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Chester, Windsor County, Vermont Genealogy

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

Chester was chartered by Gov. Benning Wentworth of New Hampshire.  There were three charters issued: one on Feb. 22, 1754 to the town of Flamstead, the second one was issued on Nov. 3, 1761 to the town of "New Flamstead," and the third charter issued by the Gov. of New York on July 14, 1766 to the town of "Chester."

The "Stone Village" section of town consists of 30 dwellings erected by two brothers from 1834 through the 1850s. The builders used rock quarried from Mount Flamstead as the construction stone. The mountain is the only feature that retains any reference to the town's first chartered name.[1][2]

Historical Data[edit | edit source]

Town Histories[edit | edit source]

Go to Archive.org to find published materials for this town.

The source: Popple Dungeon, Vermont, the settlement, farms and genealogy of a small community in Vermont, by Virginia Blake Clark, 1922 - view digital version at FamilySearch.
Go to Archive.org to find published materials for this town.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch Historical Records Collection has Vermont birth, death, and marriage records online.

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

The probate district for Chester is Windsor.
Windsor Probate Court
PO Box 402 (Cota Fuel Bdg)
N. Springfield, VT 05150
Phone: (802) 886-2284

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Records of enrolled militia, 1863, are available on microfilm at the Family History Library.

City Directories[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

1869 map of Chester

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

  • Brookside Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • North Street Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Pleasant View Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Poplar Grove Cemetery (aka Popple Dungeon Cemetery) - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Simsbury Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Smokeshire Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.

Deeds to cemetery lots, 1869-1924 (Chester, Vermont) are on microfilm at the Family History Library.

Churches[edit | edit source]

1. Congregational Church of Chester
469 Main Street
Chester, VT 05143
Phone: (802) 875-3382

2. First Baptist Church
162 Main Street
Chester, VT 05143
Phone: (802) 875-2638

3. First Universalist Unitarian Parish
21 North Street
Chester, VT 05143
Phone: (802) 875-3257

4. St. Joseph's Church
    148 South Main Street
Chester, VT 05143
Phone: (802) 875-2610

5. St. Luke's Episcopal Church
    313 Main Street
Chester, VT 05143
Phone: (802) 875-6000

Town Records[edit | edit source]

Digital images of Chester Town records, 1790-1996, are available online at FamilySearch.

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Chester Town Clerk's Office. These include Town records and land records, 1763-1903; indexes to vital records and deeds, 1763-1960, and Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1857-1996; indexes to births, marriages, deaths, 1763-1995.

Town of Chester
P. O Box 370
Chester, VT 05143
Phone: (802) 875-2173
Website: Chester Government Office

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Rutland Herald Newspaper

Libraries and Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

Chester Historical Society, Inc.
P. O. Box 118
Chester, VT 05143
Phone: (802) 875-5459
Email: knotz69@gmail.com
Website: Chester Gov Office Index

Whiting Library
117 Main Street
Chester, VT 05143
Phone: (802) 875-2277
Email: whitinglibrary@yahoo.com
Website: Whiting Library Wordpress

References[edit | edit source]

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