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Tolland County

Located in the northeastern part of Connecticut, Tolland County was originally formed on 13 October 1785 from portions of eastern Hartford County and western Windham County.
It is incorporated into thirteen towns.

Tolland County, as it respects its surface, soil, & may be divided into two distinct sections, the eastern and western. The western section, lying within the great valley of the Connecticut, is a handsome level or undulating country. This tract is generally free from stone, and the soil, though somewhat light, is warm, fertile and productive, and well adapted to the growth of grain. The eastern section, which embraces the largest portion of the County, is within the granitic range which extends through the State. A considerable proportion of forest lands still remain in this part of the county. The improved lands afford tolerably good grazing, but are not very well adapted for a grain culture. The manufacturing interests of the county are respectable and flourishing.

Located in the northeastern part of Connecticut, Tolland County was originally formed on 13 October 1785 from portions of eastern Hartford County and western Windham County.
It is incorporated into thirteen towns.

The following is a list of the towns, with their population in 1830:
Tolland, 1,698 --Bolton, 744 --Columbia, 962 --Coventry, 2,119
Ellington, 1,455 --Hebron, 1,937 --Mansfield, 2,661 -- Somers, 1,429
Stafford, 2,515 --Union, 711 --Vernon, 1,164 --Willington, 1,305

Population of the County in 1820 was14,330; in 1830, 18,700.
[Source: *Historical Collections, Containing A General Collection Of Interesting Facts, Traditions, Biographical Sketches, Anecdotes, & Relating To The History And Antiquities Of Every Town In Connecticut, Geographical Descriptions. By John Warner Barber]

Andover * Bolton * Columbia * Coventry * Ellington * Hebron * Mansfield
Somers * Stafford * Tolland * Union * Vernon * Willington

Other Places
Coventry Lake * South Coventry * Crystal Lake * Stafford Springs * Storrs * Central Somers * Rockville * Mashapaug

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Website Updates:

March 2017: 1840 Census of Pensioners

Sept 2016: Death for RISLEY; Family records for RICHARDSON
Aug 2016: wills for BOYNTON, BADGER, COLMAN
Dec 2014: bio for SIBLEY
Sept 2014: bio for DUNHAM
Aug 2014:  1883 pensioners; obit for DEZOTELL
July 2014:  bio for JOHNSON
Apr 2014: R
ejected Rev. War Pensioners



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