Chittenden  Is the #13326 most common last name. 0.001% of last names in the US are Chittenden.   Around 2500 US last names are Chittenden.


Chittenden Family:    William Chittenden, Guilford, Conn. and his Descendants, compiled by Alvan Talcott


This company sailed from England for America about the 20th of May, 1639, in a ship of 350 tons, and after a passage of about seven weeks arrived in New Haven about the 10th of July .(See Appendix A.)  They made arrangements for settling in Guilford in the autumn of the same year, adding to their company some few whom they found in New Haven.   The deed of purchase of the lands for the colony from Shaumpishum the sachem squaw of Menumkatuck, is dated Sept. 29 (Oct. g, N.S) 1639.   Prominent among the original settlers of Guilford was William Chittenden.   He came from the parish of Cranbrook, in Kent, some 35 miles S.E. of London.   Little is known of his antecedents.   In the record of baptisms in the parish of Marden, near Cranbrook, occurs this entry:  ‘March 1594.   William, son of Robert Chittenden. (Signed) Salmon Boxer, Vicar of Marden.’   There is no reason to doubt that this William is identical with William the emigrant.   No other records of the Chittenden family can be found in the adjacent parishes, Cranbrook, Marden, Welford and Goudhurst, for the last half of the sixteenth century.

Mr Chittenden was a man of ability and influence, and during his whole life filled many important offices in the plantation.   He was one of the six persons selected to purchase the lands of Guilford from the native owners, and was also one of four (Robert Kitchell, William Chittenden, John Bishop and William Leete)  who received according to the record, ‘full power and authority to act, order and dispatch all matters respecting the publick weale and civile government of the plantation, until a church is gathered amonge us’.  On the gathering of the church, June 19 (June 29 N.S), 1643, these four magistrates resigned their trust to the church, which is in New Haven. exercised control in secular and civil matters, as well as in those relating to religion.

Mr Chittenden was the principle military man of the plantation, bearing the title of Lieutenant, Savage states I. 381, that ‘he had been a soldier in the English Army in the Netherlands in the Thirty Years War, and that he reached the rank of Major’.   He was a magistrate of the plantation and deputy to the General Court until his death.   His lands are thus described in Guilford Proprietors’ Records, I. 2:   One home lot, containing and allowed for three acres and a quarter, fronting to the street on the North, rearing back to the land of Thomas French on the South, bounded with the home lot of Mr Jacob Sheafe on the East.   Adjoining to which said home lot the said William Chittenden hath sixteen acres of upland and seven acres and on-half of meadow land, more or less, abuttung against the land of Richard Hues on the South, and encompassed with the West River on the West and North.   Item;-  One Piece of upland in the plain, containing and allowed for six acres and three-quarters, more or less, butting up to the lane by the mill lot, rearing back to the marsh land of John Bishop, on the West, bounded with the land of Henry Goldam on the South, and the land of George Chatfield on the North.   Other lots are described in a similar manner, and the amount of the whole is about 100 acres.   The home lot and land adjoining first described above, passed upon his death, into the possession of his oldest son,  Thomas.   Thomas divided it equally between his two married sons, William and Josiah, each son having one and three-quarter acres fronting on the street  (now named  Broad Street) and eight acres of upland adjoining with a portion of the marsh land.   Josiah’s portion was east of William’s, and extended around William’s in the form a an L, both portions being bounded on the West by the river.   These portions have since been united and the old ancestral property has been in the possession of some one of the descendants of the first William in every generation down to the present time. The present owner is Hon. Simeon B. Chittenden, 419, of Brooklyn, N.Y., of the seventh generation, who has done much to improve and beautify the place of his birth, making it his summer residence.     The spot selected by William Chittenden 240 years ago for his new home is a remarkably fine location.   It overlooks the Menunkatuck river, which winds its way like a ribbon of silver, through a wide expanse of meadow gained from the sea, and level as a floor, clothed in summer with herbage of the richest green, but converted, when the tide is quite high into a smooth lake half a mile in width, which, as if by magic, in six hours vanishes away with the receding tide, leaving only a gentle flowing stream.     William Chittenden was married while in England to Joanna Sheaffe, daughter of Dr. Edmund and Joanna Sheaffe, of Cranbrook, Kent.   [Dorothy Sheaffe, sister of Joanna, was the wife of Rev. Henry Whitfield, first minister and leading member of the Guilford colony.]   It is probable that two or more of Mr. Chittenden’s ten children were born in England.   The birth of his sixth child, Hannah, is on the Guilford Records at the date of Nov. 15, 1629, previous to which time no provision seems to have been made in the plantation for the public record of births.     Mr Chittenden died at the age of about 67 years in Feb. 1660-1.     In the New Haven Records, p. 417, we find this entry:  ‘An Inventory of the estate of Will* Chittenden of Guilford, deceased, was presented amounting to  677 pounds, 16 shillings, 7 pence, as presented and proved in court at Guilford, the 21st of February 1660-1,  upon oath of Joane Chittenden, the widow and relict of the said Will* Chittenden, deceased, for the quantity and by the testimony of Abraham Cruttenden sen’, John Fowler, and Will* Stone, appraisers for the valuation to be just.   Will* Leete, Governor’.     Joanna Chittenden, widow of William, married 2nd in 1665, Abraham Cruttenden of Guilford as his second wife.   She died in Guilford, Aug. 16, 1668.   Her mother, Joanna Sheaffe, widow of Dr. Edmund Sheaffe, emigrated with the family from England and died in Guilford, August 1. 1659.     2.  Thomas m Joanna Jordan.   3.  Elizabeth m Thomas Wright.   4. Nathaniel m Sarah.   5.  John m Hannah Fletcher.   6.  Mary m John Leete.   7.  Hannah, Nov. 15, 1649, died 1650.   8.  Joseph (twin) Apr 24, 1652, died June 22, 1652.   9.  Hannah (twin) Apr 24, 1652, died Sep. 13, 1674.   10.  Deborah, Dec 22, 1653, died Sept 26, 1674.   12.  Joanna.     It is stated in N. Eng. Gen and Hist. Reg., XXII, 160 that Mary Merriam (widow of Robert, who died July 22. 1693) mentions in her will dated Feb 15, 1688, four children of her sister Chittenden, John, Nathaniel, Mary and Joanna.   The other six had died previously to that date.  E.S.C.


2. Thomas Chittenden, son of William, probably born in England, married Joanna Jordan, daughter of John and Anna Jordan, of Guilford.   His residence was on the old homestead.   He died October. 1683.   12.  Samuel b Sept 20, 1664 died Jan 15, 1694.   13.  William b Oct 5, 1666, m Hannah.   14.  Joanna b Dec. 13, 1668 s died Jan 14, 1672.   15.  Abigail b Dec 15, 1670 m Caleb Bennett.   16.  Thomas b Jan 12, 1674 s died  1722.   17.  Mehitabel. 1675.   18.  Josiah.  1677 m Hannah Sherman.


3. Wright   Elizabeth Chittenden, daughter of William, was married June 16, 1657, to Thomas Wright of Wethersfield, Conn., who was born in 1632, and died, aged 51, August 23, 1683.   Thomas b Mar. 1, 1660 m Sarah Benton.   Mary, Mar. 4, 1662.   Hannah, Mar. 10, 1670.   Lydia, Mar. 12, 1672.   Elizabeth, Feb 17, 1675.


4. Nathaniel Chittenden, son of William, resided in Gulford.   He married Sarah -------- and died June 1691. His residence was on Crooked Lane, now State Street - a lot now known as the Starr Place.   19.  Nathaniel b Aug 20, 1669 m Elizabeth Stevens.   20.  Sarah, Mar 2, 1672 m James Patterson.   21.  Mary, Feb 6, 1675 m Thomas Boreman.   22.  Joseph, Sept 6, 1677 m Mehitabel Pierce.   23.  Hannah, Mar 15, 1680.   24.  Deborah, Oct  25,  1682 died 1684.   25.  Cornelius, 1685 m Abigail Rutty.


5. Sergt. John Chittenden, son of William m Dec. 12, 1665, Hannah Fletcher daughter of John Fletcher, of Milford.   He died in Guilford, April, 1716, aged 73. 26. John b Oct. 19, 1666 m Sarah Clay.   27. Elizabeth, Jan. 26, 1670 m Thos. Cruttenden.   28. Joseph, Mar 26, 1672 m Mary Kimberly.   29.  Gideon, Sept. 23, 1678 died 1679.   30. Abel, May. 14, 1681 m Deborah Scranton.   31. Lydia, Mar 30, 1684 m William Hall.


