Vermont County Histories

Vermont is in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America. It is the only New England state not bordering the Atlantic Ocean. Lake Champlain forms half of Vermont’s western border, which it shares with the state of New York. It is bordered by Massachusetts to the south, New Hampshire to the east, New York to the west, and the Canadian province of Quebec to the north.

Much of the territory that is now Vermont was claimed by France in the early colonial period. France ceded the territory to the Kingdom of Great Britain after being defeated in 1763 in the Seven Years’ War (also called the French and Indian War). For many years, the nearby colonies, especially New Hampshire and New York, disputed control of the area (then called the New Hampshire Grants).

Flag of VermontVermont is one of seventeen U.S. states (along with Texas, Hawaii, the brief California Republic, and each of the original Thirteen Colonies) that once had a sovereign government. In 1791, Vermont joined the United States as the fourteenth state, the first outside the original Thirteen Colonies. It abolished slavery while independent and upon joining the Union was the first state to have done so.

In 1777, Vermont had two counties. The western side of the state was called Bennington County and the eastern was called Cumberland County. In 1781 Cumberland County was broken up into three counties in Vermont, plus Washington County, which eventually became part of New Hampshire. Over time, county names derived from British or American people and various geographic locations. Today, Vermont’s 14 counties together contain 255 political units, or places. Essex County, Orleans County, and Caledonia County are commonly referred to as the Northeast Kingdom.

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Vermont Titles in New England States Part 1

  1. Aldrich, Lewis C., History of Franklin and Grand Isle Counties, Vermont: with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of the prominent men and pioneers. D. Mason Co., 1891
  2. Vermont Gazetteer, Vol. III: Orleans & Rutland Counties. 1877
  3. Jeffrey, William H., (Caledonia, Essex, Orleans Cos.), Successful Vermonters: Modern Gazetteer of Caledonia, Essex & Orleans Counties, … (2 vols.) Historical Publishing Co., 1904
  4. Child, Hamilton, Editor, Gazetteer of Orange County, Vermont, 1762-1888. 1888
  5. Child, Hamilton, Editor, Gazetteer of Washington County, 1783-1889. (2 vols.) 1889
  6. Smith, H.P., History of Addison County, with Illustrations & Biographical Sketches of its prominent men & pioneers. 1886
  7. History of Chittenden Co., with Illustrations & Biographical Sketches of some of its prominent men & Pioneers. D. Mason Co., 1886
  8. History of Rutland County, with Illustrations & biographical sketches of some of its prominent men & pioneers. D. Mason Co., 1886
  9. History of Windsor County, with Illustrations & biographical sketches of some of its prominent men & pioneers. D. Mason Co., 1891
  10. History of Benington County, with Illustrations & biographical sketches of some of its prominent men & pioneers. D. Mason Co., 1889
  11. Vermont Historical Gazetteer, Vol. V. The Towns of Windham County. 1891

