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Cheshire History

See also Genealogy


The Town of Cheshire

The area that is now Cheshire, Connecticut, was first settled in 1694, as a part of Wallingford.  In 1780, Cheshire was established as a separate town.  Cheshire remained a farming village well into the 1900s.  As recently as 1950, the town’s population was 6,295.  Cheshire has been home to  Cheshire Academy college prep school since the school was founded as the Episcopal Academy in 1794.

Historical Print Resources

The Library maintains a print collection which includes: town, county, regional & state histories; local family histories; high school yearbooks; city directories; the Cheshire volume of the Hale Collection of Connecticut Cemetery Inscriptions; a clipping file primarily containing articles from the Cheshire Herald, 1953 to date; & most of the volumes of The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records.

 

Historical Online Indexes Available from home

 

Cheshire Newspaper Articles Collection Index (1756 – 1922)

From its settlement in 1694, until 1953, Cheshire did not have a long standing local newspaper.  There is no ‘paper of record’ that contains the town’s day-to-day news for over 250 years.

The Cheshire Newspaper Articles Collection is drawn from state and national newspapers that printed articles about the town and its residents.

Most articles include the names of local residents.  Many articles are very brief, or are legal notices that include local residents’ names. For genealogists, the value of these articles is that they place an individual in an historic place and time. Historians will be interested to read about notable town events.

The Collection does not include all events that occurred in town.  In some cases there are gaps of many years between articles.  The intent of the collection is twofold.  It partially fills a gap that exists regarding newspaper archives, and it provides information to family history researchers about ancestors who at one time lived in Cheshire.

Please note: The articles are protected by copyright laws and may not be used without the permission of the provider.

Cheshire Newspaper Articles Collection Index

 

Cheshire Herald Obituary Index

The staff of the Cheshire Public Library is currently undergoing a project that will provide a searchable index to obituaries that appeared in the Cheshire Herald. What is available here is only a sample from that index. When completed, the index will contain the names of persons whose obituaries appeared in the Herald from 1953 to the present. In the meantime, the Reference Librarians will respond to email or telephone requests for obituaries for inquiries regarding individuals not yet indexed.

Cheshire Herald Obituary Index

 

How to order copies of articles.

Cheshire Public Library will email copies of newspaper articles or obituaries listed in the online indexes upon request.  To order copies, email the complete citation as found in the index. SEE OUR EMAIL FORM BELOW.

Please Note – The Subject Line must read: Cheshire History Request

Please Note – The information within the email must include the complete citation to the requested information.

Examples:

News Article
Trolleys – Accident on trestle – 20 Feb 1903
 
News Article
Baldwin, Jesse – Death – 15 Dec 1892
 
Obituary
Adams, John – 02/27/1964 – page 7
 

Any questions?  Contact the library at 203-272-2245, extension 4 or use our email form. (Enter YOUR email address in the email address box!)

 

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