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The area was originally inhabited by the Tunxis Native Americans. The first European settlers in Glastonbury were William Beardsley and his family, who came from Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1636. They purchased land for "a little more than twelve pounds" from the local Pootatuck Indians on October 18, 1636. The settlement was named after Glastonbury in Somerset, England where many of its original settlers had lived before emigrating to New England (the town is also said to have been named after a village near Bristol). During King Philip's War (1675–78), natives attacked colonial settlements along the Connecticut River; they killed inhabitants of nearby Farmington on July 20 and 21 during a raid that destroyed forty-six houses and killed or captured over 100 people. In response to this attack Governor John Winthrop led an expedition against the native peoples at their fort at Peskeompskut (now known as Portland) across the river from Northampton, Massachusetts but failed to take it due to disease among his troops.