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Brief History

The Town of Grafton is one of the smaller town’s in Windham County with a population of approximately 650, charted April 8, 1754 as Thomlinson for John Thomlinson, Benning Wentworth’s business agent in England and was then changed to Grafton in 1791.

Many of the citizens of the town were anxious to have the town named after the town from which they emigrated, and to give each an equal chance it was decided to put the name of the town up at auction. Joseph Axtell won with a high bid of $5.00, and renamed the town for his former home of Grafton, Massachusetts. The kicker is that Axtell never paid the $5.00. Local lore has it that the bid included a jug of rum, which leads to some colorful conjecture as to how the participants chose to celebrate, and perhaps why they forgot to collect the money. [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 Grafton is Westminster.
Westminster Probate Court
PO Box 47
Bellows Falls, VT 05101
Phone: (802) 463-3019

City Directories


1869 map of Grafton


The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Grafton. For location of cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Windham County, website at this link.


Congregational Church, Grafton, VT, Historical and Descriptive Data

Town Records

Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1781-1960, can be found on FamilySerach (browse only images).

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Grafton Town Clerk's Office. These include Land records and deeds, 1781-1902; index to deeds, 1781-1952, and Grafton, Vermont, vital records (B,M,D) and indexes 1857-2000.

Grafton Town Clerk
117 Main St.
Grafton, VT 05146
Phone:(802) 843-2419


Brattleboro Reformer

Rutland Herald

Libraries and Historical Societies

Grafton Historical Society
147 Main Street
PO Box 202
Grafton, Vermont
Phone: 802-843-2584

The Grafton Public Library
204 Main St.
Grafton, Vermont 05146
Phone: (802) 843-2404


  1. Grafton, VT Municipal site -
  2. History of the Town of Grafton, VT,

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