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Brief History

Bradford was chartered on May 3, 1770 (New York Patent). Referred to as Waitstown and Waits River Town before its original patent as Mooretown, Bradford is unique in Vermont in that it was settled before any grant, charter or patent existed to cover the land.  The name Mooretown is after Sir Henry Moore, the Royal Governor of New York.

After the Revolution, the residents of Mooretown decided they no longer wanted the name to remind them of a royal governor, so they petitioned the Vermont Legislature to rename it Bradford.  [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 Bradford is Orange (Bradford District consoladated in 1994).
Orange Probate Court
5 Court St
Chelsea VT 05038
Phone: (802) 685-4610

Bradford District Estate Records, 1780 -1915, - view digital images at FamilySearch.

City Directories


1877 map of Bradford Town Center

1877 map of Bradford


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

Bradford, Vt. burials, 1770-October 1997 - available on microfilm at the Family History Library. Order film online.


Town Records.

Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1785-1921, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).

Bradford, land records, 1852-1900, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Bradford Town Clerk's Office. These include Deeds and town records, 1775-1852; index to deeds, 1762-1876, Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1857-1998; indexes to births, deaths, marriages, 1857-1997, Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1803-1860 and Bradford, vital records, 1997-2006.

Bradford Town Clerk
172 N Main St.
Bradford, VT 05033
Phone: (802) 222-4727


The Herald of Randolph

Libraries and Historical Societies

Bradford Public Library
P.O. Box 619
21 South Main St.
Bradford, VT 05033
Phone: (802) 222-4536

Bradford Historical Society
67 Summer Street
Bradford, VT 05033
Phone: (802) 222-4011


Adjacent towns: Orange Co.: Corinth | Fairlee | Newbury | West Fairlee | New Hampshire Grafton Co.: Haverhill | Oxford | Piermont


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