Monday, August 25, 2014


Our Fall Program and Annual Meeting on Saturday, September 27 features two informative presentations: At 10:30 Dave Robison will present "Resources at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History and Archives." It will include a description of the immense collections contained there including family genealogies, 2.5 million pages of manuscripts, letters, photos, diaries, deeds, account books, land transfer documents, military records of the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, Springfield newspapers on microfilm to 1899, city directories from 1845 to 1988 (includes Springfield, Chicopee, Longmeadow and West Springfield), Sanborn Fire Insurance maps, and much, much more. Following a 12:00 luncheon catered by Kane's Market of Simsbury, at 1:00, in recognition of the 100th Anniversary of the Loomis Chaffee School, Karen Parsons will present "Fleshing Out the Lives of the Founders of the Loomis Chaffee School," describing new research on the five Windsor-born Loomis siblings who founded the Loomis Institute in 1874. This research, conducted in preparation for the Loomis Chaffee School’s centennial year, sheds light on their vision for the school as well as many other aspects of the siblings’ lives.

Thursday, July 24, 2014


DFAW welcomes descendants of Windsor’s Founders, spouses, other members of the extended family, and those interested in Windsor's families. For additional information and/or to receive a Membership Application, send an e-mail to

Monday, June 2, 2014


Here are some upcoming events being led by Jason Newton, speaker at DFAW's Spring Luncheon: Natchaug Forest Hike June 7, 2014, 1:00-3:30 p.m., Ashford, Connecticut 2.5 mile hike sponsored by the Ashford Historical Society, Ashford Conservation Commission, Connecticut Forest & Park Association, and Old Connecticut Path. Meet at the intersection of Eastford and Ax Factory Roads (250 Eastford Rd.), Ashford. To register or for more information, e-mail Family Walk at Fliegel Farm & Langhammer Woods June 8, 2014, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Ashford, CT Conservation Commission and Ashford Historical Society as part of Ashford’s 300th celebration. An easy two mile family walk. Park at Sean Patrick's plants, 34 East Howey Rd., Ashford. To register or for more information, e-mail Exploring the Old Connecticut Path August 11, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Woodstock, Connecticut Sponsored by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Woodstock Historical Society, & Historic New England. Lectures and presentations, followed by a walking tour of portions of the Path in Woodstock, Connecticut. Participants can learn more about the Path, the people who used it as they migrated through New England, and the efforts underway to preserve its history. Cost: $45/person. To register, see

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

DFAW Spring Meeting, March 22, 2014

This year's Spring Luncheon will be held Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Windsor, Historical Society. Our featured speaker will be Jason Newton, who will giving a presentation on "Rediscovering the Old Connecticut Path. Coffee hour begins at 9:30, and Mr. Newton's presentation begins at 10:30.
The Old Connecticut Path followed by the founders of Windsor, Hartford and Wethersfield is an important part of colonial history and the American story. The Path is hidden in plain sight, ready to be rediscovered for its historic importance and natural beauty. The presentation will connect the story of the Path and the pioneers who walked to their promised land in Connecticut with our American story. Jason Newton is direct descendant of Rev. Thomas Hooker who led his congregation from Cambridge to Hartford in 1636 along the Old Connecticut Path and other ancestors among the founders of Windsor, Hartford and Wethersfield. Mr. Newton is a retired psychologist and educator whose family history project lead him to rediscover the Old Connecticut Path followed by his ancestors. His research and exploration have been shared on the Old Connecticut Path website, Facebook at, YouTube videos showing the Path at the ground level, driving tours and walks, presentations and guided walks in Connecticut towns along the Path, and publications. The project to rediscover the Path across Massachusetts and Connecticut is ongoing. For registration information, e-mail

Thursday, September 19, 2013


Reminder -- DFAW's Fall program and Annual Meeting is Saturday, September 28 at the Oliver Ellsworth Homestead in Windsor. Our speaker will be Richard G. Tomlinson, author of Witchcraft Prosecution: Chasing the Devil in Connecticut. Registration deadline is tomorrow, Friday, September 20. Questions? E-mail

Tuesday, September 3, 2013


The Summer 2013 issue of the DFAW Newsletter is being mailed today. It includes an article on physician and historian Henry Reed Stiles and information about our upcoming September 28 Fall Program. Watch for your copy to arrive soon.

Monday, July 1, 2013


For our Fall program and Annual Meeting on Saturday, September 28, we return to the Oliver Ellsworth Homestead in Windsor. In the morning, we’ll gather for our Social Hour, Memorial Service, and program. Our speaker will be Richard G. Tomlinson, author of Witchcraft Prosecution: Chasing the Devil in Connecticut. Most people think about witchcraft in Colonial New England in terms of the Salem Witch Panic of 1693. What happened in Connecticut over the course of the 17th century is both more complex and more interesting. To understand our Connecticut ancestors, we need to understand their ideas about witches and witchcraft prosecution and how these evolved dynamically. To see the accusers and accused as three dimensional figures, we need to get past the usual clich├ęs. These were people who were superstitious, but they were not stupid. Their concepts of legal process deserve more respect. Many Windsor founders, including Dr. Bryan (Bray) Rossiter, Roger Ludlow and others played significant roles in this story. Richard G. Tomlinson has enjoyed a varied career as a research scientist, management consultant, telecommunications expert, corporate director and author. He is a founder and director of the Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Inc. He created the CSG Literary Awards and the CSG magazine, Connecticut Genealogy News, and has published many articles on family history and genealogy. He is a trustee of the Connecticut Historical Society. He is a descendant of Henry Tomlinson who settled in Milford, CT in 1650 and of Windsor founder, Deacon William Gaylord. He is a contributing author to several scientific and technical books and the author of three histories. Including Tele-Revolution, Competition at the Speed of Light, Witchcraft Trials of Connecticut, and Witchcraft Prosecution, Chasing the Devil in Connecticut.