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Groton, New London, Connecticut, USA
The New London County town of Groton sits between the Thames and Mystic Rivers on the eastern end of the state’s shoreline. Europeans settled this Pequot land in 1650, and, in 1705, Groton separated from New London...
Groton has been the home of the General Dynamic Electric Boat Division, which supplies the U.S. Navy with submarines, since 1899. courant.com
The USS Nautilus - the world's first nuclear powered submarine was built in Groton in 1954.
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Groton, Connecticut, USA
The Griswold, Eastern Point, Groton, Conn.
"...Previously located on Eastern point in Groton CT the Griswold Hotel was a shining example of the decadent atmosphere of the early 20th century and the development of seaside communities as popular summer retreats..." sites.google.com/ a / uconn.edu/ 3102bonnie/
Groton, Connecticut, USA
Machine Shop, New London Ship & Engine Co., Groton, Conn.
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Office of New London Ship and Engine Co., Groton, Conn.
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1819 - Groton
Groton, a large post town, is situated on the east side of the Thames, being 43 miles southeast from Hartford, and 54 miles east from New-Haven. It is bounded north by Preston, east by North-Stonington, and the Mystic, which separates it from Stonington, west by the Thames, which divides it from New-London, Waterford and Montville, and south by Fisher's Island sound.
The township has an average length of 12 miles, and an average breadth of 6 miles; and contains about 72 square miles, or 46,000 acres...
A Gazetteer of the States of Connecticut and Rhode-Island: Written with Care and Impartiality, from Original and Authentic Materials : Consisting of Two Parts ... with an Accurate and Improved Map of Each State Authors John Chauncey Pease, John Milton Niles Publisher W.S. Marsh, 1819
1839 - Groton
New London county. Groton lies at the mouth of the river Thames, in the harbor of New London, and opposite to that city on the E. The lands are generally hilly and rocky, with some fertile tracts on the margin of the Thames. There are several villages, Groton Bank, opposite New London, Portersville, on Mystic river, and Pequonnuck. The Pequonnuck and Mystic rivers pass through the town, and empty into Long Island Sound. A number of whale ships and coasting vessels are owned in this town. This is a place of some trade, and considerable quantities of the produce of the county is shipped to New York market. Ship building is carried on to a considerable extent on the Mystic, which is navigable for large vessels about two miles from the Sound. About 300 men and boys are employed in navigation.
Previous to its incorporation, in 1705, Groton was a part of New London. Population, 1830, 4,705.
The New England Gazetteer containing descriptions of all the states, counties and towns in New England: also descriptions of the principal mountains, rivers lakes, capes, bays, harbors, islands and fashionable resorts within that territory. Alphabetically arranged. By John Hayward, author of the Columbian Traveller, Religious Creeds, &c. &c. Boston: John Hayward. Boyd & White, Concord, N.H. 1839
1854 - Groton
Groton, a post-township of New London co., Connecticut, on the E. side of Thames river, opposite to New London; famous as being the scene of the massacre perpetrated by British troops under Arnold. Pop., 3654.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
GROTON, a township in New London co., in Connecticut, 45 m. SE of Hartford. Pop. 2,963.
A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
1868 - Naval Station
Land at Groton given to U. S. Navy for naval station
1888 - Colonel George L. Perkins, aged one hundred years and one month, died in Groton, Conn., on the 5th of old age. He was treasurer of the Norwich & Worcester railroad for fifty years.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
September 8, 1888
1895 - Groton
Groton, graw’ton, a post-township of New London co., Conn, is bounded on the S. by Long Island Sound, and on the W. y the river Thames, which separates it from the city of New London. It contains villages named Groton, Noank, West Mystic, and Poquonock Bridge, and has 3 churches, a newspaper office, and a graded school. Here is Fort Griswold, on the site of an old fort of the same name, the garrison of which was massacred by the tory troops under Benedict Arnold in the war of the Revolution. Groton is on the Providence division of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad. Pop. 5539.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1912 - February 14 - 1st US submarines with diesel engines commissioned, Groton, Ct
Groton, a post-township (town) and village of New London co., Conn., is bounded on the S. by Long Island Sound and on the W. by the Thames River, which separates it from New London. Here is Fort Griswold, on the site of an old fort of the same name, the garrison of which was massacred by the Tory troops under Benedict Arnold in the war of the Revolution. Groton is on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R. Pop. in 1900, 5962 ; of the village, about 800. It has manufactures of gasoline-engines, boats, tallow, cigars, etc.
Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
1949 - Highway Safety Commission Lists 1948 Freak Accidents - Automobile vs. Horse
...A Groton automobile reversed the picture and ran into a horse, but got the worst of the deal. A driver noticed a horse grazing near the side of the road, suddenly leap into the path of the automobile. The driver veered to the left to avoid hitting the horse but struck the animal and then overturned on its side. The horse was not seriously injured...
Wednesday, January 5, 1949
1955 - January 20 - 1st atomic sub, USS Nautilus, launched at Groton Conn
January 20, 1955
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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Groton, Connecticut, USAWe currently have information about ancestors who were born or died in Groton.
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Hannah NEWTON (, Groton, Connecticut, USA - 15 November 1849, Tyringham, Massachusetts, USA)
Aaron STARK (1608, , England (United Kingdom) - 2 June 1685, Groton, Connecticut, USA)
James AVERY (22 April 1620, Abbotskerswell, Devon, England - 18 April 1700, Groton, Connecticut, USA)
John FISH (21 January 1621, Market Harbough, Great Bowden, Leicestershire, England - 1689, Groton, Connecticut, USA)
Joanna (Joane) GREENSLADE (1622, , Devon County, England (Devonshire) - 1697, Groton, Connecticut, USA)
Nicholas CADY (1627, , England (United Kingdom) - 14 May 1712, Groton, Connecticut, USA)
Martha IRELAND (ELAND) (1633, Market Harbough, Great Bowden, Leicestershire, England - 1673, Groton, Connecticut, USA)
Abigail INGRAHAM (1636, - 9 September 1715, Groton, Connecticut, USA)
Hannah BREWSTER (3 November 1641, Duxbury, Massachusetts, USA (Cedar Crest) (South Duxbury) (West Duxbury) - 11 December 1711, Groton, Connecticut, USA)
Ancestors Who Were Married in Groton, Connecticut, USAWe currently have information about ancestors who were married in Groton.
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Christopher AVERY (23 January 1680 - 20 January 1753) and Prudence PAYSON (1 March 1680 - 1726) married 1 April 1714
William MORGAN (March 1693 - October 1729) and Mary Ann AVERY (2 July 1693 - April 1780) married 3 July 1716
Jonathan LATHAM (28 May 1716 - 22 December 1796) and Mary AVERY (17 February 1713 - 2 September 1799) married 1737
William MORGAN (17 June 1723 - 11 April 1777) and Temperance AVERY (14 September 1725 - 7 October 1801) married 4 July 1744
William LATHAM (10 May 1742 - 27 June 1792) and Eunice FORSYTH (1743 - 5 March 1799) married 15 September 1764
Christopher MORGAN (27 October 1747 - 15 July 1831) and Deborah LEDYARD (19 May 1749 - 22 April 1807) married 16 February 1768
John BARBER (11 June 1747 - 22 March 1816) and Elizabeth DENISON (19 November 1748 - ) married November 1770
Peleg R BILLINGS (24 September 1800 - 4 May 1858) and Abby C BALL (1796 - 8 November 1871) married 4 November 1821
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