One Branch of the Josiah Willard Family of Wethersfield

The information herewith was taken from the book DESCENDANTS OF JOSIAH-2 WILLARD, Published in 1972 by THE WILLARD FAMILY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, INC. and THE WILLARD NEWS. The motto on the shield translates to “Patience Rejoices in Hardships”.Major Simon Willard, progenitor of the New England Willard Family, was baptized April 7,  1605 in St. Margaret’s […]

About the Author: Rafaele Fierro

Rafaele Fierro was born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut, the son of Italian immigrants. He went to Bulkeley High School in Hartford, got his B.A. from Trinity College in 1992 and his doctorate in immigration history from the University of Connecticut in 2000. He was inspired to to teach history while at Trinity by Professor […]

Wethersfield: A History

It was an immense specimen. At 97 feet tall, with a 29.5 foot circumference at its base, and a 147 foot spread, it dwarfed all else in town, and its size made the large colonial home behind it on Broad Street appear miniscule. The Great Wethersfield Elm, according to Porter Sargent, author of A Handbook […]

About the Author: Rafaele Fierro

Rafaele Fierro was born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut, the son of Italian immigrants. He went to Bulkeley High School in Hartford, got his B.A. from Trinity College in 1992 and his doctorate in immigration history from the University of Connecticut in 2000. He was inspired to to teach history while at Trinity by Professor […]

The Story of Connecticut’s Italians

An 1868 article in the New Britain Record matter of factly reported “a few Italian musicians parading the city’s streets.” The newspaper’s comments signaled the presence of a new immigrant culture, even though only 117 Italians lived in the state then and a mere 879 a decade later. Few could have anticipated the dramatic increases […]