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Formed in 1761 NH. 
Villages & Communities Within: 
Campbell Corner, East Thetford, North Thetford, Post Mills, 
Thetford Center, Thetford Hill, Rices Mills, Union Village

  This town is pleasantly situated on the west side of Connecticut River, opposite to Lime, N.H. The Ompomponoosuc, and its branches, give the town an excellent water power. There are several ponds in Thetford, one of which is worthy of notice. It covers about nine acres, and is situated on an elevation, the base of which is only four rods from Connecticut River, and 100 feet in height. It is very deep; it has neither inlet or outlet, and contains large quantities of perch and other fish. 

   The surface of the town is generally rocky and uneven; it has but little interva!e, but the soil is strong and productive. There are some manufactures in the town, a rich vein of galena, and three neat villages. 

  Boundaries. North by Fairlee and west Fairlee, east by Connecticut River, which separates it from Lyme, N.H., south by Norwich, and west by Strafford. 

  First Settlers -  The settlement was commenced here in 1764, by John Chamberlain, from Hebron, Ct. The next year he was joined by two other families; one by the name of Baldwin, and the other by the name of Hosford.  Samuel, the son of John Chamberlain, was the first English child born in town. John Chamberlain was nicknamed Quail John. Being industrious, and somewhat parsimonious, he accumulated considerable property.

  First Minister. A Congregational minister, by the name of Clement Sumner was ordained here in 1773. He became a tory, and went to Swanzey, N.H.  Rev. Asa Burton was ordained in 1779. He continued here till his death, 1836, aged eighty-four. 

  Distances. Thirty-four miles south south-east from Montpelier, and eighteen south-east from Chelsea. 

  The Connecticut River Railroad passes through the town. 

(Gazetteer of Vermont, by John Hayward, 1849, p. 122-123) 


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:

Thetford Vital Records Office
Thetford Town Clerk
P.O. Box 126
Thetford Center, VT 05075
(802) 785-2922
M 6-8pm; T-F 8-3

  Child's History of the Town of Thetford, 1762-1888 
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  Thetford Library Federation



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