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Early Connecticut Marriages

as found on
Ancient Church Records
Prior to 1800


By
Frederick W. Bailey
New Haven

In seven volumes
1896-1906

o O o

- An Index To the Towns -



Why a town index?

If you have ever worked with this source, you know very well why: The towns  are not treated in any sort of order! You must examine the table of contents of each of the seven volumes -- and the list of towns reporting records lost or destroyed. I've done that for you; This is essentially an index to the tables of contents of the seven volumes.
  • Pages: volume:page
  • Counties: set in all CAPS 

Availability 

I've received numerous queries regarding the availability of Mr. Bailey's work. The original edition is quite rare now, and would sell for several hundreds of dollars in good condition. Fortunately, several republications have been made over the past 50 years or so, with consolidated editions and with corrections by Donald Lines Jacobus. You can usually find a selection on BookFinder.com with prices in the neighborhood of US$50. I got my copy on eBay.

Format

Each volume is divided into chapters, each of which treats a specific church and town. The chapter may be further subdivided by the particular ministers who perfomed the ceremonies.

The data entries are in approximate chronological order or by the husband's surname (this varies by chapter and is probably as found in the records) and consist of just two names and a date. There is occasional additional detail of origin, especially if one or both of the parties were non-residents.

A typical entry, this from Vol III, Ridgefield:
 

  Nathan Comstolk & Rachel Keeler, both of ye State of New York Feb, 29, 1787

Quirks

Each volume of the original work is indexed separately, no doubt because the seven volumes were published over a span of 10 years. These indices are most peculiar in format. As explained by Donald Lines Jacobus:
THE INDICES: NOTE WELL. Each volume is indexed separately, and by surname only. The indices are alphabetical to this extent. All names beginning with the same letter are indexed together under [that] initial letter. Thus Bradley and Beach will naturally be found under the letter B. However, the names are then placed in accordance with the first vowel in the name and not in strict alphabetical order. Hence Bradley will appear considerably ahead of Beach, because the first vowel in Bradley is 'a' while the first [vowel] in Beach is 'e'. Suppose the name sought is Clement. Turn to the letter C and skip along through those in which the first vowel is 'a' such as Carrington and Crane until you reach names in which the first vowel is 'e' and read these through until you find Clement. When you reach C names in which the first vowel is 'o' such as Colburn*, your index search whether successful in locating the name Clement or not, is over.
* Even the great Jacobus was confused by Bailey's unorthodox indexing scheme. The underlined part should read "in which the first vowel is "i" such as Child", 'i' being the next vowel after 'e', not 'o'.
 
