sale of the Boston District schoolhouse to M. Connery of Georgetown
forms the closing chapter in the history of a school that
had had an existence of over 150 years. On December 6, 1920,
this property was sold to M. Connery and on March 15, 1921,
he sold it to James Driscoll, who used the site to build a
home. Parts of the old school house were used in the construction
of the garage. To read more about this school click here-Boston
a meeting held December 7th, 1867, Messrs. John R. Sturges,
J.O. St. John and Sturges Bennett were appointed a committee
to ascertain the denominational preferences of all the members
of the church, "with a view to a change of name to that
of Congregational, or that of letting it be the Methodist
Protestant Meeting." This committee reported to an adjoined
meeting, held December 14th, in favor of a change of name,
and by a unanimous vote the name of the church was changed
from Methodist Protestant(in Georgetown) to Congregational.
the records of a town meeting held December 8th, 1806, occurs
the following curious entry: "Voted, that S. Samuel Smith,
Lemuel Sanford and Benjamin Meeker be a committee to write
to William Crawford requesting him to name the person belonging
to Redding to whom he delivered Mr. Sarah Fleming's letter
in May last, notifying him that in case of refusal, the Inhabitants
of this town, will feel themselves authorized to declare to
the world, that he never did deliver such a letter to any
person belonging to Redding."
that there was a society of Baptists in Redding as early as
1785, appears from an entry in the records of the First Society,
dated December 9th, 1785, wherein Michael Wood has a certificate
given to him by John Lee, Deacon, as a member of the Baptist
Church in Redding.
Burr was appointed a committee to go to the County Court and
desire them to send a committee to lay out necessary highways
in that part of the parish above the long lots.
a parish meeting held December 11, 1742, voted: "that
the interest of the school money belonging to the parish shall
be divided into three equal parts for the year ensuing, for
the maintaining of three separate schools (each to be kept
by a master,) one third part of the money for that part of
the Parish east of Little River, one third part for that part
of the parish between Little River and the Saugatuck River,
and one third for that part west of the Saugatuck. Provided,
that each part of the Parish as above divided, keep a school
as abovesaid three months in the year ensuing, but if any
part of the Parish fail in keeping a school as abovesaid,
the other two parts that keep said school, shall equally divide
the said money between them, and if two parts of the Parish
fail in keeping a school as abovesaid, that part of the Parish
that shall keep said school the three months shall draw the
whole of the school money."
a town meeting held December 12, 1803, voted: "that the
Townhouse be leased to the Methodist Society for $15 per year
to be used as often, and a much as they please for public
worship, and said society to repair all damage done to the
Townhouse while they are assembled therein for public worship."
regular quarterly meeting of the Boys' Club of Redding, Inc.
was called to order at 8:20 P.M., December 13, 1955 in the
Town House. Messrs. Dayton, Prindle, Arrouet, Driscoll, Platt,
Reinhardsen, J.Sanford, Watt, Kallgren, Aquino, Barnum, Hall,
Hermes, Nash, Paddock, D.Sanford and Snyder were present.
Jesse P. Sanford reported on Field Development, that clearing
work at the field was slow because of storms on 6 of the last
8 Saturdays. Jesse further reported that Jim Summer is willing
to lay out the field for future development but first requires
a contour map. There are 10 candidates for Basketball in the
High School group, 15 in the Middle group and 25 to 30 in
the Termite group. It was emphasized that more adult help
is needed in connection with the activities.
14th, 1791, a committee was appointed to apply to the proprietors
of the mile of commons for a title to the land in Redding
left by said proprietors for a parade. (This "parade",
was in the large field adjoining the Congregational parsonage
now owned (1880) by Mr. Joseph Squires; it was the scene of
many militia trainings in later days.)
hereby certify that Aaron Sanford of Reading, has constantly
attended the Methodist meetings in this town, and pays toward
my support as a minister of the gospel" Jesse Lee
regular meeting of the Directors of the Boys' Club was held
on Dec. 16, 1958 at the Christ Church Parish Room. The following
members were present: Arrouet, Barnum, Colley, Dachenhausen,
Dayton, Hall, Hermes, Kallgren, Paddock, D. Sanford, J. Sanford
and Watt. Chet Paddock reported that the relocation of the
Club House was unanimously approved by letter. Excavation
for foundation are complete with concrete poured. Oil tank
installed at cost of $116.00 and filled. Framing of the building
to start next week. The question of how far to proceed with
the building was raised. Ted Dachenhausen reported that the
original estimate of $8,500 to be borrowed against pledges
would not be enough-but if funds were made available, would
like to carry right through with building. It was estimated
that $21,000 would be needed for a rough building, including
heating, plumbing, etc... Taking into consideration the bills
that have already been paid and the pledges due the beginning
of 1959, the resolution adopted at the Oct. meeting was amended,
raising the amount to be borrowed against pledge to $12,000,
with a $500 liability for each director.
was appointed to care for the families of soldiers as follows:
Nehemiah Hull for Nathan Coley's; Elijah Burr for Stephen
Meeker's; Ebenezer Couch for Elias Bixby's; Nehemiah Sherwood
and John Read for Jeremiah Ryan's and William Hawley for Samuel
that the select men be instructed to petition the General
Assembly to annex this town to Danbury Probate District, and
the road committee was instructed to sell the highway from
Nobb's Crook to Captain Gray's, and also the "upright
highway" west of Micayah Starr's from Nathan Rumsey's
to the rear of the long lots.
to reduce the highway from Danbury to Norwalk to four rods
wide and to sell two rods.
Read, Jr., was "excused" for admitting puppet shows
into his house, "on said Read's paying the cost."
(Puppet shows were illegal in Redding at that time).
Mead, Jr., Co. A. Re-enlisted as a veteran on December 21,
1863 with the Fifth Regiment. (Mr. Mead likely received $50
to $100 for re-enlisting as that was what was agreed upon
at a September 6, 1863 Town Meeting to discuss the recruitment
of soldiers in Redding)
22, 1810, Redding's first Post Office was established with
Billy Comstock as postmaster, keeping office in his house
at Boston Corners.
unanimously, that this town will exert ourselves in every
legal and constitutional method in our power to prevent the
sale of the western lands at present, and to obtain a repeal
of the act of this state appropriating the avails thereof
for the support of the ministry and schools of this state,
as we conceive the same to be impolitic. And that a committee
be appointed to correspond with the other towns of this county
to effect the aforesaid, and that this vote be sent to the
committee appointed to sell those lands, with our request
that they will omit to make any contract or sale of them til
the sitting of the next General Assembly.
Eve): It had been the custom of the two churches in Georgetown
Village, Methodist Episcopal and Methodist Protestant, to
hold Christmas Services for the Sunday Schools connected with
the churches. Some of the churches members thought it would
be well to dispense with the Christmas Services, while others
did not want to give up the time honored custom. It was voted
to hold a union service for the children, in the Methodist
Episcopal Church. Great preparations were made. The woods
were searched for ground pine and other evergreens, to trim
the church. A great spuce tree was placed in one corner of
the church, and a platform built out over the pulpit rail.
