Connecticut sub-project of United States Project: How to Join

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Connecticut Project

The overall goals of the United States Project are to create and develop profiles on WikiTree for those who lived in Connecticut and the other states in the union.

ClickConnecticut has a rich history. Early in it's history it was three colonies, Connecticut, Saybrook, and New Haven. New Haven had jurisdiction over part of New York. Connecticut claimed most of Rhode Island until 1728. And parts of it were governed by Massachusetts as late as 1804. The border with Rhode Island has come under scrutiny as recently as 2004.

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Connecticut Project

in Requests for Project Volunteers by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
edited by Anne B
I already have Connecticut in my tags. My Ancestors , Simon Couch I and Mary Andrews settled in the Fairfield Area in the Early to mid 1600's. There is a Rich History involving the Couch Family. I would Love to be Part of this Project. Also, many of my Prince ( Le Prince ) Ancestors settled in Northeastern Connecticut, predominately in the Plainfield , Moosup area, so both sides of my Family have History in Connecticut.

 Thank You for Considering my Request.
Hi Crystal, You now have the US History Project badge. All the states use the same one. You can add your name and interests to https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Connecticut_Sub-project_members.

The weather is pretty nasty right now in Northeastern Connecticut. My power went off twice trying to give you the badge. :)
Thank You So Much, Anne. I Live in Hartford and it's  still rather nasty here as well.  I took some pretty cool photos of the Storm.  Please Be Safe in this Mess. I will add my name and do what I can to help.
Just a point of correction, Connecticut and Rhode Island most recently corrected their border in the 1990s....
I am a 7th generation descendant of Thomas Gunn (Gunn-14), one of the founders of Dorchester, Windsor, and Westfield.  He arrived in Boston Bay probably in May 1630, but no later than 1634 when a record shows he owned property in Dorchester.  I have been researching this line for over 20 years.  Name: James Gunn
Re: Early Ct Colonies. You're brief summary explained a lot abt questions I was storing in my brain for a rainy day. Thanks!
You're welcome Leigh Anne

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I have Connecticut in my tags, my paternal Moore ancestors can be traced back to Litchfield and Norwich.  Trying to find out where my ancestor immigrated from. DNA testing of distant Moore cousins have us grouped together under a rare branch of R-L21 at FamilyTreeDNA.  

by Sherril Moore G2G Crew (800 points)
Welcome to the Connecticut Project. I've given you the US HIstory badge which Connecticut falls under
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I just adopted the profiles of 2 of my ancestors who were born in Connecticut before 1700, so here I am. They are Eliphalet Johnson and Deborah Ward. They moved to New Jersey; I haven't figured out yet when, so I figured I'd start with the Connecticut project.
by Alison Gardner G2G6 Mach 6 (62.7k points)
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I have lived in CT most of my life.  My maternal ancestors are from CT and are the ones that I have had brick walls in finding many of them - Peck and Simpson families in the New Haven area.

I live in the Hartford area, but grew up in Newtown area.

I have been concentrating on the Data Doctor suggestions for CT lately, trying to get CT as clean as possible.
by Linda Peterson G2G6 Pilot (454k points)

Hi Linda. Thank you for joining the Connecticut project, and especially thank you for working the "suggestions" report. I don't know much about Simpson, but am related to the Pecks in New Haven. If you're back to 1850, have you tried the New Haven Vital  Records. Vol 1 and the index in Vol II

Thanks for those links.  I searched both for great grandfather and great great grandfather, but neither of them are in there.  My great grandfather is William Howard Peck 1847 - 1940 and his father is Seabury Peck 1807-1884.  I haven't put them into wiki yet.  I will have to search a bit more in both of those volumes.

There's a Sebra Peck Joiner in the New Haven directories in 1840s. He seems to be the same person as Seabury, carpenter, of the Census data (1860 and 1870).

Silas (1765-1841) and Electa (Carrington) Peck had a son Sabra (Seabury of Westville, part of New Haven)  between c1804 and c1809 p. 1407 Families of Ancient New Haven (Jacobus). Silas (1765-1841) is on p. 1402.

This looks like a really good fit.

Sebra is also mentioned p. 344 A genealogical history of the descendants of Joseph Peck who emigrated with his family to this etc.

