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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Vermont|Vermont]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Rutland County, Vermont|Rutland ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Pittsfield''' ''  
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Vermont|Vermont]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Rutland County, Vermont|Rutland ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Pittsfield'''''  
  
 
=== Brief History  ===
 
=== Brief History  ===
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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.<br>
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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.
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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.<ref>Pittsfield: Logging boom built town's population, Don Wickman, Rutland Herald Newspaper, Mar. 2, 2007.</ref><ref>History Rutland County Vermont, Edited by H. P. Smith and W. S. Rann, Syracuse, NY, 1886.</ref>
  
 
=== Historical Data  ===
 
=== Historical Data  ===
  
=== Town Histories  ===
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=== Town Histories&nbsp; ===
  
 
=== Vital Records  ===
 
=== Vital Records  ===
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FamilySearch Historical Records Collection has Vermont birth, death, and marriage records [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=47 online].
  
 
=== Probate Records  ===
 
=== Probate Records  ===
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The probate district for Pittsfield is Rutland.<br>Rutland Probate Court <br>83 Center Street <br>Rutland, VT 05701 <br>(802) 775-0114
  
 
=== City Directories  ===
 
=== City Directories  ===
  
 
=== Maps  ===
 
=== Maps  ===
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[http://www.old-maps.com/vermont/vt_cd_pdfs/Rutland1854-lowres.pdf 1854 Rutland County, Pittsfield map]
  
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
  
=== Churches  ===
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The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Pittsfield. For location of cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Rutland County, website at this [http://www.nekg-vt.com/Cemeteries-of-VT/rutland.htm link].
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*Parmenter Cemetery
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*Village Cemetery<br>
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=== Churches<br> ===
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1. Pittsfield Federated United<br> &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;Rural Route 100<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; Pittsfield, VT 05762‎<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; Phone: (802) 746-8698
  
 
=== Town Records  ===
 
=== Town Records  ===
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Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005, can be found on FamilySerach (browse only images) at this [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1987653 link].
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The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Pittsfield Town Clerks Office. These include&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/350149?availability=Family%20History%20Library Town records, v. 1-2, 1746-1862], and&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/686893?availability=Family%20History%20Library Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1857-1864; indexes to births, marriages, deaths, 1746-1995.]
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Pittsfield Town Clerk<br> 40 Village Green<br>PO Box 556<br>Pittsfield, VT 05762<br> Phone:&nbsp;(802) 746-8170<br> Email: townofpittsfield@myfairpoint.net<br>Website:[http://www.pittsfieldvt.org/townclerk.php http://www.pittsfieldvt.org/townclerk.php]
  
 
=== Newspapers  ===
 
=== Newspapers  ===
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Rutland Herald online at this [http://www.rutlandherald.com/ link].
  
 
=== Libraries and Historical Societies  ===
 
=== Libraries and Historical Societies  ===
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Pittsfield Vermont Roger Clark Memorial Library<br>40 Village Green<br>Pittsfield, VT 05762<br>Phone: 802-746-4067<br>Website: [http://www.pittsfieldlibrary.com/ http://www.pittsfieldlibrary.com/]<br>
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Pittsfield Historical Society<br>Town Hall, On the Green, Pittsfield, VT<br>Mailing Address: PO Box 574, Pittsfield, VT 05762<br>Email: fustertk@myfairpoint.net <br>Phone: (802) 746-8085<br>Contact: Pat Fuster, Treasurer<br>
  
 
=== References  ===
 
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United States Gotoarrow.png Vermont Gotoarrow.png Rutland Gotoarrow.png Pittsfield

Brief History

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

Town Histories 

Vital Records

FamilySearch Historical Records Collection has Vermont birth, death, and marriage records online.

Probate Records

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

City Directories

Maps

1854 Rutland County, Pittsfield map

Cemeteries

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.

  • Parmenter Cemetery
  • Village Cemetery

Churches

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

Town Records

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:http://www.pittsfieldvt.org/townclerk.php

Newspapers

Rutland Herald online at this link.

Libraries and Historical Societies

Pittsfield Vermont Roger Clark Memorial Library
40 Village Green
Pittsfield, VT 05762
Phone: 802-746-4067
Website: http://www.pittsfieldlibrary.com/

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

  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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