by Roger Welles (1874). 204 pages.
This is the product of a historic preservation project that
occurred almost 140 years ago -- long before most people were thinking very much
about historic preservation of records or the information in them. Early Annals of Newington contains
a history of the formation of the town of Newington from Wethersfield, transcriptions of the original records
of Newington (1700 - 1726), the records of the Congregational Church between 1747 and 1805
(as well as material about the first settlers from a manuscript) -- all great
genealogical material -- not to mention even more church records from the 1805 -
1874 period (of even more genealogical value).
We're impressed by the frequency with which
family names one sees in
these Newington records later show up in the western end of Connecticut,
reflecting Newington's historic role as a locale from which people moved
westward -- to the western end of Connecticut and far beyond.
The book contains a wealth of names, of course, particularly in the church
records, which include those joining the church, being baptized, marrying,
You told us that this -- Early Annals
of Newington -- was a title you
wanted us to put near the top of our priority list, and we listened. There's no question that
this was an important title for us to republish, and we are delighted to
make it available now. We think it will be useful to anyone with an
interest in the history of this part of Connecticut or in the genealogy of
any family that passed through Newington.
Early Annals is now available as a
download for only $8.00 -- considerably less than we had to charge when we
sold this book on CD-ROM, and a small fraction of what you would pay for a
reprint or for an original copy from a rare book dealer.
Here's the title page -- click on the
image to see it full-sized:
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Annals of Newington
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From the Connecticut Quarterly, Volume III (1897)
We at Between the Lakes Group are happy to make this item of
Connecticut history available. It’s our second publication about
Newington, the other being our republication of Early Annals of
Newington, by Roger Welles, which was
written around a quarter century earlier and focuses on a different
era of Newington's history.
Interestingly, it is also our second Newington publication by
someone surnamed Welles. This 1897 article was written by Edwin
Stanley Welles – sadly we do not know the relationship, if any, of
these two authors, but we strongly suspect that there was a genetic
predisposition toward writing local history in the Welles family in
Newington. At any rate, we hope that this article portraying
Newington as the 20th century was about to dawn will be
of interest to many, and will supplement the material found in
Early Annals of Newington.
We are in the process of publishing more historical information
about Connecticut (and other locales) from a variety of sources, all
old, out of copyright, out of print, and much of it very scarce and
difficult to locate. We invite you to examine both our material
available for download (like this article) and our CD-ROMs – your
purchases of which make it possible to continue to collect and
republish this material for you.
This article is in PDF format and
contains a number of illustrations of Newington people and places as
they appeared then. 14+ pages, download it now for $3.00.