Organized 1763 
Local History and Genealogy



MARLBORO lies in the central part of Windham County in the southeast corner of the state of Vermont. It was chartered April 29th, 1751, but the charter was forfeited. The proprietors, however, succeeded in getting the charter renewed September 21st, 1761. The charter was given to Timothy Dwight and others. The settlement was commenced in the spring of 1763 by Abel Stockwell and Thomas Whitmore. Whitmore brought his provisions from Deerfield, Mass., on his back, a distance of from 20 to 30 miles. The first town meeting on record was held May 8th, 1775, and William Mather was first town clerk. The first meeting-house was built in 1779.

Source: Atlas of Windham Co., Vermont, From actual Surveys by and under the direction of F.W. Beers, assisted by Geo. P. Sanford & others. Published by The Book Cellar, Brattleboro, Vermont, Centennial Edition 1869-1969.

o        The History of the Town of Marlborough, Windham County, Vermont by Reverend Ephraim H. Newton, 1930.

Marlborough, Vermont was settled in the spring of 1763, by Abel Stockwell from West Springfield, Massachusetts and Francis Whitmore who came with his family from Middletown, Connecticut. The third family to settle in this town is said to have been the lawyer, Charles Phelps, Esq. from Hadley, Massachusetts. Other early settlers were William Clark from Hadley, Mass., Col. Phineas Freeman, Col. Zadock Granger, Capt. Abel Dimmick and Amariah Park.

In the year 1769, William Williams removed from Northboro, Mass to Marlborough. He is distinguished as being promoted to Major and then to Colonel and became the head of his regiment in the Battle of Bennington, Aug 16, 1777. The Whitney family of Shrewsbury, Mass. Settled in 1770.

At one time, Marlborough held in it's village, one of the two courts of Windham County. Court was held alternately at Marlborough and at Westminster. This was after February 11, 1779, when Cumberland County was changed to Windham County. Court was held in this manner for many years until it was moved to Newfane. In Marlborough, one of the frist county jails was built. The first meeting house for religious purposes was built by the Congrgational Church and Society.

Vital Records

o        Marlboro Town Clerk, Nora Wilson
P.O. Box E
Marlboro, Vermont 05344
Hours M W TH 9-2 - by appointment

o        Marriages copied from "The History of the Town of Marlborough, Windham County, Vermont" ~ Contributed by the Vermont Historical Society and David C. Young USGenWeb Archives Digital Library



Census Records

o        Windham County Census Sources


o        Michael Roman's Ahnentafel on some Windham County Families, including surnames of
Ball, Bruce, Charter, Joslin, Morel, Phillips, Stearns,Whitney.
This Ahnentafel represents the ancestors of Hattie E. J. Bruce of Newfane and Brattleboro, VT. Her ancestors were, for the most part, early New England settlers, their roots extending back to England.




Thomas Adams

Justus Aingus

Zarager Bartlett

Sylvester Bishop

Elijah Bruce

John Church

James Cutler

Boomer Jenks

Phineas Mather

Timothy Mather

John Philips

Amos Prouty

Timothy Tomlin

Jonathan Warren

William Williams

Jonas Whitney

Nathaniel Whitney


Source: Soldiers of the Revolutionary War Buried in Vermont
by Walter H. Crockett, Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, 1991, 1996


o        Marlboro in the Civil War


Historical Societies


o        Marlboro College
Howard & Amy Rice
Marlboro, Vermont 05344
Phone: 802-258-9221
Fax: 802-257-4154

Open 24 hours (Staffed M-F, 8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.)
Vacation hours M-F, 9-4
Librarian - Molly Brennan


Mailing Lists

Local Websites

o        Marlboro is home to Marlboro College

o        The Vermont Garlic Co.

o        Colonel Williams Inn

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