Simsbury Free Library Quarterly

The Connecticut Historical Society and Its Collections

Volume 10 Issue 1, Spring 2003

Part One: An Overview

On May 25, 2003, the Connecticut Historical Society celebrated its 178th birthday. CHS is the seventh oldest historical society in the nation and it is believed to be the oldest in Connecticut. It is an institution that can take pride not only in its own history, but also in the role it has played in chronicling the history of Connecticut and its people.

The Terry Family Account Book

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.

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The Mitchelsons of Windsor and Simsbury

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.

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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