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The town of Killingly is bordered by Putnam
to the North, Rhode Island to the East, Plainfield
to the South and Brooklyn
to the West. It is appx. 50 sq. miles with a 2000 population of
16,472 resdents and contains the villages of Danielson, Attawaugan, Ballouville,
Dayville, East Killingly, Rogers and South Killingly. Killingly
was established as a town in 1708. Most of the land was dispensed to a
few individuals in large land grants by the General Court of Connecticut.
Some 1,500 acres of the best land went to Maj. James Fitch. John Chandler
received 2,400 acres in the Chestnut Hill area, now known as East Killingly.
James Danielson purchased about 2,000 acres between the Assawaga and Quinebaug
Rivers. Until it was settled by Jacob Spaulding in 1721, South Killingly
was controlled by residents of Plainfield. By 1708, some 30 families resided
east of the Quinebaug River, north of Plainfield.
The farmland was not
of the highest quality but was suitable for smaller family farms. Throughout
the town there were many watercourses that had falls. Sawmills and gristmills
were developed at these falls. The mill sites made nearby properties better
adapted to manufacturing than to agricultural uses. The Danielson family,
along with other local residents and entrepreneurs from Rhode Island,
started industrial development in 1809 when they built the first textile
mill in town at the confluence of the Five Mile (Assawaga) and Quinebaug
Queries & Mailing Lists
Comments: Birth, Marriage and Death records for Killingly are available from the early 1700's to the present. Connecticut town halls hold all original records, with copies after 1897 being sent to the CT Vital Records Dept. In order to access most records less than 100 years old, you must be a member of an incorporated Genealogical Society such as the Connecitcut Society of Genealogists. Confirmaton of hours, fees and availability of records should be verified before visiting the office.
Probate & Land Records
See the Research Guide to Connecticut Probate Records from the CT State Llibrary
Libraries & Societies
Photos of Killingly by Jerry Dougherty (outside link)