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Brookfield, CT

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Brookfield was formed from the three adjacent towns of New Milford, Newtown, and Danbury. It's not known exactly when Brookfield was settled, as there is no authentic record. The first town meeting was held 9 Jun 1788, and was moderated by Colonel Samuel Canfield. The first selectmen (a town officer, chosen by the Board to carry out the town's business) were: Lieut. Martain Warner, Capt. Joseph Smith, Capt. Ezra Dibble, Mr. Amos Wheeler, and Capt. Richard Smith. Mr. Elijah Starr was elected as the first town clerk.

The name of Brookfield may have been adopted as a tribute to the first pastor of the town. Brook's Field was eventually changed to Brookfield. (Rev. Thomas Brooks was hired as the town's minister and pastor of the The Congregational Church beginning 28 Sept.1757 and served for forty-two years.) Rev. Brooks left his position in 1796, and died three years later. In the 1800's, Brookfield was a thriving community with stage coach shops, 2 railroad stations and several taverns and hotels. The businesses included saw mills, grist mills, comb & button factories, shear shops, lime kilns, iron works, and harness shops. There were once 8 public school houses, a private school for boys and an internationally acclaimed music school. [1]

Vital Records

Brookfield Town Clerk
Joan Locke
100 Pocono Road
Brookfield, CT 06804
(203) 775-7313

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Call for summer hours.

Birth: 1854-Present
Marriage: 1825- Present
Death: 1856- Present
Comments: Earlier vital records may be found in New Milford, Danbury and Newtown. Non-certified copies of birth, death, marriage certificates are available. (Check with Town Clerk for current rates.)

Probate & Land Records

Brookfield Probate Office
P.O. Box 5192, Brookfield, CT 06804-5192
(203) 775-3700

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am to 1:30 pm EST

Probate Records: June 1850 to Present
Note: Earlier records may be found in the Newtown Probate Office and at the CT State Library.


Cemeteries in Brookfield

    • Central Cemetery
    • Gallows Hill Cemetery
    • Lutheran Cemetery
    • Laurel Hill Cemetery
    • Northrup Cemetery
    • Old South Cemetery
    • Prince of Peace Cemetery
    • United Jewish Center Cemetery

    • Maple Grove Memorial Park. Incorporated 3510 Main St, Brookfield, CT (203) 798-7741
    • St Peters Cemetery Assn. Lake Avenue Ext., Danbury, CT 06810 (203) 743-9626
    • Danbury Cemetery Assn. 20 Ellsworth Ave, Danbury, CT 06810 (203) 748-8529
    • The Hale Collection of Connecticut Cemetery Inscriptions (1600's to 1930's) is available through The Connecticut State Library
    • The Association of Gravestone Studies 30 Elm Street, Worcester MA 01609
      (508) 831-7753
    • Available at the LDS FHC: A handbook of cemeteries, Brookfield, Connecticut (including portions of New Milford and Newtown), 1745-1985  Whittlesey, Marilyn


Church historical records filmed and available at the LDS Family History Centers

      • Notes: Microfilm of originals at the Connecticut State Library in Hartford, Connecticut.
        Includes minutes of meetings, withdrawals, accounts and treasurer's record and seating plan. The First Society in Brookfield began as the Newbury Society and in the later records is called the First Ecclesiastical Society or the Congregational Society.

Current Churches in Brookfield

  • St Marguerite Bourgeoys Church
    138 Candlewood Lake Rd, Brookfield, CT
    (203) 775-5117

  • St Joseph's Church
    163 Whisconier Rd, Brookfield, CT
    (203) 775-1035

  • Congregational Church
    160 Whisconier Rd, Brookfield, CT
    (203) 775-1259

  • First Assembly of God Church
    133 Junction Rd, Brookfield, CT -
    (203) 775-5191

  • Valley Presbyterian Church
    21 W Whisconier Rd, Brookfield, CT -
    (203) 775-2624

  • St Paul's Episcopal
    174 Whisconier Rd, Brookfield, CT
    (203) 775-9587

  • Congregational Church
    2 Junction Rd, Brookfield, CT
    (203) 740-2763

  • Danbury Chinese Alliance Church
    160 Whisconier Rd, Brookfield, CT
    (203) 775-0110

  • Universal Church
    48 High Ridge Rd # B,
    Brookfield, CT
    (203) 775-1970

  • Brookfield Library
    182 Whisconier Road, Brookfield, CT 06804
    (203) 775-6241

    Hours: Monday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    • "A Handbook of Cemeteries, Brookfield, Connecticut (including portions of New Milford and Newtown), 1745-1985," compiled by Marilyn Whittlesey and Jack Scully. Published: [Connecticut?] : Old South Cemetery Association, 1986. LC Call No.: F104.B85W44 1986(Closed Sundays--June through September.)

Available at the LDS Family History Center Library (or try ordering through your local Public Library, via an Inter-library loan):

    • Hawley, Emily C. (Emily Carrie) , b. 1855.
      • Annals of Brookfield County, Connecticut.
      • Historical sketch of the First Congregational Church of Brookfield, Connecticut, and of the town of Brookfield : written for the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the church.  
    • Whittlesey, Marilyn.A look back, Brookfield, Connecticut  
    • Todd, Barbara P. Newbury to Brookfield, 1700 to 1789.  

Historical Societies
Brookfield Historical Society
165 Whisconier Road, P.O. Box 5231, Brookfield, CT 06804
Marilyn Whittlesey, Historian

Hours: Saturday, 12 noon to 4 pm.


Military Records


During the Revolutionary War, there was a militia in the area which served under Major General Wooster. During the War of 1812, a draft was served upon the residents and Lt. Ruggles enlisted a company of volunteers. [1]


Recorded upon books in the State archives.
Soldiers killed while in the service are indicated with a *
Charles S. Smith Leonard D. Wilkinson Gilbert H. Campbell Zenas L. Dibble Timothy T. Turrell
Charles B. Steward Frank J. Benson James W. Hamilton Daniel Briggs Albert Clark
William Turrell Charles T. Delevan * Frederic A. Bennett James H. Case John Triel
Edwin Wheeler * Joseph Maddocks McAllister Craig Edward H. Northrup Joseph G. Goldsmith
Samuel Magee Charles Hayes Charles H. Clark Marcellus R.Pishon William Hamilton
Rockwell H. Smith * Lemuel Peck * Thomas Sherman * Allen Rogers Thomas Hoye *
Harmon Edgett Hanford N. Bassett Tallman Simons Clarence Smith William D. Hoyt
Theodore Jackson William R. Hamlin* William F. Banks George Squires William H. Hawley
Abner H. Johnson * George W. Anthony Edwin H. Nearing Jonathan T. Salmons Booth Lattin
Patrick Sullivan* Lewis J. Ives William Stebbins Joseph H.Canfield John S. Prentice
Benjamin Stebbins Henry W. Seeley Frederic A. Osborn Daniel McKinnon Thomas Prentice *

[1] Hurd, D. Hamilton. History of Fairfield County, Connecticut. Philadelphia: J.W. Lewis & Co. (1881)
[2] Morrison, Betty Jean. Connecting to Connecticut. East Hartford: CT Society of Genealogists (1995)
[3] Lindberg, Marcia Wiswall. Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research. 3rd Ed. Boston: NEHGS (1993)

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