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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Vermont|Vermont]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Chittenden County, Vermont|Chittenden ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Westford''' ''  
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Vermont|Vermont]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Chittenden County, Vermont|Chittenden ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Williston''' ''  
  
 
=== Brief History<span style="line-height: 1.5em;" /><br>  ===
 
=== Brief History<span style="line-height: 1.5em;" /><br>  ===
  
Westford was granted as a town on June 8, 1763. The town, as granted, covered 36 square miles (23,040 acres). The first settlers did not arrive until the 1780s. By 1791, the town's population was only 63.  
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Williston was granted as a town on June 7, 1763. Williston was one of ten towns granted on the same day to many of the same people, named for Samuel Willis, a wealthy Quaker from Long Island and the first grantee named. Thomas Chittenden, Vermont's first governor and for whom the county is named, is credited with being the first to settle in Williston.
  
The Browns River afforded good mill privileges to the early nineteenth century residents. Westford has always been an agricultural town. In an 1881 gazetteer listing of some 311 households, only 64 did not list farming as an occupation. Today only 6 active dairy farms remain in the Town. <ref>Welcome To Our Hometown, Westford, VT http://www.pwsolutions.com/westford/</ref> &nbsp; <ref>Town of Westford, Vermont, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vermont/ChittendenWestford.html</ref>  
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With the coming of the Central Vermont Railroad, the smaller village of North Williston became a focal point, in 1876 the site of the first cold storage plant in New England. Tons of meat, poultry, butter and eggs could be stored here before being shipped to the New York and Boston markets. <ref>About Williston, VT http://www.virtualvermont.com/towns/williston.html#about</ref> &nbsp; <ref>Town of Westford, Vermont, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vermont/ChittendenWestford.html</ref>  
  
 
=== Historical Data<br>  ===
 
=== Historical Data<br>  ===
  
 
=== Town Histories <br>  ===
 
=== Town Histories <br>  ===
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*A History of the town of Williston : with special reference to Governor Thomas Chittenden, who was the most distinguished citizen of the town as well as of the state, 1763-1913 - [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/48586?availability=Family%20History%20Library view a digital copy of this book online].<br>
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*Our town, Williston, Vermont, Richard H Allen (1987) - [https://www.worldcat.org/title/our-town-williston-vermont/oclc/19841291&referer=brief_results find this book in a library].<br>
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*The Williston story, F. Kennon Moody and Floyd D. Putnam (1961) - [https://www.worldcat.org/title/williston-story/oclc/6809773&referer=brief_results find this book in a library].<br>
  
 
=== Vital Records  ===
 
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=== Probate Records<br>  ===
 
=== Probate Records<br>  ===
  
The probate district for Westford is Chittenden.<br>Chittenden District Probate Court<br>175 Main St.<br>PO Box 511<br>Burlington VT 05402<br>Phone: (802) 651-1518<br>  
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The probate district for Williston is Chittenden.<br>Chittenden District Probate Court<br>175 Main St.<br>PO Box 511<br>Burlington VT 05402<br>Phone: (802) 651-1518<br>  
  
 
=== Military Records<br>  ===
 
=== Military Records<br>  ===
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=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
  
The following is a list of major cemeteries in present-day Westford. For location of all cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Chittenden County, website at this [http://www.nekg-vt.com/Cemeteries-of-VT/chittenden.htm#top link]. &nbsp;  
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The following is a list of major cemeteries in present-day Williston. For location of all cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Chittenden County, website at this [http://www.nekg-vt.com/Cemeteries-of-VT/chittenden.htm#top link]. &nbsp;  
  
 
*Brookside Cemetery - inscriptions at [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GScid=2183579 Find A Grave] site.<br>  
 
*Brookside Cemetery - inscriptions at [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GScid=2183579 Find A Grave] site.<br>  
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=== Town Records<br>  ===
 
=== Town Records<br>  ===
  
The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Westford Town Clerk's Office. These include [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1187219?availability=Family%20History%20Library Vital records of Westford, Vermont, 1857-Feb. 2000; indexes, 1787-1999], and [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/90585?availability=Family%20History%20Library Deeds, 1793-1850; index to deeds, 1793-1950].<br>  
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Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1764-1998, can be found on [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2FMD1X-P38%3A324711601%2C325806501%3Fcc%3D1987653 FamilySearch] (browse only images).<br>
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The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Williston Town Clerk's Office. These include [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1201185?availability=Family%20History%20Library Indexes (B, M: 1764-1956, D: 1800-1956), births (1866-1930), marriages (1883-1950), deaths (1883-2001)], [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/424973?availability=Family%20History%20Library Vital records, 1766-1870; indexes to vital records, 1763-1951], and [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/55598?availability=Family%20History%20Library Land records and deeds, 1772-1906; index to deeds, 1772-1950].<br>  
  
 
Westford Town Office<br>1713 VT Route 128<br>Westford, VT 05494<br>Phone: (802) 878-4587<br>Email: townclerk@westfordvt.us<br>Website: [http://www.westfordvt.us/ http://www.westfordvt.us/]<br>  
 
Westford Town Office<br>1713 VT Route 128<br>Westford, VT 05494<br>Phone: (802) 878-4587<br>Email: townclerk@westfordvt.us<br>Website: [http://www.westfordvt.us/ http://www.westfordvt.us/]<br>  

Revision as of 16:39, 4 June 2014

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Contents

Brief History

Williston was granted as a town on June 7, 1763. Williston was one of ten towns granted on the same day to many of the same people, named for Samuel Willis, a wealthy Quaker from Long Island and the first grantee named. Thomas Chittenden, Vermont's first governor and for whom the county is named, is credited with being the first to settle in Williston.


With the coming of the Central Vermont Railroad, the smaller village of North Williston became a focal point, in 1876 the site of the first cold storage plant in New England. Tons of meat, poultry, butter and eggs could be stored here before being shipped to the New York and Boston markets. [1]   [2]

Historical Data

Town Histories

Vital Records

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

Probate Records

The probate district for Williston is Chittenden.
Chittenden District Probate Court
175 Main St.
PO Box 511
Burlington VT 05402
Phone: (802) 651-1518

Military Records

City Directories

Maps

1869 map of Westford

Cemeteries

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

Churches

Town Records

Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1764-1998, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Williston Town Clerk's Office. These include Indexes (B, M: 1764-1956, D: 1800-1956), births (1866-1930), marriages (1883-1950), deaths (1883-2001), Vital records, 1766-1870; indexes to vital records, 1763-1951, and Land records and deeds, 1772-1906; index to deeds, 1772-1950.

Westford Town Office
1713 VT Route 128
Westford, VT 05494
Phone: (802) 878-4587
Email: townclerk@westfordvt.us
Website: http://www.westfordvt.us/

Newspapers

Burlington Free Press

Libraries and Historical Societies

Westford Public Library
1717 Vermont 128
Westford, VT 05494
Phone: (802) 878-5639
Email: westfordpubliclibrary@gmail.com
Website: http://westfordpubliclibrary.wordpress.com/

Westford VT Historical Society

References

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