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Historical Sketches

of The Town of Milford


George Hare Ford

This book was scanned in sections to keep the download sizes reasonable. The original work shows foxing, discoloration due to age, as well as staining on the edge toward the later pages. Despite the condition of the original, the work was deemed important enough to include in the Milford site. The Frontispiece, Names of Residents in the town 1835, was not scanned as the details are too small to be useful.

Cite as: George Hare Ford, Historical Sketches of the Town of Milford, online <> [ADD DATE DOWNLOADED HERE]. Previously published in hard copy (New Haven, CT: Press of the Tuttle, Morehouse and Taylor Co., Limited Edition, 1914).

Cover Page, Title and verso (Adobe Acrobat .pdf file)

Preface (Adobe Acrobat .pdf file)

Table of Contents and Pages 1-15 (Adobe Acrobat .pdf file)

  • Table of Contents
  • List of Illustrations
  • New Haven Colony
  • Plantation Covenant
  • The New Haven Colonists Acquired All Their Land By Purchase From The Indians
  • Land Purchased for the Town of Milford From the Indians Including Date of Purchase and Boundary Line
  • Illustration: Plan of the Original Town Plot of Milford, 1646
  • Names of the original settlers of the town in 1639 and after planters about 1660
  • Illustration: Patent Granted 1712-13
  • Names of 235 freeholders included in the Patent granted 1712

Pages 16-34 (Adobe Acrobat .pdf file)

  • Milford Indians
  • Illustration: East View of the Oyster Establishment, on Poconoc Point, Milford (1838)
  • Milford Islands
  • Fort Trumball
  • Roads
  • Original Bridges
  • The Old King's Highway (The route George Washington probably took through town.)
  • Milford as a Mill Town 1640-1714
  • Burying Ground
  • Names of 60 Revolutionary patriots buried in the Milford Cemetery
  • Illustration: First Meeting House with interior plan
  • Churches
  • Illustration: Southern View of the Congregational Churches in Milford, 1835
  • Taverns
  • Education 1645-1833
  • Trade, Commerce and Ship Building

Pages 35-43 (Adobe Acrobat .pdf file)

  • Gov. Robert Treat
  • Illustration: Treat Tablet on Kinney Building, Newark, NJ
  • Gov. Jonathan Law
  • The Regicide House is Considered the Oldest in Existence in the Town To-Day
  • Names of the Town Clerks of Milford 1640 to 1914
  • Arctic Engine Company
  • New Milford Settled by Milford
  • The Town of Orange
  • Owners of Slaves, 1790

Pages 44-62 (Adobe Acrobat .pdf file)

  • Names of the heads of families residing in the town 1790
  • Names of Milford Men who served in the Civil War 1861-65
  • Photograph: The Higby House
  • The Story of Aaron Burr's Encounter with the Deacon
  • A Leaf of Milford History, A Thanksgiving Sermon, 1858, preached by Jonathan Brace, D.D.

Pages 63-69 (Adobe Acrobat .pdf file)

  • Illustration: Continental Currency, Revolutionary Period
  • The Town of Milford During the American Revolution, Prize Essay, by Mabel Whitman Mahoney
    Read at the Graduating Exercises of the Milford High School, June 17, 1913

Pages 70-80 (Adobe Acrobat .pdf file)

  • Historical Address, Delivered at the unveiling of the Milford Memorial Fountain, by George Hare Ford
  • Photographs: Milford Memorials
  • Photograph: Memorial Bridge 1639-1889