Williston was granted as a town on June 7, 1763. Williston was one of ten towns granted on the same day to many of the same people, named for Samuel Willis, a wealthy Quaker from Long Island and the first grantee named. Thomas Chittenden, Vermont's first governor and for whom the county is named, is credited with being the first to settle in Williston.
With the coming of the Central Vermont Railroad, the smaller village of North Williston became a focal point, in 1876 the site of the first cold storage plant in New England. Tons of meat, poultry, butter and eggs could be stored here before being shipped to the New York and Boston markets.  
- A History of the town of Williston : with special reference to Governor Thomas Chittenden, who was the most distinguished citizen of the town as well as of the state, 1763-1913 - view a digital copy of this book online.
- Our town, Williston, Vermont, Richard H Allen (1987) - find this book in a library.
- The Williston story, F. Kennon Moody and Floyd D. Putnam (1961) - find this book in a library.
FamilySearch Historical Records Collection has Vermont birth, death, and marriage records online.
The probate district for Williston is Chittenden.
Chittenden District Probate Court
175 Main St.
PO Box 511
Burlington VT 05402
Phone: (802) 651-1518
The following is a list of major cemeteries in present-day Williston. For location of all cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Chittenden County, website at this link.
- Deer Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
- East Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
- Morse Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
- Thomas Chittenden Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1764-1998, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).
The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Williston Town Clerk's Office. These include Indexes (B, M: 1764-1956, D: 1800-1956), births (1866-1930), marriages (1883-1950), deaths (1883-2001), Vital records, 1766-1870; indexes to vital records, 1763-1951, and Land records and deeds, 1772-1906; index to deeds, 1772-1950.
Williston Town Clerk
7900 Williston Rd.
Williston, VT 05495
Phone: (802) 878-5121
Libraries and Historical Societies
Dorothy Alling Memorial Library
21 Library Lane
Williston, Vermont, 05495
Phone: (802) 878-4918
Williston Historical Society
P.O. Box 995
Williston, VT. 05495
Phone: (802) 878-4918
- About Williston, VT http://www.virtualvermont.com/towns/williston.html#about
- Town of Williston, Vermont, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vermont/ChittendenWilliston.html