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.
FamilySearch Historical Records Collection has Vermont birth, death, and marriage records online.
The probate district for Duxbury is Washington.
Washington District Probate Court
10 Elm St. #3
Montpelier, VT 05602
Phone: (802) 828-3405
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.
- Crossett Hill Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
- Duxbury Corner Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
- Graves Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
- Holy Cross Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
- Landon-Hayden Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
- Phillips Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
- South Duxbury Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
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
Libraries and Historical Societies
- Duxbury History,Now and Then by Alice DeLong - http://central-vt.com/towns/history/HstDuxb.htm
- Town of Duxbury - http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vermont/WashingtonDuxbury.html