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Middletown

Summary    
City/Town Name:
Middletown
State:
Connecticut
County:
Middlesex County
Probate District:
15
Year Established:
1650
Year Incorporated:
1651
Form of Government:
Mayor-Common Council
Town Hall Address:
245 deKoven Drive
Middletown, CT 06457
Town Clerk: (860) 638-4910
All Vital Records are in Health Department
(860) 638-4960
M-F 8:30-4:30
records from 1852
Web Address:
www.cityofmiddletown.com/

History Brief:
By tradition settlers came here by 1650. On 11 September 1651, the General Court of Connecticut ordered that the town of Mattabeseck be established. In November 1653, the Court renamed the town as Middletown. In 1784, the central settlement was incorporated as a city distinct from the town and in 1923, the City of Middletown was consolidated with the Town. From the original lands were incorporated the following towns: Chatham, which encompassed the present towns of East Hampton and Portland, 1767; Cromwell, 1851; and Middlefield, 1866. A small portion of land was also incorporated into Berlin in 1785. Town vital records begin 1651. Barbour collection records cover 1651-1854.
   
Other City Names (1)
Name:Mattabesett/Mattabeseck
 
Settled From (2)
Town Name:Hartford

Town Name:Wethersfield
 
Population (7)
Year:1756
Population:5664

Year:1800
Population:5001

Year:1850
Population:8441

Year:1900
Population:17486

Year:1950
Population:29711

Year:2000
Population:43167

Year:2010
Population:47648
 
Founding Families (23)
Surname:Allen, Thomas

Surname:Bacon, Nathaniel

Surname:Blumfield, William

Surname:Cornwell, William

Surname:Hall, John

Surname:Hall, Richard

Surname:Hall, Samuel

Surname:Hamlin, Giles

Surname:Harris, Daniel

Surname:Harris, William

Surname:Hubbard, George

Surname:Kirby, John

Surname:Martin, John

Surname:Miller, Thomas

Surname:Sage, David

Surname:Savage, John

Surname:Smith, William

Surname:Stocking, Samuel

Surname:Stow, Samuel

Surname:Treat, Matthias

Surname:Webster, Robert

Surname:Wetmore, Thomas

Surname:White, Nathaniel
 
Cemeteries (23)
Name:Calvary Cemetery
Location:Bow LN
Website:www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=1933853

Name:Congregation Adath Israel Cemetery
Location:714 Pine ST
Website:www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=crMap&CRid=197710

Name:Connecticut Industrial School for Girls Cemetery
Location:Pine ST near Long Hill RD
Website:www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=1997842

Name:Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH) Cemetery/State Hospital Cemetery
Location:Silvermine RD
Website:www.godfreydata.org/cvc.html

Name:Indian Hill Cemetery
Location:Washington ST, between Vine ST & Butternut ST
Website:www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=crMap&CRid=103419

Name:Maromas Cemetery
Location:Aircraft RD, near Maromas RD
Website:www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=103463

Name:Miner Cemetery
Location:Miner ST, near Smith ST
Website:www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=103477

Name:Mortimer Cemetery
Location:Liberty ST, between Main ST & Pearl ST
Website:www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=1261477

Name:New Farm Hill Cemetery
Location:502 Ridge RD
Website:www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=1992551

Name:Old East (Street) Cemetery
Location:East ST, north of Bystrek DR
Website:www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=crMap&CRid=103542

Name:Old Farm Hill Cemetery
Location:522 Ridge RD
Website:www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=1992554

Name:Old Riverside Cemetery/McDonough Cemetery
Location:St John's Square, southeast side
Website:www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=1976954

Name:Old South Side Cemetery
Location:Country Club RD, near Knox BLVD
Website:www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=103555

Name:Old Westfield Cemetery/Old Highland Cemetery
Location:Boardman LN
Website:www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=103561

Name:Old Westfield Cemetery/Old Highland Cemetery
Location:Boardman RD
Website:www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=103561

Name:Pine Grove Cemetery
Location:857 South Main ST
Website:pinegrovecemetery.org/index.html

Name:Prior Cemetery
Location:Maromas RD
Website:www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=1997843

Name:St John's Cemetery (old)
Location:St John's ST
Website:www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=1992711

Name:St. John's Cemetery (new)
Location:65 Johnson ST
Website:www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=103644

Name:State Veterans Cemetery
Location:317 Bow Lane
Website:www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=103790

Name:Washington Street Cemetery
Location:349 Washington Terrace
Website:www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=1264880

Name:Wesleyan University Cemetery/God's Acre
Location:Wesleyan Campus, west of Andrus Field
Website:www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=1992658

Name:Wilcox Cemetery/New Highland Cemetery
Location:Atkins ST, near Wilcox Pond
Website:www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=103831&CScn=new+highland&CScntry=4&CSst=8&CScn
 