The young people and children were rehearsed in the parts
they were to take in the great event of the year. On the evening
of December 24, the church was crowded with children and friends.
The Christmas tree was brilliantly lit up with many candles
and loaded with Christmas presents, cornucopias filled with
candy, bags of popcorn, nuts and raisins. After prayer by
the Rev. Samuel Keeler, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal
Church, the exercises of the evening commenced, admission
was 10 cents. The church entertainment was a great success,
and was remembered for many years.
was voted to have a parish school, voted to maintain said
school by a parish rate voted that John Read, Joseph Lees,
Joseph Sanford, John Hull, Matthew Lion, Stephen Morehouse
and Daniel Lion, shall be a committee for said school, also
that said school shall be divided into three parts, that is
to say, 5 months in that quarter called the Ridge, 5 months
in that quarter on the west side of the parish near the mill
and 2 months at Lonetown..."
the history of the Methodist Protestant Church in Georgetown:
To these resolutions a meeting held December 27, 1851, added
the following: "Resolved, by vote of this meeting that
the society's committee be authorized to give by deed to the
Danbury and Norwalk Railroad Company a right of way across
said society's ground, for the consideration of one hundred
and fifty dollars."
house building plan submitted-we learn that it was 36 feet
in length and 30 feet wide with 12 foot posts, covered with
long cedar shingles, the sides with pine. There was a chimney
on each end and fifteen windows with twenty lights in each.
was voted that Deacon Burr and others be a committee to see
that there is a timber got, and sawmill logs for a meeting
house in the parish, said timber to be 37ft. in width and
46ft. in length." Dec. 30, 1846: Daniel D. Frost after
preaching as stated supply for eighteen months, was ordained
December 30, 1846. He continued pastor ten years, being dismissed
October 13, 1856.
H. Sanford, voluteered Jan. 5, 1864 in the Second Regiment
(Artillery), was taken sick through fatigue and exposure while
in Virginia, and died in a hospital in Philadelphia, June
the Farmer's Chronicle (Danbury) for January 6, 1794: "At
a Town Meeting held in Reading, by adjournment, on the 23rd
day of December A.D. 1793, "Voted unanimously, that this
town will exert ourselves in every legal and constitutional
method in our power to prevent the sale of the western lands
at present, and to obtain a repeal of the act of this state
appropriating the avails thereof for the support of the ministry
and schools of this state, as we conceive the same to be impolitic.
And that a committee be appointed to correspond with the other
towns of this county to effect the aforesaid, and that this
vote be sent to the committee appointed to sell those lands,
with our request that they will omit to make any contract
or sale of them til the sitting of the next General Assembly."
meeting of the Boys' Club field development committee was
held on January 7, 1958 to discuss the construction of two
tennis courts also to be used as outdoor basketball court.
The cost to include hard surface, page fence, four baskets
is approximately $6,000.00 (figure from the Director of Recreation,
City of Norwalk). Discussed for possibility of adult use,
bringing them closer to Boys' Club activities. To be ready
for Summer 1958.
Heron died January 8, 1819, aged seventy-seven years, and
is buried in the old Episcopal churchyard on Redding Ridge.
In Revolutionary days and before, Squire Heron lived in the
now ancient house on Redding Ridge, just south of the Episcopal
church. He was a native of Cork, Ireland; a graduate of Trinity
College, Dublin; and a man of much ability and force of character.
It is said that he taught the Academy in Greefield Hill before
coming to Redding, and had also surveyed the old stage route
from New York to Boston. I cannot determine the precise date
of his arrival here, but it was some time prior to the Revolution.
In that memorable struggle he sided with the king, and was
the recognized leader of the company of Tories on Redding
Ridge. At the time of Tryon's invasion he openly gave aid
and comfort to the enemy. After the war he became a prominent
character in the town, and although somewhat bigoted, and
imbued with the Old World notions of caste and social distinctions,
is said to have exercised a great deal of influence in public
affairs, especially at town meetings. "We must keep down
the underbrush" was a favorite remark of his in speaking
of the common people. The following story, illustrating in
a marked manner the customs of the day, is related of him:
At one of the annual town meetings Mr. Hezekiah Morgan, a
somewhat illiterate man, was nominated for grand juror. Squire
Heron, in laced waistcoat, ruffles, and velvet breeches, and
aiding himself with his gold-headed cane, arose to oppose
the motion. "Mr. Moderator," said he, "who
is this Kier Morgan? Why, a man brought up in Hopewell woods:
he fears neither God, man, nor the devil. If elected, who
will be responsible for his acts? Will you, Mr. Moderator?
or I? Why, sir, he can arrest anybody: he can arrest your
Honor, or even myself;" and with like cogent reasons
succeeded in defeating the obnoxious candidate.
yearly report of the Boys' Club of Redding advises that the
activities of the club are now on for fifty-two weeks of the
year, usually consisting of Wednesday nights, Saturdays, and
Sunday afternoons. They also have held nine monthly meetings
on Friday nights. During the year, 26 new members joined the
club. However, we lost a large number of our good athletes
to prep school and moving out of town. John Murphy was in
charge of the summer program and was assisted by William Snyder
for swimming at Pinover's pool. Baseball teams did not do
as well this year as usual. The Tennis Tournament, sponsored
by the club proved to be very popular throughout the town.
Football teams under the guidance of Ray Platt, Art Jones,
Bill Snyder, and Vincent Dudak did an excellent job. Basketball
started at the middle of November, with a big building job
to be done. It is strongly recommended that more cooperation
be given by the parents backing up their sons, particularly
when they are playing regularly on any of the many teams.
REV. NATHANIEL BARTLETT. Died, January 11, 1810, aged 83 years.
His tombstone reads: "I am the resurrection and the life;
he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he
live."--JESUS CHRIST. The Rev. Nathaniel Bartlett, the
second pastor of the church, was ordained May 23d, 1753, the
next year after the church was built. Form the record in his
own handwriting, we learn that the ministers who assisted
at his ordination were as follows: "The Rev. Mr. White
of Danbury made the first prayer. The Rev. Mr. Todd of East
Guilford preached the sermon. Rev. Mr. Kent made the ordaining
prayer. Rev. Mr. Mills of Ripston gave the charge, Rev. Mr.
Judson of Newtown gave the right hand of fellowship, and Rev.
Mr. Ingersoll of Ridgefield made the concluding prayer. Mr.
Bartlett came to Redding when a young man fresh from his collegiate
studies, and continued pastor of the church over which he
was ordained for fifty-seven years--the longest pastorate,
it is said, known to the New England churches. He is described
as a gentleman of the old school, kind and considerate, of
an equable temper, a just man, a fine scholar, and an eloquent
preacher. During his term of service the crude settlement
in the wilderness assumed the dignity of a town. The church
grew from infancy to manhood and the country passed from the
position of dependent colonies to that of free and sovereign
states. In the War of Independence Mr. Bartlett's sympathies
were entirely with the patriot cause; two of his sons entered
the army, munitions of war were stored in his house, and he
himself frequently officiated as chaplain during the encampment
of Putnam's division in the town in the winter of 1779. Like
many of the New England clergymen of that day, he was the
teacher of such youths in his charge as might desire a liberal
education, and among the many whom he thus fitted for usefulness
was the celebrated poet and statesman, Joel Barlow. Mr. Bartlett
died Jan. 11, 1810, and was buried in the old cemetery west
of the church.
