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Founders of Norwich CT

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  • Deacon Thomas Adgate (c.1620 - 1707)
    Birth: 1620, England Death: Jul. 21, 1707 Norwich New London County Connecticut, USA Husband of Mary Marvin Family links: Spouses: Mary Marvin Adgate (1628 - 1713) Mary Marvin Adgate (1628 - ...
  • Rev. Nehemiah Smith (1605 - 1686)
    The children of Nehemiah Smith and George Smith of New Haven continue to be disputed. Although some publications show that the 1645 baptism of Sarah's children Mary, Sarah and Hannah in Dec 1645 do not...
  • John Tracy, Sr. (c.1672 - 1726)
    The family became one of the first in Norwich, in numbers, social position and wealth. Headstone: HERE LYES YE BODY OF MR JOHN TRACY WHO DIED MARCH YE 27 1726 AGED 53 YEARS & 2 MONTHS & 8 DAYS
  • Thomas Leffingwell, Lt. (1624 - 1713)
    Thomas, progenitor of the Leffingwells in America, is said to have made his first appearance on these shores in 1637 -- a lone hunter in the forests of Connecticut, but friend of Uncas, chief of the Mo...
  • Hannah Baldwin (c.1633 - 1694)
    Hannah Birchard, wife of John Baldwin of Norwich Baptized Terling, Essex on 17 Oct 1633. Daughter of Thomas Birchard (Birchwood) of Terling and Mary Robinson. The family came on the Truelove in 1635 ...

Norwich, Connecticut was founded in 1659 by settlers from Old Saybrook led by Major John Mason and Reverend James Fitch. They purchased the land that would become Norwich from the local Native American Mohegan Tribe.

note: To become a Member by Descent it is necessary to provide documentation that proves your ancestry to one of the original proprietors. To apply, you will need an Application for Certificate of Descent (.pdf 100 kb) (stored in Project documents).

Original Founders of Norwich

  1. Dea. Thomas Adgate
  2. Robert Allyn
  3. William Backus, Sr.
  4. Lt. William Backus, Jr.
  5. John Baldwin
  6. Dea. Thomas Bingham
  7. John Birchard
  8. Thomas Bliss
  9. Morgan Bowers
  10. John Bradford
  11. Hugh Caulkins
  12. John Caulkins
  13. Richard Edgerton
  14. Rev. James Fitch
  15. John Gager
  16. Lt. Francis Griswold
  17. Thomas Howard
  18. Christopher Huntington
  19. Dea. Simon Huntington
  20. Samuel Hyde
  21. William Hyde
  22. Lt. Thomas Leffingwell
  23. Maj. John Mason
  24. Dr. John Olmstead
  25. John Pease
  26. John Post
  27. Thomas Post
  28. Josiah Reed
  29. John Reynolds
  30. Jonathon Royce
  31. Rev. Nehemiah Smith
  32. Sgt. John Tracy
  33. Lt. Thomas Tracy
  34. Robert Wade
  35. Sgt. Thomas Waterman

Burial: Founders Cemetery Norwich New London County Connecticut, USA

Eleven Giants of Norwich

  1. Uncas - Mohegan Chief
  2. Thomas Leffingwell - Norwich Founder
  3. John Mason - Norwich Founder
  4. Benedict Arnold - Revolutionary War Hero and Traiter
  5. Samuel Huntington - First President of the United States
  6. William Buckingham - Governor of Connecticut
  7. Lafayette Foster - Abraham Lincoln's Vice President
  8. Miontanimo - Narragansett War Chief
  9. Dr. Land - Polaroid Camera
  10. General Tyler - Union Leader of the Battle of Bull Run
  11. Dr. Manwaring - First female doctor to serve on the front lines in war (WW I)


of interest

Historically Speaking

The Norwich Historical Society has reactivated a project begun by the former Norwich Tourism Commission. The project, entitled "Norwich Ethnic Tapestry ", produces the history and an oral recitation by a prominent local citizen. The former Director of the Tourism Commission, Meg Malmborg, recorded the Jewish, Greek, Irish, Polish, Italian and African cultures.

The historical society's Communications Director, Geoff McLean, is in the process of converting the tape recordings to DVD disks, which will be available at some later date through the Norwich Historical Society.

The first disk completed features Harry Swatsburg telling the history of the Jewish community in Norwich. The Norwich Historical Society wants to add the Lebanese, Canadian French, Spanish, Scots, Russians and Swedes to the Norwich Ethnic Tapestry project.