History of Norwich, Connecticut: from its Possession by the Indians to the Year 1866, by Frances Manwaring Calkins, second edition, 1876, 8vo., 724 pages, including a twenty-six page index and thiry-six interleaved images (nineteen engravings, interleaved; nine autographs, five marks, one map, and three sketches). Digital Edition on CD-ROM © June 2004.
For genealogists who have worked on families of Norwich, Connecticut, Calkin's History needs no elaborate description. It ranks among the best and is often cited in histories of New England and genealogies of New England families.
Though designed, as Ms. Calkins said, "to be strictly a History, not a collection of Genealogies," the volume contains a wealth of information on the lives of Norwich people -- information not typically found in family genealogies. It is especially noteworthy for its treatment of the founding fathers and their dealings with Uncas, chief of the Mohegans, but there is much information as well about the town's maritime, religious, and commercial activities.
Families that figure prominently in the work include: ADGATE, BACKUS, BALDWIN, BLISS, BRADFORD, BREWSTER, BUSHNELL, CALKINS, COIT, EDGERTON, ELDERKIN, FITCH, GAGER, GRISWOLD, HUBBARD, HUNTINGTON, HYDE, LATHROP, LEFFINGWELL, LORD, LOTHROP, MASON, PERKINS, POST, REYNOLDS, ROATH, ROCKWELL, ROGERS, SMITH, TRACY, TRUMBULL, TYLER, WATERMAN, and WILLIAMS. The index of the volume -- better than most -- is online.
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Other publications of interest Norwich researchers: the Bushnell Family Genealogy, the Huntington Family in America, and the Leffingwell Record.
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