1810: Having found no history for today, the following is
interesting and fitting in this cold and flu season: A severer
scourge was an epidemic that visited the town about 1810,
and which displayed many of the characteristics of Asiatic
cholera. Strong men were stricken down by it in a day, and
there was scarcely a house where there was not mourning for
the dead. In one school district alone, Lonetown, it is said
that twenty died of this disease. The victims of this scourge
were interred in the old cemetery near the Congregational
Church. They were buried hastily, at midnight, and the Rev.
Nathaniel Bartlett, who officiated on the occasion, stood
on the ledge a few yards south of the church, and there read
the burial services, in tones so stentorian, that they were
heard by residents on Umpawaug Hill, fully two miles distant.
17, 1750, the County Court in session at Fairfield, on the
memorial of Redding, appointed Thomas Benedict, Esq., and
Capt. Josiah Starr, of Danbury, and Samuel Olmsted, Esq.,
of Ridgefield, a committee to affix the place whereon the
meeting-house should be built; to act with these, the Society
appointed a committee composed of John Read, Stephen Burr,
Joseph Sanford and Ephraim Jackson.
January of 1741 in the Town of Fairfield (Redding was still
a parish at the time) they experienced quite a cold spell.
The ground, covered with snow to the tops of the fences for
40 days. It did not thaw the least on the sunny side of the
house. A snow fell about the middle of December which filled
the roads and buried a pair of Oxen at the old fort, owned
by Samuel Gold. They were found by their breathing holes.
The Black Rock Harbour continued frozen from that time to
the middle of May. From a sketch of Mrs. Jonathan Wheeler:
she said the Sound was froze over and her father went half
way to Long Island when it began to break up. He being an
active man, sprang from one cake to another till he got ashore.
It used to be so cold as to freeze cattle's mouths up and
they would have to get a teakettle of hot water to thaw them
members of the Methodist Episcopal Society of Redding are
hereby notified and warned, that a society's meeting for said
society will be held on Tuesday the 26th day of instant January
at one o'clock P.M. at the Methodist Church in said Redding
for the purpose of taking into consideration the propriety
of building a new church in said society, and locating the
same near the intersection of the roads near the Town House,
appointing a building committee to superintend and carry said
object into effect, make arrangements to dispose of the old
house if thought proper, and to do any other business proper
to be done at said meeting." Sherlock Todd, Jesse Banks,
Aaron Mallett-Trustees. "Redding, Jan. 20, 1836"
the records of the Methodist Episcopal Church: "The first
regularly appointed minister whose name appears on the society
records was John Bloodgood, who was here as early as January
21st, 1791, perhaps earlier. He was a native of the South,
and after serving on the Fairfield Circuit one year, was transferred
to the Baltimore Conference, to which his ministerial labors
were chiefly confined. He died in 1810. Like most of his colleagues,
he preached in the school -houses, under trees, sometimes
in the barns, but always so fervently, and with such native
eloquence, that multitudes flocked to hear him. He was succeeded
at the May (1791) session of the Conference by Nathaniel B.
Mills and Aaron Hunt.
record of the proceedings of this convention interesting and
important as it would have been, is found. It was held at
the dwelling house of Captian Stephen Betts, on Redding Ridge.
January 23, 1780, the town voted to appoint a committee of
nine "to procure and hire nine soldiers to enlist into
the Connecticut Line in the Continental army, for the town
of Redding." This committee consisted of Stephen Betts,
Ezekiel Sanford, David Jackson, Nathaniel Barlow, Hezekiah
Read, Elijah Burr, Ephraim Robbins, and Hezekiah Sanford.
January 24, 1749. "To Mr. Jehu Burr, Mr. Stephen Betts,
and Mr. Samuel Sanford, Committee men for said Redding: "Gentlemen,
I understand you have declared that there is some mismanagement
in the rate that I have to gather in the year 1748, and you
seem to think that I have done the same, and if you insist
upon it, I desire your forgiveness: in so doing you will much
oblige your humble servant. "Daniel Deane"
first "pound" was built by Mr. John Read, near his
house, and at a society meeting held January 25, 1732, he
was appointed "key keeper".
Sanford and Samuel Sanford were appointed a committee to take
charge of the parsonage money belonging to said parish, giving
a receipt to said parish, and to let the same at their discretion,
and to the best advantage, taking double security of land,
and not to let less than fifty pounds to one man, and for
no longer time than five years, and said committee shall be
a accountable to the parish committee for the interest of
said money, and also at the period of abovesaid term of five
years for the principal."
Church in Georgetown (now extinct) On January 28, 1833 an
ecclesiastical council was held at the house of Timothy Wakeman,
in Redding, and a church formally organized. There were 18
original members-4 males and 14 females.
a society meeting held in the parish (of) Reading, George
Hull chosen Moderator for s'd meting, Mr. Nathaniel Hunn by
a voit nemine contradicente was made chois of for the minister
of s'd parish, furthermore it was voited at sd meting
to settle upon the s'd Mr. Hunn's yearly salery as followeth,
that is, for the first year of his administration, seventy
pounds current money or bills of Public Credit in New England,
the second year, seventy-five pounds, for the third year,
eighty pounds, for the fourth year, eighty five pounds, the
fifth year ninety pounds, the sixth year, ninety five pounds,
the seventh year, a hundred pounds, all in current money as
afores'd, and so on a hundred pounds a year during the term
of his continuance in the ministry in s'd parish, and also
to give the s'd -Mr. Hunn the whole and sole privilege of
all the parsonage land belonging to s'd parish, and to provide
him his firewood, during the term above s'd, also to find
him a convenient dwelling hous for the first five years, also
to give the s'd Mr. Hunn, a hundred acres of land on or before
the day of his ordination."
Wednesday of February, 1732:
Beach of the Christ Church in Redding discloses that: 'From
a serious and prayerful examination of the Scriptures, and
of the records of the early ages of the Church, and from the
universal acknowledgement of Episcopal government for fifteen
hundred years, compared with the recent establishment of Presbyterian
and Congregational discipline,' he was fully persuaded of
the invalidity of his ordination, and of the unscriptural
method of organizing and governing congregations as by them
practiced. He therefore, 'In the face of Almighty God,' had
made up his mind to 'conform to the Church of England, as
being Apostolical in her ministry and discipline, orthodox
in her doctrine, and primitive in her worship. He affectionately
exhorted them to weigh the subject well; engaged to provide
for the due administration of the sacraments while absent
from them, and spoke of his intended return from England in
holy orders. So greatly was he beloved, that a large proportion
of his people seemed ready to acquiesce in his determination."
