Historic Gleanings in Windham County, Connecticut
Ellen D. Larned
Each of the nine chapters describes an aspect of Windham County as it was in the 1700s (primarily) and in the early 1800s. Topics include sketches on such men as: James Fitch, Jr., who “may be called in a certain sense the Father of Windham County, owning for a time the greater part of the territory...” Elisha Paine, Jr., lawyer and, later, preacher, who was involved in the religious upheaval that resulted in the establishment of the New Light Separate Church. Rev, Joseph Howe, “the beloved and popular pastor of New South Church, Boston, 1773-1775” who also tutored at Yale; physician Albigence Waldo and Oliver Dodge, once a beloved minister, but later considered a “babbler and driveler.” Brief sketches provide a glimpse at the lives of several women, especially Miss Anne Hall, the first woman in Connecticut to gain public recognition as an artist. Other subjects include: Windham County’s early settlement and relations with its neighbor, Providence, Rhode Island; the county’s involvement in the Revolutionary War; diary abstracts covering the years 1777-1843; and the author’s genealogical quest-her advice is as pertinent today as it was nearly one hundred years ago! A light read on the history and times of Windham County.
1899, reprint, 258 pp.