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Guilford, Connecticut, USA

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Where is Guilford, Connecticut, USA? 

Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
In May of 1639, a band of puritans, led by the Reverend Henry Whitfield, left England to seek religious freedom in the New World. They set sail for Quinnipiac (now called New Haven) and arrived there later that Summer.

After negotiating with the local Native Americans, who were represented by their squaw sachem (female chief) Shaumpishuh, the group purchased land halfway between New Haven and Saybrook. There they established the plantation of Menuncatuck, which would later be known as Guilford.
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Guilford, Connecticut, USA - Old Stone House (Erected 1639)
Guilford, Conn.
Guilford, Connecticut, USA

Old Stone House (Erected 1639)
Guilford, Conn.

"The Henry Whitfield House is a historic house located at 248 Old Whitfield Street in Guilford,... Read MORE...

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Guilford, Connecticut, USA

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Guilford, Connecticut, USA - Club House and Cottages, Sachem Head
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Club House and Cottages, Sachem Head

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1639 - Gulford, CT is settled
Originally called Menunkatucket, the Quinnipiac sold it, along with land stretching from present...Read MORE...

1643 - First church built on the "green" in Guilford

A Modern History of New Haven and Eastern New Haven County, Volume 1 By Everett Gleason Hill
1743 - Protestant Episcopal Church built in Guilford

A Modern History of New Haven and Eastern New Haven County, Volume 1 By Everett Gleason Hill
1771 - (Guilford, CT) - St. Alban's Masonic lodge, F. A. & M. was instituted in 1771.

A Modern History of New Haven and Eastern New Haven County, Volume 1 By Everett Gleason Hill
1793 - (Guilford, CT) - When Nicholas Loysel, a Frenchman, learned of the beheading of King Louis XVI of France, he painted his house black. It remained that way for many years.

A Modern History of New Haven and Eastern New Haven County, Volume 1 By Everett Gleason Hill
1819 - Guilford
Guilford, and ancient and populous maritime post township, is situated upon Long-Island sound, 15...Read MORE...

1838 - Guilford Methodist Church organized

A Modern History of New Haven and Eastern New Haven County, Volume 1 By Everett Gleason Hill
1847 - The first iron foundry in Guilford was established at Jones' Bridge in 1847.

A Modern History of New Haven and Eastern New Haven County, Volume 1 By Everett Gleason Hill
News  1858 - Justice?
Justice must move very slowly in Guilford, Conn. Some six weeks ago, a girl was charged with...Read MORE...

1859 - Guilford Fair
The first Guilford Fair was held in the fall of 1859. It was run by the Guilford Agricultural...Read MORE...

1859
GUILFORD, a township in New Haven co., Connecticut, 52 m. S of Hartford. Pop. 2,421.
A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
1868 - The oldest house in the United States
is believed, by some to be a stone edifice in Guilford, Conn. It was built in 1640, the stone being ...Read MORE...

News  1869 - Fitz Greene Halleck Monument
The monument erected to the memory of Fitz Greene Halleck, at Guilford, Conn., was dedicated on the ...Read MORE...

1875 - Savings Bank founded in Guilford, CT

A Modern History of New Haven and Eastern New Haven County, Volume 1 By Everett Gleason Hill
1877 - Shore Line Sentinel (weekly newspaper) began publishing in Guilford

A Modern History of New Haven and Eastern New Haven County, Volume 1 By Everett Gleason Hill
1881 - The canning industry came to Guilford in 1881 with the opening of Sachem's Head Canning Company.

A Modern History of New Haven and Eastern New Haven County, Volume 1 By Everett Gleason Hill
1891 - Guilford Free Library constructed

A Modern History of New Haven and Eastern New Haven County, Volume 1 By Everett Gleason Hill
1894 - (Guilford, CT) - Charles H. Scholey purchased the Shore Line Times from Rev. E. M. Jerome of Fair Haven, and brought the newspaper operation to Guilford.

A Modern History of New Haven and Eastern New Haven County, Volume 1 By Everett Gleason Hill
1910 - Population of Guilford, CT is 3,001

A Modern History of New Haven and Eastern New Haven County, Volume 1 By Everett Gleason Hill
1916
Guilford, a banking post-borough of New Haven co., Conn., in Guilford township (town), on Long...Read MORE...


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Ancestors Who Were Married Here


1651
William SEWARD (1627 - 29 March 1689) & Grace NORTON (13 January 1632 - 5 March 1704)
married 2 April 1651

1657
John GRAVES (1633 - 31 December 1695) & Elizabeth STILLWELL (abt. 1637 - 3 June 1669)
married 26 November 1657

1658
John PARMELEE (15 February 1615 - 31 January 1689) & Hannah PLAINE (abt. 1630 - 8 January 1688)
married 9 February 1658

1670
John LEETE (1639 - 25 November 1692) & Mary CHITTENDEN (17 August 1647 - 9 March 1712)
married 4 October 1670

1694
John MEIGS (11 January 1670 - 19 December 1718) & Rebecca HAND (11 November 1670 - 19 December 1718)
married 20 July 1694

1698
John LEETE (4 January 1673 - 18 May 1731) & Sarah ALLEN (20 October 1675 - 8 March 1712)
married

1720
Thomas FRENCH (30 October 1698 - 16 January 1772) & Sarah GRAVES (14 April 1699 - 30 May 1784)
married 14 December 1720

1755
Ezekiel MEIGS (21 June 1733 - 19 December 1779) & Asenath SEWARD (20 December 1731 - 10 February 1773)
married 31 December 1755

1769
John SMITH (abt. 1743 - abt. 1814) & Anastasie HÉBERT (abt. 1743 - 7 April 1814)
married 18 December 1769
 

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