But the others, in evident alarm and consternation at this
" threatened defection from their ranks," held a
town meeting " to consult" as to " what was
possible to be done with the Rev. Mr. John Beach, under present
difficulties;" "voted to have a [day of] solemn
fasting and prayer;
to call in the Ecclesiastical Council
of Fairfield to direct and do what they shall think proper,
difficult circumstances respecting the Rev.
Mr.; Beach, and the in- habitants of the town of Newtown-also
that the first Wednesday of February  be appointed for
3, 1796: The Rev. Jonathan Bartlett, third minister of the
church, was ordained as colleague with his father, Rev. Nathaniel
Bartlett, in 1796. The first of the church records in his
handwriting is as follows: "Feb. 3 1796· I was separated
to the work of the ministry and ordained as colleague with
my father Nathaniel Bartlett over the Congregational church
in Redding in Gospel order and form. The ministers who performed
the work were as follows viz. the Rev. Israhiel Wetmore chosen
Moderator, Robert Ross made the ordaining prayer, Elisha Rexford
made the introductory prayer, David Ely preached the sermon.
Imposition of hands by N. Bartlett, R. Ross and Rexford. John
Ely gave the right hand of fellowship, Samuel W. Stebbins
made the concluding prayer."
4, 1779. Was tried at a General Court Martial Edward Jones
for Going to and serving the enemy, and coming out as a spy-found
guilty of each and every charge Exhibited against him, and
according to Law and the Usage's of Nations was sentenced
to suffer Death. "The General approves the sentence and
orders it to be put in Execution between the hours of ten
and eleven A.M. by hanging him by the neck till he be dead."
not to abate assessments for purposes aforesaid(i.e. tax,
on provisions) on Enos Lee, James Morgan, Hezekiah Platt,
Danniel Lyon, Abigail Lyon, Sarah Phinney, David Knapp, James
Grey, Abigail Morehouse, Ezekiel Hill, Andrew Fairchild, and
Sarah Burr, who have each of them a son or sons, or a son
or sons in-law gone over to the enemies of the United States."
6, 1779. At a Gen'l Court Martial was tried John Smith of
the 1st Connecticut Regiment for desertion and attempting
to go to the enemy, found guilty, and further persisting in
saying that he will go to the enemy if ever he has an opportunity,
Sentenced to be shot to death, and orders that it be put in
Execution between the hours of ten and twelve A.M."
interesting extracts might fitly conclude the story of the
army's encampment in Redding; there are, however, some entries
in the parish records, proving that amid the horrors of war
sly cupid found a chance to inflict his wounds, that are worthy
of insertion. They are given as entered by the Rev. Nathaniel
Bartlett: Feb. 7, 1779. I joined together in marriage James
Gibbons a soldier in the army and Ann Sullivan.
the history of the Congregational Church: The first action
in this important matter was taken at a Society meeting held
Feb. 9, 1748, when it was put to vote "whether it be
necessary to build a new meting hous in s'd Parish,"
and passed in the affirmative; whereupon "Left. Joseph
Sanford" was appointed agent for the Society to prefer
a memorial to the next General Assembly, "to affix the
place whereon the meting hous should be built.
the history of the Baptist Church in Georgetown: The last
preacher in their church history Elder David Pease was called
on February 11, 1844. His connection with the church was short
and uneventful. There is no record of any other preacher being
called; in fact the society was becoming too weak to support
an organization, and shortly after, in October 1847, was dissolved
by the unanimous vote of its members.
Banks, Co. E. Mustered in Oct. 1, 1863. Died Feb. 12, 1864,
of wounds received at Morton's Ford, Va.
Gen'l directs that no person be permitted to visit the prisoners
under sentence of death unless at their request as frequent
complaints have been made that they are interrupted in their
private devotions by persons who came for no other purpose
but to insult them."
1742, "voted to impower the parish committee to agree
with a person to beat the drum as a signal to call the people
together on the Sabbath." Again Feb. 15, 1743-4, "It
was voted that the timber and boards provided for seating
the meeting house, shall be improved to that end for the use
of the Parish." These entries though unimportant in themselves
give us pleasant glimpses of the healthy and active life of
the listing of Civil War Veterans from Redding: George Sherman,
Company K, recruit. Enlisted on February 16, 1864.
the listing of Civil War Veterans from Redding: Michael Dillon,
recruit. Enlisted February 17, 1864.
20th, 1732-3-It was voted that the ordination of Mr.
Hunn shall be on the 21st day of March next," and John
Read and George Hull were chosen a committee "to represent
the parish concerning the ordination of Mr. Hunn." From
this point we have for a guide the church records in the handwriting
of Mr. Hunn, its settled pastor. It is called "A Book
of Records Wherein is an account, 1st of the transactions
of the church, 2d of persons received to communion, 3rd of
persons baptized, 4th of marriages, 5th of deaths, 6th of
persons who renew the covenant."
tax rate has risen to 9d. on the pound, and John Read appears
as the collector.
War history: Charles M. Platt, recruit. Enlisted in the eighth
regiment February 24, 1864.
first deed or grant of land in the 'oblong'' within my knowledge(Todd)
was given to Mr. Cyprian Nichols in 1687 This grant, in Secretary
Wylly's handwriting, reads as follows: At a General Court
held at Hartford, October 13, 1687. "This Court grants
Mr. Cyprian Nichols two hundred acres of land where he can
find it, provided he take it up where it may not prejudice
any former grant to any particular person or plantation; and
the surveyors of the next plantation are hereby appointed
to lay out the same he paying for it. "Caleb Stanley."
Captain Nichols took up his grant in that part
of the oblong which is now Lonetown, as is shown
by the following document: March 1, A.D. 1711 "Then laid
out ye Grant of two hundred acres of land granted by ye General
Court to Capt. Cyprian Nichols, Oct. 13, 1687, as follows,
viz., beginning at a great Chestnut tree marked on ye south
and west side, and J. R. set upon it, standing at ye southend
of Woolf Ridge, a little below Danbury bounds, thence running
west one hundred rods to a Walnut tree marked on two sides,
then running south one mile to a red oak tree marked, then
running east one hundred rods to a black oak tree marked,
then running north one mile to the Chestnut tree first mentioned.
