On June 7, 1763 Governor Benning Wentworth of New Hampshire grant to Samuel Willis and sixty four others, 23,040 acres of land which would become the Town of Williston. On July 20th, 1764 the King of England ruled that the western bank of the Connecticut River would be the boundary between New Hampshire and New York. Thus the legally of the Vermont grants including Williston would remain cloudy until October 28, 1790, when the State of Vermont paid to the State of New York thirty thousand dollars for clear title for lands east of Lake Champlain and west of the Connecticut River.
For the first 200 years of its existence Williston played an important role in the history of Vermont, particularly early in its history as the town of the first Governor Thomas Chittenden.
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