6. Leete Mary Chittenden, daughter of William, married Oct. 4, 1670 John Leete, oldest son of Gov. William Leete and Anna Payne, born in 1639, said to be the first white child born in Guilford.   He died in Guilford, aged 53, Nov. 25, 1692.   Mary died, aged 65, March 9, 1712.   Ann b Aug 5, 1671 m John Collins.   John, Jan. 4, 1674 m Sarah Allen.   Joshua, Jul. 7, 1676 m Mary Munger.   Sarah, Dec. 16, 1677 m Eliakim Marshall.   Pelatiah, Mar. 26, 1681 m Abigail Fowler.   Mehitabel, Dec. 20, 1683 m Dr. Anth. Laborie.   Benjamin, Dec. 26, 1686 m Rachel Champion.   Daniel, Sept. 23, 1689 d. y.   The descendants of this family down to the present time are exceedingly numerous.


11.   Joanna Chittenden, daughter of William.   Her record is not found.   Although here placed last, she was probably not the youngest child of Lieut. Chittenden.


Chittenden Genealogy: Derivation of Family Names –


Considers the name as derived from corrupt British and Welsh - from the words chy  “house” tane “lower”  and din or dun “hill”, the lower house on the hill. The orthography of the name has been subject to great variations, as is the case with most names in the earlier periods.   At present almost uniform  usage has settled upon the form Chittenden.   The name is quite common at the present day in London and other parts of England.   We have a record of only two families of Chittendens as coming to this country in its early history.   One of those was Thomas Chittenden, linen weaver, who came with his son Isaac in 1635 from Wapping in Kent and settled in Scituate, Plymouth Co., Mass.   His descendants are still found in that vicinity.   The relationship of this Family to the Connecticut Chittendens, though probable, has not been ascertained.   The ancestor of this latter Family which it is the object of this work to sketch, was William Chittenden.   He was one of the company of twenty-five, gathered chiefly from the counties of Kent, Surrey and Sussex, in the south of England, who determined to leave their native land and seek a new home in the wilderness, in order to enjoy the free exercise of their religious principles.   Their first recorded act as a separate community was the Covenant they signed on ship-board while on the passage and which is here transcribed  “We whose names are hereunder written, intending by God’s gracious permission to plant ourselves in New England, and if it may be, in the southerly part, about Quinnipiack: We do faithfully promise each to each, for ourselves and families, and those that belong to us: that we will, the Lord assisting us, sit down and join ourselves together in one entire plantation: and to be helpful each to the other in every common work, according to every man’s ability and as need shall require; and we promise not to desert or leave each other or the plantation, but with the consent of the rest, or the greater part of the company who have entered into this engagement.  As for our gathering together in a church way, and the choice of officers and members to be joined together in that way, we do refer ourselves until such time as it shall please God to settle us in our plantation.   In witness whereof we subscribe our hands the first day of June, 1639.   Robert Kitchell, John Bishop, Francis Bushnell, William Chittenden,  William Leet, Thomas Joanes, John Jordon, William Stone, John Headley, John Stone, William Plane, Richard Guttridge, John Hughes, William Dudley, John Parmelin, John Mepham, Henry Whitfield, Thomas Norton, Abraham Cruttenden, Francis Chatfield, William Halle, Thomas Natsm, Henry Kingsnorth, Henry Downs,  and Thomas Cooke


Chittenden Thomas:  Vermont’s First Statesman” by Frank Smallwood (New England Press, 1997, $19.95. 278 pp)


Source = Burlington_Free_Press; Date = 01.02.1998; Section = Books; Page = 03.   Review by Gregory Sanford - special to the Free Press  “He presided over the creation of Vermont and guided the fledgling state through 14 years of independence and its first six years of union with the United States.   His contemporaries elected him governor 19 times and, during his life, named a county and a town after him.   Yet Thomas Chittenden remains an elusive figure in Vermont history.   Compared to the outpouring of scholarly and popular attention given the more boisterous and self-promoting Allen brothers,  Chittenden has, until now, been accorded only an 1846 biography and a 1969 compilation of his papers.   Frank Smallwood, in this highly readable biography, has begun to bring Vermont’s first governor into focus.   This is not an easy task given the paucity of Chittenden’s personal papers and the reality that his public papers were filtered through the writings of his personal secretaries and associated.   Smallwood begins by tracing the Chittenden family from Cranbrook, Kent, England, to Connecticut.   The Chittenden pattern of settlement, land speculation and migration is a tale common to many of Vermont’s earliest European settlers.    Thomas was born in Guilford, Conn., on Jan 6. 1730, and with his wife Elizabeth, moved to Salisbury, Conn., in 1749.   In Salisbury, Chittenden achieved economic success through land speculation and became acquainted with the Allens.   He also honed his political skills, holding town offices, winning election as a militia captain and representing Salisbury in the General Assembly seven times between 1764 and 1772.   Again bestirred by entrepreneurial restlessness, in 1774 the Chittendens moved to Williston in the area know as New Hampshire Grants.   Within two years, Chittenden was an active participant in the conventions that culminated in the creation of a new state in 1777, Chittenden not only participated in the writing of Vermont’s 1777 Constitution, but also chaired the Council of Safety, which served as the government until elections could be held in 1778.   At those elections, Thomas Chittenden became governor.   It is almost impossible for us to truly comprehend the problems confronting the new state and its government.   Today we see raw fissure lines in our state caused by issues such as growth and development, education, taxation, logging and property rights.   But can we imagine starting a state whole cloth, while surrounded by a country that refused to recognize our rights to exist, neighbouring states that were all too willing to divide our land among themselves, and four internal factions desperately fighting to secure their disputed land titles and competing visions of the future?.   And to do so against a backdrop of a prolonged war for independence that turned Vermont into a war zone in the path of armies?.   Smallwood notes Chittenden was the steadying hand, able to bridge factions, entice alliances, partly through the use of land grants to create common goals, conduct a dangerous foreign policy to offset external threats, and, when necessary, use force to suppress dissidents.   Even with Vermont’s statehood in 1791.   Chittenden continued a difficult balancing act.   The British remained a threat to our northern border.   Chittenden had to relinquish control of a distinct Vermont foreign policy in favour of the new federal government, while still protecting Vermonters from excursions.   Internally, the governor had to contend with economic disruptions that followed the war, the state’s need for revenue, and the need to protect creditors without destroying the small farmer debtor class that was the backbone of early Vermont settlement.   Even before statehood, Chittenden had to cope with a new faction.   Smallwood describes them as lawyer-reformers, uncomfortable with the loose governing style and agenda of the revolutionary founders.   Some of the early leaders, notably Ira Allen, fell before the lawyer-reformer (Federalist) faction and even Chittenden was briefly unseated in 1789.   Chittenden, who retained his popular support, recaptured the governorship in 1790 and served until his death in 1797.     Smallwood’s effort is noteworthy for several reasons.   After years of scholars wondering why Chittenden has been neglected, he has provided a solid start in recognizing this remarkable man’s role in creating Vermont and assuring its survival.   Smallwood’s solid synthesis of scholarship on early Vermont makes this a useful volume for novice and serious student alike.   Despite the lack of personal material, Smallwood’s use of public papers ad anecdotes provided a better picture of Chittenden’s political ability and sympathy for the common man than could have been anticipated.     Even after the biography, Chittenden remains somewhat elusive.   The final chapter on “Thomas Chittenden’s Legacy” mostly recounts events illustrating the governor’s political and entrepreneurial skills,, while attempts to identify a true legacy  such as the long-term survival of town representation are sure to spark debate.   All of us who live in Chittenden’s one undisputed legacy the State of Vermont should celebrate this long deserved biography.   Gregory Sanford of Marshfield is the Vermont state archivist”.