An heap of stones lying at the root of each of ye trees. We
say then thus laid out by us. Thomas Hoyt, Daniel Taylor Surveyors
of the Town of Danbury. "Entered in ye public books of
Entry's for Surveys of Land, folio 14, per Hezekiah Wyllys,
Secretary. March 21, 1711.
present town house(still standing and used today) was erected
in 1834. At a town meeting held March 3d, 1834, Mr. Thomas
B. Fanton made a proposition "that he would engage to
build a new Town House, same dimensions as the old one, of
good materials, covering to be of pine, with shutters to the
windows, outside of the house to be painted, and the whole
inside and out, to be finished in a workman like manner, to
be erected near the old one, on land belonging to the town,
provided the town will give him $400.00, and the old house,"
and engaged to save the town form any expense on account of
the materials provided by the committee to repair the old
town house. This proposition was accepted, and John R. Hill,
Gershom Sherwood, and Aaron Burr,2d, were appointed a committee
"to superintend building said House." There were
objections, however, to having the new house built on the
old site, and a meeting held shortly after voted " to
relocate the house in the building owned by Thaddeus M. Abbott
recently occupied for a school house." Other parties
objected to this plan, and a third meeting was held before
a site satisfactory to all parties could be agreed on. This
meeting voted to locate it "on the Southeast corner of
Thaddeus M. Abbott's homelot, fronting the public parade on
the South, and on the West of Lonetown highway, provided that
nothing in this vote interferes with the contract made with
Thomas B. Fanton for building said house, and that it be no
additional expense to the town." The building belonging
to Mr. Abbott which stood on this site was moved away, and
the present townhouse erected in the summer of 1834.
following interesting entry appears in the records of a meeting
held March 6, 1771: "Voted and agreed, that whereas a
plan hath been proposed of moving to the General Assembly
in May next for the erecting a new county, to consist of the
towns of Danbury, Newtown, Ridgefield, Redding, and New Fairfield,
we are willing and desirous that said towns shall be erected
a county, and that we will assist them to endeavor to have
said county established." The committee appointed for
this purpose were David Lyon, Gershom Morehouse, and James
Regiment (Colored). Mustered on March 8, 1864 John H. Hull,
Co. A., John M. Coley, Co. E., Theodore Nelson, Co. E. (Died
Apr. 6, 1864), Lafayette S. Williams, Co. E., Edward Voorhies,
Co. E., Joseph F. Butler, Corp., Co. G., Henry B. Pease, Co.
G., Cato Johnson, Co. G.
is one entry from Rev. Nathaniel Bartlett's Revolutionary
War notes proving (as Charles Burr Todd puts it) "that
amid the horrors of war sly cupid found a chance to inflict
his wounds" "March 9, 1780. I joined in marriage
William Darrow a soldier, and Ruth Bartram."
"Voted not to admit Small Pox by innoculation; voted
to admit Small Pox by innoculation next fall."
October, 1773, the General Assembly passed a resolution. "to
assert, and in some proper way support their claim to those
lands contained within the limits and bounds of the charter
of this Colony westward of the Province of New York"-an
act strongly disapproved by the people at large. Redding's
attitude in the matter is shown by the following extract from
the doings of a town meeting held March 14, 1774: "Whereas
it is the opinion of many of the freemen and other inhabitants
of this Colony that if ye abovesaid Resolve be carried into
execution it will inevitably involve the inhabitants of Connecticut
in a long, expensive, and fruitless Litigation with Mr. Penn,
therefore this meeting appoints and delegates Messrs. William
Hawley and Peter Fairchild to attend a meeting to be held
at Middletown on the last Wednesday of instant March, to concert
some proper methods in order to put a stop to so disagreeable
the project of the Assembly was never carried into execution:
within a few months an invading army was hovering about its
coasts, and the sturdy, belligerent little Colony found other
vents for its pugnacious spirit.
is another entry from Rev. Nathaniel Bartlett's Revolutionary
War notes proving (as Charles Burr Todd puts it) "that
amid the horrors of war sly cupid found a chance to inflict
his wounds" "March 18, 1779. I joined together in
marriage John Lines a soldier, and Mary Hendrick."
the Richards collection, "Putnum's Orders": "Headquarters,
Reading, March 21, 1779." "Col. Hazen's Regt. will
march to Springfield in 3 Divisions by the shortest notice:
the first Division will march on Monday night, and the other
two will follow on Thursday and Friday next, weather permitting,
and in case the detached parties join the Regt. Col. Hazen
will take with him one piece of cannon and a proportionable
number of artillery men."
Jackson, Zalmon Read, and Ephraim Robbins were appointed a
committee to provide clothing for the army.
Jennings, Col. G. Discharged for disability, March 26, 1863
from the Seventeenth Regime
Gershom Morehouse and Lieutenant Nehemiah Hull were appointed
a committee "to collect the tents belonging to this town"-probably
those furnished for the Winter encampment of the troops; at
the same time a committee was appointed "to vindicate
our claims to the Connecticut Soldiers."
28, 1837, the society (Methodist Episcopal Church) "after
deliberation, existing circumstances being considered, voted
to try a station the ensuing year;" which was accordingly
done, and the Rev. Humphrey Humphries became the first stated
church meeting March 29, 1733, we made choice of Stephen Burr
for a deacon, and some time after we chose Theo. Hull to the
same service...The next records relate to the adoption of
Tate and Brady's version of the Psalms, first for one month,
and then for the indefinite future.
is another entry from Rev. Nathaniel Bartlett's Revolutionary
War notes proving (as Charles Burr Todd puts it) "that
amid the horrors of war sly cupid found a chance to inflict
his wounds" "March 30, 1779. I joined together in
marriage Daniel Evarts a soldier, and Mary Rowland."
first action of the town in regard to the war is found in
the records of a town meeting held, April 2, 1777, when a
committee consisting of Messrs. William Hawley, Zalmon Read,
Thaddeus Benedict, David Jackson, Gershom Morehouse, Stephen
Betts, Jr., William Heron, and Daniel Mallory was appointed
" to hire a number of soldiers to serve in the Continental
on this date 1793:
We are, by the inhabitants of this town, in a town meeting
legally warned for that purpose, appointed a committee to
correspond with the other towns in Fairfiled County respecting
the list of persons entered on the records of Congress, a
number of whom this town apprehend are really undeserving.
We are ordered to ask of you to adopt a similar mode of appointing
a committee to correspond accordingly, and if by due enquiry
any person or persons shall be found to be put on the pension
list, who are undeserving, to adopt proper means for redress
at the proper board."
War History: Seventeenth Regiment. Date of Muster from July
14 to Aug. 14, 1862 John W. De Forrest, Co. G. Discharged
for disability April 4, 1863.
the Farmer's Journal (Danbury) for April 8, 1793, appears
a circular letter "sent by a committee appointed to correspond
with the different towns in the county of Fairfield,"
from Reading, as follows: "Gentlemen: We are, by the
inhabitants of this town, in a town meeting legally warned
for that purpose, appointed a committee to correspond with
the other towns in Fairfield County respecting the list of
persons entered on the records of Congress, a number of whom
this town apprehend are really undeserving. We are ordering
to ask of you to adopt a similar mode of appointing a committee
to correspond accordingly, and if by due enquiry any person,
or persons shall be found to be put on the pension list, who
are undeserving, to adopt proper means for redress at a proper
General Putnam's orders: "The officers are requested
to lose no time in preparing for the field, that they may
be ready to leave their present quarters at the shortest notice.
