A History of the Plantation of Menunkatuck and of the Original Town of Guilford, Connecticut


Comprising the Present Towns of Guilford and Madison, Written Largely from the Manuscripts of the Hon. Ralph Dunning Smyth

Among the author’s grandfather’s papers “were considerable collections of materials he had intended to use for a history of the town of Guilford. ...Owing to the extensive materials at hand, it is believed the work is, to a considerable degree, exhaustive and complete.” The book opens with the settlement of Guilford and a biographical sketch of the Rev. Mr. Whitfield. Numerous excerpts from original documents augment this narrative, including a 1639 Covenant, the 1639 land purchase treaty agreement between Henry Whitfield and the squaw sachem Shaumpishuh, and several subsequent land purchase agreements. Other topics include: the signers of the Covenant; early division of lands, with listing of owners and descriptions of their lots; the Guilford Indians; Rev. John Higginson; the Plantation Court; Dr. Rossiter and the union with Connecticut; the Regicides; Rev. Joseph Elliot; Rev. Thomas Ruggles; later settlers in Guilford; town meetings and records; later land purchases and boundaries; Madison; North Guilford; Faulkner’s Island; Leete’s Island; churches; cemeteries; education; physicians; the Revolutionary War; the Civil War; biographical sketches of significant Guilford men; secret societies; town officials and more. An index to names, places and subjects complete this work.


Bernard Christian Steiner


(1897, 2000), 2015, 5½x8½, paper, indices, 538 pp.

ISBN: 9780788414428