Chittenden Thomas by Walter H. Crocket:


Among the notable figures of that remarkable group of pioneer leaders who, amid manifold perils, established the commonwealth of Vermont, Thomas Chittenden ranks among the greatest of the wise master builders of the Green Mountain State.   Its first governor, elected chief executive for eighteen terms, and defeated once for re-election, he held this position longer than any other incumbent of that office during more than a century and a half of history.   He was a plain, rugged individual, without the learning of the schools, lacking the graces and culture of polite society, but he was a born leader of men.   His leadership differed widely from that of Ethan and Ira Allen.   He lacked Ethan’s commanding figure, his ready use of tongue and pen, his magnetic personality, and Ira’s tact and diplomacy, but he was richly endowed with shrewdness, sagacity, and the quality for which there is no substitute, common sense.   Daniel Chipman quotes Ethan Allen as saying that Governor Chittenden “was the only man he ever knew who was sure to be right in all, even the most difficult and complex cases, and yet could not tell or seem to know why he was so.”   Thomas Chittenden was born in East Guilford, in the colony of Connecticut, January 6, 1730, being of the fourth generation from Major William Chittenden, who emigrated to America in 1639, after honorable service in the Thirty Years’ War.   His educational advantages were meagre.   Finding the life of a New England farm lacking in adventure, at the age of eighteen he signed as a sailor on a voyage to the West Indies.   Great Britain and France were engaged in one of their periodic wars, and a French warship captured the trading craft, landing the crew upon a barren island of the West Indies. 

After enduring many hardships, Thomas Chittenden made his way back to his Connecticut home.   In process of time he married a comely New England maiden, Elizabeth Meigs, removed to Salisbury, Connecticut,  raised a family of four sons and six daughters, became a man of substance, and was honored by being chosen a justice of the peace, member of the Connecticut Assembly and colonel of a regiment.   There is in the Chittenden family a legend to the effect that the subject of this sketch led a rescuing party in the pursuit of a band of Indians which had taken captives from Connecticut and had started for Canada.   The pursuers followed the Connecticut and White River valleys, crossed over to the valley of the Winooski, rescued the captives and returned home.   The story goes that the party camped overnight on an intervale in Wiliston, which Colonel Chittenden determined to own.   In 1773, he purchased a large tract of fertile itervale land on the Winooski, sufficient for large farms for himself and his sons.   In June, 1774, the family removed to the new home, where a clearing had been made and a log house built.   With the outbreak of the American Revolution the frontier was not a safe place for the Chittenden family.   After the Canadian campaign had ended in an American disaster, in the spring of 1776 Thomas Chittenden buried some of his possessions, and taking his family on the backs of horses and oxen, he made his way to Danby, where he rented a farm.   During the next few years the family resided at Pownal, Williamstown, Massachusetts, and Arlington.   Chittenden’s experience in public life in Connecticut commended him to the Green Mountain Boys, and he was elected chairman of the Council of Safety.   The New Hampshire Grants, at least that portion west of the Green Mountains, had refused to recognize the governmental authority of New York.    A rudimentary form of government had been established by means of local committees of safety, a central committee of safety, and delegate conventions held from time to men of integrity and distinguished for wisdom and abilities.”   He died August 25, 1799.   Over his grave in the old cemetery at Williston the state of Vermont has erected a monument, on which is fittingly inscribed the words: “Out of storm and manifold perils rose an enduring state, the home of freedom and unity.”


Chittenden William & Joanna:


William Chittenden, son of Robert, bapt Mar 1594, Parish of Marden (near Cranbrook) England. died Feb 1660[61], Guilford, Connecticut [age 67 yrs] married in England Joanna Sheaffe, dau of Dr. Jacob and Joanna, born ??? died 16th Aug 1668, Guilford, Connecticut.   Her 2nd married 1st May 1665, Abraham Cruttenden of Guilford, Connecticut.   Children:   1.  Thomas, b England, d Oct 1683; m Joanna Jordan.   2.   Elizabeth, m 16th Jun 1657, Thomas Wright, Jr., of Wethersfield, CT.   3. Nathaniel, d. Jun 1691; m Sarah [_____]    4.   John Chittenden, b 1643, Guilford, CT., d Apr 1716; m 12th Dec 1665, Hannah  Fletcher, Guilford, CT.   5.   Mary Chittenden, b 1647, d 9th Mar 1712; m 4th Oct 1670, John Leete [eldest son of Governor Leete].   6.   Hannah Chittenden b 19th Nov 1649, d 1650, Guilford, CT. 7.   Joseph [twin] b 14th Apr 1652, d 22nd Jun 1652.   8.   Hannah [twin] b 14th Apr 1652, d 13th Sep 1674 [age 22 yrs] unm.   9.   Deborah, b 16th Dec 1653, d 16th Sep 1674.   10.   Joanna Chittenden.   Notes:  William Chittenden, the immigrant ancestor, came to this country from the parish of Cranbrook, Kent, England, to seek a new home in the wilderness and to enjoy the free exercise of religious principles.   He was one of a company of twenty-five who sailed from England for America about the 20th of May 1639, and after a passage of about seven-weeks arrived in New Haven about the 10th of July.   They made arrangements for settling in Guilford in the autumn of the same year, adding to their company some few whom they found in New Haven.   The deed of purchase of the lands for the colony from Shaumpishuh, the sachem squaw of Menunkatuck is dated September 29th [9th Oct N.S.], 1639.     William Chittenden is believed to have been the son of Robert Chittenden.   In the record of baptisms in the parish of Marden, near Cranbrook, there is an entry of William, son of Robert, March 1594.     William Chittenden was a man of ability and influence, and during his whole life, filled many important officers in the plantation.   He was one of the six persons selected to purchase the lands in Guilford from the native owners, and was also one of four [Robert Kitchell, William Chittenden, John Bishop, and William Leete], who received , according to the record “full power and authority to act, order and dispatch all matters respecting the public weale and civile government of the plantation, until a church is gathered amonge us.”   On the gathering of the church, [19 june N.S.], these four magistrates resigned their trust to the church, which as in New Haven, exercised control in secular and civil matters, as well as in those relating to religion.    He was the chief military man of the plantation and bore the title Lieutenant.   Savage says that he had been a soldier in the English army in the thirty-years-war in the Netherlands, and had received the rank of Major.   He was a magistrate and deputy to the general court until his death.   His lands in Guilford comprised about 100 acres, the most of which is still in possession of a descendant [1882].   In the New Haven Colonial Records [Pg 417]:-  “An inventory of the estate of William Chittenden of Guilford, deceased was presented a  mounting to L677.16s 7d, as presented and proved in court at Guilford the 21st of Feb 1660[61], upon the oath of Joanne Chittenden, the widow and relict of the said William Chittenden, deceased, for the quantity, and by the testimony of Abraham Cruttenden, Sr., John Fowler and William Stone, appraisers for the valuation to be just.   Note; It is stated in New England Gen and History. Reg., XXII,Pg 160. ‘That Mary Merriam (widow of Robert who died 22nd Jul 1693] mentions in her will [dated 15 Feb 1688], four children of her sister, Joanna Chittenden: John, Nathaniel, Mary and Joanna.   The other six had apparently died previously.


Chittenden Data from A History of the Plantation of Menunkatuck


And of the Original Town of Guilford, Connecticut, by Bernard Christian Steiner, published by the author, Baltimore, MD 1897:-   Ebenezer Chittenden 2nd great-great-grandson of Lt. William Chittenden, was born 11th Sept 1726, in East Guilford, whither his father had removed.   His mother was a sister of Dr. Samuel Johnson of Stratford.   He settled in New Haven.   Possessing great mechanical genius, he invented, among other curious machines, one for bending and cutting card teeth in a single movement.   It is said sone unscrupulous person obtained knowledge of this invention and patented it in England as his own.   Eli Whitney had an exalted opinion of Mr. Chittenden’s skill and judgement as a mechanic.   He died 11th May 1812.  (p. 483)


Thomas Chittenden, brother of the last mentioned, was born in East Guilford 6th Jan 1730.   On 4th Oct 1749, he married Elizabeth Miegs and soon after moved to Salisbury.   There he resided, cultivating a farm, until 1774, he showed such ability that, though only possessing a common school education, he was sent to the Colonial Legislature from 1766 to 1769, and in 1772 he was made Colonel of Militia and Justice of the Peace.   In 1774 he settled in Vermont, at Williston on the Onion River.   “Driven out of Williston by the British in 1776, he moved to Danby, Pownal and Arlington and returned to Williston in 1787, remaining there until his death, 24th Aug 1797.   He had served in the Vermont Legislature and was elected its first Governor in 1778, serving in that capacity until his death.”


