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Bristol, Connecticut Vital Records
Births, Deaths, & Marriages 
1785 - 1854

Order item B149
The book is 50 pages, not indexed, names listed alphabetically, soft cover with a plastic comb binding, and available for $8.98 + $3.99 shipping & handling charge (Add $1.00 S&H for each additional volume ordered).

  Bristol, Connecticut

     Bristol was originally comprised of small parishes known as New Cambridge and West Britain, and was settled as a town in 1785. In 1911, Bristol incorporated as a city. It is located in the west central part of Connecticut, sixteen miles west of Hartford. The City currently has a land area of 26.60 square miles and a population over 60,000.

     Throughout the early and middle 1800s, Bristol was the premiere clock manufacturing center in the world. Clock manufacturing caused a host of other related industries to grow along with it. The most notable of these satellite industries was the spring industry. Albert and Edward Rockwell came to Bristol in 1888 to take advantage of the industrial climate and start their "new departure" in bell manufacturing. Their invention used a spring driven mechanism to ring a doorbell rather than the commonly used electrical battery.

     The Rockwell brothers' invention was so successful that their New Departure Bell Co. grew into one of the largest bell factories in America, giving Bristol its distinction as the Bell City, in addition to the "clock-making center of the world," from the earlier century.

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