OMG. You may have cracked a brick wall for me.  Seabury is a name that others have used so I hadn’t really thought it was different for him.  I will check it out.  Thank you!!
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I'd like to request the US History Badge, and the Connecticut tag. I'm descended from Puritans who settled in Connecticut in the 1630's on both my father's father's (etc) side and my mother's mother's side (Wethersfield and Milford respectively).  Plus I've done research on non-conformists in Essex while in England.  Thanks!
by Kathy Durham G2G2 (2.8k points)
Welcome to Connecticut Project. Thank you for joining. Not long ago my son and I walked the Wethersfield green, talking about Nathaniel Foote and his family and the use of town greens. My surname has long ago married away from Foote, but I think that definitely makes us cousins.

You can add the tag connecticut to your profile. Look on the right side, the section labeled followed tags.
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I have added Connecticut in my tags. My grandmother, Eileen Browning, was born in Norwich, Connecticut and lived there for a couple years before moving to Indiana. Her father, my great-grandfather, and his family were mostly born in Connecticut and they lived their the majority of their lives. A few of them moved to different states when they got older.

by Brandi Harrold G2G Crew (540 points)
Hi Brandi, Welcome to the Connecticut Project. I'v e given you the US History Badge which is the one all the state projects use. Enjoy your ancestor hunting.
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Mother's family from Canada (Quebec and Ontario) came to Windham County in late 19th century.  Father's family from Minnesota, Colorado, and New York, but had generations of Yale graduates, including Skull and Bones member who was friends with Prescott Bush.
by Sean Sweeney G2G Rookie (260 points)
Welcome to the Connecticut Project. I've given you the US History badge. I have several friends whose families came to Windham County from Canada to work in the thread and button mills.
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I look forward to helping. The majority of my paternal family, Maynards and LaCroixs, came to Windham County Connecticut from New France in the late 18th to early 19th Century.
by Randolph Maynard G2G1 (1.7k points)
edited by Randolph Maynard
Hi Randolph, Thank you for joining the Connecticut project. I've given you the US History badge.

Did you notice the answer just before yours from Sean Sweeney? His Canadian ancestors migrated to Windham County also.
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As I'm researching my ancestry, I've found many early ancestors have come from Connecticut.  Jonathon Starr and Rachel Taylor were my 7th Great Grandparents that came from Connecticut.  I would like to join the U.S. History Project as well as the Connecticut Project and recieve the Badges as well.  Thanks!  Rhonda
by Rhonda Zimmerman G2G6 Pilot (192k points)
Hi Rhonda, I'm happy to have you researching your Connecticut ancestors. US History and Connecticut have the same badge. Sort of Two for the price of one.

Capt. Jonathan Starr is buried in Starr Burying Ground in New London, CT.   I've entered his information on Find-A-Grave along with most of those buried there. I also included some biographical information on this memorial.

This Jonathan Starr was born about 1673 and died died Aug. 26, 1747, age 74. He was married to Elizabeth Morgan.

Connecticut Headstone Inscriptions Vol 18 pg 82

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As a flood of folks from Rowle,y Massachusetts migrated to Stonington, Connecticut and some went back and forth I want to hook up somehow with the One Place study I am getting started for Rowley - and perhaps I will get to making some progress on that soon so let me know if you think that is a good idea.
by Navarro Mariott G2G6 Pilot (145k points)
Good Morning, I've given you the US History badge

Sound like a fun project Rowley to Stonington. There is a one place study alive and well for Stonington https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Stonington%2C_New_London%2C_Connecticut so you'll want to connect with them.
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I am focused on researching my ancestors John Mead and Hannah Potter as I have two of their progeny in my family tree and it is difficult to sort this out on my own. One is John Mead Jr and the other is David Mead.
by Ariel Jolley G2G Crew (910 points)
Hello Ariel, I'm not familiar with John Mead, but is your Hannah Potter one of the New Haven Potters? They are very confusing? Did you find or create a profile for her?
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I would like to join the Connecticut sub-project.  I am currently tracing my Brown, Belden, Bronson, and Trowbridge lines into CT.  Most lived in CT pre-1800. Also, I live in CT so may be able to help with look ups.
by Angelina Pease G2G6 (8.7k points)

Thank you Angelina. I see you already have the United States badge, Connecticut members use that badge also. If you want add your name to this list.

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Hi, I would like to be added to the project. Most of my recent family lived in the Hartford County area. Surnames included: Wright, Harlow/Penhallow, Quinn, Spring.
by George Wright G2G1 (1.2k points)

Thanks for joining the Connecticut Project. I've given you the United States badge, that's shared by all the states. Make sure that you add connecticut to your G2G tags. Then you can if you want add your name to the list of members If you have questions please feel free to ask me or ask the wider community in G2G forum.

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I have been working on many profiles from Connecticut and would be very interested in being listed as part of the Connecticut project.
by James Paxton G2G6 Mach 1 (11.8k points)

Hi James, Welcome to the Connecticut Project. You already have the United States Badge so why don't you add your name to the list of Project members.