Simeon Baldwin Chittenden, Sr. was born at Guilford 29th Mar 1814, and died at Brooklyn, NY 14th Apr 1889, he went into business in New Haven, Connecticut, and moved to New York City in 1843.   He made a fortune in dry-goods trade, and retired in 1875 with a large fortune.   He married twice, had two children by his first wife: S. B. Chittenden, Jr, of Brooklyn and Mary, who was married to Dr. William T. Luck of New York City.   (Condensation of pp. 487-488).


Henry Abel Chittenden, who died 22nd May 1895 at Montclair, NJ, was the youngest child of Abel and Anna Hart (Baldwin) Chittenden, and was born in Guilford, 29th Apr 1816.   He went into business in New Haven, then moved to Hartford, and finally to New York City where he was in business with his brother, Simeon Baldwin Chittenden, in the wholesale dry-goods business.   He lived in Brooklyn until 1858 when he moved to Montclair, NJ.   He married in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1844, Henrietta Gano  who was a descendant of francois Gerneux, a Huguenot refugee, one of the founders of New Rochelle, NY.  (Condensed from p.502)


Chittenden: Volume III. Howe. (The Chittenden Line)

This surname is derived from the corrupt British and Welsh words chy, meaning “house” and tane, “lower” and din or dun, “hill,” the lower house on the hill.   The name is quite common in England, and the spelling, which has been greatly varied, is almost always Chittenden at the present time.   Only two families of the name were early immigrants to America.   Thomas Chittenden, a linen weaver, came with his son Isaac from Wapping, in county Kent, and settled in Scituate, Massachusetts, where his descendents are still found.   It is not known whether he was related to William Chittenden, mentioned below.


(V) Governor Thomas (2) Chittenden, son of Ebenezer Chittenden, was born in Guilford, 6th Jan 1730.   He

was educated there in the common schools.   He removed from his native place to Salisbury, Litchfield county, Connecticut, when he came of age, and was one of the first settlers and became one of the leading citizens there, holding various civil and military offices.   In 1773 he moved to what were known as the New Hampshire grants in Vermont and purchased a large tract of land on Onion river, then a wilderness, afterward the town of Williston.   During the revolution he had to abandon his home on account of its exposed situation.   He was a leader in the movement to establish a separate and independent government for Vermont, and in 1778 was chosen first governor of the state, continuing in office with the exception of one year until he died.   He received the degree of Ph.D. from Yale in 1880; LL.D. in 1903 from the University of Toronto: Sc.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1904.   Indefatigable in labority investigation, Professor Chittenden has displayed equal ability in the presentation of his results in literary form.   He became associate editor of the English Journal of Physiology in 1890 and of the Journal of Experimental Medicine in 1896.   He was active in establishing the American Journal of Physiology, of which he is also an associate editor.   He is on the staff of the Journal of Biological Chemistry.   He published “Studies in Physiological Chemistry” (three volumes, 1885-89), a record of the investigations of himself and pupils, furnishing material which has been utilized in all standard text-books since then.   He published in 1894 “Digestive Proteolysis” and in 1901 “Studies in Physiological Chemistry,” Yale Series: in 1904 “Physiological Economy in Nutrition,” and in 1907 “Nutrition of Man.”   He has written a multitude of papers for periodicals and learned societies on a wide range of subjects, and he has been in constant association with leaders in research and thought in chemistry and physiology.   He became a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1890.   He is also a member of the American Physiological Society, of which he has been on the council since 1887, and was president 1895 - 1904; of the American Society of Naturalists, of which he was president in 1903;  of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in


(IV) Simeon, son of Josiah and Hannah (Sherman) Chittenden, was born in Guilford, 28th Dec 1714, and married 26th Jan 1737, Submit, daughter ofJohn and Mary (Norton) Scranton, of Guilford, born 18th Jun 1712.   She died 15th Apr 1796.   He removed to North Guilford, and acquired a large landed property there.  He was chosen deacon of the church there, 25th Oct 1760.   He served in the revolution, Lexington Alarm, Captain Noah Fowler’s Company, seven days.   He died 12th Apr 1789.   Children:  Mabel, born 5Nov 1737; Josiah, 13th Nov 1739:  Simeon, 13th Apr 1742, mentioned below; Submit, 9th Dec 1744;  Mary, 12th Oct 1747;  Abel, 2nd Nov 1750;  David, 1755.


(V) Simeon (2) son of Simeon (1) and Submit (Scranton) Chittenden, was born 13th Apr 1742, and married, 15th Dec 1773, Sarah, daughter of Selah and Rachel (Stone) Dudley, of Guilford, born 3rd Dec 1746.   She died 12th Mar 1841.   He lived in North Guilford, where he was a farmer by occupation and noted for his kindness and liberality to the poor.   He was killed by a vicious bull, 22 Sep 1812.   Children, born in Guilford:  Josiah 14th Oct 1774, died 23rd Sep 1781; Sally, 9th Jan 1776; David, 23rd Sep 1777; Abel. 31st

Aug 1779, mentioned below; Simeon, 1781, died 4th Mar 1782; Lucy, 19th Mar 1783; Ruth, 19th Jan 1785; Rachel, 28th Apr 1787; Simeon, 3rd Jan 1791.


(VI) Abel, son of Simeon (2) and Sarah (Dudley) Chittenden, was born 31st Aug 1779, in Guilford, and married 19th Jun 1804, Anna Hart, daughter of Timothy and Olive (Norton) Baldwin, born 8th Feb 1784.  She died 4th Jun 1845.   He lived in Guilford on the lot occupied by the first William, and died there 5th Dec 1816.   Children, born in Guilford:  Henry Baldwin, 9th Nov 1805, died 27th Jun 1806;  Olove Norton, 21st Apr 1807;  Sarah Dudley, 21st Dec 1809;  Anna Hart, 14th Apr 1812;  Simeon Baldwin, 29th Mar 1814, mentioned below;  Henry Abel, 29th Apr 1816.

(VII)  Simeon Baldwin, son of Abel and Anna Hart (Baldwin) Chittenden, was born in Guilford, 29th Mar 1814, and married (first) 10th May 1837, Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Sherman Hartwell, of Warren, Connecticut, born 29th Sep 1818, died 3rd Sep 1852.   He married (second) 11 Oct 1854, Cornelia Baldwin,   1907 he was president of the American Society of Biological Chemists.   As an indication of the standing of Professor Chittenden among scientists, it is appropriate to repeat the sentence from the address of President Daniel C. Gilman, of Johns Hopkins University, at the semi-centennial celebration of the Sheffield Scientific School; “Nowhere else in this country, not in many European laborities, has such work been attempted 171 and accomplished as is now in progress on Hillhouse Avenue, unobserved, no doubt, by those who daily pass the laboratory door, but watched with welcoming anticipation where ever physiology and medicine are prosecuted in the modern spirit of research.   “In 1908 he was appointed by President Roosevelt a member of the referee board of consulting scientific experts to aid the secretary of agriculture in deciding questions connected with the pure food laws of the country.   In politics he is a Republican; in religion a Protestant Episcopal.   A lover of nature, he takes delight in outdoor recreation, especially in fishing.   His home is at 83 Trumbell Street..   Professor Chittenden married, 20 Jun 1877, Gertrude L., daughter of Charles F. and Hannah Maria (Bradley) Baldwin, who came from county Kent, England.   Children:  1. Edith Russell,  graduate of  Smith College in 1899.   2. Alfred Knight, Ph.B., Yale, 1900; M.F., Yale, 1902. 3. Lilla Millard, born 31st March 1885.


(III) Josiah Chittenden, son of Thomas Chittenden (q.v.), was born 1677, and married, 8th Jan 1707, Hannah, daughter of John and Elizabeth Sherman, of Woodbury, Connecticut, baptized July 1680.   She died

30th Jul 1744, aged sixty-four.   They lived in the eastern part of the old Chittenden homestead, in Guilford, which had come to him from his father.   He died there, 28th Aug 1759.   Children born Guilford: Josiah, 21st May 1710, died 11th aug 1729; Simeon, 28 Dec 1714, mentioned below; Joanna, 2nd Jan 1716; Mehitabel, 28th July 1719; Mary 14th Sep 1721; Abigail, 31st Oct 1723, died 21st Aug 1732.

widow of Rev. Walter Colton, of Philadelphia, chaplain in the Navy, and daughter of Oren and Mary R. Baldwin Colton, of Philadelphia, born 13th Feb 1817.   Mr Chittenden was for the greater part of his life a merchant, and carried on a successful and extensive business first in New Haven, and after 1842, in New York.   Until his retirement in 1874, his form was second to none in financial standing and business enterprise.   In the fall of that year he was elected member of Congress from the state of New York, and continued in that office by successive reelections until 1881.   He was a ready and forcible speaker, and had sound views on subjects of national interest, especially in financial matters; on that account, he exerted a wide influence in the direction of public affairs.   Children:  Mary H., 18th Aug 1840;  Simeon B., 6th Jun 1845, mentioned below;  CharlesS., 11th Aug 1850.


