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Col Giles Chittenden

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Col Giles Chittenden

  • Birth 30 Jul 1768 Connecticut, USA
  • Death 28 Feb 1819 Williston, Chittenden County, Vermont, USA
  • Burial Williston, Chittenden County, Vermont, USA
  • Memorial ID 14874288

age 49 years
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Additional information supplied by: doxc (Beth Shortridge Osborn, a gr gr gr granddaughter of Giles)


Col. Chittenden was born on July 30 of either 1768 or 1770 in Connecticut & died either Feb 28 or March 1 of 1819 in Williston. He married Mary "Polly" Hawley on May 5, 1790 probably in Vermont. They had 6 children. He was primarily a farmer but did act as the colonel of Williston's first cavalry troop & served as Williston's representative in the General Assembly.

His father, Gov Chittenden, built a home for each of his sons. The home for Giles was built in 1796 &, as of 2009,is the only remaining home built by Gov Chittenden. It is also the oldest building still standing Williston. Currently it is a B&B called the Catamount.

The Chittenden's were good friends with the brothers Ira & Ethan Allen. Tradition has it that Ethan once rode his horse up the stairs of the Giles home to the ballroom on the second floor. The present owners did find hoof prints on the underside of the stairs steps during renovations, lending credence to the story.

Due to a bad business venture with his brother Truman & a resulting lawsuit, the home was to be sold at auction. However a relative purchased it from Giles for $1 prior to the auction. When Giles died the home & grounds were given back to his widow. Giles spent his last days living with a daughter at 132 Colchester Ave in Burlington & died insolvent.

His wife later deeded the house to Charles Miller, an ancestor of the present owner. As of 2006 the home has remained in Mr. Miller's family for over 125 years.


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  • Created by: Barb Destromp
  • Added: 10 Jul 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14874288
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Col Giles Chittenden (30 Jul 1768–28 Feb 1819), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14874288, citing Thomas Chittenden Cemetery, Williston, Chittenden County, Vermont, USA ; Maintained by Barb Destromp (contributor 46785064) .