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Because I have several ancestors who lived in Connecticut during the colonial and early U.S. years, I would love to join the United States Project with Connecticut as my first focus. It is interesting to discover that Connecticut originally overlapped with Rhode Island until 1728 because my Rhode Island ancestor, Ichabod Brownell, married a Connecticut ancestor, Elizabeth Stanley, in 1773. I am especially interested in working with the profiles related to my colonial and early American family names and counties: Fairfield: TINKER, BALDWIN; Hartford: STANLEY, SMITH, NEWELL, SCOTT, OLMSTEAD, SMITH, PORTER, WHITE, HART; Litchfield: BROWNELL, STANLEY, PARMALEE, SMITH; Middlesex: SMITH, PORTER; New Haven: BALDWIN, PARMALEE, PAINE, BRUIN, PLAINE, HIGHLAND/HYLAND, CRITTENDEN.

by Ramona Pekarek G2G3 (3.3k points)
Welcome to the Connecticut sub-project of the United States Project. We may be related through you're New Haven Paine's.

My connection with the PAINE family is back in the colonial days:

Nathaniel BALDWIN Immigrant

b. 1620 Cholesbury Buckinghamshr Eng

son of Richard BALDWIN (1553-1633) / Isabel HARDING

d. 22 Mar 1658 Fairfield Fairfield CT

bur.Old Burial Ground Fairfield CT

m. 22 Nov 1648 Fairfield Fairfield CT

Joanna PAINE (widow of Richard Westcott, later married Skidmore)

b. 1620 Aylesbury Buckinghamshr Eng

d. Jun 1667 Milford New Haven CT

"Thomas Skidmore accumulated a number of tracts both by purchase and town meeting grants at Fairfield. It was here that he married his second wife Joanna, the daughter of Thomas Paine, who came from Devon to Milford, Connecticut. Joanna was previously the widow of Nathaniel Baldwin who had died in 1658. She had married her first husband Richard Westacot in 1639 back in England at Brownston, Devon. . . . On 19 June 1667 Joanna Skidmore (1612-1667) made a will at Fairfield in which she describes the covenant made between herself and Thomas Skidmore at the time of their marriage. . . . Her will was not recorded until February 1677/8, but Joanna Skidmore seems to have died soon after it was signed in June 1667. She was attended in her last illness by Governor Winthrop, Junior, who was in addition to his other talents the most sought after physician in New England. Still preserved is his case book in which he made brief notes on his patients and prescriptions. From this we find that at the time of her last illness Joanna was aged 55 and the elder sister of Ann Paine (who lived on until 1682) who had married Robert Sanford (1615-1676) of Hartford by 1643. Joanna and Ann Paine were the stepdaughters and not the daughters of Jeremy Adams (1604-1683) as has frequently been said in error.."

http://www.skidmorefamilyhistory.com/Westerleigh%20book,%20revised%202010.pdf

However, Joanna's wikitree profile claims her ancestry is disputed:
https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Unknown-203519

Well I guess we're not related in this case. I've looked at the document you cited and the document that he mentions. I see he cited a marriage for a Richard Westacot and Johan Pain and then says "From this entry it was easy to identity Thomas Paine, of Milford, Connecticut as the father of the sisters" The problem is that he doesn't tell us how he got to that conclusion. He doesn't mention bapt. for the girls of a will of Thomas. So although Pain may be a possibility, it is hardly a proven surname, without further elaboration and data. Sorry.
If your Pain[e] family includes Thomas Paine whose daughters are Joanna and Ann, then the medical case book (part of the death records) is some evidence, although it would be good to have birth/baptismal records. We do need proper documentation for the case book, in addition to this narrative account, maybe in the book footnotes or sources. Do you have information about this Thomas Paine, including marriage and children?
There is an issue with the online revision of this book:

"The decision was made to eliminate all documentation which would have added to the length and price of the book. This has meant that I have accepted silently the contributions made by hundreds of descendants, writers, librarians, archivists, court officers, and local historians. To have acknowledged all of them by name in the appropriate places would have doubled or tripled the cost to the reader and (just as important) the self-publisher."

We need the edition of this book that includes the documentation for the case book.
I think it's definitely a possibility, but needs more than just that marriage record to prove that it's the correct people.

