List of Deaths and Marriages, 1830-1864
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Brief Description: The Lists of Deaths and Marriages collection (1973-77-0) is a small book used by Laurens Perseus Hickok to keep a record of funerals and marriages he performed. The book is broken into two main sections. The first section is a list of the funerals performed by Hickok from 1830 to 1836; all of these funerals were performed in Litchfield at the First Congregational Church. After a four page break, the book becomes a record of weddings performed that spans the years 1829 to 1864. The weddings are not, however, particular to Litchfield, but the book followed Hickok throughout his life to his postings as a professor in Ohio and New York. There is also a typed transcript .
Held at:
Litchfield Historical Society
7 South Street, P.O. Box 385
Litchfield, CT 6759
Phone: 860-567-4501
Fax: 860-567-3565
Email: archivist [at]
Record Series Number: 00/1973-77-0
Created by: Hickok, Laurens Perseus (1798-1888)
Volume: 1.0 Items
Acquired: 06/17/2011.
Biographical Note for Hickok, Laurens Perseus (1798-1888) : Laurens Perseus Hickok was born in Bethel Connecticut on December 29th, 1798. Hickok attended Union College, and he graduated from the school in 1820 when he took his first job as a minister at the Congregational Church in Kent, Connecticut. In 1829 he succeeded Dr. Lyman Beecher as minister at the First Ecclesiastical Society of Litchfield (Congregational Church.) He left this position in 1836 to become a professor of theology at Western Reserve College in Hudson, Ohio. In 1844 he left Ohio to become a professor of theology at Auburn Theological Seminary in Auburn, New York. He then returned to his alma mater in 1852 to become a professor of mental and moral philosophies at Union College in Schenectady, New York. For some time at Union College he undertook much of the roles of the president while Eliphalet Nott was still president of the college, and in 1865 he was elected to become president. He retired from Union College in 1868 to Amherst, Massachusetts allowing Hickok to work on his literary and theoretical pursuits. He published sermons while in Litchfield such as “The Sources of Military Delusion and the Practicability of their Removal” and “A Sermon Preached at Litchfield, Conn., at the Funeral of Benjamin Tallmadge, March 12, 1835.” He has a decent corpus which helped build his career as professor and theorist from his roots as a minister. Some of his works include Rational Psychology in 1849, A System of Moral Science in 1853, Creator and Creation in 1872, and The Logic of Reason in 1875. Hickok passed away in 1888.
Access Restrictions: This item is open for research.
Subject Index
Congregational churches
Death records--Connecticut--Litchfield
First Congregational Church of Litchfield
Litchfield (Conn.) - Church history
Vital records
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
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Acquisition Notes: Mrs. Henry Emerson  Gift
Related Materials:

A webpage discussing Hickok's historic house in Litchfield, Connecticut.

Proceedings of the... Convocation, Vol. 26, part 1888. Part of this item is a necrology which includes a biography of Hickok.

Hickok's Papers (which make up 4 linear feet) found in the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections (Part of the Five Colleges Archives and Manuscript Collections).The finding aid for the papers also includes biographical information.

PreferredCitation: List of Deaths and Marriages (1973-77-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut 06759