Welcome to Thetford, Vermont

Genealogy & History

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      Thetford was chartered in 1761 by Governor Benning Wentworth of New Hampshire, one of 131 towns chartered between 1760 and 1764 in what are now the states of Vermont and New Hampshire.  Governor Wentworth named the town in honor of Augustus Henry Fitzroy, 3rd Duke of Grafton, 4th Earl of Arlington, 4th Viscount Thetford, a distant cousin of the king who was soon to become Prime Minister.  The Thetford Grant was made to sixty-two proprietors, fifty-one of whom were from Hebron, Connecticut, led by John Phelps. 

      The first permanent settler was John Chamberlin, an agent of one of the proprietors, who settled on a site on the Connecticut River in 1764 in what is now East Thetford. - excerpted from Charles Latham, Jr's "A Short History of Thetford, Vermont 1761-1870". 

      Thetford is bordered by Strafford to the west, Fairlee and West Fairlee to the north, Norwich (Windsor County) to the south, and across the Connecticut River by Lyme (Grafton County), New Hampshire to the east. 

      The town of Thetford includes the villages of East Thetford, North Thetford, Thetford Hill, Thetford Center, Union Village, and Post Mills. 


Thetford Historical Society

Thetford Historical Society Museum
Library: Bicentennial Building, 16 Library Road, Thetford, VT
Museum: 2274 Route 113, Thetford, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 33, Thetford, VT 05074
802-785-2068 or 802-333-4613

The library contains about 4500 volumes, 100 linear feet of manuscripts, photographs, portraits and small artifacts. The museum contains agricultural implements, craft and domestic tools, store and post office fittings, housed in a barn and three smaller buildings.

Contact Person: Charles Latham, President 

Hours and Admission: 
Library: Mon. & Thurs., 2-4pm; Tues. 10am-12 noon. 
Museum: Sundays in August, 2-5pm.

Thetford Records 

Town Clerk's Office

Roberta Howard, Town Clerk
PO Box 126
Thetford Center, VT 05075
Monday 7:00pm-9:00pm
Tuesday -Friday 8:00am-3:00pm 

 Town of Thetford, Vermont

Official Website



Thetford Query Posting

Please feel free to post a surname query for your ancestors  in Williamstown on the 
Orange County Query Page

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Thetford Lookup Volunteers

If you have any reference material on the Thetford area and would like to volunteer to do lookups, we need volunteers who will help researchers. 

Please let me know if you have resources you are willing to share with others.


Thetford Surnames

   If you have information on specific Thetford families which you would be willing to share with other researchers, or if you would like to be listed so others can contact you, please let me know and I'll list your families here.

CORSER - Cheri Wilkinson

FITZGERALD - Cheri Wilkinson

GREEN - Gabriele Hammon seeks information on 
Elijah, GREEN, listed in the 1790 census.

HAMILTON - Carolyn Michaels (late 1700s - early 1800s)

HILDRETH - Linda Dolby

HOWARD - Carolyn Michaels seeks information on 
Oliver HOWARD of Lyme, who married Prude SACKETT, 
of  Thetford, on 4 July 1802.

ROGERS - Marcia Melnyk has information on the family of
Samuel and Mehitable (HUBBARD), ca. 1779 - 1800s.

SAYRE - Gil Varney

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