-R.
July 2000

Index


Andover (TOLLAND); B&M <1818, burned at West Springfield, MA
Ashford (WINDHAM); 1:29
Ashford - Westford (WINDHAM); 6:82
Barkhamsted, Congregational (LITCHFIELD); 7:77
Berlin - Farmington (HARTFORD); 4:3
Bethany (NEW HAVEN); <1823, lost
Bethleham (LITCHFIELD); 5:29
Bloomfield - Windsor (HARTFORD); 4:113
Bolton (TOLLAND); 4:123
Bozrah - Norwich (NEW LONDON); 5:50
Branford (NEW HAVEN); 2:99
Bristol (HARTFORD); no marriages <1792, bapt. begin 1800
Brooklyn (WINDHAM); 1:34
Brooklyn, Trinity Episcopal (WINDHAM); 7:28
Canaan, Congregational (LITCHFIELD); 7:72
Canterbury (WINDHAM); 2:120
Canton Center (HARTFORD); <1826 lost
Chatham (MIDDLESEX); 3:74
Chatham - Portland (MIDDLESEX); 4:96
Cheshire (NEW HAVEN); 3:51
Chester - Saybrook (MIDDLESEX); 1:89
Clinton - Killingworth (MIDDLESEX); 6:67
Colchester (NEW LONDON); 3:97
Colchester - Westchester, Congregational (NEW LONDON); 7:112
Columbia - Lebanon (NEW LONDON); 7:74
Columbia - Lebanon (TOLLAND); 7:74
Cornwell (LITCHFIELD); 5:22
Coventry (TOLLAND); none <1818
Coventry, Congregational (TOLLAND); 7:61
Cromwell (MIDDLESEX); 2:87
Darien - Stamford (FAIRFIELD); 6:57
East Granby (HARTFORD); (lost)
East Haddam (MIDDLESEX); 6:119
East Haddam - Hadlyme (MIDDLESEX); no marriages <1800, bapt. begin 1745
East Haddam, Millington (MIDDLESEX); 1:82
East Hartford (HARTFORD); 2:85
East Haven (NEW HAVEN); 6:24
East Lyme (NEW LONDON); lost
Eastford (WINDHAM); no records <1800
Easton - Fairfield (FAIRFIELD); 5:59
Ellington (TOLLAND); lost
Enfield, Congregational (HARTFORD); 7:79
Fairfield (FAIRFIELD); 6:34
Fairfield - Easton (FAIRFIELD); 5:59
Fairfield - Greenfield Hill, Congregational (FAIRFIELD); 7:29
Fairfield - Weston (FAIRFIELD); 5:63
Fairfield - Westport (FAIRFIELD); 3:151
FAIRFIELD, Darien - Stamford; 6:57
FAIRFIELD, Easton - Fairfield; 5:59
FAIRFIELD, Fairfield - Easton; 5:59
FAIRFIELD, Fairfield - Greenfield Hill, Congregational; 7:29
FAIRFIELD, Fairfield - Weston; 5:63
FAIRFIELD, Fairfield - Westport; 3:151
FAIRFIELD, Fairfield; 6:34
FAIRFIELD, Greenfield Hill, Congregational - Fairfield; 7:29
FAIRFIELD, Greenwich - Stanwich; burned 1821
FAIRFIELD, Greenwich; 4:87 (nothing <1787)
FAIRFIELD, Huntington, Congregational - Stratford; 7:86
FAIRFIELD, Huntington, St. Paul's Episcopal - Stratford; 7:14
FAIRFIELD, Monroe; no marriages <1800, bapt. begin 1776
FAIRFIELD, New Canaan - Stamford; 4:21
FAIRFIELD, Newtown; 2:131
FAIRFIELD, Redding; 1:70
FAIRFIELD, Ridgefield [1st church?]; nothing <1800
FAIRFIELD, Ridgefield, 2nd church; 3:84
FAIRFIELD, Sherman; burned
FAIRFIELD, Stamford - Darien; 6:57
FAIRFIELD, Stamford - New Canaan; 4:21
FAIRFIELD, Stamford, St. John's Episcopal; 7:15
FAIRFIELD, Stamford; 6:47
FAIRFIELD, Stanwich - Greenwich; burned 1821
FAIRFIELD, Stratford - Huntington, Congregational; 7:86
FAIRFIELD, Stratford - Huntington, St. Paul's Episcopal; 7:14
FAIRFIELD, Stratford - Trumbull, Congregational; 7:93
FAIRFIELD, Stratford, Christ Episcopal; 7:9
FAIRFIELD, Stratford; 5:99
FAIRFIELD, Trumbull, Congregational - Stratford; 7:93
FAIRFIELD, Weston - Fairfield; 5:63
FAIRFIELD, Westport - Fairfield; 3:151
FAIRFIELD, Wilton; 3:62
Farmington - Berlin (HARTFORD); 4:3
Franklin - Norwich (NEW LONDON); 4:77
Glastonbury (HARTFORD); 5:103
