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Brooklyn, Connecticut, USA - Old Trinity Church, 1771, Brooklyn, Conn.

Brooklyn, Windham, Connecticut, USA

The town of Brooklyn, in Windham County, is located in the northeast, or Quiet Corner, of Connecticut. It is named for the Quinebaug River, or Brook Line, which forms its eastern boundary. Originally land of the Wabaquasset, Brooklyn incorporated as a town separate from Canterbury and Pomfret in May of 1786...

Brooklyn hosts America's oldest continually operating agricultural fair.

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Old Trinity Church, 1771, Brooklyn, Conn.
Brooklyn, Connecticut, USA

Old Trinity Church, 1771, Brooklyn, Conn.
Israel Putnam Monument
Brooklyn, Connecticut, USA

Israel Putnam Monument

"Revolutionary War hero Israel Putnam is honored with an equestrian monument at his burial site on Canterbury Road (Route 169) in Brooklyn, CT.

The monument was dedicated in 1888 to honor Putnam, a Massachusetts native who served with distinction during the French and Indian War and who later abandoned his plow in the field to join the Continental Army when the American Revolution began..."
Town Hall
Brooklyn, Connecticut, USA

Town Hall

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1786 - Originally land of the Wabaquasset, Brooklyn incorporated as a town separate from Canterbury and Pomfret in May of 1786. towns-page/ brooklyn/
1819 - Brooklyn
Brooklyn, a post town, is situated 45 miles east from Hartford, 80 miles northeast from New-Haven, and 30 miles west from Providence. It is bounded south on Canterbury, west on Hampton, north on Pomfret, and east on Quinibaug river, which divides it from Killingly and Plainfield.

The area of the town is nearly 6 miles in length from north to south, and 5 in breadth from east to west, containing about 29 square miles. It is uneven, consisting of hill and dale, and somewhat stony; but is very fertile, and admirably adapted to grazing...
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
1833 - Brooklyn held the 1833 trial of Prudence Crandall, a schoolteacher charged with the crime of educating black students. towns-page/ brooklyn/
1839 - Brooklyn
Brooklyn, Connecticut
Shire town of Windham county. This town is finely watered by Quinnebaug river and Blackwell's stream. It was taken from Pomfret and Canterbury in 1786. The land is uneven, and somewhat stony; but the soil is strong, producing in abundance all the varieties common to a fertile grazing country. This town lies 30 miles E. from Hartford, 44 W. from Providence, R.I., and about 20 N. by E. from Norwich. Population, 1830, 1,451.—Good landscapes are obtained from the Gray Mare and Tetnuck hills. Here is a cave called the Lion's Den, and a mineral spring of some notoriety. The celebrated hero, General Israel Putnam, lived many years and died in this town. He was born at Salem, Mass., Jan. 7, 1718. He died May 29, 1790. Speaking of this brave man, Dr. Dwight observes, "During the gayest and most thoughtless period of his life, he regarded religion with profound reverence, and read the scriptures with the greatest attention."
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
1849 - Brooklyn Fair
The Brooklyn Fair was established in 1849.
1854 - Brooklyn
Brooklyn, a post-township and seat of justice of Windham county, Connecticut, 88 miles E. by N. from Hartford. It is intersected by Quinebaug and Blackwell rivers. In the centre is a thriving village, containing the county buildings, a bank, and a printing office. The county seat was removed from Windham to this place in 1820. Population, 1514.
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.
BROOKLYN, a township, cap. of Windham co., in the state of Connecticut, U.S., 44 m. NE of Hartford. It is well-watered by Quinebaug river and Blackwell's stream; and although its surface is irregular, and its soil stony, it is generally fertile and well-cultivated. Pop. in 1840, 1,488.
A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
1895 - Brooklyn
Brooklyn, a post-village and township, capital of Windham co., Conn., about 42 miles E. of Hartford, and 2 miles W. of the Quinebaug River, which is the east boundary of the township. It contains a court-house, a national bank, a savings-bank, 5 churches, 2 hotels, a circulating library, a creamery, manufactures of cotton goods, and of spectacles, and many fine residences. Pop. in 1880, 2308; in 1890, 2628.
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

Waterbury, Conn., March 31. - Two people were killed and sixteen were injured in a head-on collision on the Naugatuck division of the New York, New Haven and Hartford railroad between a passenger train northbound to this city and a wildcat engine. Both engines were demolished and their boilers blown up, and the baggage car next to the passenger engine was telescoped. The other cars of the train did not leave the rails, but the passengers were injured by being thrown about by the shock of the collision.

The dead are:
HARRY CHAPMAN, New Haven, engineer of the wildcat engine.
HERBERT NEWMAN, Bridgeport, fireman on the passenger train.
Among the injured are the following:
ELI MIX, coroner, New Haven, passenger, three ribs fractured, removed to hotel.
JOSEPH LIPSITZ, New Boston, Mass., passenger, on his way from New York to his home, three ribs fractured, taken to hospital.
JOSEPH SKELLY, Bridgeport, express...

2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Brooklyn, Connecticut:
Brooklyn Common: Start your exploration in the heart of the town at Brooklyn Common. This central park is a great place to relax, have a picnic, or just take a leisurely stroll. Depending on the time of year, you might catch a community event or festival.

Taylor Brooke Winery: If you enjoy wine, don't miss a visit to Taylor Brooke Winery. Located in the scenic countryside, this winery offers tastings of locally produced wines. It's a great way to spend a laid-back afternoon with friends or a special someone.

Sharpe Hill Vineyard: Another fantastic winery in the area is Sharpe Hill Vineyard. Known for its beautiful setting and excellent wine, it's a popular spot for both locals and visitors. The vineyard often hosts events, so check their schedule for any festivals or live music.

Quinebaug Lake State Park: Nature lovers will appreciate Quinebaug Lake State Park. Whether you enjoy hiking, fishing, or simply taking in the beauty of nature, this park provides a serene escape.... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Brooklyn, Connecticut, USA

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male ancestorJohn LITCHFIELD (24 September 1712, Scituate, Massachusetts, USA - 20 January 1785, Brooklyn, Connecticut, USA)
male ancestorPhineas CADY (7 February 1714, Pomfret, Connecticut, USA (Abington) - 21 August 1789, Brooklyn, Connecticut, USA)
photo of Israel PUTNAMIsrael PUTNAM (7 January 1718, Danvers, Massachusetts, USA - 29 May 1790, Brooklyn, Connecticut, USA)
female ancestorLucy CADY (1725, - 8 November 1803, Brooklyn, Connecticut, USA)
male ancestorSalter SEARLES (15 June 1741, Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA - 15 May 1803, Brooklyn, Connecticut, USA)
male ancestorPeter ADAMS (1757, - 26 November 1806, Brooklyn, Connecticut, USA)
male ancestorSimeon ADAMS (1772, - 5 October 1840, Brooklyn, Connecticut, USA)
male ancestorTitus ADAMS (1776, - 26 January 1824, Brooklyn, Connecticut, USA)
male ancestorJohn SEARLES (12 August 1781, Brooklyn, Connecticut, USA - 17 June 1858, Stanstead, Quebec, Canada)

Ancestors Who Were Married in Brooklyn, Connecticut, USA

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male ancestorCalvin PHILLEO (4 July 1787 - 5 January 1874) and photo of Prudence CRANDALL Prudence CRANDALL (3 September 1803 - 27 January 1890) married 12 August 1834
male ancestorGeorge Edward BAKER (6 October 1898 - 6 December 1954) and female ancestorFlorida BOUCHARD (14 November 1888 - 23 December 1976) married 26 January 1920

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