(VIII) Simeon B., son of Simeon Baldwin and Mary Elizabeth (Hartwell) Chittenden, was born 6th Jun 1845, in Brooklyn, New York, 172 and married 21st May 1868, Mary warner, daughter of John Joel Hill, of Brooklyn, New York.   She was born in Albany, New York, 22nd May 1847.   Her mother was Mary Elizabeth McMurdy of Albany, and was from an old family of albany.   She is a descendant of John Howland and Elizabeth  Tilley, and through them is a member of the Mayflower Society.   She is also a member of the Colonial Dames of New York State.   Mr Chittenden graduated from Yale College in 1865, and became a lawyer in New York City.   His winter residence is in Brooklyn, New York, 212 Columbia Heights.   In summer he lives in Guilford, Connecticut.   Children:  1.  Alice Hill, born 27th Jun 1869, unmarried.   2. Mary Hartwell, 28th Jan 1872, widow of Augustus F. Holly, Jr.   3. Anna Gansevoort, 2nd Feb 1876, married Charles Martin Thayer of Worcester; no children.   4. Simeon Baldwin, 7th Apr 1879, married Grace Chapman; children: i. Alice Fay.   ii  Lydia Barrett.   5. Paul, deceased.

Chittenden Ruth:   Arnold High School, Cluster County, Nebraska.   Class of 1929.


The Chittenden Way of Life:


“The first governor of Vermont lived in Arlington, up near the railroad station where the new Masonic building stands.   A bronze memorial tablet on that slope commemorates the presence here of the Chittendens’.     But no homely stories of everyday life ever get put into bronze.   It costs too much.   So, from the inscription on the tablet, you would never guess what kind of people the Chittendens were.   They were perfectly in accord with the general Vermont idea that people who don’t work with their hands and muscles have no call to look down on those who do.   One of the favorite stories still told about them in Arlington is of a well-dressed traveler, who had business with Governor Chittenden, riding up from the South and looking for somebody to ask about the whereabouts of the Chittenden home.  When he drew near to Aldington, the narrow dirt road was completely blocked by a big hay wagon.   The driver, who sat high up on it driving the two horses, was an old fellow with grizzled hair and plain farmer’s clothes.   The stranger, who wore a three-cornered hat and a wide-skirted bright blue coats with lace ruffles and gold buttons, called out to him.   “Can you tell me where His Excellency Governor Chittenden lives”.   The old farmer turned his head and called back.  “I’m going there.   Follow me.”   The elegant stranger assumed that the old fellow in the workingman’s smock-frock was one of the servants employed at the gubematorial mansion;   for in the American colonies of the eighteenth century the governors lived in “a style befitting their rank” as the saying used to run.   For the same reason, dressed handsomely, too, with silk coats and velvet breeches, silk stockings, and silver buckles on well-polished shoes.   The hay wagon crawled slowly around many turns in the narrow road.   The gentleman rider jogged impatiently behind it.   Finally they arrived at a plain, small, farmer’s house.   Across the road was a barn and barnyard.   And here the hay wagon turned in.   The astonished rider followed.   The hay wagon halted, the old farmer slid to the ground, gave the reins to a waiting boy, turned to the man in fine broadcloth, dusted off his hands, and said pleasantly, “I’m Governor Chittenden.   What can I do for you?” Another story is about Mrs Chittenden. Some fine city folks had come up from Massachusetts to see her husband about business.   These  visitors from a state where the governor never appeared without a powdered wig and never went out except in a coach were surprised to see Mrs Chittenden herself, aproned from neck to hem, getting the dinner, bustling to and from the kitchen into the dining room where a long table was spread.    But they were more surprised when the wife of the chief executive of Vermont stepped to the door and rang the big bell which, she explained, was to call in the men working in the hayfield.     Seeing the gentlemen look surprised, she said mildly, with the dry Vermont, ironic turn which we treasure, “I know, it must seem odd to you that we eat at the same table with the haymakers.   Of course I realize they’ve been out in the hot sun all morning, while we have been here, comfortable, in the house.   By rights, they should eat first and we should wait our turn.    But I thought since you were company, they wouldn’t mind having us all eat together


Chittenden Widow:  Extract from a diary of Israel Litchfield from 1775 “April the 24th Anno 1775


In the morning we saw several vessels off the harbour.   We shifted our quarters from Mr Otis’s to the Widdow Chittenden’s house.   There we had two rooms and a chamber given up to us.”


Aldrich History of Bennington County Vermont


“A council of safety was appointed to administer the affairs of the State until some other provision in that regard should be made.   No list of the members of this council is to be found, but is is known that Thomas Chittenden, Ira Allen, Moses Robinson, Jonas Fay, Joseph Fay, Paul Spooner, Nathan Clark and Jacob Bayley were of the number.”   “The situation in which the inhabitants of the grants found themselves after the Declaration of Independence necessitated the calling of another convention of delegates from the several towns on the west side of the mountains, but desiring delegates from the east also:  which convention duly assembled, according to warrant, at the tavern of Cephas Kent, in the town of Dorset, on July 24, 1776.   Delegates for the town of Williston…. Colonel Thomas Chittenden.”   In a committee chosen to present the action of the convention to congress, and to petition that body that the State have a representation therein, was composed of Jonas Fay, Thomas Chittenden, Heman Allen and Reuben Jones, and the duly assigned to them was performed in due season.”   “Resolved, That the petition of Jonas Fay, Thomas Chittenden, Heman Allen and Reuben Jones, in the name and behalf of the people, styling themselves as aforesaid, (inhabitants of the New Hampshire Grants,) praying that their de, that they would consider themselves as a free and independent State, may be received; that the district in the said petition described, may be ranked among the free and independent States; and that the delegates there from may be admitted to Congress, “be dismissed.”   There is a letter written by Thomas “To the inhabitants of the State of Vermont”.    “The election for State offices was held on the first Wednesday of March 1778.   Each town elected a representative, or at least was permitted so to do, while the State officers - the governor and council - were chosen at large by the freeman.   The State officers first elected for Vermont were as follows:  Governor - Thomas Chittenden, of Williston, Lieutenant Governor - Joseph Marsh of Hartford.   Councilors - Ira Allen, of Colchester, Jacob Bayley, of Newbury; Joseph Bowker, of Rutland; Timothy Bronson, of Sunderland; Benjamin Carpenter, of Guilford; Jeremiah Clark, of Shaftsbury; Benjamin Emmons, of Woodstock; Jonas Fay, of Bennington; Thomas Murdock, of Norwich; Peter Olcott, of Hartland; and Moses Robinson, of Bennington.”


Directory of the Ancestral Heads of New England Families: 1620-1700 compiled by Frank R. Holmes & published in New York in1923


“Chittenden from Cornish British and Welsh, from Chy - tane - din, City, a house, tane .lower, and din, a hill. i.e. the lower house on the rising or fortified ground..”     John, son of Robert of Cranbrook, Kemt, Eng, bapt 1594.   He was a major in the English army:  arrived at New Haven, Conn. 1639, and one of the first settlers of Guilford, Conn.     Thomas Chittenden, linen weaver, came from Kent County, born England, 1585, came to Scituate, Mass.  1635..     William, brother of John, settled in New Haven, Conn., 1639: afterwards  a resident of Guilford, Conn..


