Southbury would eventually become its own, borne from the land that is known as Ancient Woodbury. The land that we now own looks to be part of the second purchase of land from natives known as the “Shepaug Purchase” and is documented in archived texts.
As far back and as best as I can tell, Elizur (alt. Elisur) Burr Perkins was the man who lived closest to my home. Born around 1830, he lived until he was 63. Records show he was born on June 22, 1830 and died on New Years Eve 1893.
Records show he was married to wife, Ida (Pierce), who was one year younger than he. They had four children, John B. (born June 18, 1854 – died October 17, 1882) William Finley (born October 5, 1856 – died January 11, 1883), Lucy Augusta (born March 3, 1867), and George Henry (September 14, 1871). Records show they are all descendants of Edward Perkins with Elizur being part of the seventh generation.
1870 census records show he had 22 acres of land, 6 of which were wooded and undeveloped. I’ve gathered that the rest may have been open and or farm lands. He had 1 horse, 1 milking cow, 2 working oxen, 1 other cattle and 3 pigs. Amazing that they specifically tracked that in census records including estimated value of those animals, which he interestingly listed as $100. Comparing to other neighbors, it seems that is a very low estimate. In terms of grain, he reported 40 bushels of rye, 50 bushels of indian corn, 40 bushels of oats, and 25 bushels of buckwheat.
Best I can tell so far, named for at least one of two men from Ancient Woodbury that served General George Washington in the Revolutionary War, John and Samuel Turrill give us the name of the brook running across our property. It starts just a few properties northwest in Roxbury, it drains into the Shepaug River.