The following list of families were taken from the book *"The History of Stonington, Connecticut 1649-1900" by Richard Anson Wheeler. There are, however, only a few real founding families*. The families that eventually moved to Stonington and stayed for generations are a part of the "founding" families listed below with the "patriarch" of that family.
Christopher Avery w James Babcock w Sylvester Baldwin w John Bennett w William
Bentley w William Billings w Allen Breed w William Brewster w Chad Brown w Edward
Brown w Lynn Brown w Nathaniel Browning w George Burch w Robert Burrows w John
Chapman w William Chesebrough (Chesebro)* w William Clift w Robert, William,
Joseph Coates w Henry Cobb w Daniel Collins w William Copp w Nicholas Cottrell w John
Davis w James Dean w John Denyson (Denison) w John Eells w Edmund Fanning
William Fellows w John Fish w Joseph Fish w John Frink w John Gallup w John Gore
Mathew Grant w John Greenman w John Haley w John Hallam w James Hancox
Ira Hart w Thomas Hewitt w Samuel Hinckley w Daniel Hobart w Robert Holmes
Lodowick Hawksie (Hoxie) w Stephen Hull w William Hyde w David Kellogg w Ezekial Main
Charles Mallory w William Manning w Andrew S. Mathews w John Mason w Thomas
Miner* w James Morgan w John Moss w William Noyes w John Page w Walter Palmer*
Robert Park w John Peabody w Brian Pendleton w William Phelps w Joseph Pollard w Eltweed
Pomeroy w Thomas Prentice w John Randall w John Rhodes w Ebenezer Rossiter w William
Russell w John Searle w Robert Searle w Joseph Sheffield w Richard Sisson w John Smith
Thomas Stanton* w Robert Stanton w William Steward (Stewart) w Richard Swan w John
Thompson (2) w John Trumbull w William Vincent w Francis West w Matthew West w Thomas
Wheeler w Edward Wilcox w Robert Williams w William Williams w William Witter w John
Woodbridge and James York
*In 1668, a census of the inhabitants of the town was ordered to be taken, embracing those only who were inhabitants or heads of families. February 2nd there were to be found to be forty-three inhabitants, viz., Thomas Stanton, George Denison, Thomas Miner, John Gallup, Amos Richardson, Samuel Cheesebrough, James Noyes, Elisha Cheesebrough, Thomas Stanton, Jr., Ephraim Miner, Moses Palmer, James York, John Stanton, Thomas Wheeler, Samuel Mason, Joseph Miner, John Bennett, Isaac Wheeler, John Denison, Josiah Witter, Benjamin Palmer, Gershom Palmer, Thomas Bell, Joseph Stanton, John Fish, Thomas Shaw, John Gallup, Jr., John Frink, Edmund Fanning, James York, Jr., Nathaniel Beebe, John Reynolds, Robert Sterry, John Shaw, John Searls, Robert Fleming, Robert Holmes, Nathaniel Chesebrough, for Mrs. Anna Chesebrough, his mother, Gershom Palmer for Mrs. Rebecca Palmer, his mother, Henry Stevens, and Ezekial Main.
Although, the above named families were the "founding" families of Stonington according to Richard A. Wheeler, there were many families from surrounding areas that intermarried these families, such as the Burdicks, Shepards, Chapmans, etc., each and every one are more than welcome to attend the reunion. The variations in spelling such as the Minors, Miners, Chesebro, Chesebrough....again are all a part of this huge family of ours.