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Bakersfield, Franklin, VT

The town history began when Joseph Baker of Westborough, Massachusetts, the namesake for the village, bought 10,000 acres in 1791. Initial settlers were his son-in-law, Stephen Maynard, and his nephew Jonas Brigham, along with their families. Baker built grist and saw mills on Baker's Pond in 1794. Two years later Maynard built a tavern. In 1797, a school was established in a log cabin at the Post Road and Vermont 108.


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Park at Bakersfield, Vt.

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Park, Bakersfield, Vt., 1907

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Brigham Academy

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Congregational Church

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Main Street, looking South

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Main Street at the Post Office and Variety Store, 1913

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The Park from Main Street

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Main Street, looking South, 1927

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Gorge near Beaver Meadow, Bakersfield, Vt.

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  • 1839 - Bakersfield
    Bakersfield, Vermont
    Franklin county, lies 30 miles N.E. from Burlington, 38 N.N.W. from Montpelier, and 15 miles E. from St. Albans. Branches of Missisque river pass through it. This town is well timbered with hard wood, the land is warm, but somewhat broken. 4,000 sheep. First settled about 1789. Population 1830, 1,087.
    The New England Gazetteer containing descriptions of all the states, counties and towns in New England: also descriptions of the principal mountains, rivers lakes, capes, bays, harbors, islands and fashionable resorts within that territory. Alphabetically arranged. By John Hayward, author of the Columbian Traveller, Religious Creeds, &c. &c. Boston: John Hayward. Boyd & White, Concord, N.H. 1839
  • 1854 - Bakersfield
    Bakersfield, a post-township in Franklin county, Vermont, about 40 miles N. N. W. from Montpelier, intersected by branches of the Missisque river. Population, 1023.
    A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
  • News  1870 - February 25 - Profits of the Dairy
    A farmer in Bakersfield, Vermont, during the past dairy season, has made from fifteen cows 3,000 pounds of butter. He sold it for 45 cents a pound, realizing $1,350. He also raised ten calves, now worth $100, and 1,000 pounds of pork, which he sold for $130; making as the proper income of dairy $1,580, besides supplying the family.
    Weekly Oregon Statesman
    Salem, Oregon
    February 25, 1870
  • News  1873 - April 3 - Gen. S. P. Hazeltine, Town Clerk of Bakersfield, Vermont, has held his office for 51 years and has recorded all but two of the deeds handed in for record during that time.

    The New Berne Times
    New Berne, North Carolina
    April 3, 1873
  • News  1873 - July 30 - The Troy Press says a great deal of money changed hands at the recent international wresting match at Troy.
    John McMahon's father, who resides in Bakersfield, Vermont, waged his farm and three horses against $4,000, put up by eight individuals at Rutland. The champion's father won, but ti was long odds - about six to one.
    Vermont Watchman and State Journal
    Montpelier, Vermont
    July 30, 1873
  • 1876 - One hundred and three persons have united with the Bakersfield Methodist church during the past year.

    St Albans Daily Messenger
    St Albans, Vermont
    July 21, 1876
  • News  1878 - April 13 - A Bostonian named Peter B. Bingham, having bequeathed $30,000 to his native Town of Bakersfield, Vermont, for the purpose of founding a high school,
    his surviving relatives, instead of attacking the will, as is now customary, have added $8,000 for the building.
    The Iola Register
    Iola, Kansas
    April 13, 1878
  • 1895 - Bakersfield
    Bakersfield, a post-town of Franklin co., Vt., in Bakersfield township, about 15 miles E. of St. Albans. It has 3 churches, an academy, and a manufactory of sash and blinds. Pop. 1403.
    Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
  • News  1902 - THE BRIGHAM MILLIONS. Recent Suit of Herbert F. Brigham, of Bakersfield.
    Boston, Mass., July 8. - Once more the millions left by a Brigham of Bakersfield, will be fought for in Massachusetts, and the recent action, of Col. Herbert F. Brigham, of Bakersfield, Vt., in asking the United States court to determine his rights in the vast estate left by his uncle to build a hospital in Boston, means that one of the greatest legal battles of the century is on, says a Bakersfield, Vt., despatch in The Journal.

    Colonel Brigham is a financier, lawyer, political celebrity, and, - Vermonters say, a royal good fellow. He will lead the forces seeking to show the invalidity of the will of Peter Bent Brigham, who died 25 years ago last May, leaving a million and a half of money, as the basis of a fund which he designated should be used a quarter of a century later to build and endow a hospital bearing his name.

