WELCOME to the New London County CTGenWeb! USGenWeb Project began in 1996 with KYGenWeb, when a group of volunteers developed the idea of working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. The Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free access to information on the Internet. New London County is part of the CTGenWeb Project.
Organization is by county and state, and this website provides you with links to all the state websites which, in turn, provide gateways to the counties. The USGenWeb Project also sponsors important Special Projects at the national level and this website provides an entry point to all of those pages, as well.
As always, we welcome your participation in this project. Our goal is to offer free access to genealogical information for this county. I am Pat Sabin, County Coordinator and web master for New London County CTGenWeb since 1999. We also have Town Coordinators who are dedicated to adding good research information to individual town sites in New London County. My primary New London County families are Gallup and Stanton, with other ancestors and relatives of the Cheesebrough, Denison, Palmer, Prentice, and related families of Stonington.
My contribution to this
and independent history sites is in coordinating
hosting. Living in Atlanta GA makes it impossible
for me to answer
personal research questions unless they are
recarding my personal
is our hope that the
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BRIEF HISTORY OF EARLY NEW LONDON COUNTY
Pequot was the dominant tribe and, in 1632
ten miles beyond the Pawcatuck river, initiating a
Connecticut and Rhode Island that would last for
many years to come.The
Dutch fort and trading post where Hartford now
stands had negotiated a
satisfactory agreement with the Pequot and
expected to continue its
and trade business in that area peacefully, but in
1633 the Pequots
a group of English traders, and relations began to
it was time for strong action, the General Court
an offensive war against the Pequot, and two
parties were mobilized
Capt. John Mason, with Capt. Underhill. The
result was the attack
of the Pequot fort on the west side of the Mystic
River, and the
of over 700 Pequot men, women and children.
William Chesebrough from Rehoboth, MA was the first actual settler of New London in 1649, followed immediately by Thomas Stanton of Hartford, Indian interpreter, and in the next ten years by the families of: Walter Palmer, George Denison, Thomas Miner; James Avery, Johnathan Brewster, The Rev. Richard Blinman, John Picket, Lion Gardiner, John Hayes, Robert Hempstead, John Gallup, John Stebbins, John Winthrop, Peter Harris, John Chennery, Cary Latham, Robert and Thomas Park(e), Obadiah Bruen, James Rogers, Thomas Hewitt, Matthew Griswold and others.
The settlements enjoyed a period of growth and development for the next decade, until the 1660s when threats from the surrounding Indian tribes began to grow. War finally erupted June 1675 in Swansea, Massachusetts with "King Philip", second son of Massasoit, sachem of the Pokanoket Indians. In the beginning Connecticut felt secure in its geographical location and longstanding alliance with the local Mohegans...then followed several years of brutal attacks and a reign of terror against the English settlements.
Narragansetts had remained fairly neutral until
this time, but were
found sheltering some of King Philip's men.
Three hundred and
Connecticut men lead by Major Robert Treat
attacked the Narragansett
on December 19, 1675 and were met by 2,000
later known as the "Great Swamp Fight," and Capt.
John Mason was killed
in the battle.
THE WARS WITH THE BRITISH
In March 1775 Governor Trumbull called for action against the Tories, and on Wednesday, April 19, 1775 Israel Bissell, postrider, set out from Watertown, Massachusetts to spread the word through the Connecticut towns of Norwich, Lyme and Saybrook to mobilize against the British. Connecticut's navy was formed from an act of July 1, 1775, and in the beginning of the war Connecticut became the leading source of provisions for the American forces. Read more aboutNew London County in the Revolutionary War.
The New London coast was subjected to British intimidation and attacks, the most memorable being the Battle of Stonington in which, on August 9, 1814 the town of Stonington was given one hour to vacate before the bombardment began.
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