Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA -
Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA

Monument - Founder's Cemetery, Post Gager Burial Ground, Norwich, New London, Connecticut -- The thirty-five original proprietors of Norwich, Connecticut were:

Thomas Adgate, Richard Edgerton, Maj. John Mason, Robert Allyn, John Elderkin, Dr. John Olmstead, Stephen Backus, Rev. James Fitch, John Pease, Lieut.William Backus, John Gager, John Post, John Baldwin, Stephen Gifford, Josiah Reed, Thomas Bingham, Francis Griswold, John Reynolds, John Birchard, Thomas Howard, Jonathan Royce, Morgan Bowers,Christopher Huntington, Nehemiah Smith, Thomas Bliss, Simon Huntington, John Tracy, John Bradford, Samuel Hyde, Lieut. Thomas Tracy, Hugh Calkins, William Hyde, Ens. Thomas Waterman, John Calkins, Lieut. Thomas Leffingwell
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Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA - New London and Norwich
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.
Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA

New London and Norwich
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.
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Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA - Thanksgiving Barrel Burning, Norwich, Conn.
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Painesville, Lake County, Ohio
Nov 29, 1888
Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA

Thanksgiving Barrel Burning, Norwich, Conn.
Painesville Telegraph
Painesville, Lake County, Ohio
Nov 29, 1888




Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA - Bird's Eye View from Laurel Hill, Norwich, Conn.
Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA

Bird's Eye View from Laurel Hill, Norwich, Conn.
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Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA - Preston Bridge, Shetucket River, Norwich, Conn.
Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA

Preston Bridge, Shetucket River, Norwich, Conn.
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Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA - Norwich, Conn.
Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA

Norwich, Conn.
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Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA - Norwich Inn Equestrians
Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA

Norwich Inn Equestrians
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Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA - Home of Samuel Huntington, Washington Street, Norwich, New London, Connecticut
Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA

Home of Samuel Huntington, Washington Street, Norwich, New London, Connecticut
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Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA - Plaque in memory of Benedict Arnold family - Old Burying Grounds, Norwich, New London, Connecticut.
Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA

Plaque in memory of Benedict Arnold family - Old Burying Grounds, Norwich, New London, Connecticut.
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Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA
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Where is Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA?  Located in southeastern Connecticut, Norwich is a vibrant community with a beautiful harbor on the convergence of the Thames, Shetucket and Yantic Rivers. Norwich boasts outstanding cultural attractions including two museums and numerous festivals as well as an excellent education system. www.norwichct.org/

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Norwich justice
The penalties at this time (first half of 18th century) were :

For drunkenness, a fine, (5s. to 10s.,) or to sit in the stocks a couple of hours.

Not attending public worship when there was no necessary detention, 5s.

Profane swearing, 10s.

Sabbath-breaking, by labor or vain recreati...
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1720 Flood
Sept. 4, 1720. " The flood raised Norwich river to a prodigious height; stacks of hay floated down ; it carried away the bridge by the meeting house and much fence." [Hempstead's Diary.]
History of Norwich, Connecticut: From Its Possession by the Indians to the Year 1866 Author Frances Manwaring Caulkins Publisher By H.P. Haven, 1874
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1722 - Clever Indian in Norwich
An Indian being found drunk, was brought before Mr. Justice Bushnell, and sentenced according to the statute, namely, to pay a fine of ten shillings, or receive ten lashes on his naked body. The Indian immediately accuses Samuel Bliss of selling him that afternoon that which made him drunk, to wit, ...Read MORE...


In the freshet of February, 1727, four of the town bridges were swept away, and among them was this which crossed the Shetucket.

History of Norwich, Connecticut: From Its Possession by the Indians to the Year 1866 Author Frances Manwaring Caulkins Publisher By H.P. Haven, 1874
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1729 Norwich town common established
In 1729, the proprietors agree, vote, and grant, "that the Plain in the Town Platt, called the meeting house, plain, with all the contents and extent of it," as it now lyeth, shall be and remain, to be, and lye common for public use for tho whole town forever, without alteration."
History of Norwich, Connecticut: From Its Possession by the Indians to the Year 1866 Author Frances Manwaring Caulkins Publisher By H.P. Haven, 1874
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1729 Flood (Norwich)
The Boston News-Letter notices an extraordinary flood of the Shetucket at Norwich, 28th of February, 1729. The warehouses at the Landing were much injured, but the newspaper adds the compensatory information, "there was fine bass-fishing after it," — twenty thousand bass having been taken in the riv...Read MORE...