Glastonbury, Congregational (HARTFORD); 7:101
Goshen (LITCHFIELD); lost
Goshen - Lebanon (NEW LONDON); 5:41
Greenfield Hill, Congregational - Fairfield (FAIRFIELD); 7:29
Greenwich (FAIRFIELD); 4:87 (nothing <1787)
Greenwich - Stanwich (FAIRFIELD); burned 1821
Griswold - Preston (NEW LONDON); 4:32
Haddam (MIDDLESEX); 1:44
Hadlyme - East Haddam (MIDDLESEX); no marriages <1800, bapt. begin 1745
Hamburgh - Lyme (NEW LONDON); lost
Hamden, Congregational - New Haven (NEW HAVEN); 7:74
Hampton - Windham (WINDHAM); 4:69
HARTFORD, Berlin - Farmington; 4:3
HARTFORD, Bloomfield - Windsor; 4:113
HARTFORD, Bristol; no marriages <1792, bapt. begin 1800
HARTFORD, Canton Center; <1826 lost
HARTFORD, East Granby; (lost)
HARTFORD, East Hartford; 2:85
HARTFORD, Enfield, Congregational; 7:79
HARTFORD, Farmington - Berlin; 4:3
HARTFORD, Glastonbury, Congregational; 7:101
HARTFORD, Glastonbury; 5:103
HARTFORD, Hartland; 5:77
HARTFORD, Marborough; missing
HARTFORD, Rocky Hill - Wethersfield; 6:73
HARTFORD, So. Manchester; (lost)
HARTFORD, Suffield - West; no records <1840
HARTFORD, West - Suffield; no records <1840
HARTFORD, West Hartford; 2:72
HARTFORD, Wethersfield - Rocky Hill; 6:73
HARTFORD, Wethersfield; 3:7
HARTFORD, Windsor - Bloomfield; 4:113
Hartland (HARTFORD); 5:77
Harwinton (LITCHFIELD); nothing <1790
Hebron (TOLLAND); 3:91 (early records burned)
Huntington, Congregational - Stratford (FAIRFIELD); 7:86
Huntington, St. Paul's Episcopal - Stratford (FAIRFIELD); 7:14
Kent (LITCHFIELD); 5:19
Killingly - Putnam (WINDHAM); 5:33
Killingworth (MIDDLESEX); 3:30
Killingworth - Clinton (MIDDLESEX); 6:67
Lebanon (NEW LONDON); 2:38
Lebanon - Columbia (NEW LONDON); 7:74
Lebanon - Columbia (TOLLAND); 7:74
Lebanon - Goshen (NEW LONDON); 5:41
Lisbon - Norwich (NEW LONDON); 5:83, 6:86
Litchfield (LITCHFIELD); <1886, burned
Litchfield - Morris (LITCHFIELD); 6:84
LITCHFIELD, Barkhamsted, Congregational; 7:77
LITCHFIELD, Bethleham; 5:29
LITCHFIELD, Canaan, Congregational; 7:72
LITCHFIELD, Cornwell; 5:22
LITCHFIELD, Goshen; lost
LITCHFIELD, Harwinton; nothing <1790
LITCHFIELD, Kent; 5:19
LITCHFIELD, Litchfield - Morris; 6:84
LITCHFIELD, Litchfield; <1886, burned
LITCHFIELD, Morris - Litchfield; 6:84
LITCHFIELD, New Hartford; 3:144
LITCHFIELD, New Milford; 3:108
LITCHFIELD, Norfolk; 1:63
LITCHFIELD, North Canaan; 5:21
LITCHFIELD, Plymouth; no marriages <1800
LITCHFIELD, Salisbury; no records <1800
LITCHFIELD, Torrington, Congregational; 7:68
LITCHFIELD, Torrington; burned, nothing <1837
LITCHFIELD, Washington; 1:95, 5:71
LITCHFIELD, Watertown; lost
Lyme (NEW LONDON); 3:132
Lyme - Hamburgh (NEW LONDON); lost
Madison, North (NEW HAVEN); 1:101
Mansfield (TOLLAND); 2:126
Marborough (HARTFORD); missing
Meriden - Wallingford (NEW HAVEN); 4:104
Middlefield (MIDDLESEX); no records <1808
MIDDLESEX, Chatham - Portland; 4:96
MIDDLESEX, Chatham; 3:74
MIDDLESEX, Chester - Saybrook; 1:89
MIDDLESEX, Clinton - Killingworth; 6:67
MIDDLESEX, Cromwell; 2:87
MIDDLESEX, East Haddam - Hadlyme; no marriages <1800, bapt. begin 1745
MIDDLESEX, East Haddam, Millington; 1:82
MIDDLESEX, East Haddam; 6:119
MIDDLESEX, Haddam; 1:44
MIDDLESEX, Hadlyme - East Haddam; no marriages <1800, bapt. begin 1745
MIDDLESEX, Killingworth - Clinton; 6:67
MIDDLESEX, Killingworth; 3:30