The Q.M. Gen'l - as far as it is in his power will supply
those with Portmanteaus, who have not been furnished before,
and those who have or shall be provided are on no account
to carry chests or boxes into the field. The Portmanteaus
are given by the public to supersede those of such cumbersome
articles in order to contract the baggage of the Army and
lessen the number of wagons, which besides saving the expense,
is attended with many obvious and most important Military
advantages. The General also thinks it necessary to give explicit
notice in time with a view to have the army as little encumbered
as possible in all its movements, and to prevent burthening
the public and the farmers more than can be avoided. No officer
whose duty does not really require him to be on horseback-will
be permitted to keep horses with the army-it ought to be the
pride of an officer to share the fatigues, as well as the
dangers to which his men are exposed on foot. Marching by
their sides he will lessen every inconvenience and excite
in them a spirit of patience and perseverance. Inability alone
can justify a deviation from this necessary practice. Gen.
Washington strongly recommends to the officers to divest themselves
as much as possible of everything superfluous-taking to the
field only what is essential for dining and comfort. Such
as have not particular friends within reach with whom they
would choose to confide will appoint a place for their reception
and furnish means of transportation."
the 23d of April, ten days after Sumter fell, the following
"Notice" was issued: "The legal voters of the
town of Redding are hereby notified and warned to attend a
special town meeting to be held at the Town House in said
Town on Monday Apr. 29, 1861, at 2 o'clock P.M., to consider
the expediency of appropriating funds to defray the expenses
of the families of those who enlist in the service of the
U.S. army under the present call of the President for troops.
"John Edmund, Burr Meeker, Francis A. Sanford, Selectman
of Redding."Redding, April 23, 1861."
the morning of the 26th, at a very seasonable hour, Tryon
arrived at Reading Ridge, where was a small hamlet of peaceful
inhabitants, almost every one of them patriots, and most of
them farmers, who had crowned the high hill, where they had
chosen to build their Zion, with a tall, gaunt church, which
drew to its aisles one day in seven the people that dwelt
upon the sides of the hills, and in the bosom of the valleys,
within the range of the summons that sounded from its belfry.
By the way of satisfying his hunger with a morning lunch,
until he could provide a more substantial meal, he drew up
his artillery in front of the weather beaten edifice that
had before defied every thing save the grace of God, and the
supplications of his worshippers, and gave it a good round
of grape and canister, that pierced its sides through, and
shattered its smallpaned windows into fragments. The only
spectators to this heroic demonstration were a few women and
little children, some of whom ran away at the sight of the
red coats, and other faced the invaders with a menacing stare."
legal voters of the town of Redding are hereby notified and
warned to attend a special town meeting to be held at the
Town House in said Town on Monday Apr. 29, 1861, at 2 o'clock
P.M., to consider the expediency of appropriating funds to
defray the expenses of the families of those who enlist in
the service of the U.S. army under the present call of the
President for troops. "John Edmund, Burr Meeker, Francis
A. Sanford, Selectman of Redding."Redding, April 23,
1861." "At a special Town Meeting legally warned
and held in Redding on the 29th day of April, 1861, Walker
Bates, Esq. chosen moderator. "Voted, unanimously, that
an appropriation be made from the treasury of the Town, for
the families of those who have enlisted, or may enlist from
the town in the service of the U.S. Government under the present
call of the President for troops, the same being a call for
75,000 volunteers for the space of three months. "Voted,
unanimously, that such appropriation be as follows, to wit,
three dollars per week for each of the wives, and one dollar
per week for each of the children of the several persons enlisting
as aforesaid, during the time of service of such person under
said call. "Voted, that a committee of three be appointed
for each grand division of the town, to disburse the foregoing
appropriation-such committee to receive no pecuniary compensation
for their services. Sturges Bennett, Thaddeus M. Abbott, and
James Sanford chosen such disbursing committee. "Voted,
that the selectman be instructed to draw orders on the Treasurer
of the Town on application of either of the foregoing named
committee, in favor of such as are entitled to an appropriation
as aforesaid, under the foregoing vote. Voted, that
the selectmen he instructed to call a special town meeting
as soon as practicable, for the purpose of making an appropriation
for those who enlist from this town in the service of the
U. S. Government. " The above and foregoing is a true
record. " Attest, Lemuel Sanford, Town Clerk
laid out ye grant of two hundred acres of land made by ye
General Court to Mr. Daniel Hilton, May 7, 1700.." *These
grants were purchased probably before they were laid out,
by Mr. John Read. For more information please visit: The Acquisition
of land Also on this date 1714: "Know all men by these
crooked scrawls and seals, yt. we Chickens, alias Sam Mohawk,
and Naseco, do solemnly declare yt. we are owners of yt. tract
of land called Lonetown, fenced round between Danbury and
Fairfield, and Jho. Read, Govr. and Commander in Chief there
of, and of the Dominions yr-upon depending, desiring to please
us, having plied the foot, and given us three pounds in money,
and promised us to a house next autumn. In consideration yr'of,
we do hereby give and grant to him and his heirs the farm
above mentioned, corn appertaining and further of our free
will-motion and soverain pleasure make ye land a manour, indowing
ye land with ye prileges yr of and create the sd. John Read,
Lord Justice and Soveign Pontiff of the same to him and his
heirs forever: Witness our crooked marks and borrowed seals,
this seventh day of May, Anno Regni, Anno Dei, Graftia Magna
Brittannia, and Regina Decimo Tertio, Anno Dom'r, 1714."
9th, 1723. At a General Court in Hartford. To the Honble
the govnr, Assistants and Deputies in Genll Court
Assembled. '' To this Hon'ble Court yr hon'rs most humble
pet'rs hereunto subscribing, settlers and well wishers to
the settlement of a plantation between Fairfield and Danbury,
Humbly Shew, That there is a tract of land lying between Fairfield
and Danbury, Ridgefield and Newtown and without all ye claims
of the largest pretenders of those towns, containing about
two miles wide, north and south, and six miles long East and
West, mostly laid out in particular farms, so that when the
farms that casually interfere on others are made up, there
will not be one hundred acres of any value left in the whole.
On these farms are one half dozen housen set up, and
many more going to be set up, and therefore we humbly conceive
it is of great necessity for ye use of them, that are come
and coming, and for ye encouragement of others to come, to
take some prudent care for the establishment of Divine service
in that place. That forasmuch as the distance from this land
to Fairfield church measures about fourteen miles or better,
that is the part on which will certainly be most of the enlargements
made, and on that side the bounds of those lands uncertain;
for the grant of 12 miles from the area the sea given Fairfield,
as far as we can learn has never yet been measured, as it
ought long since to have been done. Your honrs be appointed
to measure out the twelve miles granted to Fairfield from
the -(unreadable) and put the vacant land, if any shall then
appear into the hands of a Comtee of ye court to be
dealt out to such as will settle on and improve the same,
at such price as will bear ye charge of ye Comtee therein,
first laying out a farm of 200 acres for ye ministry, 200
for school, and as much for the first minister that shall
shall settle there, and annex the whole to the town of Fairfield.