1730 - Norwich Rattlesnakes
1730. Voted, that whosoever shall kill a rattlesnake within this township at any time within one year ensuing, except in the three summer months, and produce one joint of the bone and its toil shall have two shillings for each snake so killed.
History of Norwich, Connecticut: From Its Possession by the Indians to the Year 1866 Author Frances Manwaring Caulkins Publisher By H.P. Haven, 1874
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1737 Flood (Norwich)
A thaw and freshet of unusual power and rapidity of action occurred Jan. 16, 1737. The Shetucket above its outlet being impeded by a solid bed of ice, the rushing flood was suddenly thrown back, and spreading over the low land, rose to twenty feet in ten minutes, sweeping off three warehouses with a...Read MORE...


In 1751 (Norwich) the selectmen were empowered to prosecute with vigor all who should sell or convey land to strangers, and all sales of this kind were declared null and void.
Orders were given likewise that no strangers should remain in the town without the public consent, and this consent seems to have been very cautiously dispensed. Applications were frequently made for permission to stay in town for a limited time, but this was seldom granted without some condition an...Read MORE...


1764 - Leffingwell's Bridge completed (Norwich)
June 20, 1764. " Leffingwell's Bridge over Shetacket river at Norwich Landing it completed. It is 124 feet in length, and 28 feet above the water. Nothing is placed between the abutments, but the bridge is supported by Geometry work above and calculated to bear a weight of 500 tons. The work is by M...Read MORE...


1767 - 240 Acadians leave Norwich for Quebec
Norwich, as well as other towns in Connecticut, was taxed with the support of a certain number of the French Neutrals, a harmless and much-abused people, who in the year 1755 were driven from their seats in Acadia or Nova Scotia by their English conquerors, and forced to take refuge in New England. ...Read MORE...


In 1773, the first Newspaper was established in Norwich.
The proprietors and printers were Alexander Robertson, James Robertson, and John Trumbull, under the firm of Robertsons & Trumbull. It had a flourishing head-piece inclosing the rude cut of a ship under full sail, and an imposing title, making pretensions to a wide circulation. Price, six shillings ...Read MORE...


1784 - Norwich Incorporated as a City
This was part of the area known as Mohegin. Several men from Saybrook began a settlement in 1659 and obtained a deed from Uncas, Sachem of the Mohegans. For several years the settlement was known as "the new township of Mohegan." It was also referred to as New-Norwich. It is first called, Norridge, ...Read MORE...


1784 Flood (Norwich)
Jan. 8, 1784, was distinguished by a yet greater and more sweeping freshet, which affected both the Yantic and the Shetucket. Several mills and bridges on the upper courses were swept away, and large quantities of lumber came floating down the streams. Happily there was but little ice in the Thames,...Read MORE...


1789 Flood (Norwich)
The year 1789 was marked by a June freshet. For two days, the 10th and 11th of the month, the rains were continuous and flood-like, causing a rapid rise in all the streams that feed the Thames. The Shetucket and Yantie, swollen by their impetuous tributaries, sweeping aside bridges, mills and dams, ...Read MORE...


1792 - First turnpike road company, New London to Norwich, incorporated.
After the American Revolution, Connecticut granted franchises for the building of ‘toll’ roads or turnpikes, and in 1792 the first turnpike in Connecticut and in New England (the second in the country) linked Norwich and New London. www.cthistoryonline.org/ cho/ journeys/ j_infra_trans_early.html
Timeline of Connecticut History
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1795 - First insurance company incorporated as the Mutual Assurance Company of the City of Norwich.
...This great fire of 1793 quickened public opinion in regard to the benefits to be derived from insurance. Within twenty days after the catastrophe, the inhabitants were invited by a committee, consisting of Ebenezer Huntington, Joseph Perkins, Joshua Huntington and Roger Griswold, to meet at the c...Read MORE...


1796 - The Norwich Courier was founded by Thomas Hubbard, November 30, 1796
The original Norwich Courier was 18 x 11 inches in size, with four pages. February 12, 1817, Theophilus R. Martin joined with Mr. Hubbard in printing the paper and continued in it for two years. In 1822 Thomas Robinson and John Dunham bought out Mr. Hubbard, and they jointly carried on the paper unt...Read MORE...


