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Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA - Old Stone House (Erected 1639)
Guilford, Conn.
Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Old Stone House (Erected 1639)
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Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
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Where is Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA?  In May of 1639, a band of puritans, led by the Reverend Henry Whitfield, left England to seek religious freedom in the New World. They set sail for Quinnipiac (now called New Haven) and arrived there later that Summer.

After negotiating with the local Native Americans, who were represented by their squaw sachem (female chief) Shaumpishuh, the group purchased land halfway between New Haven and Saybrook. There they established the plantation of Menuncatuck, which would later be known as Guilford.
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1639 - Gulford, CT is settled
Originally called Menunkatucket, the Quinnipiac sold it, along with land stretching from present day Niantic to Branford, to Puritans led by Henry Whitfield. It was settled in 1639, renamed Guilford, and admitted to New Haven Colony in 1643.
connecticuthistory.org/ towns-page/ guilford/

1643 - First church built on the "green" in Guilford
A Modern History of New Haven and Eastern New Haven County, Volume 1 By Everett Gleason Hill

1743 - Protestant Episcopal Church built in Guilford
A Modern History of New Haven and Eastern New Haven County, Volume 1 By Everett Gleason Hill

1771 - (Guilford, CT) - St. Alban's Masonic lodge, F. A. & M. was instituted in 1771.
A Modern History of New Haven and Eastern New Haven County, Volume 1 By Everett Gleason Hill

1793 - (Guilford, CT) - When Nicholas Loysel, a Frenchman, learned of the beheading of King Louis XVI of France, he painted his house black. It remained that way for many years.
A Modern History of New Haven and Eastern New Haven County, Volume 1 By Everett Gleason Hill

1819 - Guilford
Guilford, and ancient and populous maritime post township, is situated upon Long-Island sound, 15 miles east of New-Haven, and 35 south from Hartford; bounded on the north by Durham, on the east by Hammonassett river, which separates it from Killingworth, on the south by Long Island sound, and on the west by Branford. Its mean length from north to south is about eleven miles, and its mean breadth nearly seven; comprising about 72 square miles. The surface and face of the country are various; on ... Read MORE...


1838 - Guilford Methodist Church organized
A Modern History of New Haven and Eastern New Haven County, Volume 1 By Everett Gleason Hill

1847 - The first iron foundry in Guilford was established at Jones' Bridge in 1847.
A Modern History of New Haven and Eastern New Haven County, Volume 1 By Everett Gleason Hill

News 1858 - Justice?
Justice must move very slowly in Guilford, Conn. Some six weeks ago, a girl was charged with stealing a diamond pin worth $100, and was committed to await her trial for the theft. The pin, which had not been stolen, but only lost, was found within ten days after the charge was made, and yet, it is stated, the girl still remains in jail.
Lowell Daily Citizen and News
Lowell, Massachusetts
September 07, 1858

1859 - Guilford Fair
The first Guilford Fair was held in the fall of 1859. It was run by the Guilford Agricultural Society.

1859
GUILFORD, a township in New Haven co., Connecticut, 52 m. S of Hartford. Pop. 2,421.

A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Volume 3 Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859


1868 - The oldest house in the United States
is believed, by some to be a stone edifice in Guilford, Conn. It was built in 1640, the stone being brought on hand-barrows from a ledge at some distance from the site of the building. The cement with which the walls were laid up is said to be harder than the stone itself. The first wedding in Guilford took place in this edifice, the supper provided being pork and beans.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
November 21, 1868

News 1869 - Fitz Greene Halleck Monument
The monument erected to the memory of Fitz Greene Halleck, at Guilford, Conn., was dedicated on the 8th, with appropriate ceremonies. About 3,000 persons were in attendance.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
July 17, 1869

1875 - Savings Bank founded in Guilford, CT
A Modern History of New Haven and Eastern New Haven County, Volume 1 By Everett Gleason Hill

1877 - Shore Line Sentinel (weekly newspaper) began publishing in Guilford
A Modern History of New Haven and Eastern New Haven County, Volume 1 By Everett Gleason Hill

1881 - The canning industry came to Guilford in 1881 with the opening of Sachem's Head Canning Company.
A Modern History of New Haven and Eastern New Haven County, Volume 1 By Everett Gleason Hill

1891 - Guilford Free Library constructed
A Modern History of New Haven and Eastern New Haven County, Volume 1 By Everett Gleason Hill

1894 - (Guilford, CT) - Charles H. Scholey purchased the Shore Line Times from Rev. E. M. Jerome of Fair Haven, and brought the newspaper operation to Guilford.
A Modern History of New Haven and Eastern New Haven County, Volume 1 By Everett Gleason Hill

1910 - Population of Guilford, CT is 3,001
A Modern History of New Haven and Eastern New Haven County, Volume 1 By Everett Gleason Hill



Ancestors Who Were Born and/or Died Here




Bushnell
Francis Bushnell (1580, , England (Great Britain) (United Kingdom) - 13 Oct 1646, Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA)

Carney
Helen Carney (22 Aug 1889, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA - 10 Nov 1982, Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA)

Griswold
male Joseph Benjamin Griswold (26 September 1691, Killingworth, Middlesex, Connecticut, USA - 18 April 1771, Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA)
 


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