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Stratford, Connecticut, USA

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Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
Stratford (formerly known as Cupheag Plantation, and prior to that, Pequonnocke) was founded in 1639 by Puritan leader Reverend Adam Blakeman (pronounced Blackman), William Beardsley, and either 16 families—according to legend—or approximately 35 families—suggested by later research—who had recently arrived in Connecticut from England seeking religious freedom. Stratford is one of many towns in the northeastern American colonies founded as part of the Great Migration in the 1630s when Puritan families fled an increasingly polarized England in the decade before the civil war between Charles I and Parliament (led by Oliver Cromwell). Some of the Stratford settlers were from families who had first moved from England to the Netherlands to seek religious freedom, like their predecessors on the Mayflower, and decided to come to the New World when their children began to adopt the Dutch culture and language.

Like other Puritan or Pilgrim towns founded during this time, early Stratford was a place where church leadership and town leadership were united under the pastor of the church, in this case Reverend Blakeman. The goal of these communities was to create perfect outposts of religious idealism where the wilderness would separate them from the interference of kings, parliaments, or any other secular authority.
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Stratford, Connecticut, USA - Congregational Church, Stratford, Conn.
Erected 1784. Taken down 1859.
Stratford, Connecticut, USA

Congregational Church, Stratford, Conn.
Erected 1784. Taken down 1859.
Stratford, Connecticut, USA - Scenes in Bridgeport, Stratford and Milford.
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.
Stratford, Connecticut, USA

Scenes in Bridgeport, Stratford and Milford.
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.

Stratford, Connecticut, USA - Stratford Library, Stratford, Conn.
Stratford, Connecticut, USA

Stratford Library, Stratford, Conn.
Stratford, Connecticut, USA - Methodist Episcopal Church, Stratford, Conn.
Stratford, Connecticut, USA

Methodist Episcopal Church, Stratford, Conn.

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1639 - Stratford founded

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1682 - June 20 - A major tornado ripped through southwestern Connecticut, passing through Stratford, Milford, and New Haven, and then into Long Island Sound.

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June 20, 1682
1819 - Stratford
Stratford, a pleasant and flourishing post township, is situated on the west side of the Ousatonick ...Read MORE...

News  1871 - Lucky Find
The recent purchasers of an old mansion in Stratford, Conn., while engaged in tearing down the...Read MORE...

News  1888 - Train Accident
BRIDGEPORT, Conn., Jan. 18. - The Washington express, going east, at 2 o'clock this morning, met...Read MORE...

1906
Stratford, a post-village in Stratford township (town), Fairfield co., Conn., on the W. bank of the ...Read MORE...

1955 - Theater opened
Shakespeare Memorial Theater opened at Stratford.
Timeline of Connecticut History
News  1956 - Driver Injured In 4-Car Crash
Milford Man Seems Unhurt, Later Hospitalized in ‘Critical’ Condition
A Milford man who walked away ...Read MORE...


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1673
Eliasaph PRESTON (9 April 1643 - 1707) & Mary WILCOXEN (1650 - 16 April 1674)
married 9 July 1673

1693
Isaac BEACH (27 June 1669 - 30 April 1741) & Hannah BIRDSEYE (5 February 1671 - 15 October 1750)
married 3 May 1693

1694
Samuel UFFORD (21 January 1670 - 30 December 1746) & Elizabeth CURTIS (17 January 1678 - )
married 5 December 1694
 

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