From: Early Generations of the Founders of Old Dunstable


Thirty families Ezra S. Stearns, a.m.  History of Rindge, N. H.     History of Asburnham, Mass.   History of Plymouth, N.H. published by George E Littleford, Boston  1911.   Under the name Jacob Galusha are listed 16 children, the fourth of which was Elijah, born 23 Oct 1757 who married Beulah Chittenden, a daughter of Gov. Thomas and Elizabeth (Meigs) Chittenden.   He died a few years later.   His widow married, second, Col. Matthew Lyon, a native of Ireland, who lived several  years in Fairhaven, VT. and later in Kentucky and Arkansas.   He was a member of Congress from Vermont and Kentucky,and a delegate from the territory of Arkansas.   He died 1 Aug 1822.   His widow died 1824, near Little Rock, Ark.   The story of his career is one of romantic incident and of unusual interest.   His sons were able and brilliant men.     Jacob Galusha’s fourth child was Jonas, born 4 Feb 1752.   He lived in Shaftsbury and was constantly employed in public affairs.   He was a sheriff, councillor, judge of the county court, president elector, and governor of Vermont 1809 to 1819, except 1813 and 1814.   He married Mary Chittenden, a daughter of Gov. Thomas and Elizabeth (Meigs) Chittenden.   She died 30 Apr 1704.   He married second, Martha Sammons, who died 10 Nov 1797: he married third, 30 Jun 1808, Abigail Ward, who died 6 May 1809: he married fourth, Abigail (Atwater) Beach, who died 30 Jul 1831.   He died 25 Sep 1834.


From” American Marriages before 1699 compiled by Wm Montgomery Clemens in 1926:-


Chittenden Mary & John Leete, 4 Oct 1870, Guilford, Ct.


In the Fletcher Family History  page 285:-


Chittenden John S. of Buffalo, married Annie Lorenz Platt.   They had John, Phoebe and Annie..???  Frederick Fletcher b. 1804 in Woodstock, VT 1804 m. 1831 Maria Chittendon who died 1834.   He married  Beaulah Chittendon 1936.   Daughter by 1st marriage:  Mary M. B. By second marriage, Frederick Fayett and Truman Chittenden ???.


The Great Migration. Vol. 11. Article about Thomas Chittenden of Wapping, Middlesex migrating in 1635


Pioneers of Massachusetts by Pope. “Chittenden, Chettenden, Thomas, age 51, with wife Rebecca, age 40, and children, Isaac, age 10, and Henry, age 6, in the ‘Increase’, April 1635.   He settled in Scituate, linen-weaver.   Took Oath of Allegiance 1 Feb 1638.   Will dated 7 Oct 1668, probate 4 Jun 1669.   Bequest all to sons Isaac and Henry (REG. VII. 178)”.   Page 27  re Baker family.  “Rev. Nicholas who came early to Hingham 1635/6.   First wife is not named, 2nd wife Grace, had several children, one of which was Deborah bapt. 6 Jun 1652, who married Israel Chittenden”.   Page 271  re Vinal family.  “Stephen, Scituate, 5 Mar 1638/9. Anna, spinster (his widow?) received deed of land with other property. In 1648.  She died 6 Oct 1664: administration of her estate granted to Stephen and John V. (Reg. VI. 186) Stephen married 26 Feb 1662, Mary Baker, Martha married Apr 1646, Isaac Chittenden”.


NEHGS Newletter 1995. April-June issue, Vol.5:


Article re the Lathrop Church - last paragraph “As a result, there were only ten male members of Lathrop’s church left behind in 1640 - Humphrey Turner, Edward Foster, Timothy Hatherly, Thomas Laphan, Isaac Stedman, William Vassall, Isaac Chittenden, John Winter, Richard Sillis and Thomas King.    These were the men who would have to face the problem of gathering a new church”.


NEHGS Newsletter. 1850. Vol 4, Page 165:


Nathaniel Chittenden m Desire Otis, 1749.   Page 257:  Isaac Chittenden, under Scituate 1643  “List of those able to bear Arms in New Plymouth”.


NEHGS Newsletter. 1848


“Moses Paine of Braintree inventory of his goods signed by Robert Kitchell, William Chittenden, Benjamin ??? and John Reade”


Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers on New England:


Showing three generations of those who came before May 1690 on the basis of Farmer’s Register, by James Savage.   Volume 1, published in Boston by Little, Brown and Company  1860:-   Chittenden Henry, Scituate 1651, son of Thomas born in England, had Joseph, born 1657, beside Susanna, Eliz and Ruth, and died 1713 leav. Died Eliz. Extrix. Of his will, in which he devised to Nathaniel, son of Joseph born 1694, the lds of Cohasset, and mentioned other great grand children Mary Morton, Ruth Stetson and Alithea, perhaps sister of Nathaniel, Isaac, Scituate, elder of the preceding, came with his family April 1646, Mary, eldest daughter of widow Ann Vinal, had Sarah and Rebecca, twins, born 25th Feb 1647, Mary 17th Aug 1648, Israel 10th Oct 1651, Stephen 5th Nov 1654, Eliz 9th Sep 1658 and Isaac 30th Sep 1663, beside Benjamin, without date of birth, but kn to have come before the last, perhaps even earlier, for he was married, without issue, when he fell, as a soldier under Captain Michael Pierce 26th Mar 1676, in that last Rehoboth fight when Canonchet took wild compensation for the cruelty of our NH.E. powers to his father Miantonomi the saddest example of judicial blindness in our first generation.   He was representative 1658, often after, and was killed 20th May following the loss of his son when the Indians assaulted the town.   Sarah married 1666 Captain Anthony Collimore.   Israel, Scituate, son of the preceding married 1678 Deborah, daughter of Rev. Nicholas Baker, had Nicholas, born 1678, Isaac 1781 and Israel 1690, mwh yr je was lieut. In the sad expedition of Phips, when Sylvester, Captain John Stenson, ens, of his company were lost.    John, Guilford, youngest son of William, married 12th Dec 1685, Hannah, daughter of John Fletcher, had John born 19th Oct 1666, Eliz 26 Jan 1669, Joseph 26th Mar 1872, Gideon 23 Sep 1678, died young, Abel 14th May 1681, and Lydia 30th Mar 1684 and died Apr 1717. Nathaniel, Guilford, brother of preceeded by wife Sarah, had Nathaniel born 1st Aug 1669, Sarah 2nd Mar 1672, Mary 16th Feb 1675, Joseph 6th Sep 1677, Hannah 15th Mar 1679 or 80, Deborah 15th Oct 1682, died at 2 years, and Cornelius, 1685, and died Jun 1689.   Stephen, Scituate, brother of Isaac, married 1679, Mehitable, daughter of Isaac Bush, had Thomas born 1688, and perhaps other children.


Thomas, Scituate, a linen weaver, from some part of County Kent, it is said, came from London in the “Increase”, 1635, age 51 with wife Rebecca, 40, and those children before mentioned, Isaac 14 and Henry 6, unit with his wife 12th Feb 1637, to Lothrop’s Church, had grant of house. Lot. 1638, on Kent Street.   He died 1668 and his will was of 7th Oct. inv. 9th Nov of that year.


Thomas, Guilford, eldest son of William married Joanna (the name following is Jordan, but is crossed out), perhaps daughter of John, had Samuel born 20th Sep 1664, died unmarried at 30 years.   William 5th Oct 1666, Joanna 13th Dec 1668, died young, Abigail 5th Dec 1670, Thomas 12th Jan 1673, Mehitable 1675 and Josiah 1678, died Oct 1683.   William and Josiah had progeny, and one (I know not which) was grandfather of Thomas, the first Governor of the State of Vermont, whose son Martin Dart Chittenden 1789, was also Governor and died 1840


Genealogies by the Library of Congress: 1986 Section III:


CS71.C543 1895 Genealogical and revolutionary records of Edwin Sedgewick Chittenden and Nile Searles Chittenden of St. Paul, Minn. [microfilm] – [Saint Paul??: s.n., 1895?] 8 p., [1] leaf of plates: ports: 25 cm. Cover title. Descendants of William Chittenden, 1594-1661.  “Taken [with additional notes] from the Year Book of Minnesota Society Sons of America Revolution. Published at St. Paul, 1895”-P. [1] Notes in manuscript throughout text.  Illustrated material preserved in MicRR. Call numbers of original: CS71, C543 1895 Master microform held by: DLC. Microfilm, Washington, D.C.  Library of Congress Photo duplication Service, 1985. 1 microfilm reel: 35 mm Microfilm 84/8217 [C] 84-248145 [8910]


General Register of the Society of Colonial Wars: 1899-1902:


Chittenden Major William, 1593-1660. Colony of Conn. In 1643 elected principal military man, Magistrate of the Plantation, and Deputy until his death.   Brewer William A. 460.  Buell Frederick F. 55. Buel, Jno L. 296. Chittenden Edw. A. 360. Chittenden Edwin S. 432.  Fletcher, Truman C.  362.  Leete Charles S.  304. & nb sp: Stetson George R. 325. Tracy Robert S.  453.


