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Formed in 1781 VT. 
Villages & Communities Within: 
 Braintree Center, East Braintree, West Braintree

  This town is watered by the third branch of White River, and Ayers’ and Mill Brook, its tributaries.  They are all sufficient for mills. Ayers’ Brook rises in Roxbury and Brookfield, waters the north-east part of the town, and after receiving Mill Brook from the west, unites with the third branch of the White River, just below the west village in Randolph.  Between Ayer’s Brook and the third branch, is a large swell of land, and when Mr. Ebenezer Waters was surveying the township he said to those with him, “We will sit down here and dine with our hats on and call it Quaker Hill,” and it has ever since been known by that name. 

   Between the third branch and the head of White River, is a considerable mountain, which renders that part of the township incapable of settlement.  According to tradition, Ayers’ Brook derives its name from a person by the name of Ayers, who, having run away from New England, became a guide to the French and Indians in their expeditions against the English, but who was taken and executed near this stream, about the year 1755. 

  Boundaries.  Northerly by Roxbury and Bloomfield, easterly by Randolph, southerly by Bethel, and westerly by Granville. 

  First Settlers.  The settlement of the town was commenced about the year 1783, by Silas Flint, Samuel Bass, Jacob and Samuel Spear, and others, emigrants from Braintree and Sutton, Mass.    S. Flint’s wife was the first woman who came into the town and received in consequence a present of 100 acres of land from the proprietors.  Hirman, son of Samuel Bass, was the first child born in town.  The first proprietor’s meeting held within the town was at the house of Jacob Spear, September 19, 1786.  The town was organized March 7, 1788, and Elijah French was the first town clerk.  It was first represented by Isaac Nichols in 1791. 

  First Ministers.  The Rev. Aaron Cleveland was settled over the Congregational Church in 1801, and dismissed in 1807.  The Rev. Ammi Nichols was settled in 1807.

  Distances.  Twenty-one miles south from Montpelier, and fourteen west by south from Chelsea.  The Northern Railroad passes through this town. 

(Gazetteer of Vermont, by John Hayward, 1849, p. 30-31) 

The town clerk maintains birth, death and marriage vital statistics and many other records of value in researching your ancestors. You can contact the Clerk's office at:

Braintree Vital Records Office
Braintree Town Clerk
932 Vt. Rt. 12A
Braintree, VT 05060
(802) 728-9787
T Th 8-12 & 1-5 W 1-5

  Child's History of the Town of Braintree, 1762-1888 
  Town of Braintree Home Page
  Braintree Historical Society




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