A Hartford Blacksmith Moves to Simsbury

Volume 9 (misnamed as Volume 8) Issues 1-2 Spring-Summer 2002

Isaac Ensign (1747-1816), Grandfather of Ralph Hart Ensign

In 1770 a committee appointed by the Proprietors and Town of Simsbury laid out a lot “for the Use and Improvement of a blacksmith.” The “Blacksmith’s Lot” was bounded “East on the Highway [now Hopmeadow Street] North on the land of Jacob Pettibone South on a passway to be Left thirty feet wide Between Said Land and the Burying Yard [now Simsbury Cemetery] West at the foot of the Hill.” The committee, made up of Hezekiah Humphrey, John Case and John Owen, then released the land to Isaac Ensign, a blacksmith from Hartford. (Simsbury Town Records, Book 11, p.306)

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