry/TP.ZB.Maps/CoventryTP6.10.03.pdf
- About Coventry, Vermont - http://www.virtualvermont.com/towns/coventry.html#about
- Coventry, Vermont - http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vermont/OrleansCoventry.html