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Hamden, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Hamden is a lovely community of neighborhoods, a New England town, which perfectly blends urban and suburban living. With affordable homes, highly respected schools including a state-of-the-art high school, with a landscape rich in hills and walking trails and an abundance of shops and restaurants, Hamden is a wonderful place to live and an alluring place to visit.
Hamden was once home to cotton gin inventor Eli Whitney, who established an armory in the town.
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Hamden, Connecticut, USA
Whitneyville Congregational Church
The church congregation was established in 1795, and built its first sanctuary in the Hamden Plains area. By 1833 the first church was too small, and the search began for land to build a larger structure. A gift of land from the Whitney family convinced the congregation to relocate to Whitneyville, then a community undergoing rapid growth due to the nearby Eli Whitney Gun Factory. The church was completed in 1834; its designer is not known. wikipedia
Hamden, Connecticut, USA
Sleeping Giant State Park
"Two miles of mountaintop resembling a sleeping giant give this park its name, and make it a distinguishing feature on Connecticut's skyline with a designated Trout Park, lookout tower, hiking and nature trails, picnicking." www.ctvisit.com
Hamden, Connecticut, USA
New Haven Webb Co., Hamden, Conn.
The "Web Shop" was an imposing brick structure of typical "mill" construction in Centerville. Its wood-frame predecessor burnt down in September 1875. The new brick building was completed in January 1876...
By the early 20th century, the building was owned by the American Mills Co. The entire complex, except for the executives' parking garage, was razed around 1940 to make way for the Wilbur Cross Parkway...
Hamden, Connecticut, USA
Old Town Hall Showing World War Roll of Honor, Centerville, Conn.
Hamden, Connecticut, USA
Hamden High School
Hamden High School is a four-year high school for grades 9 through 12. It is located at 2040 Dixwell Avenue in Hamden, Connecticut. It is part of the Hamden Public School System and is the only public high school within the town of Hamden.
The school was built in 1935 and is still in operation today... wikipedia
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1819 - Hamden
Hamden is a small township centrally situated in the county, five and a half miles from New-Haven, and 32 from Hartford; bounded north by Cheshire and Wallingford, east by North-Haven, south by New-Haven and west by the West rock range of mountain, which separates it from Woodbridge. Its average length is seven and a half miles, and its average breadth about three and a half, making about 26 square mile. A considerable section of the township is level; the western border of it is mountainous, and the eastern considerably hilly...
A Gazetteer of the States of Connecticut and Rhode-Island: Written with Care and Impartiality, from Original and Authentic Materials : Consisting of Two Parts ... with an Accurate and Improved Map of Each State Authors John Chauncey Pease, John Milton Niles Publisher W.S. Marsh, 1819
1839 - Hamden
New Haven county. This town was taken from New Haven in 1786, from which it lies about 6 miles N. It is situated between the East and West Rock ranges of mountains, the southern terminus of the Green mountain range. The soil in many parts is easy of cultivation, but in general it is more adapted to grazing than tillage. Minerals are found here, among which are specimens of very pure copper. Mill river affords numerous sites for water works.
Whitneysville, about two miles from New Haven, is admirably located for manufacturing operations. The manufactures at the Carmel works consist of paper, carriages, coach and eliptic springs, steps, axletrees, brass work, &c. Mount Carmel, a noted elevation, 8 miles N. from New Haven, exhibits an extensive prospect. Population, 1830, 1,669.
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
1854 - Hamden
Hamden, a post-township in New Haven co., Connecticut, 6 miles N. from New Haven, intersected by the New Haven and Northampton Canal railroad. Population, 2164.
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.
HAMDEN, a township of Newhaven co., in Connecticut, U.S., 33 m. SSW of Hartford. Pop. 1,797.
A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
1873 - SIXTEEN PERSONS INJURED IN CONNECTICUT.
New Haven, Conn., Jan. 30. - The 5 3/ 4 P.M. passenger train from this city, for Northampton, on the New Haven and Northampton Railroad, was thrown from the track, at Hamden, about four miles from this city, this evening, by a broken rail. Sixteen persons were injured. A wrecking train was sent to the spot, and succeeded in clearing the track about midnight.
The following is a list of the injured:
DR. GEORGE R. SHEPPARD, of Collinsville, injured in the face.