MIDDLESEX, Middlefield; no records <1808
MIDDLESEX, Middletown - South; no records <1800
MIDDLESEX, Middletown; 6:92
MIDDLESEX, Portland - Chatham; 4:96
MIDDLESEX, Saybrook - Chester; 1:89
MIDDLESEX, Saybrook - Westbrook, Congregational; 7:57
MIDDLESEX, Saybrook - Westbrook; 2:113
MIDDLESEX, South - Middletown; no records <1800
MIDDLESEX, Westbrook - Saybrook; 2:113
MIDDLESEX, Westbrook, Congregational - Saybrook; 7:57
Middletown (MIDDLESEX); 6:92
Middletown - South (MIDDLESEX); no records <1800
Milford, 1st Church (NEW HAVEN); 5:7
Milford, 2nd Church (NEW HAVEN); 5:11
Monroe (FAIRFIELD); no marriages <1800, bapt. begin 1776
Montville (NEW LONDON); 1:69
Morris - Litchfield (LITCHFIELD); 6:84
New Canaan - Stamford (FAIRFIELD); 4:21
New Hartford (LITCHFIELD); 3:144
New Haven - Hamden, Congregational (NEW HAVEN); 7:74
New Haven - Woodbridge, Congregational (NEW HAVEN); 7:47
New Haven, 1st Church (NEW HAVEN); 1:7
New Haven, 2nd Church (NEW HAVEN); 1:25
NEW HAVEN, Bethany; <1823, lost
NEW HAVEN, Branford; 2:99
NEW HAVEN, Cheshire; 3:51
NEW HAVEN, East Haven; 6:24
NEW HAVEN, Hamden, Congregational - New Haven; 7:74
NEW HAVEN, Madison, North; 1:101
NEW HAVEN, Meriden - Wallingford; 4:104
NEW HAVEN, Milford, 1st Church; 5:7
NEW HAVEN, Milford, 2nd Church; 5:11
NEW HAVEN, New Haven - Hamden, Congregational; 7:74
NEW HAVEN, New Haven - Woodbridge, Congregational; 7:47
NEW HAVEN, New Haven, 1st Church; 1:7
NEW HAVEN, New Haven, 2nd Church; 1:25
NEW HAVEN, New Haven, The United Church; 6:7
NEW HAVEN, New Haven, Trinity Episcopal; 7:22
NEW HAVEN, North Branford; 5:14
NEW HAVEN, North Guilford; lost
NEW HAVEN, North Haven; 6:15
New Haven, The United Church (NEW HAVEN); 6:7
New Haven, Trinity Episcopal (NEW HAVEN); 7:22
NEW HAVEN, Wallingford - Meriden; 4:104
NEW HAVEN, Wallingford; 4:58
NEW HAVEN, West Haven; <1815, lost
NEW HAVEN, Woodbridge, Congregational - New Haven; 7:47
New London (NEW LONDON); 2:7
NEW LONDON, Bozrah - Norwich; 5:50
NEW LONDON, Colchester - Westchester, Congregational; 7:112
NEW LONDON, Colchester; 3:97
NEW LONDON, Columbia - Lebanon; 7:74
NEW LONDON, East Lyme; lost
NEW LONDON, Franklin - Norwich; 4:77
NEW LONDON, Goshen - Lebanon; 5:41
NEW LONDON, Griswold - Preston; 4:32
NEW LONDON, Hamburgh - Lyme; lost
NEW LONDON, Lebanon - Columbia; 7:74
NEW LONDON, Lebanon - Goshen; 5:41
NEW LONDON, Lebanon; 2:38
NEW LONDON, Lisbon - Norwich; 5:83, 6:86
NEW LONDON, Lyme - Hamburgh; lost
NEW LONDON, Lyme; 3:132
NEW LONDON, Montville; 1:69
NEW LONDON, New London; 2:7
NEW LONDON, Norwich - Bozrah; 5:50
NEW LONDON, Norwich - Franklin; 4:77
NEW LONDON, Norwich - Lisbon; 5:83, 6:86
NEW LONDON, Preston - Griswold; 4:32
NEW LONDON, Preston, Congregational; 7:40
NEW LONDON, Stonington; 1:53
NEW LONDON, Voluntown; 3:124
NEW LONDON, Westchester, Congregational - Colchester; 7:112
New Milford (LITCHFIELD); 3:108
Newtown (FAIRFIELD); 2:131
Norfolk (LITCHFIELD); 1:63
North Branford (NEW HAVEN); 5:14
North Canaan (LITCHFIELD); 5:21
North Guilford (NEW HAVEN); lost
North Haven (NEW HAVEN); 6:15
Norwich - Bozrah (NEW LONDON); 5:50
Norwich - Franklin (NEW LONDON); 4:77
Norwich - Lisbon (NEW LONDON); 5:83, 6:86
Plainfield (WINDHAM); 2:66
Plymouth (LITCHFIELD); no marriages <1800
Pomfret (WINDHAM); 1:76
Portland - Chatham (MIDDLESEX); 4:96
