Coventry, Vermont

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United States Gotoarrow.png Vermont Gotoarrow.png Orleans Gotoarrow.png Coventry

Brief History

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.

The population at the 2010 US Census was 1086. [1] [2]  [3]

Historical Data

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.

Town Histories

  • 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.

Vital Records

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

Military Records

Probate Records

Orleans Probate Division
247 Main Street
Newport, VT · 05855
Phone: (802) 334-3305

Church Records

Records of the Congregational Society of Coventry, Vermont 1874-1931, are available on microfilm at the Family History Library. Order film online.

City Directories

1883-1884 Coventry Business Directory


1878 map of Coventry and Coventry Falls Town


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.  

Town Records

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


The Newport Daily Express

Libraries and Historical Societies

Northeast Kingdom Genealogy - Genealogy resources for towns in the counties of Essex, Orleans and Caledonia.


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