Danbury, Connecticut

Settled 1685, named 1687, incorporated 1702. First called Swampfield. || One of the shire towns of Fairfield county. Danbury, the Pahquioque of the Indians, was first settled in 1684 [sic]. The soil of the town is good, and agreeably diversified by hills and valleys. The borough or village is very pleasantly situated in a valley, and is memorable for its sacrifices in the revolutionary war. It was nearly destroyed by the British, with a large amount of continental stores, April, 1777. It lies 22 miles N. from Norwalk, 36 S.S.W. from Litchfield, and and 55 S.W. by W. from Hartford.
Robert Sandeman, the founder of a religious sect, died at Danbury in 1771, aged 53. See Bethel, Ct. John Hayward, The New England Gazetteer, 1839.