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Derby

Summary    
City/Town Name:
Derby
State:
Connecticut
County:
New Haven County
Probate District:
41
Year Established:
1675
Year Incorporated:
1675
Form of Government:
Mayor/Board of Aldermen
Town Hall Address:
Town Clerk
1 Elizabeth Street
Derby, CT 06418
(203) 736-1462
Research M-F - 9a.m to 5p.m
Must Request volumes from Clerk
Web Address:
www.electronicvalley.org/derby/

History Brief:
The area originally known as Paugassett lies at the junction of the Housatonic and Naugatuck rivers about nine miles from New Haven. Capt. John Wakeman of New Haven established a trading house there as early as 1642. The Paugassett settlers offered to join with the Milford plantation in 1657 but were rejected. The Paugassett plantation was accepted by the General Court at Harford on 13 May 1675 and named Derby. Towns incorporated from the original Derby grant include: Oxford, 1798; Seymour, 1850; and Ansonia, 1893; leaving Derby as the smallest of Connecticut towns in area. The City of Derby was chartered in 1893. Town vital records begin 1655. Barbour collection records cover 1655-1852.
   
Other City Names (1)
Name:Paugussett (Paugasuck)
 
Settled From (2)
Town Name:Milford

Town Name:New Haven
 
Population (7)
Year:1756
Population:1000

Year:1800
Population:1878

Year:1850
Population:3824

Year:1900
Population:7930

Year:1950
Population:10259

Year:2000
Population:12391

Year:2010
Population:12902
 
Founding Families (11)
Surname:French

Surname:Gunn

Surname:Harger

Surname:Hawkins

Surname:Hulls

Surname:Johnson

Surname:Pierson

Surname:Riggs

Surname:Smith

Surname:Tibballs

Surname:Wooster
 
Cemeteries (6)
Name:Colonial Cemetery
Location:350 Derby AV

Name:Mount Saint Peter Catholic Cemetery
Location:219 New Haven AV
Website:www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=103492

Name:New St. Mary's Cemetery
Location:Seymour AV

Name:Oak Cliff Cemetery
Location:72 Hawthorne AV

Name:Olde Uptown Burial Ground
Location:Derby AV, at base of Academy Hill
Website:www.electronicvalley.org/derby/ALBUM/Uptown/

Name:Three Saints Cemetery
Location:262 Division ST
 
Churches (6)
Name:Immanuel St James Church
Location:123 Minerva ST
Website:immanuelstjames.com/

Name:New Life Derby Church
Location:300 Elizabeth ST
Website:www.newlifederby.com/

Name:St Jude's Parish - Roman Catholic
Location:71 Pleasant View RD
Website:www.stjudeparishderbyct.org/

Name:St Michael Parish - Roman Catholic
Location:75 Derby ST
Website:stmichaelsderby.org/

Name:United Church of Christ, The First Congregational Church
Location:137 Derby AV
Website:uccderbyct.org/

Name:Walnut Hill Community Church - Derby Campus
Location:27 9th ST
Website:www.walnuthillcc.org/new/derby/
 
Monuments (1)
Name:Civil War Monument
Description:The original monument, dedicated in 1877, was completely remodeled in 1883. In all, the monument is 21'4" in height. A several-tiered granite base supports a 7' bronze Civil War soldier, leaning upon a grounded rifle. Each face of the base bears a bronze plaque and other decorations and inscriptions. At each corner of the base is an 11' cannon.
Location:Derby Green, 136 Elizabeth ST
Type:Military
Dedication Date:7/4/1883
Artist/Sculptor:Maurice J Power
 
Communities (3)
Name:Birmingham

Name:Derby Neck

Name:East Derby
 
Historical Locations (1)
Name:Osborne Homestead Museum
Location:500 Hawthorne AV
 
Notable Citizens (2)
Name:Hull, Isaac - naval officer
Type:Historic

Name:Hull, William - revolutionary war general
Type:Historic
 
Newspapers (0)
No Data Available.
 
Schools (5)
Name:Bradley School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:155 David Humphreys RD
Website:www.derbyps.org/page.cfm?p=5

Name:Derby High School
Type:High School
Location:8 Nutmeg AV
Website:www.derbyps.org/page.cfm?p=3

Name:Derby Middle School
Type:Middle School
Location:10 Nutmeg AV
Website:www.derbyps.org/page.cfm?p=4

Name:Irving School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:9 Garden PL
Website:www.derbyps.org/page.cfm?p=6

Name:St Mary-St Michael School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:14 Seymour AV
Website:stmarystmichaelct.eduk12.net/
 
Libraries (2)
Name:Derby Neck Library
Type:Current
Location:307 Hawthorne Avenue

Name:Derby Public Library
Type:Current
Location:313 Elizabeth Street
 
Published Histories (3)
Name:History of the Old Town of Derby Connecticut 1642-1880
Author:Orcutt, Samuel & Beardsley, Ambrose
Date Published:1998
Publisher:Heritage Books, Inc.
Description:a facsimile reprint of the publication by Springfield Printing Company, Springfield, MA, 1880. With biographies & genealogies. 2 volumes.

Name:Tercentenary Pictorial and History of the Lower Naugatuck Valley
Author:Molloy, Leo Thomas
Date Published:1935
Publisher:Emerson Bros. Press, Ansonia, CT
Description:Containing a history of Derby, Ansonia, Shelton & Seymour.

Name:Town Records of Derby Connecticut 1655-1710
Author:Phillips, Nancy Pratt Owen
Date Published:1901
Publisher:Sarah Riggs Humphrey Chapter, DAR
 
Genealogy Websites (0)
No Data Available.
 
Historic Timeline (0)
No Data Available.
 
Town Historian (2)
Name:Charles Rotteck, Jr.
Contact Data:75 Coppola Terrace
Derby, CT 06418

Name:Derby Historical Society
Contact Data:37 Elm ST, Ansonia, CT 06401
derbyhistorical.org/
 
Vital Records (0)
No Data Available.
 





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