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first ships built in the Colony. She was in command of Captain
Larabee, and Samuel Smith owned the largest share in the ship.
Boats were built on the site of Deming's yard for about 200 years.
In 1672, there was another yard started, just to the north of the
Rocky Hill landing, where a thriving business was carried on and a
considerable number of vessels were built. The commerce of
Wethersfield was chiefly fur-bearing pelts and pipe- staves; the
former were shipped to Europe and the latter to the West Indies.
Among the more notable sea-captains were the following: in the
Still- man family were, Otis Southmayde, George, Simeon, Francis,
Charles, Allyn, and Joseph Stillman, who was the grandfather of
Massachusett's fine patriot of the Revolutionary days, James Otis.
Other men who were connected with the sea as captains or merchants,
were William Griswold, Joseph Webb, Justus Riley and Barnabas
Deane. Some of the greatest industries of the State of Connecticut,
either originated in Wethersfield, or were started by natives of
that village. To begin with the most primitive manufacturing
interests, it is probable that the dam across Mill Brook?sometimes
called Sucker Brook ? built by Leonard Chester, in 1637, to store
water for turning the wheel of his gristmill, was the first dam
built in the Connecticut Valley. The great britannia works of
Meriden with its present allied industries, was founded by Ashbel
Griswold, who was born in that portion of Wethersfield that is now
Rocky Hill. About the year 1785, Captain Thomas Danforth, of Rocky
Hill, manufac- CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, WETHERSF1ELD. tured articles
of tin and pewter. The greater portion of his goods were sent to
the Southern States. Young Griswold, one of Captain Danforth's
apprentices, went to Meriden in 1808, and ...
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