Derby, Vermont

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Brief History

The town of Derby was granted on October 29, 1779 by the Vermont Legislature.  It was not until 1788 that Derby was actually chartered.  The document was back-dated to when the grant was made by the Legislature.  The town of Derby includes four unincorporated villages: Beebe Plain, Clyde Pond, Lake Salem and North Derby; and two incorporated villages: Derby Center and Derby Line. The Town of Derby encompasses the largest area in Orleans County.

Just south of Derby, Gatesborough had been granted but the fees were never paid, so the town was sold and chartered as Salem. The Legislature eventually agreed with the town of Derby's complaint that some 6,000 acres of Salem overlapped Derby, in addition to which part of Salem was under the waters of Lake Memphremagog. Salem's proprietors were refunded a portion of the purchase price, but the town never developed into a viable entity. Part of it was annexed to Newport in 1816 (now part of Newport city); the remainder went to Derby in 1880, resulting in Derby's unusual size and shape.

The population at the 2010 US Census was 4,621. [1]  [2]  [3]

Historical Data

  • Inventory of the town, village and city archives of Vermont, no. 10, Orleans County, town of Derby, villages of Derby, Derby Line - view this document online.
  • Inventory of the town, village and city archives of Vermont, town of Salem, 1781-1880 : supplement to no. 10, Orleans County, vol. VII, town of Derby - view this document online.

Town Histories

  • Derby : from Hemenway's Historical gazetteer of Vermont - view a digital copy of this book online.
  • History of Derby, by Cecile B Hay and Mildred B Hay (1998) - 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

City Directories

Derby Town directories for 1884.

West Derby Town directories: 1896-1897 and 1916.


1878 map of Derby


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

Town Records

Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1857-1995, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Derby Town Clerk's Office. These include Vital records of Derby, Vermont, 1827-April 2001; indexes, 1794-April 2001, Index to vital records, 1790-1905, Land records, 1790-1921; with general index, and Deeds, 1820-1852.

Derby Town Clerk
124 Main St.
Derby, VT 05829
Phone: (802) 766-4906


The Newport Daily Express

Libraries and Historical Societies

Dailey Memorial Library
101 Jr High Dr.
Derby, VT 05829
Phone: (802) 766-5063

Derby Historical Society
PO Box 357
Derby, VT 05829
Phone: (802) 766-5324
Derby Historical Society Website

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


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