"Genealogy without sources is mythology." to quote someone or other. I don't have a source for that smiley

Yes, sources are the verification of information. What do you think of the medical case book? I am thinking that there might be enough information in the original record to make a connection with a particular Pain[e] family. Thus, I was looking for proper documentation in the book, but found that this version does not include the footnotes and sources of the book. We need the hardcopy, not this online version, but at least this abbreviated version got my attention. I would like to see a transcription of the relevant portions of the case book.
What medical case book was he referring to? John Winthrop Jr?

The case book is preserved, apparently in a Skidmore collection. I expect this collection is in an archives of a library, but I would like to find the hardbound book with documentation to determine the actual location of the case book. The doctor mentioned below is Gov. Winthrop Jr. Joanna's will should be reviewed and properly documented, as well.

This is the abbreviated version (minus documentation):

4 August 2010, © Warren Skidmore

THOMAS SKIDMORE (SCUDAMORE), 1605-1684, OF WESTERLEIGH, GLOUCESTERSHIRE, AND FAIRFIELD, CONNECTICUT; his ancestors, and descendants to the ninth generation. by WARREN SKIDMORE

"Thomas Skidmore accumulated a number of tracts both by purchase and town meeting grants at Fairfield. It was here that he married his second wife Joanna, the daughter of Thomas Paine, who came from Devon to Milford, Connecticut. Joanna was previously the widow of Nathaniel Baldwin who had died in 1658. She had married her first husband Richard Westacot in 1639 back in England at Brownston, Devon. . . . On 19 June 1667 Joanna Skidmore (1612-1667) made a will at Fairfield in which she describes the covenant made between herself and Thomas Skidmore at the time of their marriage. . . . Her will was not recorded until February 1677/8, but Joanna Skidmore seems to have died soon after it was signed in June 1667. She was attended in her last illness by Governor Winthrop, Junior, who was in addition to his other talents the most sought after physician in New England. Still preserved is his case book in which he made brief notes on his patients and prescriptions. From this we find that at the time of her last illness Joanna was aged 55 and the elder sister of Ann Paine (who lived on until 1682) who had married Robert Sanford (1615-1676) of Hartford by 1643. Joanna and Ann Paine were the stepdaughters and not the daughters of Jeremy Adams (1604-1683) as has frequently been said in error.."

http://www.skidmorefamilyhistory.com/Westerleigh%20book,%20revised%202010.pdf

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I’d like to join the Connecticut project.  I’m a descendant of [[William-300 l William Alderman Sr.]] who died in Simsbury, Connecticut in 1697.   His date and place of birth are both unknown.  His parents as listed in his WikiTree profile are probably wrong, or at least not based on credible sources.  I’d like to find out as much as I can about him.
by Michael Alderman G2G Crew (420 points)
Hi. Welcome to the Connecticut Project (sub-project of US). I'd be happy to see that profile better sourced and filled out. And if the parents are wrong (not surprising) they should be corrected. Some of the managers are active, so make sure to communicate with them (leave comments in the comment boxes) before you do something major like remove the parents. I've added myself also, so if you leave comments, I'll see them also and can help give you support.
Thank you Anne! Yes, I’ll put together a comment on William’s profile.  I’ve only recently been certified for pre-1700  profiles so I’ve been a little shy about commenting but I guess I need to get my feet wet at some point. Also, I’ve been concentrating more on adding sources for my later ancestors.  Anyway, thank you again for the welcome!
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My family -the Montagues and others -helped to found Wethersfield and South Hadley. I lived in Farmington for several years but now live in Michigan.
by Shelley Montague G2G2 (2.8k points)

Hi Shelley, Welcome to the Connecticut Project. The Connecticut Project shares the US History badge which I see you already have. You might want to add connecticut to your followed G2G tags (the green things on the right side of your profile page). That facilitates communication and will notify you if there are questions in G2G that concern Connecticut . You can also add your name to the Project member list.

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I'd like to join the Connecticut sub-project. I am currently working on a Lebanon, Connecticut One Place Study at https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Lebanon%2C_Connecticut_One_Place_Study

by Wes Miller G2G2 (2.2k points)

Hello Dominikus, Thank you for joining the Connecticut Project. The Connecticut Project shares the US History badge which I see you already have. Please add your name to the Project member list.

Thank you very much for creating a Lebanon One Place Study. I've added it to the Project page and the Towns page. It's a very exciting place from a historical standpoint. I don't live too far from Lebanon if you need someone to take pictures.

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I would like to join the Connecticut Project because many of my ancestors resided there. My Connecticut ancestor surnames include (but are not limited to) Tubbs, Weeks, Bradley, and Monroe.
by Richard Tubbs G2G Crew (680 points)
Hi Richard, Welcome to the Connecticut Project. We use the United States Project badge, which you will now find on your profile.
Many thanks, Anne.

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