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Brief History

Sheldon was chartered on August 18,1763.  Sheldon was originally named Hungerford for the chief grantee, Samuel Hungerford, a Connecticut resident. Sometime after the town was granted, a man named Field bought Hungerford's interest, and also acquired some of the other grantees' shares in the town. He in turn sold to Colonel Elisha Sheldon of Salisbury, Connecticut, a veteran of one of the Connecticut line regiments during the Revolutionary War.

A railroad stop named Olmstead Falls became known for the recuperative powers of "the waters" of what were known as the Missisquoi Springs in that part of town. In 1884, Olmstead Falls became Sheldon Springs in a move probably designed to draw attention to the town as a resort area. After the largest hotel in town was destroyed by fire (set by a disgruntled employee) the village declined as a tourist spot, but the name remains.  [1] [2]   

Historical Data

Town Histories

The history of St. Albans, Vt : civil, religious, biographical and statistical, by L.L. Dutcher with valuable contributions from James Davis ... [et al.]. And The history of Sheldon, Vt. / by H.R. Whitney, George B. Tolman and A.H. Bailey (1872) - view a digital copy of this book online.

Vital Records

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

Military Records

Land Records

Sheldon, Vermont, Land Records, 1852-1900, are available at FamilySearch (browse only images).

Probate Records

Franklin Probate Division
17 Church St.
St. Albans, VT 05478
Phone: (802) 524-7948

Franklin County, Vermont Probate Records, 1860-1910, are available at FamilySearch (browse only images).

Church Records

City Directories

Maps

1871 map of Sheldon Town and Sheldon, Sheldon East, Junction Town

Cemeteries

The following is a list of major cemeteries in present-day Sheldon Town. For location of all cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Franklin County, website at this link.  

  • East Sheldon Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Grace Episcopal Church Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Missisquoi Valley Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • North Sheldon Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Rice Hill Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Saint Anthonys Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Sheldon Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Sheldon Poor Farm Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Webster Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.

Town Records

Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1799-2000, are available at FamilySearch (browse only images).

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Sheldon Town Clerk's Office. These include: Town and vital records of Sheldon, Vermont, 1798-Sept. 2000, and Deeds, 1794-1852.

Sheldon Town Clerk
1640 Main Street
P.O. Box 66
Sheldon, VT 05483
Phone: (802) 933-2524
Email: tc@sheldonvt.com

Newspapers

St. Albans Messenger

Vermont Online Historical Newspapers

Libraries and Historical Societies

Sheldon Public Library
1640 Main Street
Sheldon, Vermont 05483
Phone: (802) 933-2524

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