Chester, Windsor County, Vermont Genealogy

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Historically, the largest religious groups in Vermont were the Congregational, Baptist, Roman Catholic, and Methodist churches. For general information about Vermont denominations, view the New Hampshire Church Records wiki page.

To see the churches in TOWN, visit.

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. The following are church records available online for the town of TOWN:

City Directories[edit | edit source]

Land Records[edit | edit source]

The following are online land records for the town of TOWN:

Libraries and Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

The following are online maps of the town of TOWN:

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

In Vermont, most probate records are kept at the town level. The following are online probate records for the town of TOWN:

Town Histories[edit | edit source]

Town Records[edit | edit source]

In Vermont, most records are kept at the town level and generally began being kept at the founding of the town. These records may include the following:

  • Births
  • Marriages
  • Deaths
  • Burials
  • Cemetery records
  • Appointments
  • Earmarks
  • Estrays (stray animals)
  • Freemens' oaths (men eligible to vote)
  • Land records
  • Mortgages
  • Name changes
  • Care of the poor
  • School records
  • Surveys
  • Tax lists
  • Town meeting minutes
  • Voter registrations
  • Warning outs (of town)

The following are TOWN town records available online:

Town Clerk[edit | edit source]

The town clerk is responsible for these records, and so most originals can be found at the town clerk's office.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Births[edit | edit source]

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Deaths[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Brief History[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Historically, the largest religious groups in Vermont were the Congregational, Baptist, Roman Catholic, and Methodist churches. For general information about Vermont denominations, view the New Hampshire Church Records wiki page.

To see the churches in TOWN, visit.

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. The following are church records available online for the town of TOWN:

City Directories[edit | edit source]

Land Records[edit | edit source]

The following are online land records for the town of TOWN:

Libraries and Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

The following are online maps of the town of TOWN:

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

In Vermont, most probate records are kept at the town level. The following are online probate records for the town of TOWN:

Town Histories[edit | edit source]

Town Records[edit | edit source]

In Vermont, most records are kept at the town level and generally began being kept at the founding of the town. These records may include the following:

  • Births
  • Marriages
  • Deaths
  • Burials
  • Cemetery records
  • Appointments
  • Earmarks
  • Estrays (stray animals)
  • Freemens' oaths (men eligible to vote)
  • Land records
  • Mortgages
  • Name changes
  • Care of the poor
  • School records
  • Surveys
  • Tax lists
  • Town meeting minutes
  • Voter registrations
  • Warning outs (of town)

The following are TOWN town records available online:

Town Clerk[edit | edit source]

The town clerk is responsible for these records, and so most originals can be found at the town clerk's office.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Births[edit | edit source]

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Deaths[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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]

The town of Chester kept annual town reports. These reports often contained birth, marriage, and death information. Below is a list of years when Chester kept town reports. (NOTE: Occasionally, these town reports missed vital statistic information from the end of the year. If you don't find your ancestor's vital information, check the following year's town report to see if your ancestor's information was recorded later.)


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]

  1. Town of Chester, VT- History of Chester - https://www.chestervt.gov/
  2. History of the Town of Chester, VT, http://usgenwebsites.org/VTGenWeb/Windsor-Co-VT.htm#Chester

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