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Connecticut Place Names

Source: Arthur H. Hughes and Morse S. Allen, Connecticut Place Names (Hartford: Connecticut Historical
Society, 1976).

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In 1651 the General court ordered that “Mattabeseck shall be a town,” and in 1653 directed “that the name of the Plantatyon commonly called Mattabesick shall for time to come be Middletown.”  Crofut.  The name indicated its location halfway between Saybrook and the up-river towns [ … ] It was settled largely from HTF [Hartford] and WETH [Wethersfield] in 1650, and was recognized as a town the following year; it was a rectangle bisected by the Conn. R. Spelled Midleton on (Mather 1697).  The part E of the river was incorp. as the town of Chatham, 1767; from Chatham, Portland was incorp., 1842, and the name Chatham was changed to East Hampton in 1915.  The NE corner was taken to form part of the town of Berlin, 1785.  Middletown Upper Houses was incorp. as the town of Cromwell, 1851; and Middletown’s SW corner was incorp. as Middlefield, 1866…  Top. quads. [U.S. topographical quadrangle maps]: Durham, Middletown, Midle Haddam, and a small area in Meriden.

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OLD CEMETERY. i.e., Old North Burying Ground; Riverside Cemetery.  1658.  Conn. Mag. II, 375.  Beside Conn. R.

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