Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Adam Stanton House, Clinton, Connecticut

Founded in 1663 on land that had been home to the Homenoscitt people, the town of Clinton originally encompassed the area that includes the present towns of Clinton and Killingworth. The town's original name was Homenoscitt Plantation but in 1667 the Court of Election at Hartford changed the name to Kenilworth, probably at the request of Edward Griswold, one of the town's first settlers, who had originally emigrated from Kenilworth, England. Over time, due to the vagaries of spelling and pronunciation, the town became known as Killingworth. 
- From A Brief History of Clinton, Clinton Historical Society










5 comments:

  1. I enjoy these bits of history. Edward Griswold is my 8th great-grandfather, as is his brother, Matthew.

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  2. How can Edward and Matthew both be your 8th great-grandfather?

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    1. If Edward & Matthew's children married - first cousins - then their offspring would have grandfathers who were brothers.

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    2. My great-grandmother, who was a descendant of Edward Griswold, married my great-grandfather, who was a descendant of Matthew Griswold. By that time, there were several generations of separation in familial relations. I find it interesting, however, that after so many generations, two families could remain so closely intertwined.

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  3. Not uncommon for 1st cousins to marry during that period and beyond actually. Most early families will find this in their ancestry up to CW times. I found this when first beginning genealogy research on my own ancestry many years ago. PA

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