Preston - Griswold (NEW LONDON); 4:32
Preston, Congregational (NEW LONDON); 7:40
Putnam - Killingly (WINDHAM); 5:33
Redding (FAIRFIELD); 1:70
Ridgefield [1st church?] (FAIRFIELD); nothing <1800
Ridgefield, 2nd church (FAIRFIELD); 3:84
Rocky Hill - Wethersfield (HARTFORD); 6:73
Salisbury (LITCHFIELD); no records <1800
Saybrook - Chester (MIDDLESEX); 1:89
Saybrook - Westbrook (MIDDLESEX); 2:113
Saybrook - Westbrook, Congregational (MIDDLESEX); 7:57
Scotland (WINDHAM); 3:43
Sherman (FAIRFIELD); burned
So. Manchester (HARTFORD); (lost)
Somers (TOLLAND); 5:90
South - Middletown (MIDDLESEX); no records <1800
Stamford (FAIRFIELD); 6:47
Stamford - Darien (FAIRFIELD); 6:57
Stamford - New Canaan (FAIRFIELD); 4:21
Stamford, St. John's Episcopal (FAIRFIELD); 7:15
Stanwich - Greenwich (FAIRFIELD); burned 1821
Stonington (NEW LONDON); 1:53
Stratford (FAIRFIELD); 5:99
Stratford - Huntington, Congregational (FAIRFIELD); 7:86
Stratford - Huntington, St. Paul's Episcopal (FAIRFIELD); 7:14
Stratford - Trumbull, Congregational (FAIRFIELD); 7:93
Stratford, Christ Episcopal (FAIRFIELD); 7:9
Suffield - West (HARTFORD); no records <1840
Thompson (WINDHAM); 2:50
Tolland (TOLLAND); burned
TOLLAND, Andover; B&M <1818, burned at West Springfield, MA
TOLLAND, Bolton; 4:123
TOLLAND, Columbia - Lebanon; 7:74
TOLLAND, Coventry, Congregational; 7:61
TOLLAND, Coventry; none <1818
TOLLAND, Ellington; lost
TOLLAND, Hebron; 3:91 (early records burned)
TOLLAND, Lebanon - Columbia; 7:74
TOLLAND, Mansfield; 2:126
TOLLAND, Somers; 5:90
TOLLAND, Tolland; burned
TOLLAND, Union; 5:26
Torrington (LITCHFIELD); burned, nothing <1837
Torrington, Congregational (LITCHFIELD); 7:68
Trumbull, Congregational - Stratford (FAIRFIELD); 7:93
Union (TOLLAND); 5:26
Voluntown (NEW LONDON); 3:124
Wallingford (NEW HAVEN); 4:58
Wallingford - Meriden (NEW HAVEN); 4:104
Washington (LITCHFIELD); 1:95, 5:71
Watertown (LITCHFIELD); lost
West - Suffield (HARTFORD); no records <1840
West Hartford (HARTFORD); 2:72
West Haven (NEW HAVEN); <1815, lost
Westbrook - Saybrook (MIDDLESEX); 2:113
Westbrook, Congregational - Saybrook (MIDDLESEX); 7:57
Westchester, Congregational - Colchester (NEW LONDON); 7:112
Westford - Ashford (WINDHAM); 6:82
Westminster, of Canterbury (WINDHAM); none <1824
Weston - Fairfield (FAIRFIELD); 5:63
Westport - Fairfield (FAIRFIELD); 3:151
Wethersfield (HARTFORD); 3:7
Wethersfield - Rocky Hill (HARTFORD); 6:73
Wilton (FAIRFIELD); 3:62
Windham - Hampton (WINDHAM); 4:69
WINDHAM, Ashford - Westford; 6:82
WINDHAM, Ashford; 1:29
WINDHAM, Brooklyn, Trinity Episcopal; 7:28
WINDHAM, Brooklyn; 1:34
WINDHAM, Canterbury; 2:120
Windham, Congregational (WINDHAM); 7:75
WINDHAM, Eastford; no records <1800
WINDHAM, Hampton - Windham; 4:69
WINDHAM, Killingly - Putnam; 5:33
WINDHAM, Plainfield; 2:66
WINDHAM, Pomfret; 1:76
WINDHAM, Putnam - Killingly; 5:33
WINDHAM, Scotland; 3:43
WINDHAM, Thompson; 2:50
WINDHAM, Westford - Ashford; 6:82
WINDHAM, Westminster, of Canterbury; none <1824
WINDHAM, Windham - Hampton; 4:69
WINDHAM, Windham, Congregational; 7:75
WINDHAM, Woodstock; 1:104
Windsor - Bloomfield (HARTFORD); 4:113
Woodbridge, Congregational - New Haven (NEW HAVEN); 7:47
Woodstock (WINDHAM); 1:104

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