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Jerusalem District, New Milford,CT

Jerusalem District, New Milford,CT

Posted: 7 Aug 2008 12:51AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Gniewek, Kowalski
My grandfather,Stanley Gniewek was born in 1904 in New Milford,CT. On the birth record it also idicates Jerusalem District. Exactly what is the Jerusalem District? Is this an area in New Milford where Jewish people settled or is this a street of some sort. His father's occupation is listed as farmer. The family moved to this area from Austria/Poland.
Thank you.

Re: Jerusalem District, New Milford,CT

Posted: 7 Aug 2008 1:39AM GMT
Classification: Query
History of New Milford and Bridgewater, Ct commemorative edition on page 198--"ELIHU MARSH settled in New Milford, at the place now (1882)called JERUSALEM, on Rocky River, where he resided until his decease." This is the only mention of Jerusalem in the book.
In Geographic Dictionary of CT and RI by Henry Gannett, 1978 it lists
"Jerusalem...village in southwestern part of New Milford, on Rocky River."

Dot

Re: Jerusalem District, New Milford,CT

Posted: 8 Aug 2008 1:19AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you Dot for the explanation.
I appreciate your reply.

Sandy

Re: Jerusalem District, New Milford,CT

Posted: 6 Sep 2008 9:31AM GMT
Classification: Query
I believe the Jerusalem District is what they now call Candlewood Lake and Green Pond Mountain. My greatgreat grandfather lived in that area many years before your family. Candlewood Lake was man made.

Hope this helps

Margaret

Re: Jerusalem District, New Milford,CT

Posted: 11 Sep 2008 11:20PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Gniewek, Kowalski
Thank you for your reply. It's much appreciated.

Sandy

Re: Jerusalem District, New Milford,CT

Posted: 9 Dec 2011 7:36PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello Margaret,
I am the Research Specialist at the Danbury Museum & Historical Society and am currently researching the Jerusalem District of New Milford for an independent project.
I am trying to locate early census records for that location and was hoping you would be willing to share the family surname who lived there so that I can review census records.

I can be reached through Ancestry.com or directly by emailing dhassan@danburymuseum.org

Many thanks for your help.
Diane

Re: Jerusalem District, New Milford,CT

Posted: 9 Dec 2011 8:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Diane,

My family Name that lived in that area was Cassady/Cassidy. John Cassidy was the father, his wife Mary and at least 10 children. They lived in that area in 1850 possibly a litte before that. John died in 1871 4 Jan when a tree fell on him. The 1850 census lists John Cassady with his wife Mary and daughter Catherine am not sure if they are mine or not. Mine show up in 1860 with several children that are my family. That is why I suspect they had more children and were in the area at a few years before 1850.... I have the census cites at home and will not be able to access it until at least tomorrow evening. Incidently my grandmother and some of her family worked at the Danbury Hat Factory at one time.

Other names in that area may have been Garvey

Hope this helps.

Re: Jerusalem District, New Milford,CT

Posted: 13 Jul 2012 9:07PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Diane,
Just ran across this post. If still interested, I grew up in NM and my dad (born and raised in NM) still lives in town. Here is a little bit of history re: the Jerusalem District told by him. The Rocky River Valley/Jerusalem District was flooded and is now part of Candlewood Lake. The project to create the lake started around 1925/1926. A man by the name of Charles Capmbell deeded a huge tract of land for the project to the Connecticut Light and Power Co. The CL&P then went about buying up surrounding farms. The Ferris family also owned a large farm and sold much, but (as the story goes) not all of it to CL&P. There is one road left in NM carrying the name Jerusalem Road. It starts at Rt 7 (just south of town), intersects Sunny Valley Rd/Sunny Valley Farm area and ends up at the lake shore. It is one of the steepest roads in NM!!
If you are still looking for family names, I would suggest you contact CL&P. They may still have records of the lands they purchased.
All the best,
Dotti

Re: Jerusalem District, New Milford,CT

Posted: 13 Jul 2012 9:19PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Dotti,
How funny you should have found this and replied today. I was just reviewing my 'pending' requests and came across yours re: Dikemans. Let me know if that is something you want to pursue.

We do have alot of the CLP, Candlewood Lake creation info already...thanks.
Was digging deeper into the families and most curious as to how it came to be called the Jerusalem District.
Any hints?
Best,
Diane

Re: Jerusalem District, New Milford,CT

Posted: 13 Jul 2012 9:39PM GMT
Classification: Query
Diane, How cool is that!?
I'll check with my Dad to see of he has any memories of the area name origination. I also have an Uncle that worked in CL&P management starting in the 50's. Maybe he heard a story or two. I'll check.
As you can guess, I got very sidetracked and haven't revisited my Dikeman research lately but I will- promise :)))
Take Care,
Dotti
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