1797 Flood (Norwich)
Jan. 29, 1797, was marked by a peculiar freshet resulting from a January thaw. The smaller rivers were broken up, and heavy blocks of ice sweeping downwards committed great havoc in their course. The court house bridge was so thoroughly broken up that only a heap of fragments remained. It was compar...Read MORE...


The annual Thanksgiving was a day of great hilarity, although its time- honored essential characteristic was a sermon. A peculiar adjunct of this festival in Norwich was a barrel bonfire.
A lofty pole was erected, around which a pyramid of old barrels was arranged, — large at the platform, but a single barrel well tarred forming the apex. The burning of this pile constituted the revelry or triumphant part of the entertainment, and was considered by the young as indispensable to a fin...Read MORE...


1807 Flood and Fire (Norwich)
After the present century came in, the first great flood was in 1807. The rivers began to break up on Saturday night, Feb. 7th. The cracking of the vast blocks of ice was like the crash of thunder. The Shetucket rose eighteen or twenty feet. Lord's and Lathrop's bridges were swept away. On Sunday mo...Read MORE...


1819 - Norwich
Norwich, a wealthy commercial post town, and the semi-seat of justice of the county, is situated at the head of navigation, on the Thames or Pequot river, in north lat. 41 degrees 34' and west lon. 72 degrees 29'. It is 13 miles north of New-London, and 38 southeast of Hartford; bounded on the north...Read MORE...


1823 Flood (Norwich)
A remarkable freshet occurred on the 6th of March, 1823, which was caused by a rain of twenty four hours continuance falling upon a deep snow. Six bridges over the Yantic were carried away, viz, three in Norwich, two in Bozrah, Cat Col. Fitch's iron-works and Bozrahville,] and one in Franklin. The o...Read MORE...


1835 Flood (Norwich)
March 11, 1835, ushered in a freshet similar to that of 1823. the water rising twelve or fifteen feet. The walls, sheds, and small buildings along the banks of the Shetucket were swept away like chaff. Lathrop's bridge was broken up ; a shanty used by workmen on the Norwich and Worcester Railroad wa...Read MORE...


1854 Floods (Norwich)
Feb. 8, 1854, most of the wharves were submerged by the breaking up of the ice, and the basements of buildings near the river filled with water. Central wharf and the Junction railway were overflowed. At the freight depot of the New London and Norwich Railroad, the rails were covered to the depth of...Read MORE...


1857 Flood
The 9th and 10th of February, 1857, were marked by a freshet which might be called the Half-century Flood, as occurring so near the anniversary of that of 1807. The destruction of property was greatest in the last instance. The heavy timbers from Lord's and Lathrop's bridges came floating down with ...Read MORE...


1861 - Norwich, Conn., April 14. - The excitement produced by the war news was never equalled here. All our people are read to uphold the Government, and hundreds are ready to enlist.

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Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
April 15, 1861
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1865 Norwich - " A copperhead snako three feet long was killed by two young men in the woods near this city, May 21, 1865."

History of Norwich, Connecticut: From Its Possession by the Indians to the Year 1866 Author Frances Manwaring Caulkins Publisher By H.P. Haven, 1874
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1883 - A FAMOUS HOSTELRY BURNED. - THE BRASE BULL INN IN CONNECTICUT DESTROYED BY FIRE.
NORWICH, Conn., Dec. 23 - The oldest house in Windham County, a large wood colored edifice of the "lean to" period, which greatly antedated the revolution, having been built in 1710, has been burned in Thompson the past week. It was famous old inn christened as the "Brase Bull," and bore over the fr...Read MORE...


1887 - NORWICH, Conn., March 16. - St. Patrick's Catholic Church was damaged to the extent of $10,000 by fire to-day.
The building cost $250,000, and is insured for $52,000. The fire was caused by a careless altar boy dropping a coal from the censer.
Dallas Morning News
Dallas, Texas
March 17, 1887
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1888 - NO END OF FUN. How the Norwich, Conn., Boys Celebrate Thanksgiving.
They Go About the Town Gathering Barrels, and Then After the Turkey is Eaten What a Thanksgiving Bonfire They Have.

ROAST turkey and fixin's!

Phew!