Churches (29)
Name:Bethel Apostolic Church
Location:520 East Main ST
Website:bethel.hihministries.org/

Name:Church of the Holy Trinity, Episcopal
Location:381 Main ST
Website:holytrinity.ctdiocese.org/default.asp

Name:Congregation Adath Israel
Location:8 Broad ST
Website:adathisraelct.org/

Name:Cross Street African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
Location:440 West ST
Website:www.crossstreetamezion.org/home_0.aspx

Name:Faith Christian Assembly
Location:46 Grandview DR
Website:www.fcachurch.org/

Name:Faith Lutheran Church, ELCA
Location:300 Washington ST
Website:faithelcamiddletown.org/

Name:Fellowship Church (fka Fellowship Baptist Church?)
Location:1002 Saybrook RD
Website:fellowshipchurchct.com/

Name:First Baptist Church, ABC/USA
Location:93 Main ST
Website:www.fbcmiddletownct.org/index.html

Name:First Church of Christ Congregational, UCC
Location:190 Court ST
Website:www.firstchurchucc.org/

Name:First Church of Christ, Scientist
Location:63 Broad ST
Website:www.christiansciencect.org/church-middletown/

Name:Good News Baptist Church, SBC
Location:519 Butternut ST

Name:House of God Church
Location:217 East Main ST
Website:www.houseofgod.ws/index.php?option=com_sobi2&sobi2Task=sobi2Details&catid=12&sobi2Id=206&Item

Name:Independent Baptist Bible Church
Location:558 Newfield ST
Website:www.independentbaptistbiblechurch.org/

Name:Kingdom Hall, Jehovah's Witnesses
Location:19 Congdon ST E

Name:Middletown Bible Church
Location:349 East ST
Website:www.middletownbiblechurch.org/

Name:Mount Hope First Baptist Church
Location:115 Bridge ST

Name:New Hope Bible Way Church
Location:712 Main ST

Name:New Jerusalem Baptist Church
Location:47 Norfolk ST

Name:Pine Street Gospel Chapel, 7th Day Baptists
Location:219 Pine ST
Website:www.faithstreet.com/church/pine-street-gospel-chapel-middletown-ct

Name:Shiloh Christian Church
Location:693 Saybrook RD
Website:www.shiloh-christian.com/

Name:Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church
Location:346 Butternut ST
Website:shilohmdtn.org/index.html

Name:South Congregational Church, UCC
Location:9 Pleasant ST
Website:www.southchurchmiddletown.org/

Name:St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Parish
Location:10 Elm ST
Website:saintfrancisofassisi.com/

Name:St. John's Roman Catholic Church
Location:19 St. John's Square
Website:www.saintjohnchurchmiddletown.com/Pages/default.aspx

Name:St. Mary of Czestochowa Roman Catholic Church
Location:79 South Main ST
Website:stmarymiddletown.com/

Name:St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church
Location:310 Westfield ST
Website:saintpius.org/

Name:St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church
Location:155 Washington ST
Website:www.stsebastianmiddletown.org/

Name:Third Congregational Church
Location:94 Miner ST
Website:www.thirdchurchmiddletown.org/

Name:Zion Baptist Church
Location:16 James A Moses AV
 
Monuments (4)
Name:24th Regiment CV Monument
Description:Pink granite exedra with embellished central pedestal. Two risers lead up to curved seats which flank the pedestal. A bronze eagle perches on a sphere at the top of the pedestal.
Location:Washington Terrace Green
Type:Military
Dedication Date:10/20/1904
Artist/Sculptor:H. Hilliard Smith

Name:Founders' Rock
Description:A large rock near Riverside Cemetery upon which is a bronze plaque containing the names of the first settlers. There is also a plaque with the names of the Indian landowners who sold the land to the settlers. 100 years later, in 2000, a rededication ceremony was held under the auspices of the Society of Middletown First Settlers Descendants (SMFSD). In 2001, an additional plaque with the names of the 22 wives of the first settlers was mounted on the same rock and dedicated by the members of SMFSD.
Location:St. John's Park
Type:Other
Dedication Date:1900
Artist/Sculptor:unknown

Name:Mansfield Post Civil War Monument
Description:Civil War Soldier with rifle, supported by high pedestal on three risers, all of polished granite, overall approximately 17'.
Location:Indian Hill Cemetery
Type:Military
Dedication Date:1884
Artist/Sculptor:unknown

Name:Soldier's Monument
Description:Quincy granite pedestal with bronze bas-relief plaques, surmounted by a bronze Civil War infantryman with grounded rifle, and flanked on its four corners by bronze cannons captured from the Confederate army. Overall height, 19'6".
Location:South Green (Union Park), Old Church ST
Type:Military
Dedication Date:1874
Artist/Sculptor:Melzar H. Mosman
 
Communities (8)
Name:Bretton Heights

Name:Highland

Name:Maromas

Name:Miramichi

Name:Newfield Heights

Name:North End

Name:South Farms

Name:Westfield
 
Historical Locations (2)
Name:General Mansfield House (Middlesex County Historical Society)
Location:151 Main ST

Name:Memorial Chapel, Wesleyan University
Location:High Street
 
Notable Citizens (3)
Name:Baldwin, Raymond E., politician/jurist
Type:Historic

Name:Meigs, Return, Sr. - Revolutionary War officer
Type:Historic

Name:Work, Henry Clay - composer
Type:Historic
 
Newspapers (1)
Name:Middletown Press
Type:Both
Location:386 Main ST
Website:www.middletownpress.com/
 
Schools (18)
Name:Bertrand E. Spencer Elementary School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:207 Westfield ST
Website:www.middletownschools.org/page.cfm?p=8832

Name:Bielefield School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:70 Maynard ST
Website:www.middletownschools.org/page.cfm?p=8093

Name:Connecticut Christian Academy
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:30 Brooks RD
Website:elementaryschools.org/directory/ct/cities/middletown/connecticut-christian-academy/02015365/

Name:Farm Hill Elementary School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:390 Ridge RD
Website:www.middletownschools.org/page.cfm?p=8067

Name:Keigwin Middle School
Type:Middle School
Location:99 Spruce ST
Website:www.middletownschools.org/page.cfm?p=8155

Name:Lawrence Elementary School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:310 Mile Lane
Website:www.middletownschools.org/page.cfm?p=8449

Name:Macdonough School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:66 Spring ST
Website:www.middletownschools.org/page.cfm?p=8490

Name:Mercy High School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:1740 Randolph RD
Website:www.mercyhigh.com/

Name:Middlesex Community College
Type:College
Location:100 Training Hill Rd., Middletown, CT, 06457
Website:www.mxctc.commnet.edu

Name:Middletown High School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:200 LaRosa Lane
Website:www.middletownschools.org/page.cfm?p=8530

Name:Moody Elementary School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:300 Country Club RD
Website:www.middletownschools.org/page.cfm?p=8718

Name:Roadside Academy
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:140 Broad ST

Name:Vinal Technical High School
Type:High School
Location:60 Daniels St., Middletown, CT 06457
Website:CTTECH.org/vinal

Name:Wesley Elementary School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:10 Wesleyan Hills RD
Website:www.middletownschools.org/page.cfm?p=8910

Name:Wesleyan University
Type:University
Location:45 Wyllis DR
Website:www.wesleyan.edu/

Name:Wilbert Snow Elementary School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:299 Wadsworth ST
Website:www.middletownschools.org/page.cfm?p=8805

Name:Woodrow Wilson Middle School
Type:Middle School
Location:370 Hunting Hill AV
Website:www.middletownschools.org/page.cfm?p=8860

Name:Xavier High School
Type:High School
Location:181 Randolph RD
Website:www.xavierhighschool.org/s/952/start.aspx
 
Libraries (2)
Name:Godfrey Memorial Library
Type:Current
Location:134 Newfield St, Middletown, CT 06457
Website:www.godfrey.org

Name:Russell Library
Type:Current
Location:123 Broad Street, Middletown, CT 06457
Website:www.russelllibrary.org
 
Published Histories (3)
Name:Early Families of Middletown, Connecticut
Author:Bacon, Reginald W.
Date Published:2012
Publisher:Variety Arts Press
Description:Volume I: 1650-1654. Plus Historical/Cultural Context including
A Concise History of Middletown 1650-2000
English Origins of Middletown's Early Settlers
Puritanism in Middletown
Burying Grounds of Early Middletown
Domestic Architecture of 17th Century Connecticut
Community & Public Service in 17th Century Middletown
Native Americans & African-Americans in Early Middletown
Spiral bound soft-cover, 194 pgs

Name:Middletown and the American Revolution
Author:Van Dusen, Albert E.
Date Published:1976
Publisher:Middlesex Historical Society
Description:reprint of a history prepared by Professor Van Dusen of the University of Connecticut for the Tercentenary of Middletown, 1950. Softcover, 35 pgs.

Name:Riverside Cemetery, Middletown, Connecticut
Author:Shortell, David
Date Published:2007
Publisher:author
Description:57 pgs + CD, report cover. Introduction, graphs, database and color photographs of gravestones
 
Genealogy Websites (1)
Website Name:Connecticut Genealogy
Website Address:www.connecticut-genealogy.com/Middletown-Genealogy.cfm
 
Historic Timeline (0)
No Data Available.
 
Town Historian (1)
Name:Middlesex County Historical Society
Contact Data:www.middlesexhistory.org/index.htm
151 Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457
Phone: (860) 346-0746
 
Vital Records (0)
No Data Available.
 





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