The Undoing of Silas Deane

By Linda Pagliuco When British General Charles Cornwallis surrendered his army at Yorktown in 1781, his troops were surrounded by officers and soldiers, muskets, sabers, and artillery secured by the diligent efforts of Connecticut’s own Silas Deane. Deane’s extraordinary role in making the War for Independence viable should have placed him among the illustrious pantheon […]

About the Author: Carol Seeley Scott

Carol Seeley Scott is an 11th-generation descendant of Robert Seeley.  She graduated from Duke University and has advanced degrees from the University of North Carolina and Winthrop University.  Most of her professional years as a librarian were spent in a high school, and now, retired, she is the librarian of her retirement community.  Married for […]

The Eel-Catcher's Travels: Robert Seeley 1602-1667

by Carol Seeley Scott Robert Seeley (1602-1667), one of the founders of Wethersfield, left no written records of his own from which today we can judge his character and personality, but from his life we can infer a number of attributes.  He was family-loving, religious, open-minded and curious about his world, civic-minded,  unafraid of hard […]

About the Author: Frances S. Shedd

Frances S. Shedd was Director of the Wethersfield Public Library from 1922 to 1946, guiding the library through the period of its greatest growth and development. “As I see it,” she said, ” a public library exists only as a public servant and only by the service it gives may it justify its existence.” The […]

History of Wethersfield Library

by Frances S. Shedd (Frances Shedd) One hundred and sixty-three years ago, in March 1783, a group of Wethersfield citizens met formally to establish the town’s first library. No doubt they felt this to be an important occasion for the leading men of the village as well as many of the lesser folk were present. […]

Purple Heart: The Badge of Military Merit

In preparation for our next case exhibition at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center that will honor Wethersfield servicemen and women from all American wars, we reached out to Post Commander Larry Spellacy of the Bourne-Keeney American Legion CT Post 23, and he was kind enough to loan a few of the objects to Wethersfield Historical […]

Wethersfield's Homebuilders: 1940s and Beyond

“There are no dividends to compare with comfort and contentment, no returns equal to the personal pride felt by the man who owns the home that shelters his family.” – Alfred G. Hubbard, Wethersfield Homebuilder But the living quarters constructed in 1633 by John Oldham and the other “Ten Adventurers” who came through the wilderness […]

Wethersfield's Homebuilders: 1900 – 1930

By  Jim Meehan “There are no dividends to compare with comfort and contentment, no returns equal to the personal pride felt by the man who owns the home that shelters his family.” – Alfred G. Hubbard, Wethersfield Homebuilder But the living quarters constructed in 1633 by John Oldham and the other “Ten Adventurers” who came […]

Wethersfield's Homebuilders: 1634 – 1900

by Jim Meehan “There are no dividends to compare with the comfort and contentment, no returns equal to the personal pride felt by the man who owns the home that shelters his family.” – Alfred G. Hubbard, Wethersfield Homebuilder But the living quarters constructed in 1633 by John Oldham and the other “Ten Adventurers” who […]

About the Author: Barbara J. Mathews

“Barbara J. Matthews is a Certified Genealogist specializing in colonial Connecticut genealogy and the author of several books and articles.  She blogs at http://blog.demandinggenealogist.com/