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Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee is Seeking Descendants of Founders

On June 13 at 1 P.M., the Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee will dedicate a new granite Tolland Founders Monument at the corner of Dunn Hill and Old Stafford roads.

The monument honors the 59 pioneers who, on May 9, 1713, first petitioned the Connecticut Colony to make the Tolland area its own town. The charter was finally granted on May 12, 1715.

The public is invited to the dedication, and the committee is seeking descendants of the founders to attend and take part in the ceremony.

The men listed on the monument are Joseph Baker; Benjamin Barber; Cornelius Birge; Josiah Bissell; Henry and Simon Chapman; Daniel, Ebenezer, and Nathaniel Cook; Nathaniel Drake; Thomas Edgar; Thomas Eggleston; Samuel Ellsworth; John Eno; Joseph Farnsworth; Jonas Gaylord; Cornelius and Nathaniel Gillett Jr.; Nathaniel, Noah, and Samuel Grant; Daniel Griswold Jr.; Thomas Griswold; John Gridley; Benaiah Holcomb; Anthony Hoskins; John Huntington; H. Loomer; Daniel, David, Joshua, Ichabod, and Stephen Loomis; Samuel Marshall; Jedediah Mills; Joseph and William Phelps; Humphrey, Jonathan, and Nathaniel Pinney; Daniel, Joseph, and Nathaniel Porter; Joseph and Samuel Rockwell; Joseph Skinner; Phillip Smith; Henry Stiles Jr.; Thomas Stiles; Israel Stoughton; Robert Warren; Nathaniel Watson; John, Joshua, Samuel, and Joshua Willes Sr.; and Charles, Henry, and Roger Wolcott.

Descendants can RSVP by email to Tolland 300th Anniversary Secretary Kate Farrish at kate@tolland300.org or by calling 860-871-8089.

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One Response to “Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee is Seeking Descendants of Founders”

  1. Robert Laughlin says:

    Roots from Tolland

    Likely ancestors: Joseph Porter, Samuel Rockwell.

    Also Loomis, Day and Benton branches are all from Tolland.

    Abner Ashley, my greatx5 grandfather fought in the American Revolution and lived his last years in Tolland, Connecticut.

    George Andrew Wilson, a relative from Tolland, served with the Connecticut First Artillery, was captured, died at Libby Prison on his 20th birthday and was later returned for burial at Tolland, Connecticut.

    We would probably still be living in Tolland, but my Greatx3 grandmother Rachel Benton married a Perkins from Manchester. We still live in the Perkins Homestead, now.

    Congratulations on 300 years and an amazing celebration. Really well done.


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