Category: history

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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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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…

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Census of 1790

The Census of 1790 was the first census conducted in the United States. It recorded the population as of “Census Day” — August 2, 1790. At this time, the population of the United States was enumerated to be 3,929,214 and the population of Connecticut was 237,946. The population of Woodbridge was counted as 2,124 according to figures published by the…

History of Woodbridge

An excerpt from: History of New Haven, Connecticut CHAPTER VI THE TOWN OF WOODBRIDGE Bv Reverend S. P. Marvin. Published in 1892 — Location and Natural Features — Geology and Mineralogy — Flora — Industries — The Regicide Judges — Amity Society — Union Society — Chapel — Ministers — — Burial Grounds — Prominent Citizens — List of Early Inhabitants —…

Prominent Citizens

The following profiles of prominent men of Woodbridge were published in Chapter VI of the 1892 “History of New Haven” Barnabas Baldwin Ephraim Baldwin Ebenezer Beecher Ebenezer Beecher, Jr. Thomas Darling Treat Clark Isaac Johnson John Lines David Lines Ebenezer Peck Phineas Peck John Peck Edwin J. Peck Samuel Newton Josiah Sherman Daniel Smith, 2d Daniel Treat Smith Willis Smith David Smith…