Volume 9 Issue 4 Winter 2002-03
Business Records That Cover Almost a Century
Two generations of men in the Terry family in Simsbury kept accounts in a single account book from 1739 to 1829. These men were members of the third and fourth generations of Terrys born in the New World. They were descended from Stephen Terry who emigrated from England to Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1630 and who moved to Windsor, Connecticut about 1636.
Volume 9 Issue 3 Fall 2002
William and Eliphalet, Tailor and Tavern Keepers
Windsor town records suggest that William Mitchelson arrived in Connecticut early in the eighteenth century. The first mention of William is in Windsor’s vital records, where his marriage to Mary Howard on April 26, 1713 is recorded. Land records show that three years later he purchased a house on a two-acre lot in Windsor from James Eno. In 1720 he began acquiring land in Simsbury’s Scotland area, which is now part of northern Bloomfield.
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)
Volume 8 Issue 3 Winter 2001-2002
His Contribution to Local Genealogical Resources
Anyone who researches a family who lived in Colonial Simsbury, or one of the towns that sprang from it after the Revolutionary War, will inevitably encounter the name Albert Carlos Bates. Bates’s book Simsbury, Connecticut: Births, Marriages, and Deaths Transcribed from the Town Records, commonly called the Simsbury vital records, is perhaps the reference book most used by researchers who come into the Simsbury Genealogical and Historical Research Library (SGHRL). The many transcriptions of public and private records that Bates published during his tenure as Librarian of the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford both preserved and made much more accessible the raw material from which genealogy and history are written.