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East Haven, Connecticut, USA

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Where is East Haven, Connecticut, USA? 

East Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
The area now known as East Haven was obtained by Puritan settlers Reverend John Davenport and Theophilus Eaton on November 29, 1638, as part of the purchase of New Haven from Sachem Momauguin of the local Quinnipiack tribe. Additional land, in what is now known as Foxon, was purchased from Indian Chief Montowese on December 11, 1638.

In 1639 Thomas Gregson petitioned for the purchase of Solitary Cove, later called Morris Cove. This was granted on August 5, 1644, and was the last piece of land that made up the original town of East Haven. The original town boundaries were from the harbor and Quinnipiac River on the west to the Branford and North Branford town line on the east. The southern boundary is the Long Island Sound, and the North Haven town line is the northern boundary.

East Farms, as it was first called, was considered a parish of the New Haven Colony. Settlers settled into Morris Cove and what is now the "center" of East Haven in 1639. The first Connecticut ironworks, the third in New England, was founded on the shores of Furnace Pond in 1655. Originally called Lonotononket (Great Pond) by the Quinnipiac Indians, today it is called Lake Saltonstall. With Branford and North Branford having had settlers since 1643, people from the New Haven Colony started to settle the Foxon section in 1683.

In 1665, the New Haven Colony was merged with the Connecticut Colony (Hartford) under a charter from King Charles II. With the success of the ironwork mill, the area became known as Iron Works Village. In 1675 Iron Works Village petitioned the Connecticut Colony to become a separate town. Negotiations with New Haven regarding land never succeeded. This eventually led to the relinquishing of village privileges in 1685. Efforts were again made in 1703, and the Connecticut Colony granted the town petition for township in May 1707 and the name was changed from Iron Works Village to East Haven.

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East Haven, Connecticut, USA - Stephen Thompson House
East Haven, Connecticut, USA

Stephen Thompson House

"...Facing the Green, at 298 Hemingway Ave., is the Stephen Thompson House, which dates from 1760, with its stone end-walls ... Read MORE...
East Haven, Connecticut, USA - View of Momauguin, Conn.
East Haven, Connecticut, USA

View of Momauguin, Conn.
East Haven, Connecticut, USA - Shore Front, Cosey Beach, Conn.
East Haven, Connecticut, USA

Shore Front, Cosey Beach, Conn.

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1638 - (East Haven, CT) - First called East Farms, in 1638 settlers obtained the land as part of the purchase of New Haven. towns-page/ east-haven/
1680 - East Farms (East Haven) became a parish

A Modern History of New Haven and Eastern New Haven County, Volume 1 By Everett Gleason Hill
1754 - There are sixty-one families living in East Haven (East Farms)

A Modern History of New Haven and Eastern New Haven County, Volume 1 By Everett Gleason Hill
In 1785, after years of petitioning the General Assembly, East Haven incorporated, becoming a separate town from New Haven. towns-page/ east-haven/
1819 - East Haven
East-Haven is a small township situated upon Long Island sound and New-Haven bay, four miles from...Read MORE...

Easthaven, a post-village and township (town) of New Haven co., Conn., on Long Island Sound, :U...Read MORE...

Ancestors Who Were Born Here

flag  Eliphalet LUDDINGTON (28 April 1697, East Haven, Connecticut, USA - 26 January 1761, East Haven, Connecticut, USA)

flag  John SMITH (abt. 1743, East Haven, Connecticut, USA - abt. 1814, L'Acadie, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Marguerite-de-Blairfindie))

flag  John THOMPSON (6 September 1641, East Haven, Connecticut, USA - 13 February 1692, New Haven, Connecticut, USA)

flag  Elizabeth WAY (20 April 1695, East Haven, Connecticut, USA - 24 July 1772, New London, Connecticut, USA) gravestone

Ancestors Who Died Here

We currently have information about 66 ancestors who died in East Haven, Connecticut, USA.
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Ancestors Who Were Married Here

John THOMPSON (6 September 1641 - 13 February 1692) & Priscilla POWELL (December 1642 - 18 April 1726)
married 22 May 1666

Cemeteries in East Haven, Connecticut, USA

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