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Northeast Kingdom Genealogy
Vermont Northeast
Kingdom Genealogy

St. Johnsbury, Vt Genealogy
St. Johnsbury, VT
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This Beer's Atlas was transcribed by Leslie Moore
who has generously donated this listing to
the Northeast Kingdom Genealogy web page.

Connecticut River
Lodge #7
I. O. O. F.
Odd Fellows
Barnet, Vermont
Instituted March 1880

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Alphabetized Surname Index

Every-Name Index to Beer's Atlas of Caledonia County (1875)
I have tried to list every individual named in this atlas.  If a business is a partnership with two names attached to it, like 'Alderman & Barnes,' it will have two entries, one for Alderman and one for Barnes.  Most maps are of towns, which are divided into numbered school districts, a system which I have followed in this index, because there is no grid system on these maps.  If the map is a detailed map of a town, giving street names, I will give the street name as a finding aid.  Often names will occur twice, when an individual lives near a border between two towns or lives within a mapped village in a town,and  then I have shown both town and village listings.  If a person has two or more properties on the same street or in the same school district, I indicate the number of properties in parentheses.
    If the same person (and I have tried to check to make sure that it is the same person) owns properties at two different locations, I will repeat his name by just using ditto marks. If the same name appears written out twice in a row, it means that they are two different persons, or that I could not confirm that they are the same person.
    If a business is clearly attached to the property, I have added the type of business shown by the map.  If the location is ambiguous, between two properties, I have not tried to guess which property it belongs with.
    Most people named are owners of the property, but a few are listed as 'oc.' which I take to mean 'occupant,' or renter.  They are all listed too. 
    Many names have 'Est.' after them, which I take to mean 'Estate,' and that the owner has died recently, and his estate now owns the property.   Some exceptions show up.  For example, E.B. Chase in Lyndon is shown in the Atlas with 'Est.' but he is listed in the Directory ten years later apparently alive.  But it may be his son in the later listing.
   Other common abbreviations are B.S.S. (blacksmith shop), G.M. (grist mill), and S.M. (saw mill).  One businessman owned so many properties in so many towns that they are simply labeled 'A.E.J.' for Alden E. Judevine, the man who later gave money for libraries in Hardwick and Concord.
   The Atlas usually gives only last names and first initials.  When possible I have found first names in Hamilton Child's Gazetteer and Directory of Caledonia and Essex Counties (Syracuse, N.Y.: 1886), and added them in brackets after the initials of people.  When there is not an exact match, but a remarkable similarity, I have suggested a link between names, but in general I have tried to list all the information as I found it.   Sometimes the information-gatherers for both the Child's Gazetteer and the Beer's Atlas seem to have taken names down phonetically (e.g., a 'T. Hutcherson' in Stannard is in the Atlas).  If I could have found a 'T. Hutchinson' in the Gazetteer, I would have put in a link to it in the index.  I estimate there is about a fifty percent overlap between the names in the Atlas and the names in Child's Gazetteer, surprisingly little when one considers that there was only an eleven-year gap between their publication dates. Sometimes not just individuals but whole families seem to appear or disappear in this eleven-year gap.
    The Town of Lyndon has an Incorporated School District that includes the villages of Lyndonville and Lyndon Center.  I assume this enlarged district includes the old school districts numbers 1, 3, and 14, that no longer appear on the map, and it shows up in the Index below as 'Incorp. Dist.' 
   16' refers to the unnumbered St. Johnsbury district colored pink between districts 11 and 14 on page 43.  There is no St. Johnsbury district 16 on the map, and this looks like a logical place for it.  It is too far from the other pink-colored districts, 4 and 15, for it to be part of either of them. 
   Some districts are designated 'fractional districts.'  This means that a school district is divided between two towns.  It usually has the same number in each town.  Both towns shared the funding for the district in proportion to the number of students attending from each town.

Leslie Moore, Flemington, N.J.,  August 2013

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