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Guilford

Summary    
City/Town Name:
Guilford
State:
Connecticut
County:
New Haven County
Probate District:
34
Year Established:
1639
Year Incorporated:
1815
Form of Government:
Selectman - Town Meeting
Town Hall Address:
31 Park Street
Guilford, CT 06437
Research hours: 9a.m to 3 p.m
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Researchers have access to records
Web Address:
www.guilfordct.com

History Brief:
On 29 September 1639, Henry Whitfield and five other English planters signed an agreement with Shaumpishuh, the female chief of the Quinnipiacs. The agreement, signed in Robert Newman�s barn in Quinnipiac (New Haven), conveyed, Menunketuck, the land between Kuttawoo (East River) and Oiockcommock (Stony Creek). On 6 July 1643, the General Court at New Haven changed the name of Menunketuck to Guilforde. Town vital records begin 1639. Barbour collection records cover 1639-1850.
   
Other City Names (1)
Name:Menunkatuck (1639-1643)
 
Settled From (1)
Town Name:Primarily Ockley, County Surrey
Country:England
 
Population (13)
Year:1670
Population:255

Year:1756
Population:2322

Year:1774
Population:2930

Year:1800
Population:3597

Year:1830
Population:2344

Year:1840
Population:2421

Year:1850
Population:2653

Year:1860
Population:2624

Year:1870
Population:2575

Year:1880
Population:2782

Year:1890
Population:2780

Year:1990
Population:19848

Year:2000
Population:21398
 
Founding Families (25)
Surname:Bishop, John

Surname:Bushnell, Francis

Surname:Chatfield, Francis

Surname:Chittenden, William

Surname:Cooke, Thomas

Surname:Cruttenden, Abraham

Surname:Doude, Henry

Surname:Dudley, William

Surname:Guttridge, Richard

Surname:Halle, William

Surname:Hoadley, John

Surname:Housegoe, John

Surname:Jones, Thomas

Surname:Jordan, John

Surname:Kingnoth, Henry

Surname:Kitchel, Robert

Surname:Leete, William

Surname:Mepham, John

Surname:Naish, Thomas

Surname:Norton, Thomas

Surname:Permely, John

Surname:Plane, William

Surname:Stone, John

Surname:Stone, William

Surname:Whitfield, Henry
 
Cemeteries (8)
Name:Alderbrook
Location:Boston Street

Name:Bluff Head
Location:Durham Road

Name:Foote Family
Location:Goose Lane

Name:Leetes Island
Location:Moose Hill Road

Name:North Guilford
Location:Ledge Hill Road

Name:Nut Plains
Location:Nut Plains Road

Name:Small Pox
Location:Clapboard Hill Road

Name:West Side
Location:Three Mile Course
 
Churches (9)
Name:Bethel Assembly of God
Location:246 Boston Street

Name:Christ Episcopal Church
Location:11 Park Street

Name:First Church of Christ Scientist
Location:45 Park Street

Name:First Congregational Church
Location:110 Broad Street

Name:First Landmark Missionary (Baptist)
Location:415 Boston Post Road

Name:North Guilford Congregational Church
Location:159 Ledge Hill Road

Name:St. George Catholic Church
Location:33 Whitfield Street

Name:St. John's Episcopal Church
Location:129 Ledge Street

Name:Vineyard Christian Fellowship (Independent)
Location:71 Whitfield Street
 
Monuments (1)
Name:Civil War Memorial Monument
Location:Village Green
Type:Military
 
Communities (6)
Name:Cohabit

Name:Dudleytown

Name:Dudleyville

Name:East Guilford (now Madison since 1826)

Name:Leete's Island

Name:Nut Plains
 
Historical Locations (5)
Name:Henry Whitfield State Museum
Location:Whitfield Street

Name:Hyland House
Location:Boston Street

Name:Medad Stone Tavern
Location:Three Mile Course

Name:The Dudley Farm
Location:Durham Road

Name:Thomas Griswold House
Location:Boston Street
 
Notable Citizens (5)
Name:Abraham Baldwin
Type:Historic

Name:Dr. David Dudley Field
Type:Historic

Name:Fitz-Greene Halleck
Type:Historic

Name:Sam Hill
Type:Historic

Name:William Leete
Type:Historic
 
Newspapers (1)
Name:Guilford Courier
Type:Contemporary
Location:Shore Publishing, LLC; 724 Boston Post Road; Madison CT 06443
 
Schools (7)
Name:A.W. Cox Elementary
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:143 Three Mile Course

Name:Abraham Baldwin
Type:Middle School
Location:605 New England Road

Name:Calvin Leete Elementary
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:280 South Union Street

Name:Elisabeth C. Adams
Type:Middle School
Location:233 Church Street

Name:Guilford High
Type:High School
Location:68 Bullard Drive

Name:Guilford Lakes Elementary
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:40 Maupas Road

Name:Melissa Jones Elementary
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:181 Ledge Hill Road
 
Libraries (1)
Name:Guilford Free Library
Type:Current
Location:67 Park Street
 
Published Histories (3)
Name:History of Guilford and Madison, Connecticut
Author:Bernard Christian Steiner
Date Published:1897/1975
Publisher:The Author; The Guilford Free Library (reissue)
Description:Written largely from the manuscripts of the Honorable Ralph Dunning Smyth. 538 pages, indexed.

Name:History of New Haven County
Author:edited by J.L. Rockey
Date Published:1892
Publisher:W.W. Preston & Co., New York
Description:Chapter III, The Town of Guilford

Name:The History of Guilford, Connecticut from its First Settlement in 1639
Author:Hon. Ralph D. Smith
Date Published:1877
Publisher:J. Munsell, Printer, Albany, N.Y.; reprinted by Higginson Book Co., Salem, MA
Description:219 pages, indexed
 
Genealogy Websites (1)
Website Name:The USGen Web Project
Website Address:www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ctguil/
 
Historic Timeline (0)
No Data Available.
 
Town Historian (2)
Name:Contact the:
Contact Data:The Guilford Keeping Society
171 Boston St., P.O. Box 363
Guilford, CT 06437
(203) 453-3176
www.guilfordkeepingsociety.com
Notes:The Guilford Keeping Society maintains and operates The Thomas Griswold House Museum and The Medad Stone Tavern. Call for information (203) 453-2262

Name:Joel E. Helander
Contact Data:31 Park Street
Guilford, CT 06437
 
Vital Records (3)
Birth:1639 - Present at the Guilford Town Clerk
Marriage:1639 - Present at the Guilford Town Clerk
Death:1639 - Present at the Guilford Town Clerk

Birth:Barbour Collection
Marriage:Barbour Collection
Death:Barbour Collection

Birth:Families of Early Guilford by Alvan Talcott
Marriage:Families of Early Guilford by Alvan Talcott
Death:Families of Early Guilford by Alvan Talcott
 





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