Volume 17 Issue 2 Summer 2010
Part I: The Late Middle Ages to the Early 19th Century
The first of this two-part series is taken verbatim from “The Eno Family and Reminiscences of Abigail Eno Ellsworth”. This unpublished typescript of records compiled by Mrs. Ellsworth between 1940 and 1947 has bee donated to the Simsbury Free Library by Jackson F. Eno.
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Volume 17 Issue 1 Spring 2010
The Town’s First Three Histories
A headline in the Hartford Courant in 1913 told this remarkable story: “STATE LIBRARY HAS ROLL OF MINUTE MEN, List of Simsbury Volunteers of 1776 Found in Dump Heap.” The article explained that about thirteen years before Lucius W. Bigelow, who has a place in Simsbury history as its last tin peddler and a veteran of the Civil War, heard that a refuse pile in the backyard of a house in the Weatogue section of Simsbury was going to be burned. He asked for it to be turned over to him and spent time over two years picking through it.
Volume 16 Issue 3 Fall 2009
Supplementing Vital Records and Census Information
If you’re looking for information about an ancestor to add to the sketchy facts that vital records provide, you might be successful in town reports. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, town reports published by the Town of Simsbury listed the name of every resident the town paid for goods or services, except teachers.
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Volume 16 Issue 2 Summer 2009
Witness to the Civil War and the Transcontinental Railroad
One day in 1928 Lettie Dodge Montgomery welcomed to her grand summer home in Simsbury a writer and his wife. The man, Jacob R. Perkins, was close to publishing a biography of Mrs. Montgomery’s father, Major General Grenville M. Dodge, the Civil War soldier and Abraham Lincoln’s choice to build the eastern portion of the first transcontinental railroad 1.
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