Did you find your George KEYES ca 1844?I have probably told you this before, but my Pownal KEYES line includes
Samuel b ca 1740 CT Elihu George b 1768 CT d say 1818 NY Elihu George b 1792 NY - 1840 MI
Not on target but a use of the name in the family. To the best of my knowledge only Seth stayed in VT from my group. The others going to Otsego Co NY and from there everywhere changing the name , yet again, from the original McKye or whatever to various spellings.I do have SOME of the names of the other KEYES if that is of any help, but they are not George and not in VT.