Early Vermont Settlers to 1784 is a Research Study Project

A new genealogical study promises fascinating insights into the early settlement and development of Vermont. Early Vermont Settlers to 1784 is a research study project that will help family historians trace ancestors who traveled north on their migration from southern New England.

The study by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, based in Boston, will build dossiers of records — occupational, religious, political, military, educational, probate, birth and death, historical, genealogical, and state — to paint a picture of early life in Vermont. The project study director is Scott Andrew Bartley, a genealogist, former NEHGS librarian, and a Vermont native.

Details may be found in an article in the (Barre-Montpelier) Times Argus at http://www.timesargus.com/article/20150706/NEWS01/707069993.


This is so interesting. My mother’s family followed almost the exact route they mention in the article. At the end of the American Revolution one branch of the family moved from Alstead, NH, to Coventry, VT, before finally settling down in Crown Point, NY, circa 1820. Another branch hauled their belongings up the Connecticut River on sleds to settle in northern VT, before also heading west to Crown Point. Although I knew Crown Point was an important stop on the water route from Montreal and Plattsburgh, down Lake Champlain to Ticonderoga and Lake George. I had no idea the main *road* from VT to Ticonderoga would have gone through Crown Point, as that would have involved crossing a fairly broad stretch of Lake Champlain before heading south to Ti. I would have expected any road to run through Ti, and thence north to Crown Point.


David Paul Davenport July 8, 2015 at 12:19 pm

This is exciting. Hope he builds a big dossier and includes details of my family, the Grays, who established Sheffield, VT, in 1775.


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