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PUBLISHED AND SOLD AT
NEW HAVEN, BY JOHN W. BARBER,

AND AT
HARTFORD, BY A. WILLARD.

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Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1836,

by JOHN W. BARBER and A. WILLARD, in the Clerk's office, of the District Court of Connecticut.

PREFACE.

The power by which we recall past scenes, the rapidity with which they are brought in review before us, the faculty by which we can range "o'er creation," and dwell upon the past and future, demonstrates that man was indeed formed in the image of bis Creator, and destined for immortality. By the contemplation of the past, we feel our span of existence extended: we enter into the thoughts, hopes, and aspirations of generations before us, and in such moments hold communion with the departed spirits of antiquity.

Every thing relating to the history of the "Pilgrim Fathers,” is worthy of preservation. “The Puritans,” says a writer in no wise partial to them,“ were the most remarkable body of men, perhaps, which the world has ever produced............. They were men whose minds had derived a peculiar character from the daily contemplation of superior beings and eternal interests. Not content with acknowledging in general terms, an over ruling providence, they habitually ascribed every event to the will of the Great Being, for whose power nothing was too vast, for whose inspection nothing was too minute. To know him, to serve him, to enjoy him, was with them the great end of existence. They rejected with contempt, the ceremonious homage which other sects substituted for the homage of the soul...............On the rich and the eloquent, on nobles and priests, they looked down with contempt: for they esteemed themselves rich in a more precious treasure, and eloquent in a more sublime language; nobles by the right of an earlier creation, and priests by the imposition of a mightier hand!” These were the men to whom the world owes the preservation of civil and religious liberty, their enemies being judges; and it was men of this stamp that were the fathers of Connecticut.

Though small in territorial extent and population, Connecticut is second to none of her sister states in the virtue, genius and enterprise of ber sons. Considering the amount of her population, she has furnished a large proportion of distinguished men in almost every department of life, and some of the most powerful states in this Union, are largely indebted to her for the elements of their greatness and prosperity.

The early history of Connecticut in its various parts, has been ably written by Dr. Trumbull, the venerable Historian of his native state. To this work the author is deeply indebted, as he is also to the “Gazetteer of Connecticut and Rhode Island," by John C. Pease and John M. Niles, Esqs., a work of much labor and merit. For the account of the towns in Middlesex county, “ Field's Statistical Account,” has furnished much valuable information. The extracts from the most ancient newspapers were taken from files of the New Haven Journals, the earliest and only copies, it is believed, that are now in existence. These Journals are in the valuable library left by the late Col. William Lyon, a distinguished Antiquarian, and are now in possession of his son, William Lyon, Esq. a gentleman to whom the compiler feels himself under lasting obligations. To the various gentlemen in different parts of his native state, who have furnished information for this work, the Author would here return his grateful acknowledgments.

It may be thought, perhaps, by some, that an apology ought to be made for inserting many things contained in this book: Some things may be thought too trivial; others too marvellous to be recorded. With regard to the hrst, it ought to be borne in mind, that many things which at the first sight may appear to us to be of little moment, may hereafter be deemed of much importance. With regard to the latter objection, it may be observed, that the history of any people may be considered as defective, which

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does not give an account of their religious belief and opinions, &c. however erroneous. Although in this age most of us may smile at what we consider the superstitions and weaknesses of our forefathers, yet it may be well to reflect that Sir Matthew Hale, Dr. Johnson, and others, men of the greatest intellect the world ever produced, lie under the same imputations. Compared with these men many of those who affect to smile at their opinions, are but mere children in understanding.

The numerous engravings interspersed through this work, were (with five or six exceptions) executed from drawings taken on the spot, by the author of this work. Before deciding upon the correctness of these representations, he wishes his readers to consider that the appearance of any place will vary considerably as it is viewed from different points: thus a north view will appear quite different froin one taken at the south. A person not being used to see a place from the point from which the drawing is taken, it may not at first sight be readily recognized. Before any view is condemned as being incorrect, it will be necessary in order to form a correct judgment, to stand on the place from whence the drawing was made.

In giving the notices of distinguished individuals, a limited number on could be inserted. In some instances, perhaps, the information obtained respecting some towns may have been defective. The history of some important towns may apparently not have received that attention to which they are entitled: the failure of obtaining the desired information, after the attempt was made, must be the apology. New Haven, Sept. 1836.

J. W. B.

Amid such a variety of facts, names and dates, it is not to be expected but that some mistakes and omissions may occur. The following is a list of all which have as yet been discovered.

Hartford is bounded N. by Windsor and Bloomfield, E. by Connecticut river, S. by Wethersfield and W. by Farmington and Avon.

Berlin, page 67, in Dr. Smalley's epitaph, for 1704, read 1734.
East Hartford, page 72, line 4th, for 5 miles, read 4 miles.