Setting the bounds of the parish to comprehend so much of
the west end of ye long lots of Fairfield as may make it near
square at ye discretion of ye Comtee upon ye view of
it when ye proprietors of the long lots shall settle their
end they may pay their dues there (if they will not be so
good as to fling up the west end to a public use, which would
doubtless be their private advantage also.
Thursday of May, 1725:
To the Honorable the General Court to be holden at
Hartford on the Second Thursday of May,1725.
EARNEST PRAYER: Of the inhabitants, and of those that have
farms in a certain tract of land lying between Fairfield and
Danbury, Newtown and Richfield, with whom the Proprietory
of a certain division of Land in Fairfield importunately joins--
" Whereas the Honorable General Assembly of this Colony
hath in several of their Sessions, been pleased out of their
great goodness & generosity to give unto some of your
humble Petitioners & to others of them to sell certain
Parcels of Land between the aforesaid towns & many of
your Petitioners that they might get a comfortable maintenance
& thereby be better able to serve their country have removed
from their former habitations with great families of Children
unto sd Land where we by ye blessing of God on our Industry
have (passed) through (the) many difficulties that generally
attend such new & Wooden Habitations and have now yet
to go through, which are by us insuperable--but reflecting
upon your Honor's accustomed Goodness, ready protection, and
willing encouragement towards all such that have been under
ye like circumstances as we now are, makes us far from despairing
of Living like rational Creatures and Christians in a very
few years, and under our present Circumstances we have often
the neighboring Ministers preaching ye word of God to us,
and when your Honors shall be pleased to grant this our earnest
& necessary request our number of Inhabitants will immediately
be greatly renewed & we soon able to obtain a Minister
& give him an honorable support--and that is to grant
the vacant land that lies in slips and pieces between ye Land
already given and sold to your Petitioners to ye for a perpetual
Comon for ye good of ye parish: otherwise your poor Petitioners
living at a great distance from any place where the public
worship of God is attended, must be obliged and their posterity
after them to be soon as the Hathen are without the outward
and ordinary means of Salvation, the thought of which makes
us now most impostantly address your Honors with this our
request making no doubt but yt ye desire your honors have
and the great care you have always taken to promote and encourage
Religion will also now be moved to grant your poor Petitioners
their request, it being no more than your Honors have often
done even unto every new plantation, many of which are not
nor never will be comparable unto this.
the History of the Christ Church: The noticeable incidents
of the present year, 1879, are the destruction of the church
sheds by fire in the evenings of the 12th of May, and the
acquisition of a baptismal font of Italian marble, purchased
with contributions of the Sunday-school and other members
of the parish, collected during the rector ship of the Rev.
Mr. Kelley. The number of nominal communicants is sixty-five
; of baptized persons, about one hundred and twenty.
Civil War Veterans: Third Regiment (Three Months)
Mustered on May 14, 1861. George W. Gould, Co. G. Honorably
discharged Aug. 12, 1861. Follow the link for more on the
Gould (Gold) family
A lodge of Free Masons was once in active operation
on Redding Ridge, as is shown by the following extract from
the records of the Grand Lodge:
"Oct. 19th, 1796. A petition from sundry Free Masons
residing in the towns of Redding and Weston, was presented
to the Grand Lodge of Free Masons then in session at New Haven,
praying to be formed into a new lodge, which petition was
laid over until the next session of the Grand Lodge. At the
new session of the Grand Lodge of F. & A.M. held at New
Haven on the 17th of May, 1797, the prayer
of the petitioners was granted, and a Lodge formed under the
name of Ark Lodge No. 39, F. & A.M. and
William Heron was appointed Master."
From the Revolutionary War history files: "I
joined in marriage Giles Gilbert an officer in the army, and
The first society meeting was held June 5, 1729-less
than a month after the parish was organized. The first three
committee men of the parish, elected at this meeting, were
John Read, George Hull, and Lemuel Sanford.
The act of the General Assembly incorporating the town was
passed at the May session, 1767, and a meeting was held June
15, 1767. Redding was officially a town!
Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain arrived in Redding on June 18,
1908. On this day he would view his new home here for the
first time! (Talk about confidence in your staff!)
The completion of the new Congregational Church meeting
house. It was probably completed and ready for use early in
the summer of 1752, as on the 22d of June of that year a call
was extended to the Rev. Mr. Tammage to be their preacher,
and the old meeting house was sold to Jehu Burr for L34. The
manner in which this meeting house was "seated"
(which did not occur until 1763) is an interesting commentary
on the manners and customs of the day, and has the further
merit of novelty, it being doubtful if another record can
be found in New England detailing so minutely the method of
assigning pews in the early Puritan churches.
"Joel Barlow, Diplomat and Patriot" presented to the U.S.
Senate on June 23, 1996 by Senator Joseph Lieberman Mr. Lieberman:
Mr. President, I rise to honour one of America's earliest
diplomats and a distinguished native of Connecticut, Joel
Barlow. On June 28, in a modest ceremony, a bronze biographical
tablet will be dedicated to Barlow in the churchyard of the
tiny village of Zarnowiec, Poland, where Barlow died and was
laid to rest in 1812. The event is organized and the tablet
donated by the Joel Barlow Memorial Fund, in cooperation with
the American Center of Polish Culture and DACOR, Diplomatic
and Consular Officers Retired (of the U.S. State Department).
The corner-stone of the present day Georgetown Bible Church
building was laid and on June 26, 1902, the building was dedicated
at a special service.
Aaron Treadwell on June 28, 1877 for $110 from Henry H. Adams
12.4 acre parcel in what is now Putnam Park.
Redding's population was 4,800 as of July 1, 1966; 1,848 were
The Connery Brothers Shopping Center on Old Mill Road in Georgetown
held an opening house day July 13, 1957.
Mark Twain's secretary Mrs. Ashcroft(former I. N. Lyon) hurries
back from her honeymoon abroad to find out about the $4,000
suit Twain has filed against her.
A call for additional troops was issued by the President early
in the summer of 1862, and a draft to fill it seemed imminent.
Under these circumstances a special town meetings was held
July 26th, 1862, at which it was voted, " that the selectmen
be a committee to correspond with the Adjutant-General, to
ascertain whether if the town furnished its quota under the
recent call for additional troops, it would exempt the town
from a draft under said call," and the meetings was adjourned
to July 31st, 1862, to await the action of the Adjutant-General.
His answer being in the affirmative
Among the passengers on the Caronia from Liverpool yesterday
was R. W. Ashcroft, whose wife was formerly private secretary
to Mark Twain, and was recently sued by the author for a return
of the house he presented her with on her wedding day. Mr.
Ashcroft said that they went abroad on June 9 and spent some
days at The Hague.
A new Buick Ambulance was delivered and on August 4, 1947
the Georgetown Volunteer Fire Company held its first meeting
in the new fire house on Portland Ave.
The Georgetown Company of Civil War volunteers drilled until
August 8, 1862, when Lincoln called for 300,000 men to serve
9 months. The Georgetown company volunteered and was accepted.