History of Hartford:


“The greatest of all evils which they suffered were derived from the savages.   These people kept the colonist, after the first hostilities commenced, in almost perpetual terror and alarm.   The first annunciation of an Indian war is its actual commencement.   In the hour of security, silence and sleep, when your enemies are supposed to be friends quietly employed in hunting and fishing when they are believed to be at a distance of several hundred miles, and perfectly thoughtless of you and yours; when thus unsuspecting, slumbering on your pillow, your sleep is broken up by the war-whoop; your house, your village are set on fire; your family and friends are butchered and scalped, yourself 1 The 1st  section of the “Militia Act,” passed in February, 1779, made the lieutenant-governor major-general.   In a letter written by Gov. Chittenden to Lieut-Gov. Marsh, 29th Apr 1778, he addressed him as major-general.


History of Litchfield County, page 455


“The first National Bank of New Milford originally a State Bank, the Bank of Litchfield County, with capital of $100.000.   The first meeting of stockholders was held 6th Dec 1852 and Board of Directors was chosen - F Chittenden.   The banking house was the small brick building on Main St.   Mr Chittenden was compelled to resign 7th Apr 1853.   While the State Bank and very soon after its organization, the Bank of Litchfield County sustained heavy losses on account of the misdoings of it’s President, Frederick G Chittenden…. Page 456…. The Union Library of New Milford was established in the centre of New Milford, 18th Feb 1796.   Among the first proprieters, Stephen Chittenden, Jr.


History of Orlando: ‘From Florida Sand to the Beautiful’ by E. H. Gore, Orange Press, 2d ed. 1951, pp 268-269:


‘Chittenden and Van Horn’   George Curtis Chittenden and wife, Anna Rose, were born in England and came to this country in 1876 and settled in Fairfield, Illinois.   In May 1884 they decided to go South and grow up with the country, so located in Orlando.   Mr Chittenden engaged in architecture and building, and planned and built many of the first large frame houses constructed in Orlando.   He took an active part in lodge circles and was a charter member of Eureka Chapter No. 7, R.A.M. and served as its first High Priest in 1886.   He was Grand Tyler when Orlando Lodge No. 69, F. & A.M. laid the cornerstone for the brick court house in 1892.   He also served as Noble Grand of the Odd Fellows Lodge.   Mr. Chittenden raised two children, Geo. J. Chittenden and Florence Chittenden.   They were members of the Episcopal Church and were buried in Greenwood.’     ‘Mr. Wm. Perry Van Horn married Florence Chittenden in Fairfield, III., and came to Orlando in 1884.   They had two children, Harry C. and Annie C., one of whom, Mrs. Annie C. Gore still resides in Orlando, 512 Macy Street.   She is the widow of Frederick Delmar Gore who with his brother, William E. Gore, came in early days to work on the first brick buildings as they were experienced brick layers.   They built the old red brick court house.’     ‘Harry C. Van Horn left Orlando in 1903 and served as Grocery Dept. manager for Baker and Holmes in Jacksonville, Fla., for 23 years.   Now he resides in Valdosta where for years he has been connected with a turpentine and rosin company.’     ‘During the war he was chairman of the U.S.O., President of T.P.A., Exalted Ruler of the Elks and District Deputy of South Georgia, Chancellor Commander of Knights of Pythias.’   His mother,Mrs Florence Van Horn, conducted a dressmaking parlor in the two-story wooden block, corner of W. Church and Orange Avenue, where the First National Bank building is now located.’   

NOTE:  My great-grandfather was William E. Gore, brother of Frederick Delmar Gore, born 4 Jul 1873 in Cuthbert, (Randolph Co.), GA, died 4 Oct 1933 in Orlando.   My mother remembers Annie May Chittenden Van Horn Gore as a lovely person.   Annie and Fred married 6 Sep 1901 in Orlando (Orange Co.) Florida. I have that Annie was born ca 1886 in Fairfield, IL, and died 5 Feb 1973 in St. Petersburg, Florida.   She is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Orlando, along with her husband.   Florence Chittenden Van Horn enjoyed a fine reputation as a dressmaker.   Orlando is my home town - Chanda.


History of Portage County, Ohio Warner, Beers & Co, Chicago, 1885.


John Parmelee, a native of England, who with his family and twenty four other men, presumably also with families, set sail for America in 1639.   While on shipboard and a few days out of Boston, the company entereed into the following covenant or agreement.  “We, whose names are hereunder written, intending by God’s gracious permission to plant ourselves in New England, and it may be in the southern part about Quinnipisack (or New Haven) we do faithfully promise each to each for ourselves and our families and those that belong to us, that we will, the Lord assisting us, set down and join ourselves together in one entire plantation, to be helpful each to the other in any common work, according to every man’s ability and as need shall require, and we promise not to desert or leave each other on the plantation but with the consent of the rest or greater part of the company who have entered into this engagement, as for our gathering together in a church way, and the choice of ! …. Officers and members to be joined together in that way do refer to ourselves until such time as it please God to settle us in our plantation, in witness whereof we do subscibe our hands thus 1st day of June 1839 - Robert Rickell, John Bishop, Francis Bushnell, William Chittenden, William Leete, Thomas Joans, John Jurden, William Stone, John Hoadley, John Stone, William Plam, Richard Suttridge, John Housinger,  William Dudley, John Parmelee, John Mepham, Thomas Norton, Abraham Crittenden. |Francis Chatfield, William Noble, Thomas Naish, Henry Kingston, Henry Doude, Thomas Cook, Henry Whitfield.” They were Presbyterians and the last named was their minister.   This company located in Guilford, Conn.


History of Santa Cruz: by Steve Williams.


“George Augustus Chittenden - This gentleman is one of the well-known Native Sons of Santa Cruz Parlor No. 90, and a prominent young businessman of this city, being associated with L .J. Dake, under the firm name of Dake & Chittenden, the California market.   He is the son of J. H. Chittenden, and was born near Petaluma, Sonoma County, September 17, 1862.   He came to Santa Cruz with his parents when six years of age, and has been reared and educated here.   His business experience began as a dry goods clerk in 1878, in which capacity he worked for eight years, when he established himself in business, as above noted.   The venture has proved very successful, which of itself is strong proof of the popularity of the firm, and the best evidence of their method of conducting business and efforts to please patrons.     Mr. Chittenden is an active member of the Santa Cruz Parlor N.S.G.W., having passed through all the chairs of the order, at present being Past President.   He is prominent in committee work and energetics endeavors to further the interests of the order and promote the welfare of Santa Cruz,  He is also Vice President and Director of Santa Cruz Parlor No. 90, N.S.G.W., Building Associate   Mr. Chittenden is an industrious and temperate young man of good habits and business ability.”


History of Scituate, Massachusetts: From it’s First Settlement to 1831.” Samuel Deane (1733-1814)


Lieut. Isaac Buck, Blacksmith.   He died intestate 1695.   Commissioners divided his estate as follows:  Excerpt:-  “To Mehitable, wife of Stephen Chittenden”


History of Washington State Public Works: “Building Washington” Paul Dorpat and Genevieve McCoy. Tartu Publications, Seattle, 1998


“Colonel Hiram Chittenden arrived [in Seattle] in 1906 as the Corps’ [of Engineers] chief engineer for the Seattle office ….. Hiram Chittenden renewed the public’s faith in the full-sized [ship canal] with its masonry lock at Ballard (in 1954 it was named for him) and wide cut at Montlake as significantly superior to Moore’s smaller timber lift.   The federal government’s $2.275 million appropriation to the project eliminated any need for anxious canal boosters to again turn to private developers.   Ground was broken Nov. 10, 1911 …. (and on) February 2, 1916 …. The first vessels to pass through the still opengates carried commuters ….  On Jul 4th 1917, the Lake Washington Ship Canal was dedicated.   Confined by stroke to a wheelchair the partially paralyzed Chittenden watched what he could of the naval parade from the prospect of his Capitol Hill home.   He died 97 days later.”


