Wilmington, Vermont

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United States Gotoarrow.png Vermont Gotoarrow.png Windham Gotoarrow.png Wilmington

Brief History

Wilmington was originally granted on April 29, 1751, and the town was named for Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington. The town was not settled within the required five-year period, and was re-granted to an entirely different group on June 17, 1764 and named Draper, in honor of either or both John and Richard Draper, the famous Boston printers.

People who settled there apparently didn't like the name, establishing a practice of using the original name very early on. Vermont place names being a rather casual matter in the early days, no official action was ever taken, and the present name is more a matter of custom and usage rather than law.  [1][2]

Historical Data

Town Histories

The Early History of Wilmington, 1751 -1870, by Rev. Volney Forbes - courtesy of the Wilmington VT Historical Society.

Vital Records

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

Probate Records

The probate district for Wilmington is Marlboro.
Marlboro Probate Court
Suite 104
80 Flat St
Brattleboro, VT 05301
Phone: (802) 257-2898

City Directories

Maps

1869 map of Wilmington

Cemeteries

The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Wilmington. For location of cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Windham County, website at this link.  

Churches

Town Records

Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1777-1989, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Wilmington Town Clerk's Office. These include Death certificates 1989-2002 (Wilmington, Vermont)Land records, 1755-1910; with general index, and Records of births, marriages, deaths, 1770-1989; indexes to births, marriages, deaths, 1755-1994.

Wilmington Town Clerk
2 E Main St.
Post Office Box 217
Wilmington, VT 05363
Phone:(802) 464-5836
Website: http://wilmingtonvermont.us/

Newspapers

Brattleboro Reformer

Bennington Banner Newspaper

Libraries and Historical Societies

Historical Society of Wilmington, VT
The Barber House
5 Lisle Hill
Wilmington, VT 05363
Website: http://www.wilmingtonhistoricalsociety.com/

Pettee Memorial Library
16 S Main St.
Wilmington, VT 05363
Phone: (802) 464-8557
Email: petteelibrary@yahoo.com
Website: http://petteelibrary.org/

References

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