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Berlin, Vermont, USA - Benjamin Falls

Berlin was chartered June 8, 1763. The name refers to Berlin, Germany, and was the only German town name in this new English colony. The grantees who received the 70 original rights to the township were priests, merchants and judges. The charter was issued by the Royal Governor of New Hampshire, Benning Wentworth, and stated that each "proprietor, settler or inhabitant" should pay one ear of Indian corn for each acre of land, and after ten years, one shilling for each 100 acres.

It took 22 years until the first settlers arrived in the area.

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Roadway on shore (Mirror Lake) Berlin Pond, Berlin, Vt.
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Berlin Pond (Mirror Lake), Berlin, Vt., near Montpelier.
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1791 - Population of Berlin, Vermont - 134

A gazetteer of Vermont... by John Hayward Boston - Tappan, Whittemore, and Mason 1849
1800 - Population of Berlin, Vermont - 684

A gazetteer of Vermont... by John Hayward Boston - Tappan, Whittemore, and Mason 1849
1810 - Population of Berlin, Vermont - 1,067

A gazetteer of Vermont... by John Hayward Boston - Tappan, Whittemore, and Mason 1849
1820 - Population of Berlin, Vermont - 1,455

A gazetteer of Vermont... by John Hayward Boston - Tappan, Whittemore, and Mason 1849
1830 - Population of Berlin, Vermont - 1,664

A gazetteer of Vermont... by John Hayward Boston - Tappan, Whittemore, and Mason 1849
1839 - Berlin
Berlin, Vermont
This is a pleasant town in Washington county, watered by Onion and Dog rivers, Stevens' branch, and a number of ponds, furnishing good mill sites, and excellent fishing. The land is somewhat broken but of strong soil and good for tillage. Considerable manufactures are produced in this town, and about 6,000 sheep. There is a mineral spring here of little note. First settled in 1786. Population, 1830, 1,664.—Berlin is bounded N. by Montpelier and E. by Barre.
The New England Gazetteer containing descriptions of all the states, counties and towns in New England: also descriptions of the principal mountains, rivers lakes, capes, bays, harbors, islands and fashionable resorts within that territory. Alphabetically arranged. By John Hayward, author of the Columbian Traveller, Religious Creeds, &c. &c. Boston: John Hayward. Boyd & White, Concord, N.H. 1839
1840 - Population of Berlin, Vermont - 1,598

A gazetteer of Vermont... by John Hayward Boston - Tappan, Whittemore, and Mason 1849
1849 Berlin
Washington Co. This is a pleasant town, watered by Winooski and Dog Rivers, Stevens' Branch, and a number of ponds, furnishing good mill sites, and excellent fishing. The land is somewhat broken, but of strong soil and good for tillage. Considerable manufactures are
produced in this town.

There is a mineral spring here of little note.

There is considerable intervale on Winooski and Dog River and Stevens'
Branch. The timber, west of Dog River, is a mixture of spruce, hemlock, maple, beach, birch, basswood, and ash ; east of that, principally bard wood, excepting in the vicinity of the pond and streams. On a ridge of land south of the centre, is some butternut, and east of the pond, considerable cedar and fir. Iron ore has recently been discovered a little east of Dog River, near which place terre de sena has been found of good quality. The town has been generally very healthy.

Boundaries. North by Montpelier, east by Barre, south by Northfield and a small part of... Read MORE...

1895 - Berlin
Berlin, a post-hamlet of Washington co, Vt. 3 or 4 miles S. of Montpelier. It is in Berlin township, which is drained by the Winooski River and intersected by the Central Vermont Railroad. The township has 4 churches, a tannery, and several mills. Pop. 1514.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1907 - FARMER IS TURNED INTO A HUMAN SHINGLE
George Salina Freezes Fast to Ridgepole of His Barn While Engaged in Job of Repairing - May Not Survive.

Berlin, Vt., Jan. 29. - Frozen so stiff that he was kept from falling by the rigidity of his own joints, George Salina, a farmer, was taken from the ridge pole of his barn, where for six hours last night he had been held a prisoner, so nearly dead from from exhaustion that there are doubts as to whether or not he will recover.

Salina started to repair the roof during the afternoon, but a stiff wind that was blowing hurled his ladder from the side of the structure and he could not get down. Though pleasant during the day, it was cold, but with darkness the mercury fell until it registered 20 degrees below zero.

Salina called for assistance, but no one heard him. For a couple of hours he kept this up, but then became so exhausted that his cries were scarcely audible. His absence created terror in his home, but though the members of his family searched all about the premises... Read MORE...

2023 - Here's a list of places to go and activities to enjoy in and around Berlin:
Vermont Historical Society Museum:

Dive into Vermont's rich history at the museum. It's a great place to learn about the state's past and cultural heritage.

Rock of Ages Granite Quarry:

Take a tour of one of the world's largest granite quarries. The Rock of Ages Quarry is not only impressive in size but also in geological significance.

North Branch Vineyards:

If you're a wine enthusiast, visit North Branch Vineyards for a tasting. It's a lovely spot with a picturesque setting.

Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks:

Experience the sweetness of Vermont by visiting a maple sugar farm. Morse Farm offers tours, tastings, and a chance to see how maple syrup is made.

Thunder Road International Speedbowl:

If you're a fan of racing, catch an event at Thunder Road. It's a high-energy experience with plenty of excitement.

Montpelier, the Capital City:

Just a short drive away, Montpelier offers a charming downtown with unique shops, cafes, and the Vermont State... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Berlin, Vermont, USA

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male ancestorSamuel GOODRICH (23 April 1720, Wethersfield, Connecticut, USA - 31 May 1789, Berlin, Vermont, USA)
male ancestorBenoni SHURTLEFF (7 April 1730, Plympton, Massachusetts, USA - 1803, Berlin, Vermont, USA)
female ancestorSubmit PIKE (31 March 1735, Hopkinton, Massachusetts, USA - 1803, Berlin, Vermont, USA)
male ancestorEbenezer BEAN (1759, Epping, New Hampshire, USA - 26 February 1830, Berlin, Vermont, USA)
female ancestorLydia WENTWORTH (19 September 1760, Berwick, Maine, USA - 31 May 1830, Berlin, Vermont, USA)
female ancestorSarah WEBSTER (1799, Berlin, Vermont, USA - 29 February 1876, Barre, Vermont, USA (Graniteville) (South Barre))
male ancestorCharles Levi HARRINGTON (6 August 1850, Berlin, Vermont, USA - 18 October 1918, Ashby, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorClarence Nelson STEWART (19 March 1867, Berlin, Vermont, USA - 25 August 1955, Berlin Corrners, Vermont, USA)
female ancestorJeannette May SCOTT (18 February 1872, Berlin, Vermont, USA - 29 September 1952, Montpelier, Vermont, USA)

Ancestors Who Were Married in Berlin, Vermont, USA

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male ancestorEugene Felix NAYLOR (NAILOR) (July 1869 - ) and female ancestorEmogene Miola HARRINGTON (29 November 1881 - 1921) married 29 November 1898

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