Bakersfield, Franklin County, Vermont Genealogy

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

Bakersfield was chartered on January 25, 1791 by the Vermont Legislature. 

Known for some years even in state records as "Bakersfield alias Knoultons Gore", the town had originally been granted to Luke Knowlton (Knoulton) of Newfane and sold in 1798 or 1799 to Joseph Baker of Westboro, Massachusetts. Baker had acquired title to the entire 10,000 acre town for £500. Several changes have taken place to bring the town to its current size, including the addition of parts of Fairfield and the former Smithfield in 1792, the entirety of Knights Gore in 1795, and Averys Gore in 1963.  [1] [2]   

Historical Data
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Town Histories
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Bakersfield, Vermont : the way it was, the way it is, by Elsie C Wells (1976) - find this book in a library.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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

Military Records
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Land Records
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Bakersfield, Vermont Land Records, 1849-1946, can be found online at FamilySearch (browse only images).

Probate Records
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Franklin Probate Division
17 Church St.
St. Albans, VT 05478
Phone: (802) 524-7948

Franklin County, Vermont Probate Records, 1796-1921 are available on FamilySearch (browse only images).

Church Records
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St. Mark's Episcopal Church Register, 1894-1952, is available on microfilm at the Family History Library.

City Directories
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1871 map of Bakersfield and Bakersfield Town

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of major cemeteries in present-day Bakersfield Town. For location of all cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Franklin County, website at this link.  

Town Records
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Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1792 -2000, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Bakersfield Town Clerk's Office. These include Vital records of Bakersfield, Vermont, 1792-May 2000, and Deeds, 1792-1849.

Bakersfield Town Clerk
40 East Bakersfield Road
P.O. Box 203
Bakersfield, VT 05441
Phone: (802) 827-4495

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

St. Albans Messenger

Vermont Online Historical Newspapers

Libraries and Historical Societies
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H F Brigham Library
104 Main St.
PO Box 5
Bakersfield, VT 05441
Phone: (802) 827-4414

Bakersfield Historical Society

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Adjacent towns: Franklin Co.: Enosburg | Fairfield | Fletcher | Montgomery | Lamoille Co.: Belvidere | Waterville