East Haven Historical Books and Documents Online

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The following books and historical documents are available on the Internet:

The East Haven Register by Reverend Stephen Dodd, New Haven, 1824

D Part 1. A history of EH 1644-1800. Part II. Names, marriages,births of families which first settled or have resided in EH 1644-1800. (Some printings have parts II and III only called “the appendix.”) Part III Deaths 1647- 1823. Genealogies of the families of East Haven. In relation to the death register “The present place of burial in East Haven was sequestered for the purpose in 1707. Previous to that time, some of the dead were buried on the west side of the Green; but they were generally carried to New Haven.”


A History of the Village and Town of East Haven, Connecticut from the First Land Grant of Land in 1644 to 1873 by Reverend Daniel Havens 

This is part one and part two of the first  volume of a currently unpublished document. The document was abridged and edited from the original by former Town Historian, Paul H. Stevens in 1965. Parts two through nine in the second and third volumes have not yet been placed on the Internet but are available to be viewed in hard copy at the Hagaman Library.


History of East Haven by Sarah Hughes  Morehouse & Taylor Press, New Haven, Conn., 1908


The Evolution of an Old New England Church : being the History of the Old Stone Church in East Haven Connecticut.   Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company, New Haven, Conn., 1924.


Articles and Documents on Slavery in East Haven

Evil Practice of Slavery Once Took Place In East Haven by Clif Nitchke, Advertiser Feb. 15, 1997

Wedgwood Medallion Against Slavery, Photo courtesy of Clif Nitchke See: Evil Practice of Slavery by Clif Nitchke

Copy of Deed of Sale for Negro Boy 17?6

Zebulon Farren, East Haven Abolitionist, 1795 Information and Excerpt

Zebulon Farren, Document Freeing Sophia “for divers good causes”

        Connected with the Amistad Slave Ship

East Haven Native, Sidney Moulthrop, Amistad Artist

Profiles Based on East Haven Native Artist Sidney Moulthrop’s Casts for Wax Figures from the Amistad Ship


Articles and Documents on Lake Saltonstall

Colonial Blast Furnace on Lake Saltonstall from the book Know Your State by W.J. Prendergast

Lake Saltonstall Its Surrounding and Attractions-1895 Pamphlet by George H. Townsend

First Federal Researches Favorite Pleasure Spots of East Haven by Donald Chidsey Journal Courier May 10, 1974

Lake Saltonstall in its Heyday was an Oasis for Tired City Dwellers by Mrs. Henry Townshend New Haven Reg.  April 16,1966

Picture of Ice Cutting on Lake Saltonstall

Excerpt – author unknown

Photo of Lake Saltonstall from New Haven Register June 6th, 1960

Excertpt fromm East Haven Characteristics by Mary Stakes Cheptin

Excerpt from Historic Connecticut by Marguerite Allis

East Haven Historical Sketch: Lake Saltonstall by Paul H. Stevens, 1969

East Haven’s Wagon and Brush Factory on Lake Saltonstall; Author Unknown

Lake Saltonstall by Deb Townshend in Connecticut Heritage May 15, 1991

“Remember When Steamers Plied Lake Saltonstall?” Photo and caption, no date.

“Oh Those Summer Days in Town” by Cliff Nitchke, The Advertiser Nov 5th, 1994

“Indian Spririt Saw the White Man Coming” by Cliff Nitchke, The  Advertiser Dec. 30th,e 1995

“Early Trains: Farmer’s Bane but One’s Pleasure” by Cliff Nitchke, The Advertiser Feb 5th, 2000

Photo: Skating on Lake Saltonstall from EH Historical Society in The Advertiser, Aug. 18, 2005


Articles and Documents on The Old Mill

East Haven’s Wagon and Brush Factory on Lake Saltonstall; Author Unknown

 Excerpt on The Old Mill from Old Houses of East Haven by Donald B.Chidsey



“Whiling Away the Summer Days at the Local Beache by Clif Nitchke, The Advertiser April 18th, 1998


Chidsey Family

From the Scrapbook of Lydia M. Chidsey Bradley commenced in 1872

“H. Walter Chidsey of East Haven Captures a Rare Animal”

“President L.D. Chidsey” (Lewis D. Chidsey)

“President L.D. Chidsey” (Lewis D. Chidsey)

Cap Chidsey Hauls in a British Fish” (Captain William Chidsey)

Serious Illness of Mrs. Chloe Chidsey

“H. Walter Chidsey of East Haven Captures a Rare Animal”

“President L.D. Chidsey” (Lewis D. Chidsey)

“A Remarkable Dreamer” (Lewis D. Chidsey”


    Chidsey Obituaries from the Chidsey Bradley Scrapbook

Chidsey Obituaries: Chloe Chidsey, Sarah Chidsey, Emily Chidsey

“H.W. Chidsey Former Grocer of East Haven Dies”

“The Late J.H.B. Chidsey”  Other Obituaries

“Lew Chidsey  Dead” (Lewis D. Chidsey)

William S. Chidsey of East Haven Dies”


Military Information

In Their Country’s Service, A Listing of War Veterans from East Haven, CT from Colonial TImes Through WWII by Phyllis Rico Flood