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Detail of Addison County from 1814 Vermont map

Early Vermont Maps

by Robert Raymond

A variety of Vermont Map resources are available on the web for genealogical researchers. But they can be hard to find and are often posted in formats difficult to display. In this article, I've posted links to some of the better historical maps available. Since I am researching ancestors in Bristol and Lincoln in Addison county, (Paul RAYMOND and family, 1790 to 1850) I've obtained copies of the more important historical maps of these towns, digitized them, and posted them here. In particular, I've got copies of the important Wallings and Beers maps, which list the names of residents as of 1857 and 1871.

The maps are typically available through a link to the website where they are posted, or through "Large" and "Medium" links to maps on this website. The Medium image is about as wide as your computer screen (you may have to scroll some), and should load in a reasonable amount of time. The Large image may take a very long time to load. It is for high quality printed copies, and for viewing details too small to see in the Medium image. You'll need to scroll a lot to see different parts of the map.


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Bristol, Addison, Vermont map of original proprietors' lots. About 1784.

Published in Bristol Vermont, the Early History, by the Hon. Harvey Munsill, Esq. Available at the FHL, call num. 974.35/B2 H2m.

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See "Bristol, Vermont Proprietors' Grants" for a medium sized map, and a medium sized proprietor's map overlaid on a topographical map.
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Vermont, from actual survey [1795]
Delineated & Engraved by Amos Doolittle N.H.
1 in. = ca. 11 miles
map 32 x 30 cm.

Published in Carey's American Atlas, 1795.

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Available online from the Library of Congress in MrSID format.

Detail of Bristol town from
Map of Addison County, Vermont, From Actual Surveys under the direction of H. F. Walling, 1857.

The wonderful thing about Walling's maps is the inclusion of residents' names.

Images of this map are courtesy the Vermont Historical Society. Their map is preserved in sections, which I've attempted to reassemble here. You can see the 2 sections for Bristol township in the 2 photographs.

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Photograph showing original color
Photograph of Northwest notch

Also from this map, the
"Business Directory for Bristol," and the county's
"Statistics From the United States Census of 1850."

Detail of Bristol village from
Map of Addison County, Vermont, From Actual Surveys under the direction of H. F. Walling, 1857.

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Detail of Lincoln town from
Map of Addison County, Vermont, From Actual Surveys under the direction of H. F. Walling, 1857. Some coloring restored on black and white photocopies, copyright 2003 by Robert Raymond.

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Detail of Lincoln village from
Map of Addison County, Vermont, From Actual Surveys under the direction of H. F. Walling, 1857.

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New Hampshire and Vermont [1867]
Drawn and engineered by W. H. Gamble.

Published in the 1867 Mitchell Atlas.

Thank you, Leah McKin, for providing hardcopy of the map.

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1871 Bristol
History of Bristol, Vermont, 1762, , pp. 32-33. I forgot to write down which edition I got this map from, but I'm guessing it is the 2nd edition, Bertha H. Estes, et. al, 1959.

This map is originally from the Atlas of Addison County, imaged below.

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The following six pages are from the Atlas of Addison County, F. W. Beers, 1871, Republished 1969.

Map of Vermont [1871], p. 6.

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Plan of Addison County, Vermont [1871], p. 7. Images made from a black and white photocopy and recolored to match the original edition. Copyright 2003, Robert Raymond.

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Bristol [1871], p. 23.

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Bristol, Town of Bristol and
Bristol Business Notices [1871], p. 24.

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Lincoln Village, South Lincoln, Lincoln Business Notices [1871], p. 25.

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Lincoln [1871], p. 26.

To make details more legible on the medium image, I've cut the left side off, including the detail of Lincoln Centre. To see that part of the page, view the large image. I've dropped a detail of Addison village that sat in the center-left blank spot of the page.

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Bristol, VT., drawn & published by Geo. E. Norris, 1889.

This is a perspective or bird's-eye-view map and is not drawn to scale. It includes an index to points of interest and a view of Rockydale.

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Available online from the Library of Congress in MrSID format.

New 11 x 14 Map of Vermont [1895]
Copyright 1895, by Rand, McNally & Co.

