The Origin and Naming of Branford's Street
The Origin and Naming of Branford’s Street
English colonists settled Branford, Connecticut in 1644 expanding upon Native American pathways for their roads. The new settlers built their homes along Main and Montowese Streets which still form the nucleus of Branford’s town center today. Gradually, the early settlers expanded their road system going north to North Branford, east to the Guilford border and west through Canoe Brook and Branford Hills.
With extensive research using maps, town meeting records, city directories, and land records the author examines the origin and history of Branford’s roads and the relevance of the street names. The scope of Branford’s history as an 18th century farming community, during the industrial revolution bringing an influx of European immigrants in the 19th and 20th centuries, and finally as a suburban community after World War II can be viewed through the development of its streets.
The book includes an alphabetical listing of Branford’s streets, 100 vintage photographs, maps, detailed resources, appendix and endnotes.Softbound book, 238 pages, illustrated
Branford's Civil War Soldiers
The Civil War Soldiers of Branford and North Branford
locally out of print, available at Amazon.com
Read the stories of Civil War soldiers, brought to life through personal accounts, letters, illustrations and photographs, as told in The Civil War Soldiers of Branford, Connecticut by genealogist and Branford Town Historian Jane Bouley.
The culmination of 40 years of research and writing, the book presents biographical histories of nearly 450 soldiers from Branford, North Branford, and Northford. To complete this monumental task, Bouley referenced pension records, original letters, diaries, regimental histories, cemetery records, family genealogies, newspapers, and other resources. The book is the first comprehensive history of Civil War soldiers from this area of Connecticut. It includes a detailed chronology of the Twenty-seventh, Fifteenth, and Tenth Connecticut Volunteer Regiments, with summaries of most other Connecticut regiments.
However, The Civil War Soldiers of Branford, Connecticut is more than just an accounting of the war. Within its pages, readers learn about the soldiers themselves—through pensions and other original documents that detail military service, physical description, residence, occupation, and family information. Also included in this comprehensive book are more than 400 photographs and illustrations of the soldiers, gravestones, battles, military scenes, maps, and monuments. The extensive Appendix offers a Civil War timeline, list of soldiers by regiment, glossary, draft list, bibliography, and a name and place index.
Hardbound, 557 pages, illustrated
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Stony Creek Cemetery, Book
Stony Creek Cemetery
Full survey of this still active cemetery in the Stony Creek section of Branford going way beyond Fina a Grave. Includes photographs and full transcriptions of every stone, list of burials without stones, genealogical data individuals buried there. Besides original Yankee settlers, families from Cornwall, England, Italy, and Sweden came to Stony Creek in the mid-1800s to work at the granite quarry. Available in softbound or PDF.Spiralbound, 523 pages, illustrated
Brief History of the Thimble Islands
A Brief History of the Thimble Islands
by Archibald Hanna, 1996
The Thimble Islands off the coast of Stony Creek in Branford, Connecticut are noted for their history and beauty. The only history of these island, sale benefits the Branford Historical Society.Softbound, 95 pages, illustrated
Mill Plain Cemetery
Mill Plain Cemetery
Complete survey with photographs and genealogy of this now defunct cemetery. Spiral bound, 192 pages, illustrated. Also available in PDF.
Mill Plain Cemetery, PDF
Mill Plain Cemetery
Complete survey with photographs and genealogy of this now defunct cemetery. Also available in PDF.
Damascus Cemetery included burials of persons from this section of Branford including those of Stony Creek before that cemetery as established. Full survey with photographs, transcriptions, and genealogy. Spiral bound, 276 pages.Also available in PDF.
Damascus Cemetery, PDF
Damascus Cemetery included burials of persons from this section of Branford including those of Stony Creek before that cemetery as established. Full survey with photographs, transcriptions, and genealogy. Also available in Hardcover.
History of the Stony Creek Theatre
Stony Creek Theatre
The only definitive history of the Stony Creek Theatre in two parts. Part I details the theatre as a local amateur playhouse from 1923 to 1933. Part II covers the period from 1934 to 1942 when the theatre featured Broadway plays with professional casts from New York. “Too Much Johnson” directed by Orson Welles made its debut at the theatre. Several plays by Sinclair Lewis, one by Ayn Rand showed at the theatre and many well-known actors were cast members. The manuscript includes lists and descriptions of the plays, photographs, playbills, newspaper articles, and brief bios of the actors and playwrights. Two volumes, spiralbound, 800 pages, illustrated
Malleable Iron Fittings Company 1854-1946
Malleable Iron Fittings Co.
Reproduction of the 46th anniversary, illustrated. Sale benefits the Branford Historical Society.
Softbound, 80 pages, illustrated