History of Ancient Wethersfield, Connecticut


1658 May

Wright Thomas married (Wethersfield Recs., 11. P. 171. and Talcott’s N.Y. & New England Families, p. 729, say 16 Jun 1657) to Elizabeth (dau of Lieut. William) Chittenden (acc, to Chapin, tho’ Savage thinks this marriage may have been that of Thomas, of Guilford) She died 17 Feb 1675, age 38, he died 23 Aug 1683

p 851

1688 Apr 27th

Goodrich, Col. David m (1) Hannah (dau of Thomas Jr. & Elizabeth Chittenden) Wright, of Wethersfield died Wethersfield , age near 28

p 374


Elizabeth Chittenden married Thomas Wright, was the dau of Lieut William & Joan (Sheaffe) Chittenden: b. Cranbrook, Co. Kent, Eng., 1694 son of Robert & Mary (Merriam) Chittenden: d in England 22 Jul 1593. See American Ancestry

Vol 5, p. 16

1767 Apr 29th

Chittenton “The aged Mrs” died - Newington Church Records

p. 207

1783 Jan 16th

Mercy Chittenden m Sgt John Francis Wethersfield

p 338


Lusk William T. m (1) Mary Chittenden (2) Matilda Thorn: he was an eminent N.Y. Phys. Grad. Y. C., and Bellevue: served in Civil War

p 493

1841 Oct 10th

Stillman Deacon Ebenezer m Anna Chittenden of Guilford, Conn., d 4 Jun 1845

p. 678

1876 Dec 10th

Wolcott Hannah Blinn (dau of Charles Wolcott & first wife Hannah Blinn)



b 27 Jun 1848 m George M Chittenden. Issue: 1. Elizabeth Wolcott Chittenden



b 31 Mar 1884: 2. Marion Chittenden, b 9 Oct 1888

p. 846


History of Worcester and Its People, by Charles Nutt. Volume 1. Pages 153,154


Representative citizen of Worcester, whose death at his home there on Fep 19th 1894, was felt as a severe loss by a large circle of friends and business associates, was a member of an old New England family, which for many years was most closely identified with the life and affairs of the State of Vermont.   It was a member of this family who was the first governor of the newly made State after the Revolution.   Thomas Chittenden was one of the most conspicuous figures of the Green Mountain State at that period, and was the natural choice of his fellows for the first and highest honor in their gift.   The Chittenden family is of Welsh origin and the name derived from 3 Gaelic words, chy, tane, den or din, which has significance of a castle or fortress in a valley between mountains.   William Chittenden, a native of Cranbrook, Kent, England, who in the year 1639 came from his native land and settled at Guilford, Conn.   He was the great-great-grandfather of Governor Chittenden and also of Bethuel Chittenden, the first Protestant Episcopal minister in the same state.     Thomas Chittenden was born Jan 6th 1730, at east Guilford, Conn, and like many of the prominent figures in our early history was brought up on a farm.   When 18 years old he went to sea, and as England and France were then at war, his vessel was captured by a French cruiser.   He was sometime in winning his liberty, and when he did so, he found himself friendless and indigent in a West Indies port, from which he had great difficulty in making his way home again.   He decided thereafter to make his home on the land and became rapidly well lnown in the Winooski Valley, situated on the southside of the river of that name, and about 12 miles above its union with Lake Champlain.   Here he lived and prospered until the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, in the disturbances preceding which he had taken a prominent role.   At the conclusion of this trouple he was elected first federal Governor and distinguished himself most highly in that difficult post when unusual powers of organization were required.   He married Elizabeth Meigs, and they were the parents of 10 children.   It was from such sterling stock as this that Collins Williams Chittenden was descended, and he himself displayed in his character the same strong and trustworthy traits that were possessed by his ancestors.


Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical & Family Memoirs: (Lewis Historical Publishing Coy, 1911; edited by Cuyler Reynolds)


Vol. 2. Pp. 656-657: William Chittenden was a magistrate of Guilford, Connecticut, from 1639 to 1743, and a deputy to the general assembly of Connecticut, 1646-51-53-60.   He was Lieutenant of the town militia, 1648.   He died in February 1660-61.  He married Joana Sheaff, died August 16th 1668.   (ii)  Nathaniel, son of William and Joana (Sheaff) Chittenden, died June 1691.   Married Sarah – (iii)  Nathaniel (2) son of Nathaniel and Sarah Chittenden, was born August 10th 1669; married Elizabeth Stevens, born July 14th 1668, died November 15th 1738.   (iv)  Nathaniel (3) son of Nathaniel (2) and Elizabeth (Stevens) Chittenden, was born June 6th 1701, died August 1762;  married January 6th 1735, Lucy Nettleton.   (v)  Daniel, son of Nathaniel (3) and Lucy (Nettleton) Chittenden, was born August 27th 1739; married at Killingworth, Connecticut, Grace Watrons.   (vi)  Wise, son of Daniel and Grace (Watrons) Chittenden, was born April 17th 1775, died December 1857;  married October 15th 1798, Huldah Buell, born August 29th 1777, died February 18th 1868.   (vii)  Harlow Watrons, son of Wise and Huldau (Buell) Chittenden, was born March 22nd 1817, died July 24th 1872.   He was the first general superintendent of the consolidated New York Central Railroad lines.   He married December 18th 1837, Nancy Jane Williams,  born October 25th 1820.   (viii)  Helen Maria, daughter of Harlow Watrons and Nacy Jane (Williams) Chittenden, married December 13th 1865, Dr. John Seymour Clarke, of Syracruse, New York.   (ix)  Marian Chittenden Clarke, daughter of Dr. John Seymour and Helen Maria (Chittenden) Clarke, married General Charles Whitney Tillinghasti.


Minnesota Railroads 1849-1875. “The Vigilante, the Explorer, The Expounder and the First Superintendent of the Yellowstone National Park


Page 658: On the night of September 19th, the explorers camped at the junction of the Firehole and Gibbon Rivers.   The bivouac at that spot has made it historic, for there the idea of establishing a National Park bloomed and blossomed forth in full flower and became a practical one.   General H. M. Chittenden retired, when Engineer in Charge of road construction, etc., in the park, very properly placed a large tablet at this point to commemorate that truth.   To a high hill or salient at this point has also been given the name National Park Mountain.

Page 661:   General H. M. Chittenden, in his fine and very conscientious work, “The Yellowstone National Park,” published in 1895, treats this matter thus


Page 662: I have the greatest admiration and esteem for General Chittenden as a personal friend, a man, and a historian.   But I cannot but feel that he has, with the best motives and intentions in the world, scarcely awarded the honors in the affair in an equitable manner.   He has given Hayden, who did not, originally, have any faith in the idea, entirely too much credit, and to Langford and Clagett altogether too little.   Langford was the John the Baptist of the National Park idea, crying aloud both in the wilderness and out of it, in advocacy of the Park, beofre Hayden ever saw the region.   As previously stated, the first suggestion of it that came to Hayden was from Langford’s (p 662) own lips from the lecture platform.   Langford and Clagett, as will appear later, had the movement for segregation well under way before Hayden became connected with it, or possibly, even knew of it


Page 662: It is a matter of regret that John Muir ever expressed such an opinion.   Mr. Muir may, possibly, base his belief upon what General Chittenden has said, and further, perhaps, upon what the U. S.Geological Survey has stated, for the latter also seems disposed to uphold Hayden as the one all important factor in the establishment of the Park


The American Fur Trade: by Hiram Chittenden


Bison Books, University of Nebraska Press. Lincoln. Nebraska. Volume 11, 1986.   www.thefurtrapper.com/indian_disease.htm


“Vermont Historical Gazetter.” By Hemenway. Hinesburgh


Page 832.  “Hon. Noah Chittenden, oldest son of Governor Thomas Chittenden, born in 1753, had entered public life previous to his coming to Jericho, as we find him sheriff of Addison County in 1785.   He married a daughter of John Fasset of Bennington, and had two children: Thomas, born in 1791, and Hannah wife of  Hon. Truman Galusha, born in 1795.   His son Thomas, or as he was commonly called, Judge Thomas, after his father’s death, removed to Ohio, where his son Thomas Jefferson still resides.   Most of the original titles to land were lost by sheriff’s sale for taxes. By this means “Judge Noah” became the owner of nearly or quite 2000 acres, by far the most opulent landholder in town.   He had therefore, a great influence, and was much employed in public business in town and county.   We remember him well - a hale, stout, vivacious old gentleman.   He died rather suddenly of apoplexy in 1835.   Hon. Martin Chittenden lived many years in Jericho, near his brother Noah.   Representative many years before he removed to Williston