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Killington, Rutland County, Vermont Genealogy

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

New Hampshire Gov. Benning Wentworth granted the charter of Killington on July 7, 1761, for an area of 24,640 acres. The first attempt at settlement failed in 1774, but pioneers persevered and Isaiah Washington is credited with being the first settler in the southeast corner of the town in the rich soils of the Ottauquechee River valley.

Town residents voted to change the town name in 1800 to Sherburne. Killington became part of the past as townspeople recognized one of the original proprietors, Col. Benjamin Sherburne.

Sherburne reverted to its historical beginnings in 1999. That year the town voted to change the town name back to Killington. The Vermont Legislature approved the alteration. However, every time one drives over Sherburne Pass, it is evidence that Col. Sherburne's legacy still survives in town. If that is not enough proof, just visit the Sherburne Elementary School, Sherburne Library or the Sherburne Fire Department.[1][2]

Historical Data[edit | edit source]

Town Histories[edit | edit source]

History of Killington Ski Area - Killington, Vermont

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

The probate district for Killington (Sherburne) is Rutland.
Rutland Probate Court
83 Center Street
Rutland, VT 05701
Phone: (802) 775-0114

City Directories
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Maps[edit | edit source]

1854 Rutland County, Killington (Sherburne) map

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Killington (Sherburne). For location of cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Rutland County, website at this link.

  • Anthony Family Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Church of Our Saviour Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Hillside-West Bridgewater Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Riverside Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Wood-Clement Episcopal Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.

Churches[edit | edit source]

1. Church of Our Saviour
    Mission Farm Rd.
    Killington, VT 05751‎
    Phone: (802) 422-9064

2. Sherburne United Church of Christ
    4173 Rte. 4
    Killington VT 05751
    Phone: (802) 422-9440

Town Records[edit | edit source]

Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005, can be found on FamilySerach (browse only images) at this link.

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Killington (Sherburne)  Town Clerks Office. These include records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1903-1995; index to births, marriages, deaths, 1883-1995[1].

Killington Town Clerk
2706 River Road
P.O. Box 429
Killington, VT 05757‎
Phone: (802) 422-3243
Killington Town Clerk Website

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Rutland Herald online at this link.

Libraries and Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

Sherburne Memorial Library
2998 River Rd
Killington, VT 05751
Phone: (802) 422 9765

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Killington: A place where the mountains are king, Don Wickman, Rutland Herald Newspaper, Dec. 8, 2006.
  2. History Rutland County Vermont, Edited by H. P. Smith and W. S. Rann, Syracuse, NY, 1886

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