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Newsletter Subtitle:  CONNECTICUT COMPOSITE #1
Month Day Year JULY 20, 2010

CRAZY CRATE CONNECTICUT-1 - July 20, 2010

We are going to visit the state of Connecticut in these next two or three crates.  I have only been to that wonderful state once for a genealogy conference.  My most vivid memory is visiting the famous spreading tree in Hartford.  You know, the one on the state quarter that makes that state seal so easy to find. 
Our grandson, David, was just a little boy back then when we were attending that convention, but he remembers the carousel that was in the park downtown.  Ray took David on an afternoon walk around the park and a couple of rides on the carousel each day and then David would take his afternoon nap, sleeping peacefully under the tables, while people shopped over his head.  We also visited the Aquarium on that trip and that visit sparked a life-long interest in aquariums, fish and other water creatures for David. 
In Mystic Seaport, we ate on the waterfront in a quaint little restaurant and the poor people had placed all-you-can-eat lobster on their menu.  They obviously did not know Ray was coming!  That took Ray's eye right away and he did not need to look at that menu any further!  David wanted fried shrimp.  I wanted sfried callops, but Ray was really anticipating eating all the lobster he wanted.  They brought him, not a plate, but a big green platter that looked like it had lettuce leaves all over it, but the leaves were really molded into the pattern of the dish.  On the platter, in fact, hanging out on all four sides of it were two huge, entire lobsters. 
We, David and I, finished our generous helpings of shrimp and scallops and Ray was still working on his first lobster.  So David and I took a little walk along the street, did some window shopping, stopped and bought some postcards [which I always do in case my snapshots don't capture the flavor of a spot], went back to the restaurant and found Ray about halfway through his second lobster.  He was so obviously having an excellent meal and enjoying every bite of it!  We could not bear to ask him to leave before he finished that lobster.  We took a restroom break, came back and he was still going strong; so David and I sat down again and decided to keep him company by ordering dessert.   When Ray finished the second lobster, the waitress politely asked him if he would like for her to bring him another one.  He replied, "You said it was all I could eat, and believe me, that platter of lobster WAS all I could eat."  As we left the restaurant I looked at my watch.  That entire dining experience had taken up 3 hours!  For years when we mentioned going East, he said, Is it close to Mystic Seaport?  I could eat some more Lobster!  So every vacation we took we had a lobster night for Ray and an Italian night for me!
 
Writing down memories like this adds life to your genealogy, and even though you may not use them in your finished book; your kids and grandkids will appreciate the time you took to share some special memories with them.  This is one reason why I am so grateful for the present hobby of scrap-booking which also helps to preserve those "special moments" when you realize that life is really good and well worth the living!
 
As a great grandmother, I realize that each generation has some "special moments" when life is real and life is earnest and life is just plain fun!  Preserve them for yourself to leaf through when you are old and graying, so you can remember the times when you were young and making those special moments!  If you can remember those moments and share them with your family, they will gain special insights into the times that really do make life good!  They will also get little lessons in how to relish the "special moments" when lifelong memories get made!  The making of them is a wonderful blessing; the remembering of them is one of life's blessings when we get on the shady side of 70!
 
I am sitting here with a grin covering my whole face at the thought of Ray digging into those two huge lobsters.  He really had the meal of his life that year.  I surely had one happy husband  in Connecticut that night!
 
 
CONNECTICUT - CT1 CRAZY CRATE CT1:  BOOK 1:  AN INDEX TO THE 1800 FEDERAL CENSUS OF FAIRFIELD AND HARTFORD COUNTIES, STATE OF CONNECTICUT.
Compiled by Lowell M. Volkel.  This is the first of a series of three books that index the complete 1800 Federal Census of Connecticut.  ©1968.  Taken from Microcopy 32, roll 1.  The names of the heads of households were the only ones recorded by the census-taker and were recorded in this index as they appeared to be written in the census.  Check every possible misspelling you can think of!  The surname is given first in one alphabetical listing; followed by as many first names as were found, each on their own line, followed by the county abbreviation [f for Fairfield and h for Hartford] and then the page number of the actual census and last came the line number of the census page.  Sample:  Trumbull, Eli h486-7.  The 1800 census did include numerical totals for different age groups in the household sorted by sex.  Surnames with over 10 first names are listed here.  If that surname has over 20 an asterisk will be added.  Abbott, Abby, Adams*, Alderman, Alford, Allen*, Allyn, Anderson, Andress, Andrus*, Arnold, Austin, Bacon, Baker, Baldwin*, Banks*, Barber, Barlow, Barnard, Barns*, Barnum*, Bartram, Bates*, Beach*, Beardslee*, Bears, Bebee, Beckwith, Beers*, Belden*, Bell, Benedict*, Benjamin, Bennett, Bennitt*, Benton*, Betts*, Bidwell*, Bishop*, Bissell*, Black*, Blackman*, Blin, Boardman, Booth*, Botsford, Bowton, Bradley*, Brewer, Brooks*, Brown*, Brownson, Brush, Bulekley, Bulkley, Bull, Bunce, Burnham, Burr*, Burritt, Burton, Butler*.  PRICE: $10
                      
