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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.
Painesville Telegraph
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 - 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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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, in the Colony records of 1660/1 but gradually beco... 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
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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 court-house and for am association against future 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 until 1825...

In 1860 paper merges with the Mornin... 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 by Franklin, on the east by the Shetucket and Tha... Read MORE...


News 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

News 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 front door a miniature bull of old-fashioned hammere... Read MORE...

News 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

News 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 you come to Norwich - that quaint Connecticut town ... Read MORE...

News 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 that John Pender's death is directly chargeable to t... Read MORE...

1901 - Thanksgiving Barrel Burning. Custom Peculiar to Norwich, Ct
Thanksgiving Barrel Burning. Custom Peculiar to Norwich, Ct Its Origin a Matter of Speculation - How the Boys Jubilate
Date: November 24, 1901
Location: Massachusetts
Paper: Springfield Republican
Article type: News Article
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News 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 plunged down an embankment, but the cars remained ... Read MORE...

1967 - March 5 - WEDN TV channel 53 in Norwich, CT (PBS) begins broadcasting

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Ancestors Who Were Born and/or Died Here



We currently have information about 117 ancestors who were born and/or died in Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA. View them Now



Ancestors Who Were Married Here




1668
Thomas Waterman (30 Nov 1644 - 19 June 1708) & Miriam Tracy (1648 - 1742)
married Nov 1668


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


1672
Richard Bushnell (10 Sept 1652 - 27 AUG 1727) & Elizabeth Adgate (10 OCT 1651 - 1713)
married 7 DEC 1672


1675
Samuel Lathrop (Mar 1650 - 9 Dec 1732) & Hannah Adgate (6 Oct 1653 - 18 Sep 1695)
married NOV 1675


1681
Christopher Huntington (1 Nov 1660 - 24 Apr 1735) & Sarah Adgate (Jan 1663 - Feb 1705)
married 20 May 1681


1683
Daniel Tracy (1652 - 29 JUN 1728) & Abigail Adgate (Aug 1661 - 3 Sep 1711 )
married 19 Sep 1683


1701
John Waterman (Mar 1672 - 1744) & Elizabeth Lathrop (1 Nov 1679 - 5 Oct 1708)
married 5 Nov 1701


1706
Christopher Huntington (1 Nov 1660 - 24 Apr 1735) & Judith Stevens (22 Dec 1670 - )
married Oct 1706


1707
Nathaniel Leffingwell (abt. 16 FEB 1684 - abt. Jan 1709) & Mary Rudd (15 Oct 1686 - 21 Oct 1734)
married 19 JUN 1707


1708
Eleazer Burnham (5 Sept 1678 - 1743) & Lydia Waterman (7 Aug 1683 - 22 Dec 1738)
married 20 NOV 1708


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


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


1719
Matthew Huntington (16 Apr 1694 - 1756) & Mary Morgan (abt. 1698 - 20 Mar 1721)
married 3 Dec 1719


1721
Matthew Huntington (16 Apr 1694 - 1756) & Elizabeth Wheeler (31 Dec 1699 - 3 Oct 1725)
married 12 Dec 1721
John Waterman (Mar 1672 - 1744) & Elizabeth Bassett (15 Jul 1694 - )
married 10 Apr 1721


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


1752
Eleazer (Eleazar) Burnham (12 Mar 1722 - Jan 1766) & Mary Norman (1729 - 9 June 1811)
married 2 Nov 1752


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



Cemeteries in Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA


Mason Cemetery (Founder's Cemetery) (Post Gager Burial Ground)

Old Norwichtown Cemetery (Old Burying Ground) (Colonial Cemetery)



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Great-grandfather of Benedict Arnold
In tracing my family, I discovered that I am a direct descendant of Thomas Waterman (one of the founders of Norwich, CT) and his wife, Miriam Tracy. Their daughter, Lydia, married Eleazer Burnham. Lydia and Eleazer had a son, Eleazer, who married Mary Norman. Their son, Asa Burnham, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. He married Lucy Huntington. Asa and Lucy had a daughter, Charlotte Maria Burnham. She married Sherman Smith. Their daughter, Caroline Smith, married George W. Salisbury (who fought in the Civil War). Caroline and George had a daughter, Charlotte, who married George W. Feige. Their son, Willard, was my great-grandfather.

To make a long story short, when I began reading about Thomas Waterman, I found it interesting how he was one of the original purchasers of Norwich. I traveled to Norwich to Founder's Cemetery, Post Gager Burial Ground, to view the founder's monument. It was only after quite a bit of research that I discovered that he was the great-grandfather of the famous Benedict Arnold.

While my path took me through time following the "footsteps" of Thomas' daughter, Lydia, the path through Lydia's brother, John, was much more publicized. John's first marriage was to Elizabeth Lathrop. Elizabeth was the daughter of Samuel Lathrop and Hannah Adgate. (Hannah's father, Thomas Adgate, is also one of my direct ancestors). John Waterman and Elizabeth Lathrop had several children. In 1733, their daughter, Hannah, married Benedict Arnold. Their son, Benedict Arnold, Jr., was the famous traitor.

It appears that none of the parents or grandparents were alive at the time of the treason in September of 1780; however, my ancestor, Asa W. Burnham (cousin of Benedict Arnold) was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. He was 27 years old at the time of the treason. His cousin, Benedict, was about 40. I noticed that Asa was living in Connecticut in 1779 and in Shaftsbury, Vermont in 1781. Hmm… Coincidence? Or was there another reason for the move?

Asa Burnham was buried with military honors in 1846 in Oak Glen Cemetery, Aurora, NY. Benedict Arnold died 14 Jun 1801 in London, Middlesex, England. His youngest son, William Fitch Arnold, went on to become a captain in the British Army.


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