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St Johnsbury, Vermont, USA

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St. Johnsbury (sometimes locally known as "St. Jay") is the shire town (county seat) of Caledonia County, Vermont, United States. St. Johnsbury is located approximately 10 miles (16 km) northwest of the Connecticut River and 48 miles (77 km) south of the Canadian border.

St. Johnsbury is the largest town by population in the Northeast Kingdom and serves as a commercial center for the area.

The town was originally granted in 1760 as part of the New Hampshire Grants and named Bessborough. It was regranted by Vermont in 1786 as Dunmore, and settled the same year. An early settler was Jonathan Arnold, a member of the Continental Congress and author of Rhode Island's act of secession from the United Kingdom in May 1776. Arnold left Rhode Island in 1787 and, with six other families, built homes at what is now the town center.

By 1790, the village had grown to 143 inhabitants, and the first town meeting took place in Arnold's home that year, where the name St. Johnsbury was adopted. According to local lore, Vermont founder Ethan Allen himself proposed naming the town St. John in honor of his friend Jean de Crèvecœur, a French-born author and agriculturist and a friend of Benjamin Franklin. (He was known in the United States as J. Hector St. John.) According to this account, de Crèvecœur suggested instead the unusual St. Johnsbury to differentiate it from Saint John, New Brunswick.Wikipedia

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St Johnsbury, Vermont, USA - Methodist Church, St. Johnsbury, Vt.
St Johnsbury, Vermont, USA

Methodist Church, St. Johnsbury, Vt.
St Johnsbury, Vermont, USA - Passumpsie River and New Iron Bridge, St. Johnsbury, Vt.
St Johnsbury, Vermont, USA

Passumpsie River and New Iron Bridge, St. Johnsbury, Vt.
St Johnsbury, Vermont, USA - St. Johnsbury House, St. Johnsbury, Vt.
St Johnsbury, Vermont, USA

St. Johnsbury House, St. Johnsbury, Vt.

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1830 - Platform scale was built by Thaddeus Fairbanks at St. Johnsbury in 1830. resources/ state-facts/ vermont.html
1849 St. Johnsbury
Caledoxia Co. The Passumpsic River runs through this town from north to south. and receives, just...Read MORE...

News  1869 - An attempt to poison a miller at St. Johnsbury, Vt.,was made a few days ago
by leaving a plug of tobacco in his mill, with strychine enough to kill twenty men concealed in one ...Read MORE...

Considerable Alarm Felt in Montreal, Particularly...

News  1903 - DEATH-DEALING AUTOMOBILE. Machine Runs Away at a Vermont Fair, Killing One Man and Injuring Two.
ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt., Sept. 17. - An automobile, speeding at the rate of fifty miles an hour at the...Read MORE...

News  1905 - EX-SENATOR ROSS HURT. Train Hit Sleigh and Vermont's Jurist's Wife Was Killed.
ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt., Feb. 21. - While Jonathan Ross, formerly United States Senator and Chief...Read MORE...

Saint Johnsbury, a post-village, capital of Caledonia co., Vt., in St. Johnsbury township (town),...Read MORE...

News  1922 - CARS OVERTURN IN WRECK. Spreading Rails Cause Accident in Vermont.
ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt., July 15. - Twenty-four passengers in a Pullman car on the Portland-Montreal...Read MORE...

Ancestors Who Were Born Here

flag  Phebe JONES (1810, St Johnsbury, Vermont, USA - 27 December 1903, Danville, Vermont, USA)

flag  Abby MARTINS (1832, St Johnsbury, Vermont, USA - 8 September 1854, Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA)

Ancestors Who Died Here

flag  Lydia BEMIS (23 May 1800, Littleton, New Hampshire, USA (Chiswick) - 21 January 1862, St Johnsbury, Vermont, USA) gravestone

immigrant   John Andrew EPPS (08111883, Wandsworth, London England - , St Johnsbury, Vermont, USA)

flag  Ezra G GATES (20 November 1797, Walpole, Cheshire, New Hampshire, USA - 30 December 1874, St Johnsbury, Vermont, USA) gravestone

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