CONNECTICUT - CT1 CRAZY CRATE CT1:  BOOK 2:  AN INDEX TO THE 1800 FEDERAL CENSUS OF LITCHFIELD, NEW HAVEN, TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES, STATE OF CONNECTICUT.  Compiled by Lowell M. Volkel.  This is the second of a series of three books that index the complete 1800 Federal Census of Connecticut.  ©1969.  Taken from Microcopy 32, roll 2.  The names of the heads of households were the only ones recorded and were recorded in this index as they appeared to be written in the census.  Check every possible misspelling you can think of.  The surname is given first in one alphabetical listing; followed by as many first names as were found, each on their own line, followed by the county abbreviation [l for Litchfield, n for New Haven, t for Tolland and w for Windham] and then the page number of the actual census and last comes the line number of the census page.  Sample:  Ventress, Will n42-5 which means Will Ventress is listed in New Haven County, on page 42 on line 5.  The 1800 census did include numerical totals for different age groups in the household sorted by sex.  [NOTE:  Everyone who was living in the household as their normal abode on the day appointed to take the census (as of July 31 usually, but not always) was listed.  They did not have to be related.  Surnames with over 10 first names are listed here.  If that surname has over 20 an asterisk will be added:  Cady*, Calhoun, Camp*, Candee, Canfield*, Carey, Carpenter*, Carrington*, Carter*, Case*, Castle, Catlin*, Chaffe, Chaffee, Chamberlain *, Chandler, Chapin, Chapman*, Chase, Chatfield, Chidsey, Child, Chittenden*, Church, Churchil, Clark*(over 3 columns), Cleaveland, Clerk, Clinton, Coe, Cogswell, Cole*, Coleman, Collins*, Cone, Converse*, Cook*, Cooley, Cooper*, Cowls, Crampton, Crane*, Crocker, Cruttenden, Culver*, Curtis*, Cushman, Cutler*, Daniels, Davis*, Day, Dayton, Dean*, Deming, Dexter, Dibble, Dickerman, Dickinson, Dimock*, Dixon, Doolittle*, Dorman*, Doud*, Douglass*, Dow, Downs*, Dudley*, Dunbar, Dunham, Durand, Durkee, Dutton, Eaton*, Edgerton, Edwards*, Egleston, Eldridge, Elliott, Emmons, Evarts, Fairchild*, Farnham, Fellows, Fenn*, Fenton, Field, Fisk, Fitch*, Flint, Foot*, Foote*, Forbes, Ford*, Foster*, Fowler*, Fox, Freeman*, French*, Frink, Frisby*, Frizbie*, Frost*, Fuller*.  PRICE: $10
 