Vermont Titles in New England States Part 2

  1. HENRY K. ADAMS, A CENTENNIAL HISTORY OF ST. ALBANS, VERMONT, ORGANIZED JULY 18TH, 1788., WALLACE PRINT CO., 1889
  2. SILAS MCKEEN, A HISTORY OF BRADFORD, VERMONT: CONTAINING SOME ACCOUNTS OF THE PLACE, ITS FIRST SETTLEMENT IN 1765 AND THE PRINCIPAL IMPROVEMENTS MADE AND EVENTS WHICH HAVE OCCURED DOWN TO 1874; A PERIOD OF ONE HUNDRED AND NINE YEARS: WITH VARIOUS GENEALOGICAL RECORDS, AND BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS, SOME DECEASED AND OTHERS STILL LIVING, J. D. CLARK & SON, 1875
  3. EVERETT CHAMBERLIN BENTON, A HISTORY OF GUILDHALL, VT. : CONTAINING SOME ACCOUNT OF THE PLACE, OF ITS FIRST SETTLEMENT IN 1764, AND THE PRINCIPLE IMPROVEMENTS MADE, AND EVENTS WHICH HAVE OCCURRED DOWN TO 1886, A PERIOD OF ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY TWO YEARS : WITH VARIOUS GENEALOGICAL RECORDS, AND BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS, SOME DECEASED AND OTHERS STILL LIVING : TOGETHER WITH A BRIEF SKETCH OF ESSEX COUNTY, VERMONT., E. C. BENTON, 1886
  4. M. E. GODDARD, A HISTORY OF NORWICH, VERMONT., THE DARTMOUTH PRESS, 1905
  5. JOSEPH J. JOSLIN, A HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF POULTNEY, VERMONT: FROM ITS FIRST SETTLEMENT TO THE YEAR 1875, J. JOSLIN, B. FRISBIE & F. RUGGLES, 1875
  6. MARY R. CABOT, ANNALS OF BRATTLEBORO: 1681-1895, PRESS OF E. L. HILDRETH & CO., 1921-1922
  7. HENRY BURNHAM, BRATTLEBORO, WINDHAM COUNTY, VERMONT: EARLY HISTORY WITH BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF SOME OF ITS CITIZENS, D. LEONARD, 1880
  8. CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE STATE OF VERMONT, AND THE BATTLE OF BENNINGTON, AUGUST 15 AND 16, 1877, TUTTLE & CO., 1879
  9. GILBERT A. DAVIS, CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION: TOGETHER WITH A HISTORICAL SKETCH OF READING, WINDSOR COUNTY, AND ITS INHABITANTS FROM THE FIRST SETTLEMENT OF THE TOWN TO 1874, STEAM PRESS OF A. N. SWAIN, 1874
  10. CENTENNIAL PROCEEDINGS AND OTHER HISTORICAL FACTS AND INCIDENTS RELATING TO NEWFANE: THE COUNTY SEAT OF WINDHAM COUNTY, D. LEONARD, 1877
  11. MARY E. BAKER, FOLKLORE OF SPRINGFIELD, THE ALTRURIAN CLUB OF SPRINGFIELD, 1922
  12. HAMILTON. CHILD, GAZETTEER AND BUSINESS DIRECTORY OF CHITTENDEN COUNTY, VERMONT, FOR 1882-83, JOURNAL OFFICE, 1882
  13. HAMILTON CHILD, GAZETTEER AND BUSINESS DIRECTORY OF LAMOILLE AND ORLEANS COUNTIES, VERMONT, FOR 1883-1884, JOURNAL OFFICE, 1883
  14. HAMILTON CHILD, GAZETTEER AND BUSINESS DIRECTORY OF WINDSOR COUNTY, VERMONT, FOR 1883-1884, JOURNAL OFFICE, 1884
  15. G. A. CHENEY, GLIMPSES OF THE WHITE RIVER VALLEY., BLANCHARD PRESS, 1906
  16. GRANT POWERS, HISTORICAL SKETCHES OF THE DISCOVERY, SETTLEMENT AND PROGRESS OF EVENTS IN THE COOS COUNTRY, AND VICINITY, PRINCIPALLY INCLUDED BETWEEN THE YEARS 1754 AND 1785, HENRY MERRILL, 1880
  17. WILLIAM H. TUCKER, HISTORY OF HARTFORD, VERMONT: THE FIRST TOWN ON THE NEW HAMPSHIRE GRANTS CHARTERED AFTER THE CLOSE OF THE FRENCH WAR, THE FREE PRESS ASSOCIATION, 1889
  18. SAMUEL SUMNER, HISTORY OF MISSISCO VALLEY, A. A. EARLE, 1860
  19. FREDERIC P. WELLS, HISTORY OF NEWBURY, VERMONT: FROM THE DISCOVERY OF THE COOS COUNTRY TO THE PRESENT TIME, THE CALEDONIAN CO., 1902
  20. EVELYN M. LOVEJOY, HISTORY OF ROYALTON, VERMONT: WITH FAMILY GENEALOGIES, 1769-1911, FREE PRESS PRINTING CO., 1911
  21. JOHN M. WEEKS, HISTORY OF SALISBURY, VERMONT, A. H. COPELAND, 1860
  22. LYMAN. MATTHEWS, HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF CORNWALL, VERMONT, MEAD AND FULLER, REGISTER BOOK & JOB OFFICE, 1862
  23. SAMUEL. SWIFT, HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF MIDDLEBURY, IN THE COUNTY OF ADDISON, VERMONT, A. H. COPELAND, 1859
  24. JOSIAH F. GOODHUE, HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF SHOREHAM: FROM THE DATE OF ITS CHARTER, OCTOBER 8TH, 1761 TO THE PRESENT TIME, A. H. COPELAND, 1861
  25. MATT BUSHNELL JONES, HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF WAITSFIELD, 1782-1908: WITH FAMILY GENEALOGIES, G. E. LITTLEFIELD, 1909
  26. THEODORE GRAHAM LEWIS, HISTORY OF WATERBURY, VERMONT, 1763-1915, H. C. WHITEHILL, 1915
  27. HENRY S. DANA, HISTORY OF WOODSTOCK, VERMONT, HOUGHTON MIFFLIN, 1889
  28. JOSIAH B. GRINNELL, NEW HAVEN: A RURAL HISTORICAL TOWN OF VERMONT, FREE PRESS ASSOCIATION, 1887
  29. IRA KENDRICK BATCHELDER, REUNION CELEBRATION TOGETHER WITH A HISTORICAL SKETCH OF PERU, BENNINGTON COUNTY, VERMONT AND ITS INHABITANTS FROM THE FIRST SETTLEMENT OF THE TOWN, PHOENIX JOB PRINT, 1891
  30. JOHN V. MERRILL, SKETCHES OF HISTORIC BENNINGTON, VERMONT, RIVERSIDE PRESS, 1898
  31. SAMUEL. SWIFT, STATISTICAL AND HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF THE COUNTY OF ADDISON, VERMONT, A. H. COPELAND, 1869
  32. C. C. PARKER, THE EARLY HISTORY OF WATERBURY: A DISCOURSE DELIVERED FEBRUARY 10TH, 1867., WATERBURY JOB PRINT, 1867
  33. CHAUNCEY H. HAYDEN, THE HISTORY OF JERICHO, VERMONT, FREE PRESS PRINTING CO., 1916
  34. AMOS FOSTER, THE HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF PUTNEY, A. M. HEMENWAY, 1884
  35. ABBY MARIA HEMENWAY, THE HISTORY OF WASHINGTON COUNTY IN THE VERMONT HISTORICAL GAZETTEER INCLUDING A COUNTY CHAPTER AND THE LOCAL HISTORIES OF THE TOWNS OF MONTPELIER, CAPITAL OF THE STATE, EAST MONTPELIER, BARRE, BERLIN, CABOT, CALAIS, FAYSTON, MARSHFIELD, MIDDLESEX, MORETOWN, NORTHFIELD, PLAINFIELD, ROXBURY, WAITSFIELD, WARREN, WATERBURY, WOODBURY AND WORCESTER, A. M. HEMENWAY, 1882
  36. EDWARD T. FAIRBANKS, THE TOWN OF ST. JOHNSBURY, VERMONT: A REVIEW OF ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-FIVE YEARS., THE COWLES PRESS, 1914
  37. WILMINGTON VERMONT, TIMES PRESS, 1900

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