East Windsor.-Warehouse point is a considerable village on the Connecticut river, near the northern boundary of the town. Formerly the manufacture of Rye Gin, was an important branch of business in this place; of late years, considerable attention has been paid to the cultivation of tobacco. The place derived its name from a warehouse being built here by Mr. Pyncheon, of Springfield, about the period of the settlement of that place. It is 13 miles from Hartford.

Simsbury, page 101, line 5, after Windsor, read and Bloomfield.
New Haven, page 158, 5th live from botlom, for right, read left.

Derby, page 198, since the account of Smithville was printed, it has received the name of Birmingham.

Southbury, page 254, 7th line from bottom, after N. W. read from New Haven.
Wallingford, page 258, line 6, for Henry, read Jared P. Whittelsey.

Brooklyn, page 417.—The village contains 40 or 50 dwelling houses, and 4 or 5 mercantile stores. It is about 20 miles from Norwich, 40 from Hartford, and 30 from Providence.

Sharon, page 491, is 16 miles from Litchfield and 47 from Hartford.
Middletown, page 598, note, 7th line from bottom, for Wenson, read Wousley,

CONTENTS.

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Page.

419 Hartford County, ·

30 Preston,

347

62 Hartford,

31 Pomsret,

437

65 Hartland,

97 Plainfield,

434

69 Hamden,

220 Reading,

397

70 Huntington,

386 Ridgefield,

402

68 Hampton,

425 Roxbury,

484

186 Harwinton,

469 Simsbury,

100

189 Haddam,

514 Southington,

105

301 Hebron,

518 Suffield,

107

376 Killingly,

426 Southbury,

254

416 Kent,

470 Salem,

348

460 Killingworth,

528 Stonington,

348

461 Lebanon,

3:22 Sherman,

405

511 Ledyard,

3.29 Stamford,

405

379 Lisbon,

332 Strauord,

408

70 Lyme,

333 Sterling,

440

194 Litchfield,

452 Salisbury,

485

306 Litchfield County, 452 Sharon,

490
422' Middlesex County, 506 Saybrook,

531
425 Marlborough,

99 Somers,

551
463 Manchester,

98 Stafford,

553

461 | Madison,

226 Trumbull,

412

465 Meriden,

229 Thompson,

441

518 Middlebury,

231 Torrington,

495

521 Milford,

232 Tolland,

539

5-12 Moniville,

339 Tolland County, 539

514 Monroe,

387 Union,

554

197 Middletown,

506 Voluntown,

442

367 Mansfield,

550 Vernon,

555

380 New Haven County, 133 Wallingford,

256

521 New Haven, .

134 Waterbury,

260

72 North Branford, 242 | Waterford,

352

76 North Haven,

243 Warren,

497

203 New London,

275 Washington,

497

523 Norwich,

294 Watertown,

499

516 North Stonington, 345 Wolcott,

272
83 New Canaan, 388 Woodbridge,

273
354 New Fairfield, 390 Woodstock,

448
88 Newtown,
390 Woodbury,

503
309 Norwalk,
392 Weston,

412

354 New Milford,

474 Westport,

414

91 New Hartford, 472 Wilton,

415

93 Norfolk,

481 Windham,

443

210 New London County, 275 Winchester,

501

310 Orange,

249 Willington,

556

311 Oxford,

251 Windsor,

123

382 Plymouth,
483 Wethersfield,

112
467 Prospect,

252 Windham County, 416

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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTICES AND SKETCHES.

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Kidd, Capt.

23 Granger, Gideon, 110 Hopkins, Doct. Lemuel,271
Hosmer, Titus, 39 Phelps, Oliver, Esq. 111 Huntington, Jedediah, 284
Perkins, Nathan, D. D. 39 Wolcoit, Roger, 128 Brainard, Jeremiah G. 285
Webster, Noah, LL. D. 49 Ellsworth, Oliver, LL.D. 129 Trumbull, Jonathan, 324
Goodwin, George, 49 Humphreys, Gen. D. 201 Young, Guilford Dudley326
Hart, Major Jonathan, 67 Hull, Isaac,

202 Fitch, Rev. James, 328
Pitkin, Hon. Wm. 75 Whitney, Eli,

223 Ledyard, John, 329
Edwards, Jonathan, 80 Chittenden, Hon. Thos. 228 Griswold, Matihew, 335
Fiich, John,

81 Stiles, Ezra, D.D. 246 Griswold, Roger, 336
Humphrey, Capt. Elihu, 103 Hall, Lyman,

259 Occum, Rev. Sampson, 344
Lyman, Gen. Phineas, 110 Hopkins, Samuel, D.D. 269 | Barlow, Joel, LL. D. 400

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