Duxbury, Vermont

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Brief History

Duxbury was chartered on June 7, 1763. It wasn't until 1786, twenty-three years after the charter was granted, that Walter Avery and Stephen Tilden settled in Duxbury. By 1790, when the first U.S. Census was taken, Duxbury had 39 inhabitants.

The years 1850-1860 marked a high point for the town of Duxbury; the 1860 population of one thousand residents would not be reached again until the 1990's. There was a variety of reasons for the decline of towns like Duxbury. Most important, perhaps, was the Homestead Act of 1862, which granted 160 fertile acres in the Midwest to anyone who would homestead for a certain number of years.

From its beginnings, Duxbury was divided by its topography into small communities which include Duxbury Corner, North Duxbury, Durkeeville, Scrabble Hill, and South Duxbury. [1]  [2]

Historical Data

Town Histories

Vital Records

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

Probate Records

The probate district for Duxbury is Washington.
Washington District Probate Court
10 Elm St. #3
Montpelier, VT 05602
Phone: (802) 828-3405

Church Records

Congregational Church (Duxbury, Vermont) Records, 1835-1900, are available on microfilm at the Family History Library. Order film online.

City Directories

Maps

1873 map of Duxbury

Cemeteries

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

Town Records

Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1903-1988, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Duxbury Town Clerk's Office. These include  Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1883-1997; indexes to births, marriages, deaths, 1775-1997, Index to records of birth, death and marriage, 1788-1909 approx., Records of marriage, birth and death, 1840-1882 approx., and  Land records, 1770-1876.

Duxbury Town Clerk
5421 Vermont 100
Duxbury, VT 05676
Phone: (802) 244-6660
Website: http://www.duxburyvermont.org/

Newspapers

Burlington Free Press

Libraries and Historical Societies

Duxbury, VT Historical Society

References

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