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Early Settlers of Woodstock, Connecticut

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  • Ann Geary (1661 - 1712)
    Ann Rice , daughter of John Rice of Dedham and Ann Hackly Rice, was born 19 November 1661 in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. Her birth was not recorded in Dedham. She died at age 51 on 1 December 1712 a...
  • Nathaniel Geary (1663 - 1740)
  • William Gary (1666 - 1756)
    William Gary was a successful farmer and early resident of Pomfret, Windham County, Connecticut. He was born on March 4, 1666/7 in Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts to Nathaniel and Anne (Dougla...
  • Hon. Thomas Chandler (1709 - 1785)
    Source Citations: Chandler, George:[History of William and Annis Chandler who Settled in Roxbury, Mass.1637]; pages 132-136; Worcester, Mass.,press of Charles Hamilton, 1888 Hall, Benjamin Homer:...

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A Brief History of the Town of Woodstock, CT

From The Town of Woodstock:

In 1636, Thomas Hooker and his party may have passed by way of the Connecticut Path, going to settle what is now Hartford.

In 1674, John Eliot, Apostle to the Indians, Pastor of the First Church in Roxbury, Massachusetts Bay Colony, and Daniel Gookin' visited a peaceful encampment of Wabbaquassets living in the vicinity of present-day Woodstock to preach from nearby Eliot Rock and sought to establish their church among the natives of these lands.  King Philip’s War broke out in 1675, during which the Wabbaquassets deserted the area.

The site was chosen as a place of settlement, and on April 5, 1686, from Roxbury came Peter Aspinwall, Thomas Bacon, Henry Bowen, Matthew Davis, John Frizzel, John Gore, Nathaniel Gray, Benjamin Griggs, George Griggs, John Marcy, Ebenezer Morris, Benjamin Sabin and Jonathan Smithers.  These men were known as the Thirteen Goers who founded the Town of New Roxbury, the first European settlement in the area that became Windham County.

Given the name “Woodstock” by Judge Samuel Sewall in 1690 “…because of its nearness to Oxford, for the sake of Queen Elizabeth…” the Town remained a part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony until 1749, when it seceded in favor of becoming a part of the Connecticut Colony.

From the hills of Woodstock went Captain, later General, Samuel McClellan following the alarms sounded from Lexington and Concord in 1775, together with 184 men, who responded in a greater number than from any other town in the Colony.

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