Stoddard family papers, 1703-1906
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Brief Description: The papers (1703-1906) of the Stoddard family of Litchfield, Conn., including correspondence, deeds, documents related to estates, legal documents, financial records, and other items. John Stoddard (1674/5-1727/8) of Wethersfield, Conn., was one of the original proprietors of Litchfield. He married Sarah Camp. Their children were Lydia, Moses, Sarah, Jerusha, Mary, John, Abigail, James, Josiah, and Prudence. Moses Stoddard (1700/1-1777) married Ruth Goodwin. Their children were Hannah, Jerusha, John, Aaron, Moses, Obed, and David. Many of John Stoddard's descendants remained in Litchfield and what later became Morris. The papers also relate to the Bird and Bishop families. The majority of the papers is from the 1700s. Several deeds document some of the earliest land transactions in Litchfield. Correspondence includes one letter written during the Civil War that presents a detailed, first-hand account of the execution of a deserter. There are a number of legal documents, such as executions, writs, and documents related to estates. Some items reflect everyday life in the 18th century: a prescription, handwritten hymns, poetry, handwriting exercises, and recipes. One particular item of note is a seating plan for the Congregational Church, circa 1788.
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: Stoddard family
Volume: 1.0 Boxes
Acquired: 01/01/1997.
Arrangement: The papers are arranged alphabetically by type in one series.
Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.
Subject Index
Bird family
Bishop family
First Congregational Church of Litchfield
Litchfield (Conn.)
Stoddard family
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Genres/Forms of Material
Bonds (legal records)
Broadsides (notices)
Estate inventories
Land surveys
Legal documents
Promissory notes
Theater programs
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Rights/Use Restrictions: Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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: John A. Stoddard  Gift
PreferredCitation: Stoddard family papers (1997-34-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759