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Stonington

Summary    
City/Town Name:
Stonington
State:
Connecticut
County:
New London County
Probate District:
30
Year Established:
1662
Year Incorporated:
Form of Government:
Town Meeting - Selectman
Town Hall Address:
Town Hall
152 Elm Street
P.O. Box 352
Stonington, CT 06378
Monday-Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Web Address:
www.townofstonington.com

History Brief:
This land was included in that claimed by the Warwick Patentees. In 1649, William Cheseborough of Seacunck (Rehoboth, MA) built a house in the section called Wequetequock, which he believed to be part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Ownership continued in dispute between Massachusetts and Connecticut for many years. In 1658, the Commissioners of the United Colonies ruled that the Pequot lands west of the Mystic River belonged to Connecticut and those east of the river (including present Stonington, North Stonington and part of Westerly) belonged to Massachusetts. The community was known as Mystic but the Court in Boston named the town Southertown. The town continued part of Massachusetts until 22 April 1662 when the Connecticut Charter set its eastern boundary at the Pawcatuck River, placing Southertown in CT. On 12 October 1665, the town of Southertown was renamed Mystic. In May 1666, the town was again renamed and given the name Stonington. Town vital records begin 1658. Barbour collection records cover 1658-1854.
   
Other City Names (2)
Name:Mystic

Name:Southertown, MA
 
Settled From (1)
Town Name:Lands belonging
State:to Massachusetts
 
Population (7)
Year:1910
Population:9154

Year:1920
Population:10236

Year:1930
Population:11025

Year:1940
Population:11002

Year:1950
Population:11775

Year:1990
Population:16919

Year:2000
Population:17906
 
Founding Families (26)
Surname:Beebe

Surname:Bell

Surname:Bennett

Surname:Cheesebrough

Surname:Chesebrough

Surname:Denison

Surname:Fanning

Surname:Fish

Surname:Fleming

Surname:Frink

Surname:Gallup

Surname:Holmes

Surname:Main

Surname:Mason

Surname:Miner

Surname:Noyes

Surname:Palmer

Surname:Reynolds

Surname:Searls

Surname:Shaw

Surname:Stanton

Surname:Sterry

Surname:Stevens

Surname:Wheeler

Surname:Witter

Surname:York
 
Cemeteries (61)
Name:Babcock Cemetery
Location:1 mile south of pawcatuck

Name:Baker Cemetery
Location:East Side of Quiambog Cove

Name:Beebe-David Cemetery
Location:1/2 mile north town farm

Name:Bennett Cemetery
Location:1 mile north of Hempstead Cemetery

Name:Bennett Cemetery
Location:2 Miles north of Old Mystic

Name:Bentley Cemetery
Location:1 mile northeast of John Wheeler Cemetery

Name:Bread Cemetery
Location:East of Merritt Hill

Name:Brown of Cogswell Cemetery
Location:Howard Perry's farm

Name:Burdick-Culver Cemetery
Location:Barren Island Road

Name:Burdick-Frink Cemetery
Location:North of Wheeler-Bentley Cemetery

Name:Chesebrough Cemetery
Location:East of Velvet Mill

Name:Cranston Cemetery
Location:1 1/2 miles southeast of Hempstead Cemetery

Name:Davis Cemetery
Location:Near Stanton Cemetery

Name:Denison Cemetery
Location:Boston Post Road

Name:Elm Grove Cemetery
Location:Old Mystic Road

Name:Family Cemetery
Location:1/2 mile on road, 1 mile east of Old Mystic

Name:Frink or Williams Cemetery
Location:Near Ralph Wheeler's property

Name:Hallam Cemetery
Location:Side of Railroad, Wamphassuc Neck

Name:Helome Cemetery
Location:West of (Old) St. Michael's Cemetery

Name:Hempstead Cemetery
Location:2 1/2 miles north of Old Mystic

Name:Hillard Cemetery
Location:Near Congregational Church Center of Stonington

Name:Hinckley Hill Cemetery
Location:Hinckley Hill

Name:Industrial Cemetery
Location:Boston Post Road

Name:John Wheeler Cemetery
Location:1 1/2 miles northeast of Whittlesey Cemetery

Name:Jonathan Wheeler Cemetery
Location:Near Town Farm

Name:Joseph Denison Cemetery
Location:1 mile north of Hillard Cemetery

Name:Miner Cemetery
Location:Stones and remains moved to Thomas Miner Cemetery

Name:Miner Cemetery
Location:North part of town near North Stonington Town Line

Name:New St. Michael Cemetery
Location:Stillmanville

Name:Noyes Cemetery
Location:1 mile west of Hinckley Hill

Name:Old St. Michael Cemetery
Location:Near St. Micheal's Church

Name:Old Tangwank Cemetery
Location:1 1/2 miles east of Town Farm

Name:Old Wequetequock
Location:Wequetequock

Name:Oliver Denison Cemetery
Location:Moved to Denison and Elm Grove Cemetery

Name:Paul Wheeler Cemetery
Location:1/2 mile south of Ralph Wheeler's property

Name:Pendleton Cemetery
Location:North of Robin-Cemetery

Name:Quaker Cemetery
Location:Next to Wheeler-Bentley Cemetery North Stonington Road

