The History of Ancient Windsor, Connecticut, Including East Windsor, South Windsor, and Ellington


Prior to 1768, the Date of Their Separation from the Old Town; and Windsor, Bloomfield and Windsor Locks, to the Present Time. Also the Genealogies and Genealogical Notes of Those Families Which Settled Within the Limits of Ancient Windsor, Connecticut, Prior to 1800

This reprint, first published in 1859, stemmed from a study of the author's family, during which he became interested in the town in which they first settled. The area that later became Windsor was first discovered in 1614 by the Dutch, and was settled as a town, first called Dorchester, in 1636. Beginning with that first settlement, Mr. Stiles carefully records the history of Windsor up to the year 1800, and then provides a succinct summary of the town's history from 1800 to the date of publication. All of the major aspects of a town's growth and settlement are discussed: civil organizations, religious organizations, plans of the town and warfare. The town and its citizens were involved in a number of armed conflicts; among these were King Philip's War (1675-1676), Queen Ann's War (1702-1713), the Indian War (1722-1724), the French and Indian Wars (1739-1762), and the American Revolution (1775-1783).

Approximately 500 pages have been dedicated to providing a complete history of the town of Windsor, from its earliest settlement. Following the town history are more than 300 pages of genealogies of families who settled in Windsor prior to the year 1800. Examples of information found within the genealogical entries are date of birth, date of death, marriages and children born, including dates. Still many more names can be found within the appendices, of which there are ten, consisting of such records as grants, petitions, letters and church member lists. There is an everyname plus subject index for the historical section and an everyname index to the genealogical section. A few maps and plans of early Windsor, plus illustrations of notable persons and places, enhance the text. In all, Mr. Stiles has recorded close to 900 pages worth of historical and genealogical information on Windsor, Connecticut and its citizens.

Henry R. Stiles

(1859), 2007, 5½x8½, paper, index, 2 vols., 944 pp.

ISBN: 9780788407062