Whittlesey family papers, 1775-1912
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Brief Description:

The papers of the Whittlesey family, primarily relating to the activities of David Whittlesey (1750-1825), his son David Chester Whittlesey (1803-1880), both of New Preston, (part of Washington), Conn., and David Chester Whittlesey's son John Eliphalet Whittlesey (1830-1910), who served in the Civil War and then settled in Houston, Tex. Also included are papers related to the Hazen, Mitchell, and Titus families of Washington, late 1700s-early 1800s. The collection includes correspondence, deeds, financial records, indentures, land surveys, wills, and other papers.

Documents created before 1840 have been processed and a comprehensive listing will be found in the detailed description. The papers are arranged in two series. The letters in Series 1, Correspondence, deal with business matters. An 1828 letter from Frederick Whittlesey to his father mentions the sale of land in Ohio among other matters. There are also three items which relate to the selection of Merit S. Platt as minister of the Congregational Church of New Preston. Also pertaining to Platt are two documents in Series 2, Other papers: a statement written for the convened consecration in 1836 and a statement and facts outlining Platt's settlement in 1837, at which time, his affiliation with the New Preston church ended. Many of the documents in Series 2 relate to various business dealings. Account books document the many notes of area residents. There are two indentures, one for a young man to learn how to make nails, and one for a young woman to learn the skills of keeping house. A series of deeds records land transactions in Washington and nearby towns among the Hazen, Mitchell, Titus, Whittlesey, and other families.

Documents created after 1840 have been sorted into two series, correspondence and other papers. The correspondence has been placed in 5 year time spans, but is unsorted within those groups; the remaining papers are unsorted. Most of these papers document the activities of David Chester Whittlesey and one of his sons, John E. Whittlesey. Among items of interest is a grouping of correspondence related to John's work as a collector of internal revenue in the early 1860s.

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] litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org
Created by: Whittlesey, David Chester (1803-1883), Whittlesey, David (1750-1825), Whittlesey, John (1830-1910)
Volume: 3.0 Boxes
Acquired: 07/19/2001.

The papers are arranged in two series:

1. Correspondence

2. Other papers

Biographical Note for Whittlesey, David Chester (1803-1883) : David Chester Whittlesey (1803-1883) was born in New Preston, part of Washington, Conn. He was a justice of the peace, county commissioner, and, in 1832 and 1833 a member of the General Assembly. He was active in the Congregational Church of New Preston. He married Mary Cogswell (1802-1880). Their children were David Eliphalet, Martha Pomeroy, John Eliphalet, Frederick, and Fanny Pomeroy.
Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.
Subject Index
Hazen family
Mitchell family
Platt, Merit S.
Titus family
United States. Office of Internal Revenue
Washington (Conn.)
Western Reserve (Ohio)
Whittlesey family
Genres/Forms of Material
Account books
Business records
Financial records
Land surveys
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 copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Acquisition Notes: Julia B. Hall  Gift
PreferredCitation: Whittlesey family papers (2001-14-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759