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The Daily Genealogist: Pownal Historical Society, Vermont

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Pownal Historical Society, Vermont 

The town of Pownal is located in Bennington County, Vermont. It comprises the villages of Pownal, North Pownal, and Pownal Center. The Pownal Historical Society has made a number of resources available on its website. Links to the resources are located in the contents list on the left side of the homepage.

Maps
Resources in this section include two eighteenth-century and a number of nineteenth-century maps — many with property owners identified. Topographical maps of the town are also available.

Cemeteries
Burial information is included for about twenty Pownal cemeteries, from family lots to larger cemeteries. In some cases, you will see gravestone photographs and in others you will find a list of individuals buried there.

Churches
This section contains resources related to Pownal’s churches, drawn from a variety of sources. A chapter on the development of the town’s churches, extracted from a local history, covers the early period. For the post-1840 period, brief church histories are available.

Military Resources
Here you will find databases containing the names of Pownal’s Green Mountain Boys, Revolutionary War soldiers, and Civil War soldiers.

Census
A transcription of the 1791 federal census for Pownal is available. The transcription has been annotated to include vital statistics and other information known about the head of household. This data was gathered from a number of sources and may include date of birth, place of birth, date of death, place of death and cemetery, age at death, and lot/division where lived.

City Directory
A list of the residents of Pownal was extracted from Child’s Bennington County Directory, 1880–81. The information is organized alphabetically by surname and then alphabetically by street address. A small map is included.

Early Families
The database included here is basically an alphabetical index to Pownal’s early town record books. The types of records indexed here are primarily land records, with some warnings out and surveys. Click on a letter tab at the bottom of the page to open a list of names for that letter. The data fields in the index are family name, husband’s first name, record (type), book number, page number, wife’s name, and notes.

Vital Statistics
Two vital records databases are included. The first is Marriages to 1850, taken from Books 1 and 2 of the Pownal Town Records. Elmer I. Shepard, who extracted these records in 1941, noted that many people from neighboring towns, particularly from Western Massachusetts, were married in Pownal, and for that reason he wanted to make the records more widely available. The records are arranged first by place of residence — Pownal, other Vermont towns, Massachusetts, New York, and other states — and then alphabetically by surname. The second vital records database is Deaths 1921–1980, compiled from the Pownal Town Reports for that period. The data fields include the name of the deceased, age, death date, and parents’ names.

The Pownal Historical Society website also includes a collection of photographs, a transcription of the town’s charter, and a list of town officials, as well as other resources.


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