Nelson Brewster papers, 1811-1855
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Brief Description:

The papers of Nelson Brewster (1793?-1850), a lawyer who resided in Goshen, Conn. The papers consist of approximately 125 items, including legal records, bank reports, and similar documents. Included in the collection is a set of papers (23 items) related to the administration of Putnam Bailey's estate, 1840-1841. Bailey was a successful merchant and postmaster in North Goshen and left an estate of approximately $50,000. The estate required several years for settlement. The reports to Brewster as a bank commissioner are returns filed by Connecticut banks to the bank commissioners 1847-1848 and report their financial condition and their corporate stock organization. There is also a small account book relating to Brewster's bank commissioner work. The collection also contains the court record of Humphrey v. Humphrey (1811). This dispute involved the use of farm property. The connection to Brewster has not been determined. The rest of the documents pertain to minor criminal and civil offenses in Goshen, most involving Brewster as justice of the peace.

An accounting book owned Brewster can be found in 3A Box 19.

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]
Created by: Brewster, Nelson (1793?-1850)
Volume: 1.0 Boxes
Acquired: 11/01/1971.
Arrangement: The collection has been arranged alphabetically by topic.
Biographical Note for Brewster, Nelson (1793?-1850) : Nelson Brewster (1793?-1850) was a Goshen, Conn., lawyer. In 1797, he moved to Cornwall, Conn., from Stratford, Conn., with his brother George and his mother Sarah Bentley Brewster. Her husband Peter Brewster had been lost at sea with his vessel, of which he was owner and captain, in 1793. Nelson Brewster was admitted to the county bar from Cornwall in 1824, lived two years in Litchfield, and then moved to Goshen where had a limited law practice. He served as a justice of the peace 1840-1850 and a State of Connecticut Bank Commissioner 1845-1846 and 1848-1849. In 1827, he married Lucretia Hannah Root (1808-1875). They had two children, one of whom, William Root Brewster, rose to prominence in the Union Army during the Civil War. Nelson Brewster died in 1850.
Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.
Subject Index
Bailey, Putnam
Bank examination
Banks and banking
Connecticut. Bank commissioners
Goshen (Conn.)
Lawyers - Connecticut - Litchfield County
Genres/Forms of Material
Account books
Estate inventories
Financial records
Legal documents
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Acquisition Notes: Vincent Stanulis  Gift
Related Materials: Erastus Lyman papers
PreferredCitation: Nelson Brewster papers (1971-42-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759.
Finding Aid Revisions: The collection was initially processed and described by Stephen Powell in 1978. Finding aid revised by Leith Johnson in 2010.