''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Vermont Genealogy|Vermont]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Windham County, Vermont|Windham ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Grafton '''''
=== Brief History ===
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The Town of Grafton is one of the smaller town’s in Windham County with a population of approximately 650, charted April 8, 1754 as Thomlinson for John Thomlinson, Benning Wentworth’s business agent in England and was then changed to Grafton in 1791.<br>
Many of the citizens of the town were anxious to have the town named after the town from which they emigrated, and to give each an equal chance it was decided to put the name of the town up at auction. Joseph Axtell won with a high bid of $5.00, and renamed the town for his former home of Grafton, Massachusetts. The kicker is that Axtell never paid the $5.00. Local lore has it that the bid included a jug of rum, which leads to some colorful conjecture as to how the participants chose to celebrate, and perhaps why they forgot to collect the money.<span style="line-height: 1.5em;"> </span><ref>Grafton, VT Municipal site - http://graftonvt.org/</ref><ref>History of the Town of Grafton, VT, http://
www. rootsweb.ancestry.com/ ~vermont/ WindhamGrafton. html</ref>
=== Historical Data<br> ===
*Five dollars and a jug of rum : the history of Grafton, Vermont, 1754-2000 by the Grafton Historical Society - [http://www.worldcat.org/title/five-dollars-and-a-jug-of-rum-the-history-of-grafton-vermont-1754-2000/oclc/191121880 find this book in a library].<br>
*History of Grafton, Vermont, 1754-1975 : and sidelights on Grafton history, by Helen M Pettingill (1975) - [http://www.worldcat.org/title/history-of-grafton-vermont-1754-1975-and-sidelights-on-grafton-history/oclc/2096761 find this book in a library].
*History of the town of Grafton, Vermont, by Francis A Palmer (1954) - [http://www.worldcat.org/title/history-of-the-town-of-grafton-vermont/oclc/7954670&referer=brief_results find this book in a library]. [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/183956
?availability=Family%20History%20Library Book also available on microfilm form the Family History Library].
=== Vital Records<br> ===
=== Cemeteries<br> ===
The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Grafton.
For location of cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Windham County, website at this [ http://www. nekg-vt.com/ Cemeteries- of- VT/windham.htm#top link].<br>
*Burgess Cemetery - inscriptions at [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=103924&CScntry=4&CSst=49&CScnty=2951&CSsr=21& Find a Grave] site.
Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1781-1960, can be found on [https://familysearch.org/search/image/viewer#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMM5T-4T3%3A1476828312%3Fcc%3D1987653 FamilySerach] (browse only images).
The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Grafton Town Clerk's Office. These include [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/227491
?availability=Family%20History%20Library Land records and deeds, 1781-1902; index to deeds, 1781-1952], and [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1196911 ?availability=Family%20History%20Library Grafton, Vermont, vital records (B,M,D) and indexes 1857-2000].
Grafton Town Clerk<br>117 Main St.<br>Grafton, VT 05146<br>Phone:(802) 843-2419<br>Website: [http://graftonvt.org/ http://graftonvt.org/]
=== Newspapers<br> ===