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Portland, Connecticut, USA

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Where is Portland, Connecticut, USA? 

Portland, Middlesex, Connecticut, USA
The first European settlers came to Portland in the 1690s. They were attracted by brownstone, which was used both for construction and for gravestones. Proximity to the river meant that the stone could be transported far and wide, and the Portland brownstone quarries supplied to New York, Boston and even San Francisco, Canada and England. By the 1850s, more than 1,500 people were employed in the quarry industry. More than 25 ships transported the stone. By the 1850s, shipbuilding became more important as an industry, and the economic center of town shifted toward the Gildersleeve area. Immigrants from Ireland, then Sweden, then (to a lesser extent) Italy came to town to work the quarries.

It originally was part of Middletown and then known as East Middletown. In 1767, Chatham, which then included Portland and East Hampton, was founded.

The town was a part of Chatham until 1841, when it became separate. Its name comes from Portland, England, a place famous for its freestone quarries.
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1841 - (Portland, CT) Originally named East Middletown or Conway, then Chatham, it was incorporated as a town in 1841.

connecticuthistory.org/ towns-page/ portland/
1906
Portland, a banking post-village in Portland township (town), Middlesex co., Conn., on the New...Read MORE...

News  1949 - Highway Safety Commission Lists 1948 Freak Accidents - Horse Meets Car
...Last September in Portland a saddle horse became tired of the routine obstacle jumps and bolted...Read MORE...


Ancestors Who Were Born Here


Blessing
flag   William H BLESSING (2 July 1907, Portland, Connecticut, USA - 23 October 1984, Meriden, Connecticut, USA) gravestone

Brown
flag   Richard P. BROWN (1797, Portland, Connecticut, USA - 5 May 1861, Egremont, Massachusetts, USA)

Buck
flag   Florilla BUCK (31 July 1803, Portland, Connecticut, USA - 31 October 1884, Cromwell, Connecticut, USA)

Coleman
flag   Mary COLEMAN (27 July 1851, Portland, Connecticut, USA - , )

Daniels
flag   Arvilla Jane DANIELS (24 October 1839, Portland, Connecticut, USA - 31 January 1916, Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA) gravestone

Goodrich
flag   Jeremiah GOODRICH (22 September 1742, Portland, Connecticut, USA - 14 July 1823, Portland, Connecticut, USA) gravestone

Johnson
US Civil War Soldiers flag   Edward JOHNSON (29 April 1815, Portland, Connecticut, USA - 3 November 1872, Cromwell, Connecticut, USA) gravestone

Stacia Rutkowski
flag   Theresa STACIA RUTKOWSKI (10 May 1908, Portland, Connecticut, USA - 31 March 1995, Meriden, Connecticut, USA)
 

Ancestors Who Died Here


Abbey
   Asaph ABBEY (1776, - 7 December 1831, Portland, Connecticut, USA)
   Benjamin ABBEY (1810, - 1 April 1865, Portland, Connecticut, USA)

Abby
American Revolutionary War Soldier flag   Samuel ABBY (27 July 1726, Glastonbury, Connecticut, USA - 10 August 1806, Portland, Connecticut, USA) gravestone

Brooks
   John C. BROOKS (1808, - 25 February 1852, Portland, Connecticut, USA)

Brown
   Alvin BROWN (1814, - 9 June 1880, Portland, Connecticut, USA)

Gildersleeve
   Jeremiah GILDERSLEEVE (1782, - 16 March 1857, Portland, Connecticut, USA)
   Obediah GILDERSLEEVE (1728, - 5 January 1816, Portland, Connecticut, USA)
American Revolutionary War Soldier flag    Philip GILDERSLEEVE (7 February 1757, Huntington, Suffolk County, New York, USA - 26 October 1822, Portland, Connecticut, USA) gravestone
   Philip GILDERSLEEVE (1816, - 12 October 1850, Portland, Connecticut, USA)

GILDERSLEEVE
   Sylvester S. GILDERSLEEVE (1 September 1829, - 2 October 1852, Portland, Connecticut, USA) gravestone

Goodrich
   Amos GOODRICH (1762, - 15 January 1843, Portland, Connecticut, USA)
   Charles GOODRICH (1723, - 15 July 1807, Portland, Connecticut, USA)
   Gershon GOODRICH (1717, - 18 June 1789, Portland, Connecticut, USA)
   H. Sherman GOODRICH (1838, - 23 January 1875, Portland, Connecticut, USA)
   Hezekiah GOODRICH (1746, - 21 April 1817, Portland, Connecticut, USA)
   Jeremiah GOODRICH (1710, - 8 May 1793, Portland, Connecticut, USA)
   Joseph GOODRICH (1783, - 7 February 1852, Portland, Connecticut, USA)
   Joseph GOODRICH (1814, - 29 March 1880, Portland, Connecticut, USA)
flag   Joshua GOODRICH (3 March 1723, Middletown, Connecticut, USA - 23 October 1792, Portland, Connecticut, USA) gravestone
   Oliver GOODRICH (1739, - 17 February 1811, Portland, Connecticut, USA)
   Reuben GOODRICH (1763, - 20 January 1798, Portland, Connecticut, USA)

GOODRICH
flag   Jeremiah GOODRICH (22 September 1742, Portland, Connecticut, USA - 14 July 1823, Portland, Connecticut, USA) gravestone
flag   Joseph GOODRICH (9 November 1807, , Connecticut, USA - 8 October 1879, Portland, Connecticut, USA) gravestone
 

Ancestors Who Were Married Here


1933
William H BLESSING (2 July 1907 - 23 October 1984) & Theresa STACIA RUTKOWSKI (10 May 1908 - 31 March 1995)
married 15 June 1933
 

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