Milford lies in New Haven County on Long Island sound and is separated from the township of Stratford on the west by the Housatonic river, and about 10 miles S.W. of New Haven. The town, one of the original six plantations of New Haven Colony, was established in 1639, two years after the Pequot War , by Reverend Peter Prudden (lot 40). First named Wepowage, the Indian name for the river that flowed through the settlement, by indigenous tribes, Milford was puchased 12 Feb 1639 by William FOWLER (lot 41), Edmund TAPP (lot 35), Zachariah WHITMAN (lot 32), Benjamin FENN (lot 3), and Alexander BRYAN (lot 23) from local tribes for "six coats, ten blankets, one kettle, twelve hatchets, twelve hoes, two dozen knives, and a dozen small looking-glasses."

Prudden was the minister of the Providence Island Company. In 1637, with fifteen Hertfordshire [England] families - among them Edmund Tapp of Bennington, Hertfordshire, James Prudden, William Fowler, Thomas and Hanah Buckingham, Thomas Welsh, Richard Platt, Henry Stonehill and William East - he left England for Massachusetts and went with John Davenport's group to Connecticut in March of 1638. More on the history of the Colony of New Haven. Additional information at Milford Chamber of Commerce site.

Early Milford

Early Milford Lot Owners 1646

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ASTWOOD, J. 1

BAILEY, T. 59

BAKER, Thomas 10

BALDWIN, John 13

BALDWIN, Joseph 52

BALDWIN, Nathaniel 7

BALDWIN, R. 2

BALDWIN, Tim 22

BEARD, Martha 54

BENTON, A. 64

BIRDSEYE, J. 16

BOLT, Frances 14

BOTSFORD, H. 45

BRISCOR, N. 62

BROUKES, W. 60

BROWN, J. 61

BRYAN, Alexander 23

BUCKINGHAM, Thomas 36

BURWELL, J. 44

CAMP, N. 50

CAMPFIELD (CANFIELD), T. 55

CLARK, Jr, George 43

CLARK, Sr., George 65

COLEY, S. 4

DENISON, R. 31

EAST, William 19

FENN, Benjamin 3

FLETCHER, John 12

FORD, T. 56

FOWLER, J. 51

FOWLER, William 41

FREEMAN, John 11

GUNN, J. 24

HARVEY, Edward 17

HATLEY, Ph. 48

HINE, Thomas 25

HUBBARD, G. 66

LAND, John 18

LAWRENCE, T. 42

LAWRENCE, Thomas 20

LYON, Henry 26

PEACOCKE, John 5

PLATT, R. 38

PLUM, R. 37

PRIME, J. 29

PRUDDEN, James 8

PRUDDEN, Peter (Rev.) 40

REED, T. 30

RIGGS, E. 63

ROBERTS, W. 57

ROGERS, J. 47

SANDFORD, Thomas 21

SHERMAN, John 9

SLOUGH, W. 28

SMITH, J. 46

SMITH, J. 58

STONHILL, Henry 6

STREAM, John 27

TAPP, Edmund 35

TAPPING, Thomas 39

TIBBATS, T. 53

TOMPKINS, M. 15

TYRREL, A. 49

WELCH, T. 33

WHEELER, T. 34

WHITMAN, Zachariah 32