    Since Peter Bent Brigham died the fortune he left has been carefully managed, and to-day it represents a fund of more than $4,338,000, and it is for the... Read MORE...

  • 1903 - William Tillotson has sold his store and goods to his son, BUrton, who will take possession October 1.
    Burton Tillotson has been the genial clerk for the past four years at the variety store. William Tillotson will move to his farm.
    St Albans Daily Messenger
    St Albans, Vermont
    August 19, 1903
  • News  1905 - GETS NEW TELEPHONE LINE. Franklin County Company Will Developed Bakersfield Territory.
    The Franklin County Telephone Co. has purchased the telephone line from W. O. Start, of Bakersfield, which Mr. Start, as special licensee of the New England Telephone Co., held for a five-year contract, and will at once proceed to develop the territory. The Franklin County company will establish an up-to-date exchange at East Fairfield with night service and will handle Bakersfield business through that exchange, running farmers' lines from that exchange through the towns of Bakersfield and East Fairfield.

    It is expected that at least seventy-five new subscribers will be obtained in addition to the fifteen already using the line. Already thirty-six new subscribers have been secured in the town of Bakersfield and it is confidently expected that at least as many more will be secured in East Fairfield.
    St Albans Messenger
    St Albans, Vermont
    July 27, 1905
  • News  1910 - BAKERSFIELD. Mrs. Matilda Doane, Oldest Woman in Town, Very Active.
    Mrs. Matlida Doane is visiting Willis Ross and George Giddings in East Bakersfield. It is a matter of great satisfaction to Mrs. Doane to be able to get around among her former friends again. She recently passed her 94th birthday anniversary which was celebrated by her friends sending her a shower of 248 post cards. These cards came from friends in six different states, from Maine to California, and also from Washington, D.C. Mrs. Doane has been a life long resident of Bakersfield coming here at an early age and settling in the east part of the town. Her husband, Oromell Doane, and also her son, Wesley, died while serving in the Civil War. She has made her home since that time with her son, John Doane. She is now thought to be the oldest resident of the town. Her health is very bood though her hearing is slightly impaired and she has the use of all her faculties.
    St Albans Messenger
    St Albans, Vermont
    May 12, 1910
  • 1916
    Bakersfield, a post-village of Franklin co., Vt., in Bakersfield township (town), about 15 miles E. of St. Albans. Pop. of the town in 1900, 1158 ; of the village, about 200.
    Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher

  • 2023 - If you're looking for things to do in and around Bakersfield, Vermont, here are some suggestions:
    Outdoor Exploration: Vermont is known for its stunning natural landscapes, and Bakersfield is no exception. You can explore the town's scenic countryside, take leisurely walks, or go for a hike in the surrounding hills. The fall foliage is particularly beautiful.

    Fishing: If you enjoy fishing, you can try your luck in one of the nearby rivers or streams. Vermont offers some excellent opportunities for anglers, and you might catch trout, bass, or other native fish species.

    Snowmobiling and Skiing: In the winter, Vermont becomes a playground for snow sports enthusiasts. Although Bakersfield doesn't have its own ski resorts, there are plenty within a reasonable driving distance. Smugglers' Notch and Jay Peak are popular options for skiing and snowboarding.

    Maple Syrup: Vermont is famous for its maple syrup. You can visit local maple farms to learn about the syrup-making process and even sample some freshly made syrup. In late winter, many farms host maple sugaring... Read MORE...

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male ancestorWilliam Wallace DAGGETT (24 August 1833, Bakersfield, Vermont, USA - 28 March 1916, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA)
female ancestorMatilda H DUNN (June 1840, Bakersfield, Vermont, USA - 22 December 1917, Champlain, New York, USA)
female ancestorCordelia TATRO (12 March 1857, Bakersfield, Vermont, USA - aft. 1870, )
female ancestorElizabeth C "Libby" KELLEY (25 March 1862, Bakersfield, Vermont, USA - 23 November 1933, Hyde Park, Vermont, USA (Hydepark))
female ancestorMary TATRO (19 September 1863, Bakersfield, Vermont, USA - , )
male ancestorLevi M TATRO (27 April 1865, Bakersfield, Vermont, USA - , )
male ancestorGeorge Mose BRALEY (02/24/1866, Bakersfield, Vermont, USA - 12/17/1949, Epping, New Hampshire, USA)
female ancestorMaria Laura BOMBARD (14 August 1873, Bakersfield, Vermont, USA - 16 September 1953, , New Hampshire, USA)
female ancestorElla Mary TATRO (18 February 1873, Bakersfield, Vermont, USA - , )
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