BIRTHS, BAPTISMS MARRIAGES AND DEATHS
FROM THE RECORDS OF THE TOWN AND CHURCHES IN
COPIED FROM THE RECORDS BY
SUSAN W. DIMOCK
THE BAKER & TAYLOR COMPANY
5 AND 7 EAST SIXTEENTH STREET
TOWN OF MANSFIELD, CONN.
[Transcribed by Bill Carr]
Miss Ellen D. Larned’s valuable History of Windham County, tells us that Mansfield was included in a tract of land left by Joshua, third son of a Mohegan chief, to Capt. John Mason and fifteen other gentlemen from Norwich. After the tract was surveyed, and divided into lots, three sites were “selected for villages. The Hither Place, now Old Windham village, the Ponde Place, now Mansfield Centre, and the valley of the Willimantic, near the site of the Willimantic Borough.”
The town of Mansfield was incorporated in May, 1703, but it was not until 1710 that Mr Eleazer Williams, son of Rev. John Williams of Deerfield, Mass, was ordained a pastor of the first church.
In 1737, the town was divided into North and South Parishes, and in 1744 a second church was established in the North Parish, over which Rev. Wm. Thorp from Lebanon, was ordained as pastor. There are very few records of the second church in its early days.
In these old records, I find what are evidently the same names, spelled differently; for instance, Slaughter and Slater, Royse and Royce, Dimuck, Dimmick, or Dimock. Often under the same entry, you will find all the spellings. I have copied them according to original spelling as far as possible.
The records of Coventry, Conn., have been received with so much appreciation, that I have been encouraged to compile the records of Mansfield, Conn.
I hope that the State may be induced to print the records of the old towns. They are fast becoming illegible. In many cases they are already partly destroyed. This is especially true of church records. Unless this subject is soon taken up systematically, much that is of the greatest value will be lost forever.
I have received most valuable assistance in this work from Mr. Bradley M. Sears, the present Town Clerk of Mansfield.
I also wish to make acknowledgment for assistance rendered by Mr. A. W. Buchannan, of Mansfield Centre.
SUSAN WHITNEY DIMOCK.
August 1, 1898.
25 EAST 60TH STREET, NEW YORK,
AND SOUTH COVENTRY, CONN.
BIRTHS – 1703 TO 1850 - page 1
MARRIAGES – 1703 TO 1850 - page 200
DEATHS – 1703 TO 1850 - page 301
FIRST CHURCH RECORDS
BAPTISMS – 1710 TO 1849 - page 351
MARRIAGES – 1744 TO 1820 - page 415
DEATHS – 1807 TO 1850 - page 426
SECOND CHURCH RECORDS
BAPTISMS – 1745 TO 1849 - page 436
DEATHS – 1830 TO 1843 - page 452
INDEX - page 459