The company was recruited up to 108 men, and reported for
duty at Camp Terry, New Haven. Some members were rejected
on account of disability. Those passing examination were mustered
in as Co. E, 23rd. Regiment, Conn. Volunteers, in September,
1862. At this time, Captain David. H. Miller was appointed
major of the 23rd. Regiment, and Lieut. George M. Godfrey
was elected Captain of Co. E.
The Fairfield County Pomona Grange Picnic, was held on August
11, 1909 at Gilbert's Farm (now the site of Meadow Ridge).
On August 23, 1862, a call was issued for a town meeting to
be held in Wilton. Among those who signed the call to war
were: George M. Godfrey, Aaron Bennett, Aaron H. Davis, George
I. Hubbell, Wilkie Batterson, Charles Olmstead, Henry Olmstead,
George I. Batterson, Azor Batterson, Elijah Parkerton, James
Corcoran, Aaron Lee, Eli B. Godfrey, Andrew Partrick, George
G. Nichols, John Olmstead, Edwin Burchard, Lewis Hurlbutt,
living in Georgetown and vicinity. It was voted to pay a bounty
of $100 to all members of Co. E living in the town of Wilton.
On the 29th or 30th of August, 1862, a large flag was raised
on the bell tower of the stone factory of the Gilbert & Bennett
Co. This building had a flat roof, with a railing around it.
Here the people assembled to take part in the ceremony. As
Company E had gone to New Haven, there were very few men present.
Dr. Lloyd Seeley made the address and there was speaking by
Edwin Gilbert, Sturges Bennett and Samuel Main Sr. Prayer
was offered by the Rev. Samuel Keeler, Pastor of the Methodist
Church. Charles Jennings of the 17th Regiment, who was home
on a furlough, played patriotic airs on his accordian. Sidney
Jennings, the "Infant Drummer Boy," was present with his snare
drum. The flag floated over the old stone factory for many
years and was taken care of by Mrs. Sturges Bennett.
September 1st, a meeting was held for the equalization of
bounties, and the bounty of $50 was voted to all who had enlisted
prior to the vote of July 31st, 1862, as well as to all who
should enlist hereafter, except those enlisting under the
first call of the President for troops.
At the Congregational Church-Rev. K.B. Glidden was installed
September 12th, 1866; resigned December, 1868
New Haven, September 15th, 1720: "It having been represented
to this board that an Indian living near Danbury, called Chickens,
has lately received two belts of wampumpeag from certain remote
Indians--as it is said, to the west of Hudson River with a
message expressing their desire to come and live in this colony,
which said messenger is to be conducted by aforesaid Chickens
to the Indians at Potatuck, and Wiantenuck, and Poquannuck,
in order to obtain their consent for their coming and inhabiting
among them; and that hereupon our frontier towns are under
considerable apprehensions of danger from Indians, fearing
that the belts have been sent on some bad design"
Jesse Lee returns to Redding a second time--without seeing
any fruits of his efforts; for, although many were impressed
with the truth of his doctrines, they hesitated about coming
out openly and joining the new sect. At length on his fourth
visit, December 28th, 1789, he "joined two in society for
a beginning. A man who has lately received a witness of his
being in favor with the Lord led the way, and a woman who
I hope was lately converted, followed." This was the second
Methodist society organized in New England, the first being
at Stratford. The first two members mentioned above were Aaron
Sanford and his mother-in-law, Mrs. William Hawley.
Mark Twain's home at Redding, "Innocents at Home," was visited
by two professional burglars last night. The wakefulness of
Miss Lyons, the humorist's private secretary, was the undoing
of the bold crooks, who were captured after a fight on a New
Miss Clara L. Clemens, daughter of Samuel L. Clemens, (Mark
Twain,) was married at noon today to Ossip Gabrilowitsch,
the Russian pianist. The wedding took place in the drawing
room at Stormfield, Mr. Clemens's country home, with the Rev.
Dr. Joseph H. Twitchell of Hartford, a close friend of Mr.
Clemens, as officiating clergyman. The bride was attended
only by her sister, Miss Jean Clemens, but her cousins, Jervis
Langdon of Elmira, N. Y., and Mrs. Julia Loomis, wife of Edward
Loomis, Vice President of the Delaware Lackawanna & Western
Railroad, were present.
Grant of one hundred acres, granted October 10th, 1706, by
ye General Court to Mr.Richard Hubbell, all in one piece as
At a General Court held at Hartford, October 13, 1687. "This
Court grants Mr. Cyprian Nichols two hundred acres of land
where he can find it, provided he take it up where it may
not prejudice any former grant to any particular person or
plantation; and the surveyors of the next plantation are hereby
appointed to lay out the same he paying for it."
15 & 16, 1955
October 15th and 16th, like August 19th, 1955, arrived and
became history as any other days, but they will go down in
the history of Danbury, Conn., and surrounding communities,
and remain forever in the memories of those who witnessed
these tragic floods. The disasters caused millions of dollars
in damage as the river waters of the Norwalk River ands Still
River bashed their way through homes, factories, stores, offices,
and heaved up roads and bridges. 13 inches of rain feel in
Charles Ives was an American composer of classical music.
He is regarded as possibly the first American classical composer
of international significance. Ives was born on October 20,
1874 in Danbury, Connecticut, the son of a US Army bandmaster.
He was given music lessons by his father at an early age,
and later studied under Horatio Parker at Yale University.
After graduating, however, he decided to pursue a non-musical
career, believing that he would be forced to compromise his
musical ideals if he made a living from music. He therefore
followed a career in life insurance. Ives purchased a home
in Redding in 1912.
Clara Clemens Gabrilowitsch has turned over Stormfield, the
home of Mark Twain at Redding, Conn., as a convalescent home
in charge of the Artists' War Service League, recently incorporated
under the laws of the State of New York. The objects of this
organization are similar to those of the American Friends
of Musicians in France, except that it proposes to aid men
of all the artistic professions in the service and their dependents,
instead of confining itself to musicians alone. An honorary
committee named for the purpose of stimulating membership
now includes Rudyard Kipling, representing literature; Enrico
Caruso, music; Daniel C. French, sculpture, and John Drew,
representing the drama. J. F. D. Lanier will be Treasurer
and Winslow, Lanier & Co. will act as bankers for the fund
raised by the league.
At a chapel on the northeast corner of Umpawaug and Diamond
Hill Mark Twain spoke at the dedication of the Mark Twain
library on October 28, 1908.
Stephen Burr hath undertaken to cart stones and clay for the
underpinning the Congregational Church meeting-house for 1lb.
Dr. Erasmus Hudson and Rev. Nathaniel Colver were appointed
by the Anti-Slavery Society of Connecticut to lecture on slavery.
On Nov. 16, 1838, a call was issued for an anti-slavery convention
to be held in the Baptist Church in Georgetown.
Messrs. Colver and Hulson addressed the meeting. But the opposition
was so strong the meeting was adjourned until Nov. 27th. That
evening the enemies of the movement broke up the meeting,
and on the 28th of November the Baptist Church was blown up
with gunpowder. A keg of gunpowder was placed under the pulpit.
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