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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Vermont|Vermont]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Rutland County, Vermont|Rutland ]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp;'''Pittsford'''''
=== Brief History<br> ===
<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">New Hampshire Royal Gov. Benning Wentworth must have greatly admired William Pitt over in England. </span>
On Oct. 12, 1761, the governor granted a charter to a new town in the New Hampshire Grants to be known as Pitt's Ford, later changed to Pittsford. Fortunately for the residents of Pittsford, past, present and future, Mr. Pitt, also known as the Earl of Chatham, proved a redoubtable ally in America's quest for independence. At least the town is named after a friend <br>of the colonies.
The first settlers arrived in 1769 and by 1775, about 200 people lived in the town.
Though Otter Creek offered navigable waters, other streams in Pittsford provided waterpower for mills and a major 19th-century industry - the production of iron. Along the appropriately named Furnace Brook, a blast furnace operated from 1791 to about 1882.
Though a region possessing a rich agricultural heritage in the Otter Creek valley, Pittsford can trace much of its history to one stone - marble. The first quarry opened in 1795 along the town's western ridges, but business boomed in the 19th and 20th centuries. Eventually, 11 quarries were in town. One, the Hollister Quarry, had a depth of 400 feet.&nbsp;<ref>History Rutland County Vermont, Edited by H. P. Smith and W. S. Rann, Syracuse, NY, 1886.</ref><ref>Danby: Picking up the pieces, Don Wickman, Rutland Herald Newspaper, Sep. 29, 2006.</ref>
=== Historical Data<br>  ===
=== Town Histories<br>  ===
[http://archive.org/details/townpittsford00caverich History of the Town of Pittsford, VT]&nbsp;with biographical sketches and family records (1872)
Pittsford's Second Century:1872-1997, Jean S. Davies, Margaret Armitage, Lois Blittersdorf, Jean Harvie, Phoenix Publishing, 1998.
=== Vital Records  ===
*FamilySearch Historical Records Collection has Vermont birth, death, and marriage records [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=47 online].&nbsp;<br>
=== Probate Records  ===
The probate district for Pittsford is Rutland.
Rutland Probate Court <br>83 Center Street <br>Rutland, VT 05701 <br>(802) 775-0114
=== City Directories<br>  ===
=== Cemeteries  ===
The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Danby. For location of cemeteries, see Cemteries of Vermont, Rutland County, website at this [http://www.nekg-vt.com/Cemeteries-of-VT/rutland.htm link].&nbsp;<br>
*Brown Cemetery
=== Churches  ===
1. First Congregational Church<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;
=== Town Records<br>  ===
The Family History Library has&nbsp;microfilm of original records&nbsp;from the Pittsford Town Clerks Office. &nbsp;These include&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/305831 Land records (Danby, Rutland, Vermont), 1770-1900]and&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/674270 Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1857-1995; indexes to births, marriages, deaths, 1770-1995].
Pittsford VT Town Clerk
426 Plains Road<br>Pittsford, VT 05763<br>Phone: (802) 483-6500<br>Website:&nbsp;[http://pittsfordvermont.com/departments/town-clerk/ http://pittsfordvermont.com/departments/town-clerk/]<br><br>
=== Newspapers  ===
Rutland Herald online at this [http://www.rutlandherald.com/ link].
=== Libraries and Historical Societies  ===
Pittsford Historical Society, Inc. <br>Eaton Hall <br>3399 US Route 7 <br>Pittsford, VT <br>Mailing Address: <br>P.O. Box 423 <br>Pittsford, VT 05763<br>Phone: (802) 483-2040<br>Website: [http://www.pittsfordhistorical.com/ http://www.pittsfordhistorical.com/]
=== References<br>  ===
'''Adjacent towns:'''
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[[Category:Rutland_County,_Vermont]] [[Category:Towns_in_Vermont]]

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