Early Families of Middletown, Connecticut
Early Families of Middletown, Conn. - Vol. I: 1650-1654
- Vol. I: 1650-1654
By Reginald W. Bacon
Variety Arts Press, 2012)
195 large-format pages; indexed
Early Families of Middletown, Connecticut - Vol. I: 1650-1654, presents profiles of the 23 families who established the Connecticut River settlement first known as Mattabeseck, plus timelines, land grant maps, and chapters on locally-focused historical and cultural context. Each profile is a survey of what is known about a given family, drawing together vital records, public records, and excerpts from standard works in the public domain. The Middletown-related 17th-century context chapters include the author's research on topics such as English origins, Puritanism, early burying grounds, domestic architecture, public services, and Native Americans & African-Americans in early Middletown. Family names include Allen (Allyn), Bacon, Blumfield, Cornwell, Hall (four families), Hamlin, Harris (two families), Hubbard, Kirby, Martin, Miller, Savage, Smith, Stocking, Stow, Treat, Webster, Wetmore, and White. With four timelines, 13 maps, and 100 photos & illustrations spread throughout 194 large-format pages, the book aims to be an information-packed resource for both descendants and historians interested in the fascinating dynamics of the "second generation" New England settlement. The author, Reginald W. Bacon, is a historian and museum professional of wide-ranging specialties --- a scholar (and retired performer) of early 20th-century vaudeville and circus, as well as a lecturer/presenter on 17th- and 18th-century architecture and domestic life. Vol. II, currently in the planning stages, will include profiles of early Middletown families in the 1654-1700 period --- and more late 17th-century context.
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