THOMAS DOODY, of Southampton, Mass., dangerous internal injuries.
MRS. DOODY, his wife, had a flesh wound.
J. R. UPSON, of Marion, Conn., badly cut.
MRS. DOOLITTLE, of Cheshire, Conn., flesh injuries.
BRYAN McMAHON, of New Haven, left arm injured.
MRS. ANTHONY FRIEDEL, of Collinsville, Conn.
MRS. SAMANTHA HINE, of Southwick, Mass.
WM. A. FITCH, of South Washington, Conn.
NELLIE CAIN, of Cheshire were all slightly injured.
The New York Times
New York, New York
January 31, 1873
1889 - Unusual Suit
A New Haven, Ct., justice has just had an unusual suit brought before him. Miles Whitcomb, of Hamden, sues his uncle, Herman Skiff, to recover $400 for attending the funeral of the latter's wife. By the itemized account Whitcomb's claim covers railroad fees, services rendered in selecting a coffin and arranging for the funeral, and also time lost.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
April 6, 1889
1895 - Hamden
Ham'den, a post-township of New Haven co., Conn., on the New Haven & Northampton Railroad, 7 miles N. of New Haven, contains villages named Centreville, Mount Carmel, and Whitneyville. It has 5 churches, and manufactures of augers, bells, axles, needles, and guns. Pop. 3028.
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
Hamden, a post-township (town) of New Haven co.. Conn., on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R.. 6 miles N. of New Haven, its banking point. It has manufactures of augers and garden-implements. Pop. in 1900, 4626.
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
1922 - Acid Test
Hamden, Conn. - Literal application of the 'acid test' was made by burglars who ransacked the house of J. A. Gilles while the family was absent. The burglars carried acid with which to test the quality of the family plate and after discarding such silverware as did not measure up to the standards, took tableware valued at $3,000. Fur coats and seal skin garments were taken at face value.
July 22, 1922
2023 - Here's a list of activities and destinations in and around Hamden:
Sleeping Giant State Park: This iconic park is known for its distinctive mountain resembling a sleeping giant. Hiking, picnicking, and birdwatching are popular activities here.
Farmington Canal Linear Park: A beautiful trail for walking, jogging, and biking that follows the route of the historic Farmington Canal.
Whitney and Wooster Square: Explore these historic neighborhoods in New Haven, known for their charming architecture, local shops, and the annual Cherry Blossom Festival.
Yale University: Take a stroll around the stunning Yale campus, visit the Yale University Art Gallery, or catch a performance at Yale Repertory Theatre.
New Haven Green: A central park in New Haven, perfect for picnics and people-watching. It's also surrounded by historic churches.
Shubert Theatre: If you're into theater, check out the Shubert for Broadway shows, concerts, and other live performances.
East Rock Park: Another great spot for outdoor enthusiasts, East Rock Park offers hiking... Read MORE...
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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Hamden, Connecticut, USAWe currently have information about ancestors who were born or died in Hamden.
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Andrew GOODYEAR (1702, - 26 April 1781, Hamden, Connecticut, USA (Centerville) (Mount Carmel))
Abigail IVES (27 August 1704, Wallingford, Connecticut, USA - 26 February 1762, Hamden, Connecticut, USA (Centerville) (Mount Carmel))
Wait CHATTERTON (1706, - 29 November 1793, Hamden, Connecticut, USA (Centerville) (Mount Carmel))
Daniel BRADLEY (5 August 1706, New Haven, Connecticut, USA (Westville) - 9 February 1773, Hamden, Connecticut, USA (Centerville) (Mount Carmel))
John GRANNIS (26 November 1710, New Haven, Connecticut, USA (Westville) - 14 June 1784, Hamden, Connecticut, USA (Centerville) (Mount Carmel))
Amos L BRADLEY (12 May 1712, New Haven, Connecticut, USA (Westville) - 5 May 1775, Hamden, Connecticut, USA (Centerville) (Mount Carmel))
Nathaniel TUTTLE (1712, - 10 July 1786, Hamden, Connecticut, USA (Centerville) (Mount Carmel))
Sarah BRADDAM (1731, Hamden, Connecticut, USA (Centerville) (Mount Carmel) - , )
Amos PECK (1714, - 28 January 1783, Hamden, Connecticut, USA (Centerville) (Mount Carmel))
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