Pittsfield, Rutland County, Vermont Genealogy

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

Gov. Thomas Chittenden granted a charter to Pittsfield on June 29, 1781, but it took another 12 years before the town officially organized. The first settlers, Daniel and Joseph Bowe, arrived in 1786, raising a home near the southern border. At that first town meeting, residents permitted mill owner Charles Goodrich to name the town. He decided to call it after his previous residence, Pittsfield, Mass.

Pittsfield's economy thrived because of its two primary natural resources - water and lumber. Both the Tweed and White Rivers run through town. By 1840, water powered a gristmill, three sawmills, a tannery and one fulling mill. But timber proved to be Pittsfield's greatest asset. Starting in the 1860s until 1920, lumber fed the economy.

Like so many other smaller Rutland County towns, Pittsfield's greatest population occurred in the 19th century. In 1840, 615 people lived in town. By 1950, the population had dropped to 225 and the 2010 Census counted 546 residents.[1][2]

Historical Data[edit | edit source]

Town Histories[edit | edit source]

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 Pittsfield is Rutland.
Rutland Probate Court
83 Center Street
Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 775-0114

City Directories[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

1854 Rutland County, Pittsfield map

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

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1. Pittsfield Federated United
Rural Route 100
Pittsfield, VT 05762‎
Phone: (802) 746-8698

Town Records[edit | edit source]

Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005, can be found on FamilySerach (browse only images) at this link.

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Pittsfield Town Clerks Office. These include Town records, v. 1-2, 1746-1862, and Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1857-1864; indexes to births, marriages, deaths, 1746-1995.

Pittsfield Town Clerk
40 Village Green
PO Box 556
Pittsfield, VT 05762
Phone: (802) 746-8170
Email: townofpittsfield@myfairpoint.net
Website: Pittsfield Town Clerk

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Rutland Herald online at this link.

Libraries and Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

Pittsfield Vermont Roger Clark Memorial Library
40 Village Green
Pittsfield, VT 05762
Phone: 802-746-4067
Website: Pittsfield Vermont Roger Clark Memorial Library

Pittsfield Historical Society
Town Hall, On the Green, Pittsfield, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 574, Pittsfield, VT 05762
Email: fustertk@myfairpoint.net
Phone: (802) 746-8085
Contact: Pat Fuster, Treasurer

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Pittsfield: Logging boom built town's population, Don Wickman, Rutland Herald Newspaper, Mar. 2, 2007.
  2. History Rutland County Vermont, Edited by H. P. Smith and W. S. Rann, Syracuse, NY, 1886.

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