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(East Saybrook)

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Lyme, Connecticut, USA - Congregational Church, built 1817, Lyme, Conn.

Ezra Lee, the world’s first submarine operator was born in Lyme. During the Revolutionary War he operated and was the commander of the submarine "Turtle."

Until 1667, Lyme was a part of East Saybrook Plantation. The area was settled by English colonists, most of whom sympathized with English Civil War leader and advocate for Parliamentary government Oliver Cromwell.

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Congregational Church, built 1817, Lyme, Conn.
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1667 - (Lyme, CT) - Formerly East Saybrook, the town separated from Saybrook in 1665 and named in 1667.

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1819 - Lyme
Lyme, an extensive maritime post township, is situated at the mouth of Connecticut river, on the east side; 40 miles southeast from Hartford, and about the same distance east from New-Haven; bounded north on East-Haddam and Colchester, east on Montville and Waterford, south on Long Island sound, and west on Connecticut river...
A Gazetteer of the States of Connecticut and Rhode-Island... John Chauncey Pease, John Milton Niles,
1839 - Lyme
Lyme, Connecticut
New London county. Lyme is situated at the mouth of Connecticut river, on the east side, opposite to Saybrook. It is a pleasant town, generally of good soil, but greatly diversified in regard to surface: some parts are mountainous and rocky, while others are level, with large tracts of salt meadow. The town is watered by several streams and ponds, and the shores on the sound and river are indented by small bays and harbors, which afford the town some navigable privileges. There are several neat villages in the town, a cotton mill, 2 woolen factories, and about 6,000 sheep. Lyme was first settled in 1664. Incorporated, 1667. It lies 40 miles S.E. from Hartford and 40 E. from New Haven. Population, 1839, 4,084. Its Indian name was Nehantick.

Among the first settlers was Matthew Griswold, the ancestor of two governors, and of a numerous and highly respected family in the state.

A tract of land, once an Indian reservation, was for some time in dispute between the... Read MORE...

1854 - Lyme
Lyme, a post-township of New London co., Connecticut, on the left bank of the Connecticut river, at its entrance into Long Island sound, 34 miles E. from New Haven. Population, 2668. It contains a village of its own name, on the New Haven and New London railroad.
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.
1855 - The southern section of Lyme became the municipality of Old Lyme in 1855.

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1895 - Lyme
Lyme, lim, a township of New London co, Conn, on the Connecticut River. Pop. 1181. It contains North Lyme, Hadlyme, and Hamburg.

Lyme, a post-village of New London co, Conn., in Old Lyme township, on the E. bank of the Connecticut River, about 2 miles from its mouth, and on the Shore Line Rail. road, 34 miles E. of New Haven.
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
1916
Lyme, a township (town) and post-village of New London co., Conn., on the E. bank of the Connecticut River, about 2 miles from its mouth, and on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 34 miles E. of New Haven. Pop. of the town in 1900, 750.
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
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Lyme:
Gillette Castle State Park:

Explore the impressive Gillette Castle, built by actor William Gillette in the early 20th century. The castle offers beautiful views of the Connecticut River.

Lyme Art Association:

Immerse yourself in the local art scene at the Lyme Art Association. They often host exhibitions showcasing the work of talented local artists.

Lyme Historical Society:

Discover the history of Lyme at the Lyme Historical Society. They might have exhibits, events, or walking tours that provide insight into the town's past.

Connecticut River Museum:

Learn about the maritime history of the Connecticut River at this museum. They often have exhibits related to shipbuilding, trade, and the cultural heritage of the region.

Chamard Vineyards:

Enjoy a leisurely afternoon at Chamard Vineyards, where you can taste local wines and savor delicious food. The vineyard often hosts events and live music.

Lyme Farmer's Market:

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

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male ancestorWilliam PECK (1 November 1601, London, England - 4 October 1694, Lyme, Connecticut, USA (East Saybrook))
female ancestorElizabeth DAVIS (1608, London, England - 5 December 1683, Lyme, Connecticut, USA (East Saybrook))
male ancestorWilliam LORD (27 December 1618, Towcester, Northamptonshire, England - 17 May 1678, Lyme, Connecticut, USA (East Saybrook))
female ancestorUnknown UNKNOWN (1621, , England (United Kingdom) - 3 June 1664, Lyme, Connecticut, USA (East Saybrook))
male ancestorReinhold MARVIN (20 December 1631, , Essex County, England - 4 August 1676, Lyme, Connecticut, USA (East Saybrook))
female ancestorSarah PARKER (29 October 1637, Hartford, Connecticut, USA - 14 September 1726, Lyme, Connecticut, USA (East Saybrook))
male ancestorMoses NOYES (16 December 1643, Newbury, Massachusetts, USA - 10 November 1729, Lyme, Connecticut, USA (East Saybrook))
female ancestorSarah CLARK (18 February 1644, New Haven, Connecticut, USA (Westville) - 1 February 1715, Lyme, Connecticut, USA (East Saybrook))
male ancestorJohn HARVEY (1647, Taunton, Massachusetts, USA (East Taunton) - 18 January 1705, Lyme, Connecticut, USA (East Saybrook))

Ancestors Who Were Married in Lyme, Connecticut, USA

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male ancestorJoseph PECK (20 March 1680 - 12 August 1757) and female ancestorSusannah GRIFFIN (1684 - 18 April 1760) married 3 October 1704
male ancestorMoses HUNTLEY (31 May 1681 - 29 October 1757) and female ancestorRachel HARRIS (1684 - 1737) married 21 January 1707
male ancestorReynold (Reinhold) MARVIN (1669 - 18 October 1737) and female ancestorMartha WATERMAN (6 December 1680 - 18 March 1753) married 30 June 1709
male ancestorJacob SAWYER (24 February 1687 - 1760) and female ancestorMartha LOOMER (1689 - ) married 22 June 1710
male ancestorTimothy MATHER (20 March 1681 - 25 July 1755) and female ancestorSarah NOYES (1683 - 16 August 1756) married 1710
male ancestorJosiah DEWOLF (15 November 1689 - 1767) and female ancestorAnna WATERMAN (April 1689 - 21 December 1752) married 4 November 1713
male ancestorBenjamin COLT (April 1698 - 4 October 1754) and female ancestorMiriam HARRIS (1700 - 30 July 1765) married 26 May 1724
male ancestorStephen CHAMPION (15 July 1702 - ) and female ancestorDeborah BROCKWAY (11 November 1706 - 3 October 1737) married 28 September 1726
male ancestorJohn HAZEN (21 February 1711 - 1754) and female ancestorDeborah PECK (1716 - 1754) married 10 March 1736/37

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