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Bethel

Summary    
City/Town Name:
Bethel
State:
Connecticut
County:
Fairfield County
Probate District:
45
Year Established:
1855
Year Incorporated:
1855
Form of Government:
Selectmen - Town Meeting
Town Hall Address:
Town Clerk
One School Street
Bethel, CT 06801
(203) 794-8505
M-F 8:30-4:30
Index to vital records only available-copies of records by request.
Web Address:
www.bethelct.org/

History Brief:
After an investigation by a committee, the General Assembly in 1759 authorized that the New Society in Danbury be designated a distinct Ecclesiastical Society called Bethel. In May 1855, Bethel was incorporated as an independent town. Town vital records begin 1855.
   
Other City Names (0)
No Data Available.
 
Settled From (1)
Town Name:Danbury
 
Population (15)
Year:1860
Population:1711

Year:1870
Population:2311

Year:1880
Population:2727

Year:1890
Population:3401

Year:1900
Population:3327

Year:1910
Population:3792

Year:1920
Population:3201

Year:1930
Population:3886

Year:1940
Population:4105

Year:1950
Population:5104

Year:1960
Population:8200

Year:1970
Population:10945

Year:1980
Population:16004

Year:1990
Population:17541

Year:2000
Population:18067
 
Founding Families (5)
Surname:Beebe

Surname:Hickok

Surname:Hoyt

Surname:Judd

Surname:Starr
 
Cemeteries (7)
Name:Center Cemetery
Location:South Street

Name:Congregational Church Cemetery
Location:Main Street

Name:Elmwood Cemetery
Location:Newtown Road

Name:St. Mary Cemetery
Location:US 51

Name:St. Mary Roman Catholic Cemetery
Location:at the Church

Name:Stony Hill Cemetery
Location:Walnut Hill Road

Name:Wolf Pit Cemetery
Location:Sunset Hill Road
 
Churches (6)
Name:Church of Bethel (203) 791-8015
Location:239 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel, CT 06

Name:St. Mary Roman Catholic Church (203) 744-5777
Location:24 Dodgingtown Avenue, Bethel, CT 06801

Name:St. Peter and Paul Eastern Orthodox (203) 791-9994
Location:Dodgingtown Road, Bethel, CT 06801

Name:St. Thomas Episcopal Church (203) 743-1494
Location:95 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel, CT 06801

Name:The Danbury-Bethel Seventh-day Adventist (203) 743-2112
Location:Dodgingtown Road, Bethel, CT 06801

Name:The First Congregational Church of Bethel (203) 743-1877
Location:46 Main Street, Bethel, CT 06801
 
Monuments (0)
No Data Available.
 
Communities (5)
Name:Elmwood

Name:Grassy Plains

Name:Plumtrees

Name:Stony Hill

Name:Wolfpits
 
Historical Locations (0)
No Data Available.
 
Notable Citizens (4)
Name:Bruce Willis - Actor
Type:Contemporary

Name:Julius Hawley Seelye (1824-1895) Missionary
Type:Historic

Name:Meg Ryan - Actress
Type:Contemporary

Name:P.T. Barnum (1810-1891) Founded the circus that became The Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus
Type:Historic
 
Newspapers (2)
Name:The Connecticut Post (203) 330-6456
Type:Contemporary
Location:410 State Street Bridgeport, CT 06604
Website:www.connpost.com/

Name:The News-Times (203) 744-5100
Type:Contemporary
Location:333 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810
Website:www.newtimes.com
 
Schools (6)
Name:Anna Rockwell School K-3 (203) 794-8690
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:Whittlesey Drive, Bethel, CT 06801
Website:www.bethel.k12.ct.us/rockwell/index.htm

Name:Bethel High School 9-12 (203) 794-8620
Type:High School
Location:300 Wittlesey Drive, Bethel, CT 06801
Website:www.bethel.k12.ct.us/bhs/information/main.htm

Name:Bethel Middle School 6-8 (203) 794-8670
Type:Middle School
Location:600 Whittlesey Drive, Bethel, CT 06801
Website:www.bethel.k12.ct.us/bm/index.php

Name:Frank A. Berry School K-3 (203) 794-8680
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:200 Whittlesey Drive, Bethel, CT 06801
Website:www.bethel.k12.ct.us/berry/index.htm

Name:R.M.T. Johnson School 4-5 (203) 794-8700
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:500 Whittlesey Drive, Bethel, CT 06801
Website:www.bethel.k12.ct.us/johnson/j1.htm

Name:St. Mary's Elementary School (Private) Pk-8 (203) 744-2922
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:24 Dodgingtown Road, Bethel, CT 06801
Website:www.stmarybethelch.org
 
Libraries (1)
Name:Bethel Public Library (203) 794-8756
Type:Current
Location:189 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel, CT 06801
Website:www.bethellibrary.org
 
Published Histories (1)
Name:A History of Bethel 1759-1976
Author:Lerois & Laura Goodsell
Date Published:1976
Publisher:Bethel Historical Society and Bicentennial Commission
 
Genealogy Websites (0)
No Data Available.
 
Historic Timeline (0)
No Data Available.
 
Town Historian (1)
Name:Patrick T. Wild
Contact Data:25 Nashvlle Road Ext.
Bethel, CT 06801
or
Bethel Historical Society
50 Main Street
Bethel, CT 06801
(203) 794-1050
 
Vital Records (1)
Birth:1855 - Present - - Earlier birth, marriage and death
Marriage:1855- Present - - records may be found in Danbury
Death:1855 - Present
 





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