Paul, here is an exact quote from the book, "The Connecticut River Valley In Southern Vermont and New Hampshire" pg. 65, then you can make a decision: "In Westminster, which had been chartered by Massachussets Bay province a few years earlier, Richard Ellis and his son Reuben, 1739, built a log hot and cleared and cultivated five or six acres of land in the township on the river meadows.In 1751, John Averill, wife and son, Asa, William Gould, wife and son, John, Amos Carpenter and wife, and Atherton Chaffee removed from Northfield, Mass., to Westminster, which was then known as "Township No. 1."
"Historical Sketches" by Lyman S. Hayes. Rutland, Vermont; The Tuttle Company; Marble City Press; copyright 1929 byLyman S. Hayes, Bellows Falls, Vermont