The Bara-Hack investigators could find very little background on the history of the settlement.
The first settler was apparently Obadiah Higgenbotham (1750-1803), who was a deserter from the British Army. He fled from Cranston, Rhode Island to this region of northeastern Connecticut to avoid separation from his American bride, Dorcas. Another early settler was Jonathan Randall, also from Cranston. The Randall and Higgenbotham families fill the settlement's small cemetery.
The families, perhaps of Welsh extraction, named the settlement "Bara- Hack", meaning "breaking of bread" in the Cymric (Welsh) tongue. Later, the village took on the name "Pomfret". Soon after the first burials took place in the early 1800s, some villagers claimed to see ghosts reclining in the branches of an elm tree at dusk.
By the time of the Civil War, most residents had moved away or died.
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