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Killingworth, Connecticut, USA - Congregational Church (1817), Killingworth, Conn.

Killingworth was the subject of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem "The Birds of Killingworth."

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Congregational Church (1817), Killingworth, Conn.
Killingworth, Connecticut, USA

Congregational Church (1817), Killingworth, Conn.
Chatfield Hollow (State Park)
Killingworth, Conn.
Killingworth, Connecticut, USA

Chatfield Hollow (State Park)
Killingworth, Conn.

"Chatfield Hollow State Park is a public recreation area lying adjacent to Cockaponset State Forest in the town of Killingworth, Connecticut. The state park offers hiking trails, a swimming beach, trout fishing, mountain biking, rock climbing, and picnicking areas. Park attractions include Indian caves, historic sites, a restored water wheel, and a reproduction covered bridge. The park is managed by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection..." wikipedia
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Killingworth, Connecticut, USA

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1663 - (Killingworth, CT) - Europeans established a plantation here in 1663, naming it Homonoscitt after the Hammonasset people who inhabited the area. towns-page/ killingworth/
In 1703, the state General Assembly granted incorporation to Kenilworth, which in time became known as Killingworth. towns-page/ killingworth/
1819 - Killingworth
Killingworth is a maritime post township, situated upon Long Island sound, 38 miles southeast from Hartford, 26 east from New-Haven, and 26 west from New-London; bounded on the north by Durham, on the northeast by Haddam, on the east by Saybrook, on the south by Long Island sound, and on the west by Hammonassett river, which separates it from Guilford.

The township is of an oblong figure, comprising an area of about 42 square miles, being about 13 miles in length, from north to south, and having a mean breadth of more than 3 miles.

The surface is various; the southern section of the township being level, the northern diversified with hill and dale, and it is rough and stony. Upon the border of the sound, there are large tracts of marine alluvial or salt marsh, comprising, as had been estimated, 1000 acres.

The soil is also various. The northern section is a gravelly loam; in other sections there are some tracts of sandy loam, and some argillaceous, and the marine alluvial... Read MORE...

1839 - Killingworth
Killingworth, Connecticut
Middlesex county. This town, the Indian Hammonnasset, was first settled in 1663. The central part of the town is 38 miles S.E. from Hartford, 27 W. from New London, and 17 S. by E. from Middletown. Population, 1830, 2,484. This town lies on Long Island Sound with a harbor for small vessels. Many vessels are built at this place. There is 1,000 acres of good salt meadow in Killingworth, and the soil of the uplands, although hard and uneven, are rendered productive by industry and skillful management. The village is very pleasant with a wide street a mile and a half in length, crossed about midway by Indian river, a small stream which enters the harbor. This was a great resort for the Indians. "Immense masses of mouldering shells still point out the places where they dwelt." Killingworth is a healthful, interesting place.
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
1895 - Killingworth
Kill'ingworth, a post-hamlet of Middlesex co, Cons: in Killingworth township, about 22 miles E. by N. of New Haven, and 6 miles N. of Clinton Railroad Station. It has 3 churches and a paper-mill. Pop. of the township, 856.
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
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Killingworth:
Chatfield Hollow State Park:

Explore the scenic trails and enjoy a hike or a leisurely walk.

Have a picnic by the pond or use the designated picnic areas.

In the summer, the park is great for swimming and fishing.

Parmelee Farm:

Discover the history of Killingworth at Parmelee Farm with its historic buildings and walking trails.

Attend events and festivals that take place at the farm throughout the year.

Check out the farmer's market if you're there on a weekend.

Killingworth Library:

Spend a quiet afternoon at the Killingworth Library, a cozy spot with a good selection of books.

Check for community events or book clubs happening at the library.

Killingworth Historical Society:

Immerse yourself in the town's history by visiting the Killingworth Historical Society.

Explore artifacts and exhibits showcasing the rich heritage of Killingworth.

Take a Stroll in the Village Center:

Wander around the village center, where you'll find charming... Read MORE...

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

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male ancestorEdward GRISWOLD (26 July 1607, , England (United Kingdom) - 30 August 1691, Killingworth, Connecticut, USA)
female ancestorMargaret BIRDSEYE (1612, , England (United Kingdom) - 1675, Killingworth, Connecticut, USA)
male ancestorJohn MEIGS (29 January 1612, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 4 January 1672, Killingworth, Connecticut, USA)
male ancestorThomas NORTH (1618, , England (United Kingdom) - 1654, Killingworth, Connecticut, USA)
female ancestorJoanna RUTKE (11 March 1620, Cranbrook, Kent, England - 22 August 1689, Killingworth, Connecticut, USA)
male ancestorHenry FARNAM (1623, , England (United Kingdom) - 13 January 1700, Killingworth, Connecticut, USA)
male ancestorThomas STEVENS (5 December 1630, , Devon County, England (Devonshire) - 18 November 1685, Killingworth, Connecticut, USA)
female ancestorMary FLETCHER (18 May 1630, Suffolk, England - 24 October 1683, Killingworth, Connecticut, USA)
female ancestorMary MEIGS (3 March 1633, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 30 April 1703, Killingworth, Connecticut, USA)

Ancestors Who Were Married in Killingworth, Connecticut, USA

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male ancestorPeter FARNAM (7 March 1665 - 14 February 1704) and female ancestorHannah WILCOXSON (19 January 1665 - 6 February 1708) married 8 December 1686
male ancestorElnathan STEVENS (13 April 1703 - 21 December 1776) and female ancestorMary HULL (22 August 1709 - 6 February 1787) married 15 February 1728
male ancestorNathaniel STEVENS (6 June 1721 - 8 October 1798) and female ancestorSarah GRISWOLD (22 October 1723 - 11 April 1785) married 24 May 1746
male ancestorSamuel Willard STEVENS (1763 - 12 December 1820) and female ancestorElizabeth BRAINERD (BRAINARD) (1768 - 18 December 1859) married 15 January 1786

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