Record of Mortality
Westbury and Watertown
From March, 1741, TO May, 1859
File Supplied by Bill Hosking of Watertown, CT
The preparation of a work somewhat like the following, was anticipated a year since, by one who did not live to accomplish his design.* His object was to publish the Record of Mortality only. The present writer, having in his possession some valuable manuscripts of an early date, has availed himself of these, and other sources of information, to prepare and prefix to the record of deaths, the following Historical Sketch. Meager as the work appears, it has been a more difficult one than might be supposed, especially from the absence of authentic information. In collecting the names of the first settlers in Westbury, and of the founders of the Congregational Society, on account of the want of historic records, he has been obliged to rely mostly on tradition. For this reason, though he aimed at accuracy, he may have omitted names equally worthy of a place on these pages. He here tenders his grateful acknowledgments to all, and especially to those few aged ones, still left among us, who have encouraged and assisted him in his labors. If the historian or compiler of a century hence, shall here derive the slightest assistance, or if any of the present generation shall award him their gratitude for this memorial of their departed friends, the present writer will have accomplished all that he proposed.
* Ira Hotchkiss