Bibliography of Vermont

“The Governor [Thomas Chittenden] in my presence said that whenever people were oppressed they will mob and that the people who fought the Bennington action are now under guard giving his opinion plumply against our cause, and that it would not do for this State to have any concern with Massachusetts quarrels. In the company of last evening I heard numbers of respectable men, to appearance, requesting him not to have anything to do with those just persons who have fled into this State for shelter, and further the Governor said he did not conceive the nature of their offence to be such that it was the duty of the State to be aiding in sending them away to the halter, General Ethan Allen in my presence said that those who hold the reins of the government in Massachusetts were a pack of damned rascals, and that there was no virtue among them, and that he did not think it worth anybody’s while to try to prevent them who had fled into this State for shelter from cutting down our maple trees”


Bicknell Genealogy

“With younger brothers and sisters to be supported and educated he cheerfully laid aside all plans for his own future, secured work upon the farm of Mr Chittenden [for whom the County of Chittenden, in Vermont, was named], and for years gave his earnings toward paying for the home farm. Apple and pear seeds, brought with them from the farm in New Hampshire, were planted by the father, and the family lived to enjoy the fruit from that orchard [The writer speaks from personal knowledge that when the last pear tree was over one hundred years old, years after those two generations had been gathered to their forefathers, it bore over a bushel of luscious fruit, and was still standing, a monarch of the old place in 1911] Not until Nathaniel 7, was thirty seven years old did he free to plan for himself


Bibliography of Vermont. Volume 4: Record of the Governor and Council, 1791-1804.

1. Obituary Notices of Governor Chittenden and Jonathan Aruold. Last Speech of Governor Chittenden.


2. “…..the bands continually worked down over his hands, which made it necessary for him as continually to push them back with his fingers, and in so doing a ballot for Gov. Galusha, the republican candidate, is supposed somehow to have got entangled in the ruffles, thus electing the Federal candidate, Martin Chittenden, by one majority, he receiving 112 votes and Galusha 111; subsequently 112 members made affidavit that they voted for Galusha, but it was of no avail, as Chittenden had been “counted in”……”


1. Chittenden Thomas. Remonstrance of the Council of Vermont against the Resolve of Congress 5th De1782. By Thomas Chittenden of Bennington, Vt. Hartford: 1783. 12mo. Pp.20.

2. Chittenden Lucius E. The Law of Baron and Femme, of Parent and Child, Guardian and Ward, Master and Servant, and of the Powers of Courts of Chancery: with an Essay on the terms Heir, Heirs, and Heirs of the Body, By Tapping Reeve, Second Edition, with Notes and References to English and American Cases, by Lucius E. Chittenden, Burlington: Chauncey Goodrich. 1846. 8vo, pp. IV, (1), 493, (6).

Encyclopaedia Britannica

Encyclopaedia Britannica: Chittenden County, Northwestern Vermont, U.S. It lies between Lake Champlain (constituting the border with New York State) to the west and the Green Mountains to the east. The terrain is characterized by lowlands in the west, including a few islands and bay inlets in Lake Champlain, and mountains in the east, most prominently Mount Mansfield (4,393 feet [1,339 metres]), Vermont’s highest mountain. The county is bisected east-west by the Winooski River. Other waterways are the Lamoille, Browns, Huntington, and La Platte rivers, as well as Shelburne Pond, Lake Iroquois, and Arrowhead Mountain Lake. Forests consist of hardwoods and white pine. Parklands include Mount Philo and Underhill state parks and Camel’s Hump and Mount Mansfield state forests. The county created in 1787, was named for Thomas Chittenden, the first governor of Vermont. It is the state’s most populuos county, and Burlington, the county seat, is the state’s most populous city. Burlington developed as a commercial port, a railroad centre, and the home of the University of Vermont (founded 1791). Notable residents included Ethan Allan, leader of the Green Mountain Boys during the U.S. War of Independence, and philosopher John Dewey. Located near Shelburne are Shelburne Farms, a large 19th-century estate, and the Shelburne Museum (opened 1947), known for its collection of American folk art. Other communities are South Burlington, Winooski and Essex.


State Papers of Vermont: Vol. 2

Charter Members of Chittenden 16th Mar 1780. Those who were granted land: Gershorn Beach: Thomas Spring, Aaron Jordan Booge, Pub-Virgillus Booge, Seth Keeler, Nathaniel Chipman, John Strong, …. Whitney, Daniel Lake, Benajah Roots, Ezra Root, Derias Chipman, Samuel Beach, Gershorn Beach 2nd , Samuel Lilley Jr, Timothy Chittenden Jr, Elisha Adams, Solomon Tyler, Nathaniel Ladd, Eleazer David, Ebenezer Pitcher, Henry Lake, George Lake, Jonathan Lake, Silas Page, Dudleu Averil, Zadock Averist, Daniel Foot, Daniel Collins, Thomas Chittenden, James Everts, David Lee Jr, Reuben Cooley, John Bancroft, Nathan Richardson, Robert Graham, Sarah Stiles, Asa Edmund, James Carpenter, Thomas Rowley, Rufus Stevens, Benjamin Everist, Adonjah Montague, John Fassett Jr, Israel Ellsworth, Moses Robinson, David Hubbel, Benedict Alford, John Daggett, William Clark, Libeus Johnson, Hezekiah Gould, Noah Murvin, Jabish Edgeton, Jonathan Fassett, James Murdock, John Page, Nathaniel Cutler Jr, John Cutler, Jesse Burk, Elihu Smith, Asahel Humphrey's, David Smith, Amasa Ladd, Joseph Barnard and Dan Barnard Jr.


Vermont (5) Thomas Chittenden Memorial, Williston, Vermont

Directions: [1956] From Williston village from east on Route 2 for 1.2 miles. Near bottom of Twist O’Hill, take dirt road north for 1.0 miles. Near this spot resided Thomas Chittenden first governor of Vermont and on of the chief founders of the Commonwealth. Born 1730 - Died 1797. He established a home in the town of Williston in 1776. But was compelled to abandon it on account of perils incident to the Revolutionary War. He returned at the close of the war and resided here until his death. Erected by Vermont Society Sons of the American Revolution ~MCMXIX ~


“Gen. Jonathan Spafford and Thomas Chittenden commenced the settlement of Williston, Vt, in 1774, locating on the river, and taking large tracts of land adjoining each other. During the war the settlement was abandoned, but they returned in 1786. Jonathan Spafford was deacon, and was the first representative from the town in the Legislature. He was from Connecticut, and died at an advanced age in Upper Canada.

568. Jacob Spafford m Electa Chittenden, 6th dau of Thomas Chittenden, Gov. of Vermont, 1778-96. They emigrated from Richmond, Vt., to Ohio, locating on the “Reserves” in 1816, the journey taking four weeks by teams.”


Frontier Crossroads. “The town of Salem, Vermont [in the northeast Kingdom] was originally a grant in 1780 to a Josiah Gates and 120 others contingent upon payment of 540 English pounds paid before Feb 1, 1781. The fee’s were not paid and Governor Chittenden authorized Noah Chittenden et al to sell the property.