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Goshen

Summary    
City/Town Name:
Goshen
State:
Connecticut
County:
Litchfield County
Probate District:
23
Year Established:
1738
Year Incorporated:
1749
Form of Government:
Board of Selectmen-Board of Finance-Town Meeting
Town Hall Address:
42C North Street
Goshen, CT 06756
(860) 491-3647
Monday - Thursday 9:00 - 12:00 & 1:00 - 4:00 Fridays 9:00 - 1:00
Web Address:
www.goshenct.gov/Pages/index

History Brief:
Goshen was part of the Western Lands (Goshen, Colebrook, Kent, Hartland, Norfolk, Canaan, Cornwall, Salisbury, Sharon, Torrington, Barkhamsted, Harwinton, Winchester and New Hartford) made over to Hartford and Windsor in 1686 to save them from being taken by the Royal Governor Sir Edmond Andros. This conveyance was for safekeeping and the lands were to be held for the disposal of the Colony. Nevertheless in May 1722, the Court found that several persons had laid out lands north, east and west of Litchfield without permission and prosecutions were ordered. The disagreement ran until October 1737, when the General Court ordered the land be auctioned at New Haven and the town be called Goshen. The town of Goshen was organized at the home of Deacon John Buel in Litchfield on the 27th and 28th of September 1738. Town vital records begin 1739, although some records between 1790 and 1860 have been destroyed. Barbour collection records cover 1739-1854.
   
Other City Names (1)
Name:New Bantam
 
Settled From (3)
Town Name:Farmington

Town Name:New Haven

Town Name:Wallingford
 
Population (7)
Year:1756
Population:610

Year:1800
Population:1493

Year:1850
Population:1457

Year:1900
Population:835

Year:1950
Population:940

Year:2000
Population:2697

Year:2010
Population:2976
 
Founding Families (13)
Surname:Baldwin

Surname:Beach

Surname:Buel

Surname:Frisbie

Surname:Heaton

Surname:Hill

Surname:Lyman

Surname:Norton

Surname:Pettibone

Surname:Phelps

Surname:Richards

Surname:Thompson

Surname:Tuttle
 
Cemeteries (11)
Name:Beach Cemetery
Location:Hinsdale RD, rear of former site of North Goshen Methodist Church
Website:www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ctlitch2/cemeteries/goshen12.htm

Name:Bentley Cemetery/Starr Cemetery
Location:West ST near Town Hill RD - Bently Farm
Website:www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ctlitch2/cemeteries/goshen12.htm

Name:Center Cemetery
Location:Sharon Turnpike, near Apley Road
Website:www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ctlitch2/cemeteries/goshen-c.htm

Name:Collins Cemetery
Location:East Street, south of Route 4 -
Website:www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ctlitch2/cemeteries/goshen12.htm

Name:East Street Burying Ground
Location:East Street North, one mile north of Route 4
Website:www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ctlitch2/cemeteries/goshen12.htm

Name:Hall Meadow Cemetery
Location:Hall Meadow RD north of intersection with Route 263
Website:www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ctlitch2/cemeteries/goshen12.htm

Name:Middle Street Burying Ground ("God's Acre")
Location:Old Middle Street, south of Fairgrounds
Website:www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ctlitch2/cemeteries/goshen12.htm

Name:Oviatt Family Cemetery
Location:Malahan Farm - Hageman Shean RD near Ivy Mountain
Website:www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ctlitch2/cemeteries/goshen12.htm

Name:St Thomas Roman Catholic Cemetery
Location:North ST
Website:www.hale-collection.com/607-13-litchfield-west-goshen-catholic.htm

Name:West Goshen Cemetery
Location:Milton RD, at Eli Bunker RD
Website:www.hale-collection.com/607-2-litchfield-west-goshen-west-goshen.htm

Name:West Side Cemetery
Location:West Side Rd, near West Side Pond, opposite Gray Lane
Website:www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ctlitch2/cemeteries/goshen12.htm
 
Churches (4)
Name:Church of Christ Congregational
Location:5 Old Middle ST
Website:goshenchurch.com/

Name:Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints
Location:122 North ST

Name:North Goshen Methodist Church; West Goshen Methodist Church
Location:both defunct - records with the Litchfield Historical Society

Name:St. Thomas of Villanova Roman Catholic Church
Location:71 North ST
Website:stthomasofvillanovachurch.com/
 
Monuments (0)
No Data Available.
 
Communities (6)
Name:Goshen Center

Name:Kelly Corner

Name:North Goshen

Name:Sandy Beach

Name:Tyler Lake Heights

Name:West Goshen
 
Historical Locations (0)
No Data Available.
 
Notable Citizens (0)
No Data Available.
 
Newspapers (0)
No Data Available.
 
Schools (1)
Name:Goshen Center School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:50 North ST
Website:gcs.rsd6.org/home/
 
Libraries (1)
Name:Goshen Public Library
Type:Current
Location:42B North ST
Website:goshenpublib.org/
 
Published Histories (2)
Name:Goshen Connecticut: A Town Above All Others
Author:Quadrimillenium Editorial Committee
Date Published:1990
Publisher:Phoenix Publishing
Description:When the Goshen Quadrimillenium Committee members made plans for the celebration of the town's 250th anniversary, they commissioned a new history of Goshen to bring up to date the Reverend A.G. Hibbard's "History of the Town of Goshen Connecticut", published in 1897. Rather than wait until 1997 for an even hundred years to have passed, the committee decided to write the new history in 1989 in order to take advantage of the opportunity to talk to people who took part in many of these events...

Name:History of the Town of Goshen, Connecticut
Author:Hibbard, Rev. A.G.
Date Published:1897
Publisher:Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.
Description:with genealogies and biographies, based on the records of Deacon Lewis Mills Norton. The Goshen Historical Society has made the Bicentennial Edition possible through the Wilhelmine Allyn Fund. Together with Appendix: Genealogies of Early Goshen Families.
 
Genealogy Websites (1)
Website Name:Goshen Genealogy
Website Address:www.connecticut-genealogy.com/Goshen-Genealogy.cfm
 
Historic Timeline (0)
No Data Available.
 
Town Historian (2)
Name:Goshen Historical Society
Contact Data:www.goshenhistoricalct.org/

Name:Henrietta C. Horvay
Contact Data:21 Old Middle Street
Goshen, CT 06756
 
Vital Records (0)
No Data Available.
 





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