Henry Pitkin

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in podcasts | 0 comments

Henry Pitkin

Soon after his arrival in the Hartford Settlement from Berkhamsted, England in the later 1630s, the first William Pitkin was designated a Proprietor.  As such, he was allowed to acquire large grants of land, which were mostly on the east side of the Great River, hereby firmly grounding himself and succeeding generations as landowning gentlemen, farmers, and merchants.

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Independence Washington Rogers

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Independence Washington Rogers

The death at sea of Independence Washington Rogers in 1854 was the result of a marine disaster of such deplorable circumstances and with such great loss of life as to bring public outrage and shock on both sides of the Atlantic and to change maritime law.

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Flint Family

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 in podcasts | 0 comments

Flint Family

Can a sadder story be found in Center Cemetery than that of the Flint family? During the period of the Civil War their comfortable middle class life was totally upended to the extant that even before the war was over they ceased to be.

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Soldiers / Civil War Monument

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Soldiers / Civil War Monument

Originally referred to as the Soldier’s Monument, the town’s impressive and stately Civil War Monument was erected in 1868 – only three years after the war ended, thus placing it among the five earliest such monuments in the Connecticut.

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Brownell Family

Posted by on Jun 18, 2017 in podcasts | 1 comment

Brownell Family

The patriarch of an accomplished and adventurous family, Dr. Pardon Brownell was born in Rhode Island in 1788. Educated as a physician, he was a naval surgeon during the War of 1812 on the privateer, Yankee, which had been outfitted by the wealthy and prominent Rhode Island family of his wife, Lucinda De Wolf.

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Pitkin Family Vault

Posted by on Jun 24, 2017 in podcasts | 0 comments

Pitkin Family Vault

This vault, unique in the cemetery, occupies a prominent place in the landscape indicating the prominence of the Pitkin family itself at that time. When built in the early 1800s the family was at its peak in number and influence.

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