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Founders of Norwich CT

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  • Lt. Francis Griswold (1632 - 1671)
    Lt. Francis Griswold was born abt 1635 in Kenilworth, Warwickshire Co., England. He died in Norwich, Connecticut on 6 Oct 1671 “cut down apparently by some sudden attack of disease, leaving seven child...
  • Robert Allyn, of Salem & New London (c.1609 - 1683)
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  • John Gager (c.1625 - 1703)
  • John Baldwin of Norwich (c.1630 - 1681)
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  • 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. Deacon Thomas Adgate
  2. Robert Allyn
  3. William Backus, Sr.
  4. Lt. William Backus, Jr.
  5. John Baldwin
  6. Deacon 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. Deacon 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. Lt. 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.