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Prior to European settlement, the New Haven area was the home of the
Quinnipiac tribe of Native Americans, who lived in villages around the
harbor and subsisted off local fisheries and the farming of maize.
In April 1638, a party of 500 Puritans who
left the Massachusetts Bay Colony under the leadership of the Reverend
John Davenport and the London merchant Theophilus Eaton, sailed into
the harbor. These settlers were hoping to establish a better
theological community than the one they left in Massachusetts and
sought to take advantage of the excellent port capabilities of the
harbor. The Quinnipiacs, who were under attack by neighboring Pequots,
sold their land to the settlers in return for protection.
New Haven was incorporated as a city in 1784, and Roger Sherman, one of
the signers of the Constitution and author of the "Connecticut
Compromise", became the new city's first mayor.
Until 1960, the city of New Haven was the county seat.
(City) * Beacon Falls (Town) * Bethany (Town) * Branford (Town) *
Cheshire (Town) * Derby (City) * East Haven (Town) * Guilford (Town) *
Hamden (Town) * Madison (Town) * Meriden (City) * Middlebury
(Town) * Milford (City) * Devon (village) * Woodmont (Borough) *
Naugatuck (Borough) * New Haven (City) * North Branford
(Town) * Northford (a village of North Branford) * North Haven (Town) *
Orange (Town) * Oxford (Town) * Prospect (Town) * Seymour (Town) *
Southbury (Town) * Wallingford (Town) * Yalesville (village) *
Waterbury (City) * West Haven (City) * Wolcott (Town) * Woodbridge
The City of
New Haven has many distinct neighborhoods. In addition to Downtown,
centered on the central business district and the Green, are the
following neighborhoods: the west central neighborhoods of Dixwell and
Dwight; the southern neighborhoods of The Hill, historic water-front
City Point (or Oyster Point), and the harborside district of Long
Wharf; the western neighborhoods of Edgewood, West River, Westville,
Amity, and West Rock-Westhills; East Rock, Cedar Hill, Prospect Hill,
and Newhallville in the northern side of town; the east central
neighborhoods of Mill River and Wooster Square, an Italian-American
neighborhood; Fair Haven, an immigrant community located between the
Mill and Quinnipiac rivers; Quinnipiac Meadows and Fair Haven Heights
across the Quinnipiac River; and facing the eastern side of the harbor,
The Annex and East Shore (or Morris Cove).
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Church Histories / Records
Family Bibles and Records
and Death Notice
October 2017: patents HASSAN, LIHON, WHITE; deaths for MARKER, SACKETT; family records for HEMPSTEAD-LYMAN
2017: ship register CHIDSEY, TYLER, BUTLER, MONROE; land
agreement OSBORN, NICHOLS
2017: news for BLONDIN/TODD, ITCHELL, HAXWORTH, EARL; ads for
HOTCHKISS, RUBIN, CHAPMAN, GREENBURG
March 2017: 1840 Census
September 2016: visiting news for
September 2015: marriage for KNAP
2015: marriage PEASE, BONTICOU
Birth records for Wallingford; death record for Caleb ATWATER
1883 Pensioners updated to add cert. numbers; obit for
2014: 1883 Pensioners; obits for FIELD, STRONG
May 2014: bios
for PLUMB, NORTON,
MURRAY, BALDWIN; obit for ROCKWELL
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