Killingly in Windham County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Settled in 1700 and incorporated in 1708, Killingly was the forty-second town established in Connecticut.
In 1653, the second John Winthrop obtained a grant of a large tract of land formerly held by the Quinebaug Indian tribe and known as the Quinebaug (long pond) Country. In May, 1708 the General Assembly granted the privileges of a town and defined its boundaries. The selection of a name for the town was referred to Governor Saltonstall, whose ancestral manorial possessions lay in Killanslie and Pontefract, Yorkshire. Hence “Killingly”, formerly spelled Kellingly was taken from this part of England. The early name of Killingly was Aspinock, even after the authorization of the town by the Connecticut General Assembly, and may have been taken the Indian word “aucks” or “ock” (the place where) and the name of an early English settler, Lieutenant Aspinwell.
The home of Mary Kies, first woman to receive a patent from the United States Patent Office.
Killingly is also the birthplace of William Torrey Harris and Sidney Percy Marland, Jr., the fourth
Charles Lewis Tiffany was born and lived here before moving to New York City where, in 1837, in partnership with John B. Young, also of Killingly, he opened a stationerís store on Broadway. That enterprise later became the noted jewelry firm Tiffany & Company.
During the 1830ís, Killingly was the largest producer of cotton goods in Connecticut and a century later was the curtain capital of the world. Today Killingly is a community of diversified industries and is the second largest town in both area and population in Windham County.
Erected 1978 by the Town of Killingly, the Killingly American Revolution Bicentennial Commission, and the Connecticut Historical Commission.
Location. 41° 48.366′ N, 71° 52.949′ W. Marker is in Killingly, Connecticut, in Windham County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Connecticut Route 12) and Academy Street, on the right when traveling north on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Danielson CT 06239, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Killingly Civil War Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Killingly World War II Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Christopher Lee Hoskins Israel Putnam (approx. 3.7 miles away); Brooklyn (approx. 3.7 miles away); Israel Putnam Monument (approx. 3.7 miles away); Brooklyn Civil War Monument (approx. 3.7 miles away); Israel Putnam's First Home (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Killingly.
Also see . . .
1. An overview of Killingly, CT. (Submitted on March 28, 2016, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
2. History of Killingly. (Submitted on March 28, 2016, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
3. visiting Killingly. (Submitted on March 28, 2016, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
4. The Town of Killingly. (Submitted on March 28, 2016, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers •
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