Montpelier, Vermont

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Brief History

Montpelier was selected as the capital of Vermont in 1805 after considerable squabbling among many towns; there had been no permanent capital since becoming a state 14 years earlier.

After construction of the capitol building in what was then the village of Montpelier, village residents began to agitate for a separate identity. In 1848 the Legislature divided the original town in two: Montpelier and East Montpelier. The former got most of the people, the seat of state government and the choice river valley location; the latter got most of the land but little else. In 1895, the Town of Montpelier was further incorporated as a city. [1]   [2]  

Historical Data

Town Histories

  • Montpelier : the capital city's history, 1780-1976, Perry H. Merrill (1977) - find this book in a library.
  • The history of the town of Montpelier : including that of the town of East Montpelier, for the first one hundred and two years, A.M. Hemenway (1882) - a digital copy of this book is available online.
  • History of the town of Montpelier : from the time it was first chartered in 1781 to the year 1860 : together with biographical sketches of its most noted deceased citizens, D.P. Thompson (1860) - a digital copy of this book is available online.

Vital Records

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

Probate Records

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

Church Records

Christ Episcopal Church (Montpelier, Vermont) Parish registers, v. 2-4, 1866-1920 are available on microfilm at the Family History Library. Order film online.

City Directories

  • Montpelier (Vermont) city directories, 1904-1921, are available on microfilm at the Family History Library.
  • Montpelier (Vermont) city directories, 1890-1942, are available at Ancestry.com ($)

Maps

1873 map of North Montpelier

1873 map of South Montpelier

1873 map of Montpelier and West Montpelier

Cemeteries

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

Town Records

Vital Records, 1894 -1998, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).

Birth, death and marriage record indexes in the Montpelier City Clerk's office can be viewed through online.

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Montpelier City Clerk's Office. These include Births recorded in Montpelier beginning with settlement of the town, 1759-1902, Deaths recorded in Montpelier beginning with the settlement of the town, 1789-1902Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1759-1998, Marriage records index, 1791-1861Land records, 1788-1885 and Town records, 1759-1863.

Montpelier City Clerk
39 Main Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
Phone: (802) 223-9500
Wmail: jodum@montpelier-vt.org
Website: http://www.montpelier-vt.org/department/3/City-Clerk.html

Newspapers

Burlington Free Press

The Barre Montpelier Times-Argus

Libraries and Historical Societies

Kellogg Hubbard Library
135 Main St.
Montpelier, VT 05602
Phone: (802) 223-3338
Email: info@kellogghubbard.org
Website: http://www.kellogghubbard.org/

Montpelier Historical Society
P.O. Box 52
Montpelier, VT 05602
Email: info@montpelierhistory.org
Website: http://www.montpelierhistory.org/

References

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