Abandoned Home Site c 1760 Mattatuck Forest Watertown,CT

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A WATERTOWN GIANT LIVED HERE - This old foundation is hidden in the Mattatuck State Forest in Watertown off Thomaston Road. The house that stood here belonged to Ebenezer Richards, "a man of giant proportions" as explained in this 1896 book excerpt:

"For some reason Ebenezer Richards chose the place for a house site. There is little now to indicate that the locality was ever inhabited. Nature has grown her trees all over the clearing that Ebenezer must have made, and has reared one (tree) in the lonely cellar, the walls of which remain. Richards was born in 1731 and died in 1801. He was a man of giant proportions and when he died it was found that the only way in which the body, when prepared for burial, could be removed from the house was by taking the casings from the doors."

From "The Town and City of Waterbury, Connecticut" (1896) by Joseph Anderson

Anderson seems to have had Richard's date of birth wrong. It looks like he was born on March 16, 1732 (in Waterbury). He died on January 12, 1801. age 68. His parents were: Father: Thomas Richards b: 17 OCT 1699 in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey - Mother: Susanna Turner b: 10 DEC 1699 in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut.