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Archive for January, 2007

1811 Land Deed

Posted by Michael on January 21, 2007

This is a scan from the original document. The document is in medium to poor condition. There are tears along 2 of the folding seams. It was scanned in one shot. Although the bottom didn’t fit into the scanner, and the written parts made it into the image. Wax seal is evident, but missing due to the age of the document and it’s condition.

This deed documents the transfer of ownership of a parcel of land located in Salisbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut from Newman Holley to Milton McIntosh. The total amount of land, I believe, is 3/4 of an acre. It is difficult for me to translate the writing. The purchase price is $150.

The land measurements used were Rods (16.5 Feet) and Links (7.92 inches). Due to the way they documented the location of the parcel (From this heap of stones, to that pile of rocks…), there isn’t any way to truely find it or photograph it. Litchfield County is a long way from where we are located, so the chances of us getting to Salisbury’s Town/City Hall are slim.

Dates Listed on the deed:

  • January 11, 1811

Names listed on the deed:

  • Newman Holley – Salisbury, Connecticut. Signature present. Born April 17, 1785, Salisbury, Connecticut (Source). Married Sally Stiles November 17, 1805 (Source). His parents were Luther Holley and Sarah Dakin, and he had 5 brothers and 1 sister (Source). This information is not definitative. It is based on geneologies published on the internet, and seems to fit the dates on the deed.
  • Milton McIntosh – Salisbury, Connecticut. No notable history.
  • Elisha Sterling – Justice of the Peace. Signature present. There was a General Elisha Sterling living in Salisbury at the time in which this deed was drawn up, which may be the same Elisha Sterling mentioned on the deed. Various sources claim the General Elisha Sterling built the Sterling House in 1795 (Source 1, Source 2), but according to Wikipedia, the Sterling Home was built in 1886 by John William Sterling (Source). Sterling Homestead has it’s own webpage, and you can look at it’s published history. These sources seem to conflict, so I invite you to make your own opinions. My opinion is that Gen. Elisha Sterling built Sterling House, and “…Cordelia Sterling, the daughter of Captain John Sterling, donated the gift of the Sterling Homestead, House and Park, in memory of her father, to the people of Stratford and the surrounding area…” (Source).
  • WML.(?) Sterling – Signature present. No researchable history with those initials.

If anyone has any information about anyone or anything mentioned in this deed, please contact me at ctexplorers@gmail.com. You will be credited for your information. A higher resolution image of this document is available upon request.

Thanks for stopping in, we hope to hear from you. Please take a minute to add yourself to our Frappr Map!

Lynx

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1882 Land Deed

Posted by Michael on January 21, 2007

This is a scan from the original document. The document is in good condition, but much larger than my scanner. Therefore it had to be scanned in four pieces and then overlapped. You will see artifacting from this overlap. There are small holes where the fold lines intersect.

This deed documents the transfer of ownership of a parcel of land in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, from Willim P. Kelley to James F.(?) Nolan. The total amount of land was ‘two acres more or less’, and the purchase price was $1.

The land measurements used were Rods (16.5 Feet) and Links (7.92 inches). Due to the way they documented the location of the parcel, there isn’t any way to truely find it or photograph it. Since the department that deals with land records in Norwich City Hall isn’t open on weekends, I haven’t had a chance to look up any information there.

Dates listed on the Deed:

  • November 26, 1881
  • January 25, 1882

Names Listed on the Deed:

  • William P. Kelley – Sprague, Connecticut. No notable history. Signature present.
  • James F.(?) Nolan – Norwich, Connecticut. No notable history.
  • O.(?) O.(?) Freeman – Justice of the Peace. No notable history. Signature present.
  • Charles A. Burnham – Stationer. 174 Main Str. Norwich, Conn. Printed at top of the deed.
  • Undecipherable Signature.

If anyone has any information about anyone or anything mentioned in this deed, please email me at ctexplorers@gmail.com. You will be credited for your information. A higher resolution version of this document is available upon request.

Thank you for stopping by, and we hope to hear from you. Please sign our Frappr Map!

Lynx

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Old and/or Historical Documents

Posted by Michael on January 21, 2007

My wife and I sometimes come across old documents from time to time, and we’ll share them with you along with any history we dig up. We’ll post a scanned copy of the document with a link to a higher resolution version. Unfortunately there are a few things we won’t do:

  • The documents are not up for public display, no exceptions. This is mostly for privacy reasons. If you need a even higher resolution copy of the scanned document, you can email us, we’ll be glad to do it.
  • The documents are not up for sale, no exceptions. I understand that families like to collect old documents signed by their ancestors, but most documents have 2+ signatures from different families. I’m not going to choose which family to give/donate/sell to.
  • We do not authenticate nor guarantee the authenticity of any of the documents we display here, nor do we guarantee the history/facts we present from our research. We try to be as accurate as we possibly can, but errors to creep in and sometimes different accounts contradict each other.
  • We are not in the business of buying documents. Basically because we cannot afford the prices most Document Vendors charge.

We welcome any corrections to the history/facts about our documents, and will credit the source. Correspondance is encouraged, and we would love to hear from you. Thanks for stopping by!

Lynx

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Our New Logo

Posted by Michael on January 14, 2007

Couldn’t get out this weekend to do any exploring. First off, the weather wasn’t cooperating, which isn’t unusual because:

  1. This is New England…
  2. It’s the middle of Winter.

But the number one reason why we couldn’t go exploring this weekend is because (drum roll please!)

My daughter came down with Scarlet Fever.

We spent all morning and most of the afternoon at the emergency room at Backus Hospitol trying to figure out why she was covered in red spots and lumps. The strange thing was that didn’g itch, and she felt fine. But apparently it’s Scarlet fever, and our medical insurace doesn’t want to pay for the medication. So we went back and forth a bit…

Enough about that. I spent a little time creating the first version of our logo. Its fairly rough, so expect it to change in the future.

Next is a copy of our calling card. We leave these in places we have visited and explored.

Its based on a card we had discovered and photographed in an old mill near Norwich, CT. The ‘Explorers of Curious & Historical Objects’ was on the card, which we borrowed. Their tagline was ‘Pursuing Forgotten Places’, while we changed ours to ‘Exploring Our Past, Preserving Our Future…’ The person’s name on the card was ‘The Invisible’, which was true, because I couldn’t find anything on the ‘net about ‘The Invisible’ or E.C.H.O.

Invisible, if you ever stumble upon this, let me say that you have been an inspiration and I hope it was ok that we borrowed the E.C.H.O. title.

The first batch of the cards had to be thrown away because, I, in my infinite wisdom, misspelled ‘preserving’, making it ‘perserving’. Five pages of expensive parchment down the drain… 🙂

Until next time,

Lynx

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Welcome to Exploring Forgotten Connecticut!

Posted by Michael on January 13, 2007

Thanks for stopping in. Right at the moment we are setting up the blog, and testing out various features, trying to determine what would be best…

About us:

We, Shadow Wolf and myself, enjoy wandering around Connecticut, exploring forgotten, abandoned and historic places. We then document our visits with photos and video. Next we’ll try to research the area we investigated, learn any interesting facts and then present it to you. Connecticut has an incredibly rich history, so we shouldn’t be hurting for  areas to discover.

So please visit us again soon!

Lynx

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