Name:Rhodes Cemetery
Location:Near Noyes Cemetery

Name:Richardson Cemetery
Location:1 stone, west part of Pawcatuck

Name:Richmond Cemetery
Location:1/2 mile north of Stonington

Name:Robinson Cemetery
Location:In Field Near Post Road

Name:Robinson Cemetery
Location:Stonington

Name:Shaw Cemetery
Location:opposite States Cemetery on North Stonington Road

Name:Sherry Cemetery
Location:In front of Catholic Church Pawcatuck

Name:Small Pox Cemetery
Location:West side Dean Pond

Name:St. Mary Cemetery
Location:1 mile west of Stonington

Name:Stack Cemetery
Location:Near Wequetequock Cemetery

Name:Stanton Cemetery
Location:2 1/2 miles south of Pawcatuck

Name:Stanton-Hull Cemetery
Location:1 mile north of Town farm

Name:States Cemetery
Location:North Stonington Road

Name:Stonington Borough Cemetery
Location:1 mile north of Stonington

Name:Thomas Miner Cemetery
Location:Next to Quiambog Cove

Name:Town Farm Cemetery
Location:1/4 mile from Town farm

Name:Warren Palmer Cemeter y
Location:1 mile north of Stonington

Name:Wheeler Cemetery
Location:1/2 mile south of Ralph Wheeler's property

Name:Wheeler-Bentley Cemetery
Location:North Stonington Road

Name:White Hall Cemetery
Location:Old Mystic Road, north of Elm Grove Cemetery

Name:Whittlesey Cemetery
Location:1 1/4 miles north of Old Mystic

Name:William Miner Cemetery
Location:West side of Quiambog

Name:William Vinson Cemetery
Location:Moved to River Bend Cemetery Westerly, RI

Name:Williams Cemetery
Location:1/2 mile north of Old Mystic
 
Churches (13)
Name:Calvary Church (860) 535-1181
Location:27 Church Street, Stonington, CT

Name:First Church-Christ Scientist (860) 536-7503
Location:5 Gravel Street, Mystic, CT
Website:www.christiansciencect.org/

Name:First United Methodist Church (860) 536-394
Location:23 Willow Street, Mystic, CT
Website:www.gbgm-umc.org/

Name:First United Methodist Church (860) 536-8749
Location:29 Church Street, Stonington, CT

Name:Grace Fellowship (860) 535-4222
Location:2 Pellegrino Road, Stonington, cT

Name:Mystic Congregational Church (860) 536-4259
Location:43 E Main Street, Mystic, CT
Website:www.mysticcongregational.org

Name:Old Msytic United Methodist Church (860) 536-2110
Location:68 Main Street, Stonington, CT

Name:Open Door Baptist Church (860) 535-9138
Location:475 Pequot Trail, Stonington, CT
Website:www.todc.org/

Name:St. Marks Episcopal Church (860)572-9549
Location:15 Paul Street, Mystic, CT
Website:www.stmarksmystic,org/

Name:St. Mary's Rectory (860) 535-1700
Location:95 Main Street., Stonington, CT

Name:St. Patrick Church (860) 536-1800
Location:32 E Elm Street, Mystic, CT

Name:Union Baptist Church (860) 536-9659
Location:119 High Street,Mystic, CT
Website:www.ubcmystic.org/

Name:United Church of Stonington (860) 535-0879
Location:67 Main Street, Stonington, CT
Website:www.uccwebsites.net/ucstoningtonct.html
 
Monuments (2)
Name:SOLDIER'S MONUMENT
Description:Granite pedestal and figure approximately 19' tall
James G. Batterson designer
Location:47 E Main St., Mystic, at the Mystic Bridge
Type:Military
Dedication Date:06/13/1883
Artist/Sculptor:Charles Conrad

Name:WOMAN'S RELIEF CORPS MONUMENT
Description:Rounded gray granite block 5'9'' high with lettering
Location:345 N. Main St., Evergreen Cemetery
Type:Military
Dedication Date:08/26/1923
 
