Completed in 1750, the house would remain in the Ogden family for over 100 years and would become one of the best preserved salt box houses in the state of Connecticut.
EAST ROOM, FIRST FLOOR – David Ogden House, 1520 Bronson Road, Fairfield, Fairfield County, CT. May 1968. Photo credit: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540.
David Ogden III was born 16 June 1727, to David Ogden II and Abigail Osborn, a prominent Puritan family. The couple would have two children, giving David Ogden III a younger brother, Jonathan Ogden. David Ogden II is buried in the Old Burying Ground, Fairfield Co. Fairfield, CT. The burial ground contains a marker for his wife, Abigail, but it is unclear if she is interred there, as the marker is a memorial stone; which suggests she is buried else where.
On 5 April 1750 David Ogden III would marry Jane Sturges, and that spring the couple would move into the house on Bronson Road. Jane was also the daughter of a prominent Puritan family, being born in 1728/9. Her parentage is questionable with her being listed as the daughter of a Solomon Sturges, records do not show Solomon Sturges having a daughter named Jane. Tracing of the Solomon Sturges line has yielded no connection as of yet. David’s family would provide the newlyweds with the house while Jane’s family would provide her with a sizable dowry. David, Jane and their children were baptized in the Congregational Church, which today stands on Beach Road in Fairfield.
GENERAL VIEW, EAST ROOM, FIRST FLOOR – David Ogden House, 1520 Bronson Road, Fairfield, Fairfield County, CT. May 1968. Photo credit: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540.
In July of 1779 the British attacked Fairfield. The British ships landed troops on the beaches of Fairfield, and marched up Beach Road, leaving a path of destruction in their wake. They would burn the Congregational Church, the Anglican Church, schoolhouses, the courthouse, close to 50 shops and stores, and nearly 100 houses. Laying waste to scores of farms, livestock, crops, and barns.
Luckily the Ogden house would be spared and survive, but by the time the town was able to rebuild it had lost much of its normal business to neighboring Newfield (now Bridgeport). Fairfield was slow to recover from the ravages of the Revolution, and the Congregational Church did not have another building to worship in till 1786.
SECOND FLOOR BEDROOM – David Ogden House, 1520 Bronson Road, Fairfield, Fairfield County, CT. May 1968. Photo credit: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540.
Jane had the first of their 10 children within a year of being married. Of her 10 children 7 would live to adulthood, with one whose name is unable to be found. She had her last child at the age of 41.
Children of David Ogden III and Jane Sturges:
- Abigail Ogden, 1751 – 1813
- Eunice Ogden, 1753 – 1815
- Mary Ogden, 1758 – ?
- David Ogden IIII, 1760 – 1828
- Sturges Ogden, 1762 – 1835
- Eleanor Ogden,
- Joseph Ogden, 1764 – 1764
- Elizabeth Ogden, 1767 – 1826
- Abel Ogden, 1770 – 1857
The children of David and Jane can be found throughout town records and documents, and most of them seem to have been married in Fairfield, with their marriages being found in town records.
Eunice Ogden married John Penfield on 1 November 1770.
Mary Ogden married Eleazar Bulkley on 22 December 1785.
David Ogden IIII married Sally Perry on 8 January 1783.
Sturges Ogden married Loe Thorp on 30 March 1786.
Elizabeth Ogden married Edward Sturges on 24 January 1788.
Abel Ogden married Betsey Sherwood on 28 November 1799.
David Ogden III died on 6 September 1776, at 48 years of age, having made out his will just 15 days before. His wife, Jane, would go on to outlive him by a considerable number of years, dying on 26 October 1807, at 79 years of age. David and Jane are buried in the Greenfield Hill Cemetery, Fairfield Co., Fairfield, CT.
Headstones of David Ogden III (left) and his wife Jane Sturges (right). Photo credit: Erik Anderson, Find A Grave.
Today the Ogden house is a museum, David’s will, the estate inventory and other family documents have been carefully examined so the house is furnished appropriately for the time period in which the family would have resided in it. Behind the house is an 18th century herb garden, which features typical herbs used during colonial times.
The house is open for tours on Sundays, 1-4 pm from June – September and by appointment for guided tours. To make an appointment call 203-259-1598.
Ogden House interior. Photo Credit: Fairfield Museum and History Center
You can also take a small virtual tour of the home by clicking on the links below.
“The Ogden House Exploring Colonial Life – Teacher Guide.” http://www.fairfieldhistory.org/. 2008. http://www.fairfieldhistory.org/wp-content/uploads/Teacher_OgdenGuide.pdf.
“1726 – 1800 First Congregational Church of Fairfield, Connecticut Early Marriage Records.” http://www.newhorizonsgenealogicalservices.com/. 2016. http://www.newhorizonsgenealogicalservices.com/connecticut-genealogy/fairfield/fairfield_connecticut_congregational_church_marriage_records_1800.htm.
“Fairfield Marriage Records 1726-1799 Marriages.” Fairfield County, Connecticut Genealogy and History. Transcribed by Barb Z. http://genealogytrails.com/conn/fairfield/fairfield_marriages.html.
“A Brief History of First Church Congregational of Fairfield, Connecticut.” http://www.firstchurchfairfield.org/. 2017. http://www.firstchurchfairfield.org/about/history/.
Cooper, Vicki, and Erik Andersen. “David Ogden, III.” Find a Grave. 2010 & 2012. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=62443196.
Cooper, Vicki, and Erik Andersen. “Jane Sturges Ogden.” Find a Grave. 2012. http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=87332872.
Rosenfeld, Lucy D., and Marina Harrison. Architecture Walks: The Best Outings Near New York City. New Brunswick, New Jersey & London: Rivergate Books – Rutgers University Press , 2010.