CONNECTICUT - CT1 CRAZY CRATE CT1:  BOOK 3:  AN INDEX TO THE 1800 FEDERAL CENSUS OF MIDDLESEX AND NEW LONDON COUNTIES, STATE OF CONNECTICUT.  Compiled by Lowell M. Volkel.  This is the third of a series of three books that index the complete 1800 Federal Census of Connecticut.  ©1969.  Taken from Microcopy 32, roll 2.  60 pages, 8.5 x 11 inches, cardstock covers $5.  The names of the heads of households were the only ones recorded and were recorded in this index as they appeared to be written in the census.  Check every possible misspelling you can think of.  The surname is given first in one alphabetical listing; followed by as many first names as were found, each on their own line, followed by the county abbreviation [m for Middlesex and n for New Haven] and then the page number of the actual census and last comes the line number of the census page.  Sample:  Ventrous, John m525-16 which means John Ventrous is listed in Middlesex County on page 525 on line #16.  The 1800 census did include numerical totals for different age groups in the household sorted by sex.  Surnames with over 10 first names are listed here.  If that surname has over 20 an asterisk will be added:  Gallup*, Gardner*, Gates*, Gere*, Gilbert, Gillet, Goff, Goodrich, Graves, Gray, Green*, Griffin*, Griswold*, Hale, Hall*, Hancock, Harris*, Hart, Harvey, Hayden, Hempsted, Hewitt*, Higgins, Hill, Hilliard, Holmes*, Holt, Howard, Hubbard*, Hull*, Hungerford, Huntington*, Huntley*, Hurd, Hyde*, Ingrahm, Isham, Johnson*, Jones*, Kellog, Kelsey*, Kimball, King, Kingsley, Kinne, Kirkland, Knowles, Ladd, Lamb, Lane, Latham*, Lathrop*, Latimer, Lay*, Lee*, Leffingwell, Lester*, Lewis*, Lord*, Lucas, PRICE: $10 
NOTE: The entire alphabet does exist in each of these three books for the counties done therein.  I just did not have room for all the names!
The above three books are a product of YOGS and are available from us.  The price of all three of these new books is $25 for the set.  Ask for the complete set of the Connecticut 1800 census indexes.  Get the complete alphabet for the entire state in this set of all three books.
 
CONNECTICUT - CT1 CRAZY CRATE CT1:  BOOK 5:  COLCHESTER, CONNECTICUT.  [NEW LONDON COUNTY] MINUTES OF THE TOWN MEETINGS 1780-1829.  Compiled and edited by Betsy B. Butts.  ©2000, Picton Press.  252 pages, [231 pages of information, 21 pages of every name index + a subject index.  8.5 by 11 inches, laminated wrappers, perfect bound.  In October of 1698 the General Court of the Colony of Connecticut in Hartford granted authority to a group of men from Wethersfield to lay out a new plantation in the wilderness "at or near the place called Jeremiahs Farme upon the Rode to Newlondon." 
 
Colchester's boundaries were further defined a year later.  By February of 1782 there were 3,365 persons living in the town of Colchester.  This book contains a wealth of information on the town's inhabitants, mentions the laws they lived under, regulations about nuisance livestock, taxes, care and maintenance of the poor, building of a poorhouse, elections, giving a pretty good look at the people of Colchester.  [An * indicates lots of people and/or page numbers and ** indicates you should check this book somewhere because there are many, many first names mentioned or over 20 pages or more which contain a mention of that surname.  Some surnames mentioned in the index as appearing on three pages or more are:  Abel/l, Ackley, Ad(d)ams, Alger, Avery, Babcock, Bacon, Bailey, Baker, Beckwith, Beebe, Beedle, Benjamin/s, Bigelow*, Billings, Blish, Bradford, Brain(a/e)rd*, Breed, Bridges*, Brown*, Buel/l*, Bulkley/Bukeley/Bulkly**, Carrier*, Cart(er/or)**, Cartey/Carty*, Caverl(e)y*, Chamberlin/ Chamberlain**, Champion/Champin**, Chapm(an/on)*, Cheesebrough, Chester**,  Church, Clark**, Coleman, Comstock, Cone, Craw, Crocker, Crouch, Cunningham, Curtis, Daniels*, Dart, Day**, Dayton, Dean*, Deming**, Dickinson, Dodge*, Douglas/s, Dunham*, Emmons*, Finl(a/e)y*, Foot/e**, Fox**, Fruman, Fuller*, Gardner*, Gates**, Gifford/s**, Gill(et/it)**, Goff/Gorff, Graves*, Gustin, Hall**, Hamilton, Harris/s*, Harvey, Henr(e)y, Hi(l/l)house, Hills, Hitch(c/k)ock, Holm(e)s**, Hubbard*, Hurlbut, Ingraham, Isham**over 1½ columns, Jewett, Johnson, Jones**, Judd*, Kellogg nearly a column, Kilborn**, Kn(e/e)land, Latham, Lamb, l(a/o)throp**, Lester, Lewis*, Little, Loomis**, Lord**, Loveridge/Loveride/Lovrage*, Marshal/l, Mather*, Maxson, Miller*, Minard*, Min(er/or)*, Mitchel/l*, Morgan**, Mun/n*, Murphey, Newton**, Niles, North(am/um)**, Olmste(a)d/Olstead*, Otis**, Parker, Packwood, Palmer*, Parsons*, Peck**, Peters**, Ransom*, Rathbu(r)n**, Raymond*, Reid, Rob(b)ins*, Rogers*, Root, Rossiter, Rowley, Sabins, Scovell**, S(a/e)xton**, Shaler, Shattuck/Shattock/Shatuck*, Sheper(d)son, Shep(p)ard*, Skin(n)er**, Smith*, Spaulding, Sparrow, Sperry*, Stannard, Staples/Stapels**, Stark, Stoddard, Strickland*, Strong**, Taintor**, Taylor**, Tracey/Tracey/Traycey*, Tre(a)dway**, Trumbull/ Trumble**, Turner*, Underwood, Vib(b)er,Wait, Warner*, Waterman, Waters**, Watrous** 1 column+, W(h)ay**, Welch, Wells**, West, Willey*, Williams 1 column, Wright **, Wyles*, Yeamons/Yeamans*, and Young.  Lists abound in this book, little details you would probably not ever find in print anywhere else.  PRICE $35
 