Communities (36)
Name:Andrews Islands

Name:Anguilla Acres

Name:Anguilla

Name:Blueberry

Name:Borough of Stonington

Name:Brookside

Name:Castle Hill

Name:Clarksville

Name:Dean Mills

Name:Downerville

Name:Grand View Park

Name:Greenhaven Shores

Name:Greenmanville

Name:Hinckley Hill

Name:Ledward Island

Name:Lords Point

Name:Lower Pawcatuck

Name:Mason's Island

Name:Mystic Island

Name:Old Mystic

Name:Pawcatuck

Name:Pequotsepos

Name:Quaketaug Hill

Name:Quiambaug

Name:Ram Island

Name:Road Church

Name:Seaport Hts

Name:Shawondassee

Name:Solomonville

Name:Stillmanville

Name:Taugwonk

Name:The Highlands

Name:The eastern half of Mystic (the other half being in the town of Groton)

Name:Wamphassuc Point

Name:Wequetequock

Name:Wolf Neck
 
Historical Locations (3)
Name:The Nathaniel B. Palmer House (860) 535-8445
Location:40 Palmer Street. Stonington, CT 06378

Name:The Old Lighthouse Museum (860) 535-1440
Location:7 Water Street, Stonington, CT 06378

Name:The Richard W. Woolworth Library (860) 535-1131
Location:Palmer St, P.O. Box 103, Stonington, CT 06378
 
Notable Citizens (4)
Name:Edwund Fanning (1769-1841) Expolorer and sea captain
Type:Historic

Name:Nathaniel Fanning (1755-1805) Revolutionary War hero
Type:Historic

Name:Nathaniel Palmer (1799-1877) Explorer, sail Captain and ship designer
Type:Historic

Name:Peter Benchley (1940-2006) Author
Type:Contemporary
 
Newspapers (0)
No Data Available.
 
Schools (6)
Name:Dean Mill School K-4 (860) 535-2235
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:35 Deans Mill Road, Stonington, CT 06378
Website:www.stonington.org/schools/dms/

Name:Mystic Middle School 5-8 (860) 536-9613
Type:Middle School
Location:204 Mistuxet Avenue, Mystic, CT 06355
Website:www.stonington.org/schools/mms/

Name:Pawcatuck Middle Schools 5-8 (860) 599-5696
Type:Middle School
Location:40 Field Street, Pawcatuck, cT 06279
Website:www.stonington.org/schools/pms/

Name:Stonington High School 9-12 (860) 599-5781
Type:High School
Location:176 South Broad Street. Pawcatuck, CT 06379
Website:www.stonington.org/schools/shs/

Name:West Broad Street School 3-4
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:131 West Broad Street, Pawcatuck, CT 06379
Website:www.stonington.org/schools/wbss/

Name:West Vine Street School K-2 (860) 599-5832
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:17 West Vine Street, Pawcatuck, cT 06279
Website:www.stonington.org/schools/wvss/
 
Libraries (1)
Name:The Stonington Free Library (86) 535-0658
Type:Current
Location:20 High Street, Stonington, CT 06278
Website:www.stoningtonfreelibrary.org/
 
Published Histories (4)
Name:Diary of Thomas Miner, Stonington, Connecticut, 1653-1684
Date Published:1899
Publisher:Day Publishing Co.

Name:History of the Town of Stonington
Author:Richard Anson Wheeler
Date Published:1900
Publisher:Day Publishing Co.
Description:Included in this book is a genealogical register of Stonington families

Name:Homes of our Ancestors in Stonington, CT
Author:Grace Dennison Wheeler
Date Published:1903
Publisher:Newcomb and Gauss Printers

Name:Supplementary Index to Wheeler's History of Stonington, CT
Author:Mrs. Herbert W. Gallup
Date Published:1928
 
Genealogy Websites (1)
Website Name:roots Web
Website Address:freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry,com/
 
Historic Timeline (0)
No Data Available.
 
Town Historian (2)
Name:Contact the:
Contact Data:The Stonington Historical Society
40 Palmer Street
P.O. Box 103
Stonington, CT 06378
(860) 535-1131
www.stoningtonhistory.org

Name:Frederick Burdick
Contact Data:c/o Town Hall
152 Elm Street
Stonington, CT 06378
fburdick@concast.net
 
Vital Records (1)
Birth:Earliest 30 Sept. 1656
Marriage:Earliest 20 Nov. 1662
Death:Earliest 24 Jan. 1660
 





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