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Preston, Connecticut, USA

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Where is Preston, Connecticut, USA? 

Preston, New London, Connecticut
In 1687 a tract of land lying east of Norwich between Norwich and Stonington (now North Stonington) was deeded to Capt. James Fitch, Capt Joshua Standish, Thomas Parks, Sr, Jonathan Tracy, Thomas Tracy, Joseph Morgan, and all the rest living in the towns bounds by Oanaco, chief Sachem of the Mohegans (son of Uncas). The town was called “New Preston” in the deed, named after an English town from which some families came. But the name shortly became just “Preston”.

At first, the northern boundary of the town was Plainfield. But in 1815, Griswold separated to form a separate town, reducing the size of Preston by about half. This is why many early Preston town records are found in Griswold. There also were other changes in the town eastern boundaries through the years.

Preston consisted of 3 populated areas, and scattered farms. Each area, Preston City, Poquetanuck, and Long Society, were typical small New England villages, with services such as a blacksmith shop, a grist mill, and a store. Early trades practiced were tanning of leather, shoe making, a silversmith, goldsmith, and a clock maker. Small industries existed, such as shipbuilding in Poquetanuck, a fulling and carding mill,and brick making along Brickyard Road.

As in most of colonial New England, the Congregational Church was the center of the religious, political, educational, and social activities of the town. The earliest church was established in 1698 in Preston City, followed by many other of various denominations in Long Society, Poquetanuck, and Preston City. Schools were built in “districts” to serve the local children, until two central schools, one on Poquetanuck and one in Preston City were built between 1938 and 1940.

Even today, you will see examples of early Connecticut farmhouses dotted throughout the town along with small ponds, brooks, stonewalls and dams. This delightful hamlet continues to maintain its history of country living.

Harriet Rosiene, of the Preston Historical Society, was the primary author of the above narrative.www.preston-ct.org/ html/ about_preston___.html


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Preston, Connecticut, USA - Old Preston, Connecticut cemetery. Located near the intersection of Rte 164 and Rte 165. Many of the stones are so old that erosion has reduced them to ordinary rocks (without any visible signs of writing on them).
Preston, Connecticut, USA

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In 1686, Thomas Parke, Thomas Tracy, and several others petitioned for and were granted by the Connecticut General Court authority to establish a plantation seven miles square to the east of Norwich and north of New London and Stonington.
Owaneco, son of the Mohegan sachem Uncas, gave a confirmatory deed for the land in 1687. In October ...Read MORE...

1819 - Preston
Preston, a considerable post township, 44 miles from Hartford; bounded on the north by Griswold, on ...Read MORE...

News  1880 - Rats
A farmer in Preston, Conn., who was troubled with rats, purchased a cat with a reputation as a...Read MORE...

News  1893 - WILLIAM E. CHAPMAN KILLED.; Crushed by a Tree Weakened by Last Week's Cyclone -- Escape of His Son.
One of the victims of the cyclone of last week was William E. Chapman, the well-known President of...Read MORE...

1906
Preston, a post-village in Preston township (town), New London co., Conn., about 5 miles E. of...Read MORE...

News  1954 - Plane Crash-lands, Burns in Conn.
PRESTON, Conn., Aug. 3 - (INS) - A skillful, heroic Air France pilot brought 37 persons, 29 of them ...Read MORE...


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Ancestors Who Were Married Here


1672
Jonathan TRACY (21 February 1646 - 15 December 1711) & Mary GRISWOLD (26 August 1656 - 24 April 1711)
married 11 July 1672

1676
John STARKWEATHER (2 August 1646 - 21 August 1703) & Ann WOODBURY? (abt. 1666 - abt. 1727)
married 1676

1678
Jonathan RUDD (1654 - 19 August 1689) & Mercy BUSHNELL (March 1657 - )
married 19 December 1678

1698
Joseph BENJAMIN (29 April 1673 - 1 May 1738) & Elizabeth COOKE (30 June 1678 - May 1738)
married 25 August 1698

1706
Samuel LEONARD (LEONARDSON) (1683 - 11 May 1718) & Lydia COOKE (27 April 1679 - aft. 1721)
married 1706

1708
John STARKWEATHER (16 September 1680 - 19 December 1760) & Mary HERRICK (14 June 1690 - 18 January 1786)
married 28 December 1708

1719
Ephraim HERRICK (1692 - 22 October 1754) & Rachel FELLOWS (22 October 1698 - )
married 9 February 1719

1720
Nicholas WILLIAMS (28 October 1685 - November 1776) & Lydia COOKE (27 April 1679 - aft. 1721)
married 05 December 1720

1723
Ebenezer WILLIAMS (28 May 1693 - April 1746) & Judith BROWN (28 August 1700 - 11 June 1785)
married 14 May 1723

1726
Jeremiah KINNE (30 August 1702 - 24 June 1798) & Mary STARKWEATHER (17 March 1710 - 29 January 1795)
married 30 November 1726

1729
Ebenezer WITTER (30 November 1700 - 19 September 1789) & Elizabeth BROWN (7 February 1709 - )
married 26 March 1729

1730
Ebenezer LEONARD (17 March 1710 - abt. 1782) & Esther AMOS (16 April 1711 - 1782)
married 6 May 1730

1731
John BROWN (BROWNE) (19 July 1706 - 15 March 1776) & Amie (Ame) FELLOWS (1710 - 31 May 1786)
married 16 December 1731
Nathaniel BROWN (22 January 1704 - 11 June 1787) & Keziah KINNE (abt. 1714 - )
married 14 December 1731

1733
Samuel LEONARD (18 March 1712 - 24 April 1760) & Lydia STANTON (15 July 1712 - 3 May 1760)
married 9 August 1733

1742
Matthew HUNTINGTON (20 March 1721 - 1756-1760) & Elizabeth HEATH (18 July 1724 - )
married 26 January 1742
Jacob BROWN (6 July 1711 - 10 January 1793) & Deliverance BUMP (BUMPAS) (14 February 1725 - 9 December 1756 )
married 11 November 1742

1750
Hugh AMES (18 December 1726 - 1775) & Sarah SMITH (abt. 1728 - )
married 31 July 1750

1755
Nathan HUNTINGTON (30 October 1730 - 14 November 1794) & Amie BROWN (BROWNE) (4 October 1732 - 8 March 1796)
married 26 August 1755

1757
Jacob BROWN (6 July 1711 - 10 January 1793) & Mary PAYSON (abt. 1711 - 8 July 1774)
married 14 December 1757

1761
Joseph HATCH (13 May 1738 - 4 November 1811) & Elizabeth BROWN (4 November 1738 - 1773)
married 19 March 1761

1773
John CRANE (12 January 1742 - ) & Hannah BROWN (15 March 1743 - )
married 11 November 1773

1776
Jacob BROWN (6 July 1711 - 10 January 1793) & Jerusha ENSWORTH ( - )
married 11 December 1776

1779
Asa W BURNHAM (28 August 1753 - 1 January 1846) & Lucy HUNTINGTON (26 February 1756 - 31 August 1828)
married 16 August 1779
 

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