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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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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
The Great New England Hurricane of 1938
The Category 3 hurricane hit Branford Wed. September 21, 1938 at 3:30 p.m. with 80-100 mph winds and 30-foot waves. Thousands of trees were toppled, 500 homes damaged and ten people died. Jane narrates the impact on Branford during and after the storm.