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Ansonia, Connecticut, USA

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Ansonia, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
The area comprising the present Elm Street section of Ansonia and Derby Avenue section of Derby was first settled in 1652 and was originally a part of the township of Derby. In 1844, merchant and philanthropist Anson Green Phelps (1781–1853) wanted to expand the old borough of Birmingham (the present downtown of the city of Derby) up along the west side of the Naugatuck River. Since he was not able to purchase the land required from its owner, Anson Phelps acquired land along the east side of the river, which today is Ansonia's downtown section, in 1844. A canal was dug to power the factories and businesses in the new industrial village and named it "Ansonia". The name came about when Mr. Phelps wanted to call his new industrial village "Phelpsville" but found out there was another village in the region by that name. Under the suggestion of a friend, Phelps Latinized his first name, to create the name "Ansonia". Soon Ansonia became the most populous area of Derby and boasted many factories. The state chartered Ansonia as a borough of Derby in 1864 and amended it once again in 1871, granting full municipal privileges. In 1888, a petition was circulated in the borough of Ansonia for the purpose of becoming a separate township from Derby. In 1889 the State General Assembly granted the separation, thus constituting the Borough, Hilltop, West Ansonia, and Elm Street areas as a separate town known as Ansonia. This was the 168th township in the state of Connecticut. In 1893, Ansonia was incorporated as a city, consolidating with the coterminous town and the old borough.
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Ansonia, Connecticut, USA - National Bank
Ansonia, Connecticut, USA

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Ansonia, Connecticut, USA - High School
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Ansonia, Connecticut, USA - Naugatuck River, Looking South from Maple St. Bridge, Ansonia, Conn.
Ansonia, Connecticut, USA

Naugatuck River, Looking South from Maple St. Bridge, Ansonia, Conn.
Ansonia, Connecticut, USA - Congregational Church
Ansonia, Connecticut, USA

Congregational Church

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1864 - Ansonia, CT incorporated as a town

connecticuthistory.org/ towns-page/ ansonia/
News  1869 - "Sharpshooter"
An Ansonia, Conn., "sharpshooter" recently fired at a squirrel that was being pursued by his ferret ...Read MORE...

1873 - Ansonia Clock Company is established (Ansonia, CT)

connecticuthistory.org/ towns-page/ ansonia/
News  1882 - TWO MEN BURNED TO DEATH A DISASTROUS FIRE IN ANSONIA, CONN.
THREE HOUSES DESTROYED AND TWO LIVES LOST - NARROW ESCAPE OF SOME OF THE OTHER...Read MORE...

News  1883 - A CONNECTICUT HOTEL BURNED. A THIEVING ACTOR, SUPPOSED TO HAVE SET FIRE TO THE ANSONIA HOUSE.
New Haven, April 10. - At an early hour this morning the west end of the Ansonia Hotel, Ansonia,...Read MORE...

News  1889 - WRECK AT ANSONIA.
Main Line Rails of Naugatuck Division Twisted Out of Place.
Ansonia, Sept. 27. - In making a...Read MORE...

1893 - Ansonia, CT reincorporated as a city

connecticuthistory.org/ towns-page/ ansonia/
News  1900 - ANSONIA FREIGHT WRECK.
Four Cars Derailed on the Naugatuck Division and Line Blocked.

Ansonia, Jan. 6. - Because a rod...Read MORE...

1916
Anso'nia, a city of New Haven co., Conn., on the E. bank of the Naugatuck River, nearly 2 miles...Read MORE...


Ancestors Who Were Born Here


Ballene
flag  Rosaline BALLENE (14 August 1878, Ansonia, Connecticut, USA - , )

Bavier
flag  Nelson Adulphus BAVIER (30 April 1874, Ansonia, Connecticut, USA - 25 May 1949, Manchester, Connecticut, USA)

Farrell
flag  Margaret FARRELL (1858, Ansonia, Connecticut, USA - 24 December 1886, Melrose, Massachusetts, USA)
 

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Ancestors Who Were Married Here


1975
Dwight M PEMBERTON (7 December 1955 - 30 June 1989) & Lillian Frances STEVENS (11 January 1952 - 30 November 2005)
married 9 May 1975
 

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