Published in Atlas of the World(?), Rand, McNally & Co., 1895. Available online as part of the 1895 U.S. Atlas Project, scanned and hosted at the Livingston County MI-USGenWeb Site. Access Vermont county maps, atlas data, and the remainder of the atlas at http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/VT.

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Bristol Township, Addison county, 1905.
Retouched detail from the Middlebury Quadrangle, 15 Minute series, USGS 1905.

Courtesy the University of New Hampshire Dimond Library online collection of historic USGS maps of New England .

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Map of Lorenzo Hill Hatch's birthplace in Lincoln, Addison, Vermont. Drawn by himself on July 26, 1906 for his son, L. L., and daughter, Nora Savage. Published in Lorenzo Hill Hatch Journal, Ruth Savage Hilton, 1958. Major touch ups by Robert Raymond, 2002.

Potato Hill is known today as Mount Abraham. Acworth [sic] was located at the intersection of the road from Starksboro Village to Bristol Village (Highway 116), and the road to Lincoln. It seems obvious to me that the top of the map corresponds to West. Beyond that, the directions become uncertain, but the most probable to me is East is down, South is left (yes, left), and North is right. Location of the properties mentioned would help fix the directions.

In 1906 I don't know how long it had been since Lorenzo had been in the area. It is possible he made multiple errors laying out the map. But I think it more likely that he made the single error of transposing North and South.

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States of New Hampshire and Vermont [1914]
Department of the Interior
U.S. Geological Survey
R. B. Marshall, Chief Geographer
A. F. Hassan, Cartographer
Compiled in 1911-1914
Printed 1914, reprinted 1918

Published in Pomfret Vermont, Henry Hobart Vail, 1930. Available at FHL 974.365/P2 H2v v.1 & v. 2.

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Rand McNally Popular Map of Vermont [1935]
World Atlas and Gazetteer, Rand McNally and Company, 1935, p. 54.

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Bicentennial Map of Lincoln, Vt.
Memories of a Mountain Town..., compiled by the Bi-Centennial Committee, 1980?.

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Town of Bristol [1998],
Addison County Regional Planning Commission, 11/98.

I obtained this map from the town clerk's office in October 2003. It contains all the town's street names for 911 use. Some are handwritten. I relaid out and cropped the medium and thumbnail maps slightly to conserve space.

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Downtown Area in Town of Bristol [1998],
Addison County Regional Planning Commission, 11/98.

I obtained this map from the town clerk's office in October 2003. It contains all the town's street names for 911 use. I relaid out and cropped the medium and thumbnail maps slightly to conserve space.

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Untitled Map of Bristol showing latitude and longitude, published by Town of Bristol?, date unknown.

I obtained this map from the town clerk's office in October 2003. It shows how the town sits in relation to geographic coordinates. I magnified the size of the latitude and longitude labels in the medium and thumbnail maps for legibility.

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State map of Vermont counties and towns 1989.
Author: Dollarhide, William, comp.
Publisher: Ancestry Publishing
Year Depicted: 1989
Year Published: 1992
Available online (free I think) from Ancestry.com.

Maps and information on county changes.

Created by Jalanne C. Barnes
Copyright 2001

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/ ~vermontgenealogyresources

Bristol and Lincoln, 2003.

A detail from the map, "Mid Vermont, For all Seasons," published by the Addison County Chamber of Commerce, copyright 2003. Maps by David Carlson, Mark Favreau and Kevin Behm, ACRPC. Brochure design by David Carlson and Mark Favreau.

Adapted for Bristol and Lincoln genealogy research on the internet by Robert Raymond, 2004. I moved the Bristol village map from the reverse side of the brochure to the upper-right corner. I abbreviated and moved the legend to the lower-left corner of the detail. As usual, for legibility I cropped and cramped the medium image more than the large image.

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Key to map numbers (sponsors)


Vermont Center for Geographic Information.

This website offers a variety of interactive, static, and digital maps of Vermont including county and town boundaries, major roads, shaded elevation, and links to other Vermont mapping resources.

http://www.vcgi.org/mapcenter/
Sunday, 18-Jul-2004 22:54:32 MDT