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Old Saybrook, Connecticut, USA

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Where is Old Saybrook, Connecticut, USA? 

Old Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut, USA
The Saybrook Colony was established in late 1635 at the mouth of the Connecticut River, in what is today Old Saybrook and environs. John Winthrop, the Younger, son of the Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, was designated Governor by the group that claimed possession of the land via a deed of conveyance from the Earl of Warwick.
Winthrop was aided by Colonel George Fenwick and Captain Lion Gardiner. As the principals of the group who had planned to settle the colony were supporters of Oliver Cromwell and remained in England during the English Civil War, the colony struggled. In 1644, Fenwick agreed to merge the colony with the more vibrant Connecticut Colony a few miles up river, which purchased the land and fort from him.

The design of the Flag of Connecticut comes from the seal of Saybrook Colony. The seal was brought from England by Colonel George Fenwick, and depicted 15 grapevines and a hand in the upper left corner with a scroll reading "Sustinet qui transtulit".

In 1659, settlers from Saybrook purchased land from Chief Uncas, leader of the Mohegan Native American tribe, to found Norwich, Connecticut.

On October 9, 1701 the Collegiate School of Connecticut was chartered in Old Saybrook. It moved to New Haven in 1716, and was later renamed Yale University.

The Turtle - the first American submarine - was invented in Westbrook Connecticut in 1775 by David Bushnell; a replica is housed at the Old Saybrook High School.wikipedia


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Old Saybrook, Connecticut, USA - St. John's Roman Catholic Church, Old Saybrook, Conn.
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Old Saybrook, Connecticut, USA - Grace Episcopal Church
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1635 - Fort erected at Saybrook by Lion Gardiner.
Founded by a group of high-falutin' Englishment of Puritan descent, Saybrook Colony was first...Read MORE...

1819 - Saybrook
Saybrook is an extensive maritime post township, situated at the mouth of Connecticut river, upon...Read MORE...

1839 Description of Saybrook, Connecticut
Saybrook, Ct.

Middlesex co. This is one of the most ancient towns in the state. Lord Say...Read MORE...

News  1896 - Invasion of Crabs
The other morning the beach for a mile or more near Old Saybrook, Conn., was covered in spots with...Read MORE...

1906
Old Saybrook, a township (town) of Middlesex co., Conn. It contains Fenwick borough. Pop. in 1900,...Read MORE...

News  1914 - Broke Through Gates - Auto Smashed Protection at Essex Road Crossing.
Old Saybrook, March 6.
An automobile from Essex road, owner not known, as Gateman M. J. Mooney...Read MORE...

News  1917 - Connecticut Hotel Destroyed by Fire
SAYBROOK POINT, Conn., May 19.- Fenwick Hall, for forty years a noted Summer hotel on the Long...Read MORE...


Ancestors Who Were Born Here

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Ancestors Who Were Married Here


1643
William BUSHNELL (3 February 1610 - 12 November 1683) & Rebecca CHAPMAN (abt. 1617 - 14 May 1703)
married 1643
William BEAUMONT (BEAMOND) (abt. 1607 - 4 February 1698) & Lydia DANFORTH (24 May 1625 - 16 August 1686)
married 9 December 1643

1650
Thomas ADGATE (1620 - 21 July 1707) & Elizabeth? UNKNOWN (abt. 1624 - 1655)
married abt 1650

1651
Edward SHIPMAN (1625 - 15 September 1697) & Elizabeth COMSTOCK (1633 - 15 July 1659)
married 1 January 1651

1653
Simon HUNTINGTON (6 July 1629 - 28 June 1706) & Sarah CLARKE (24 June 1633 - 4 January 1721)
married October 1653

1660
Thomas ADGATE (1620 - 21 July 1707) & Mary MARVIN (15 December 1628 - 26 March 1713)
married 1660

1671
John TULLY (9 September 1638 - 5 October 1701) & Mary BEAUMONT (12 November 1647 - )
married 3 January 1671

1675
Samuel BUSHNELL (15 September 1645 - ) & Patience RUDD (1649 - )
married 7 October 1675

1679
John SEWARD (14 February 1653 - 6 December 1748) & Abigail BUSHNELL (5 February 1659 - 30 June 1750)
married 25 June 1679

1754
Gideon LEETE (5 May 1731 - 13 June 1793) & Ann PARMELEE (6 January 1733 - 27 August 1811)
married 7 March 1754
 

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