Category: Sperry

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A very Sperry visit to Woodbridge in the summer of 1895

Reading the book Bethany and Its Hills recently, I came across a retelling of another storied visit to Sperry lands in old Woodbridge. The tale is told beginning on page 21 of the book, which can be read online. This account was apparently taken from portions of a news article published in the New Haven Morning Journal and Courier newspaper of July 29th 1895, which is…

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Sperry family in Woodbridge

Richard Sperry is said to have been the first European settler to live in what is now Woodbridge, arriving in New Haven in 1643 and farming the land here in Woodbridge possibly as early as 1648. According to page 181 of The Descendants of Thomas Dickerman: Richard Sperry was among the early settlers of New Haven, though not one of the original planters.…

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A visit to Sperry Park, June 2015

What a lovely day to visit Sperry Park today. Before setting out, I’m rummaging around for some background information. Let’s start by gathering some old photos, shall we? First we have the photo “Bridge near Sperry’s Mills. Circa 1890.” as published in the Woodbridge Bicentennial Booklet. Under the photo the following text appears: “Handsome gifts have been made to Woodbridge. Sperry…

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Indeed, there are Deeds!

Now that we’ve returned from our Visit to Sperry Park, let’s look now at some documents! The land that makes up both Sperry Park and the adjoining Henry C. Hickox Memorial Park was donated to the Town of Woodbridge in 1907 and 1955, respectively. Just prior to the donation of the Hickox parcel, a map was drawn up from information apparently…

Ensign Nathaniel Sperry

Marker Number: 321 Name: Sperry, Nathaniel Death: 09/08/1751 Military Service: Veteran (probably French and Indian War) Other: Age 56 Ensign Nathaniel Sperry a the son of Nathaniel Sperry and Sarah Dickerman and a grandson of Richard and Dennis Sperry, original settlers of Woodbridge in the early 1640s. He is among the first people known to be buried in a Woodbridge cemetery…

Ebenezer Sperry

Marker Number: 175 Name: Sperry, Ebenezer Death: 01/23/1815 Military Service: Revolutionary War Veteran Other: Age 76 Ebenezer Sperry, born July 19th 1739, was a son of Amos Sperry and Hannah Peck Sperry, and a great-grandson of Richard Sperry. He was a Revolutionary War patriot and lived on what was known as the family “plantation” located at the present day intersection…