Take a run around New England and ask all the boys you meet what they think of it. Whisper Thanksgiving in their ear and hear them howl. When y...
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1889 - A SACRIFICE TO MAMMON. Coroner Park's Idea of New Freight Cars Should be Constricted.
NORWICH, Conn., July 2. - Coroner Park has filed another unique verdict in the case of John Pender of New London, a brakeman, who met his death by falling from a car one night last week. After reciting with much particularity the known and supposed circumstances, the coroner continues:

'I find th...
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1906
Norwich, a city, semi-capital of New London co., Conn., finely situated on the Thames River, here formed by the confluence of the Shetucket and the Yantic, 13 miles N. of New London, on the New York, New Haven and Hartford and the Central Vermont Rs. It is noted for its beautiful residences which oc...Read MORE...


1913 - BOAT TRAIN WRECKED.
One Woman Badly Injured in Accident Near Norwich.

Special to The New York Times.

NEW LONDON, Conn., Sept. 13. - Central Vermont train running from Brattleboro to New London to connect with a boat for New York, was derailed near Norwich, at 9 o'clock to-night. The locomotive left the rails and ...
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1967 - March 5 - WEDN TV channel 53 in Norwich, CT (PBS) begins broadcasting

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Ancestors Who Were Married Here


1668
Thomas Waterman (30 November 1644 - 19 June 1708) & Miriam Tracy (1648 - 9 July 1732)
married November 1668

1669
Richard Cooke (abt. 1638 - 1695) & Grace UNKNOWN ( - abt. 1700)
married 1669

1672
Richard Bushnell (10 September 1652 - 27 August 1727) & Elizabeth Adgate (10 October 1651 - 1713)
married 7 December 1672

1675
Samuel Lathrop (March 1650 - 9 December 1732) & Hannah Adgate (6 October 1653 - 18 September 1695)
married November 1675

1681
Christopher Huntington (1 November 1660 - 24 April 1735) & Sarah Adgate (January 1663 - February 1705)
married 20 May 1681

1683
Daniel Tracy (1652 - 29 June 1728) & Abigail Adgate (August 1661 - 3 September 1711 )
married 19 September 1683

1691
Thomas Waterman (September 1670 - 31 December 1755) & Elizabeth Allyn (24 December 1669 - 15 March 1755)
married 29 June 1691

1701
John Waterman (March 1672 - 1744) & Elizabeth Lathrop (1 November 1679 - 5 October 1708)
married 5 November 1701

1706
Christopher Huntington (1 November 1660 - 24 April 1735) & Judith Stevens (22 December 1670 - )
married October 1706

1707
Nathaniel Leffingwell (abt. 16 February 1684 - abt. January 1709) & Mary Rudd (15 October 1686 - 21 October 1734)
married 19 June 1707

1708
Eleazer Burnham (5 September 1678 - 1743) & Lydia Waterman (7 August 1683 - 22 December 1738)
married 20 November 1708

1709
John Waterman (March 1672 - 1744) & Judith Woodward (March 1682 - 15 May 1720)
married 22 September 1709

1712
James Norman (1678 - 18 June 1743) & Mary Rudd (15 October 1686 - 21 October 1734)
married 1712

1719
Matthew Huntington (16 April 1694 - 1756) & Mary Morgan (abt. 1698 - 20 March 1721)
married 3 December 1719

1721
Matthew Huntington (16 April 1694 - 1756) & Elizabeth Wheeler (31 December 1699 - 3 October 1725)
married 12 December 1721
John Waterman (March 1672 - 1744) & Elizabeth Bassett (15 July 1694 - )
married 10 April 1721

1726
Matthew Huntington (16 April 1694 - 1756) & Lydia Leonard (22 September 1707 - possibly June 6, 1777)
married 17 May 1726

1733
Benedict Arnold (abt. 1712 - 1761) & Hannah Waterman (28 September 1708 - 15 August 1759)
married 8 November 1733

1745
Jacob Galusha (9 March 1720 - 13 February 1792) & Lydia Huntington (25 April 1728 - 6 May 1764)
married 10 September 1745

1752
Eleazer (Eleazar) Burnham (12 March 1722 - January 1766) & Mary Norman (1729 - 9 June 1811)
married 2 November 1752

1767
Ephraim Barker (abt. 1741 - ) & Mary Norman (1729 - 9 June 1811)
married 21 December 1767
 




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