CONNECTICUT - CT1 CRAZY CRATE CT1:  BOOK 7:  SOME RECORDS OF COLCHESTER, CONNECTICUT WITH SOME TRANSCRIPTS FROM THE RECORDING OF MICHAELL TAINTOR.  Transcribed by Charles M. Taintor Of Branford, Conn.  Originally published in 1864.  This interior is clear and the pages are clean.  172 pages, 5.5 by 8.5 inch pages, cardstock cover.  The  index has the same names as many in the book above with dates of birth and death plus added notes on some., but the arrangement of the index is more compact, .  This is, thankfully, an indexed version, and the index is quite clear and easy to read.  PRICE:  $18.
 
CONNECTICUT - CT1 CRAZY CRATE CT1:  BOOK 9:  CONNECTICUT'S WESTERN COLONY:  THE SUSQUEHANNAH AFFAIR.  By Richard T. Warfle.  Connecticut's Bicentennial Series XXXII, 1979.  ©1980.  60 pages, 6 by 9 inches, heavy cardstock cover.   This affair was the most bitterly divisive problem with which the young colony of Connecticut had to deal.  For over fifty years, opinions differed widely about this land dispute with Pennsylvania.  Connecticut claimed for its own the northern third of the colony of Pennsylvania.  Pennsylvanians did not, of course, share that opinion.  The question went on, hotly debated, for over half a century, involving imperial, inter-colonial and later, interstate relationships as well as internal conflicts within the colonies and later within the states.  Chapter Two - Unsteady Happenings 1750-1769, covers the unsteadying influences which covered this area and these people as the people of Connecticut expanded their base into what the Pennsylvanians considered their Territory.  The story of this conflict and its repercussions fill the pages of this book.  Chapter Three - The Road to Assertion 1769-1774 fought off an outcome, with which neither side was really happy.  Chapter Four - The End of the Affair concerns the final outcome of the Susquehannah Affair and settled the problem although not without its disappointments and claims of unfavorable behavior and intentions.  The bibliography is well done and thorough.  If your ancestors were a part of this area at these times, their lives were governed by this dispute and its resolution. Complete index.  PRICE $15
 
CONNECTICUT - CT1 CRAZY CRATE CT1:  BOOK 10:  SOURCES OF GENEALOGICAL HELP IN CONNECTICUT.  By the Southern California Genealogical Society.  Burbank, CA.  Nine pages, 8 ½ " by 11", cardstock covers, stapled.  This guidebook was produced by the society to assist people with basic information-gathering when beginning research in a new state.  It covers Vital Records and has forms which can be used to order birth, marriage and death certificates, Census Records, Probate Records, and Land Records.  Addresses are found here for three Main Libraries and the Connecticut Society of Genealogists and the Connecticut Historical Society.  There is a county map of Connecticut showing the boundaries of the eight counties.  Most importantly, there is also a map of this state showing both the town and the county lines. There is a very helpful full-page chart giving all the Connecticut towns which keep records and the date of their establishment.  There is also a Bibliography and a list of abbreviations used.  PRICE: $3

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