John Wright collection, 1715-1892
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Brief Description:

The John Wright Collection (1715-1853) [1982-22-0] consists of papers related to the Bostwick, Buck, Canfield, Ferriss, Hine, McEuen, Northrop, Taylor, and Treadwell families; lawyer Partridge Thacher; and others living in New Milford, Conn. It also includes papers related to New Preston Society. Included in the papers is correspondence; deeds; notes, orders, receipts and other business records; leases; subscription lists; account books, and other documents.

The collection is arranged in 14 series, one for each family, S. Masters, Thacher, one related to New Milford,  one related to New Preston Society, and account books. The researcher will find papers related to the families interspersed among the various series. The papers of Partridge Thacher (1714-1786) are of particular interest. He was the first lawyer in New Milford and was self-taught. His account books document the payments, frequently rendered in trade, that he received for his services. Other of his books document the dockets of the Litchfield County Court. Thacher and others were involved in the acquisition of land in what was then the province of New Hampshire, which is now Vermont, as early as 1762, and a subscription list documents his and Samuel Averill's intention to obtain a patent to found a township in the area of the Onion River in the communities of Middlesex and Waterbury. During the late 1760s, Thacher was active in acquiring land there, as reflected by his deeds. In addition to the Thacher papers, some of the family papers also contain deeds related to transactions in New Hampshire (now Vermont).

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: Wright, John
Volume: 2.0 Boxes
Acquired: 01/01/1982.

The collection is arranged in 13 series. The series are arranged alphabetically by type and then chronologically.

Series 1. Bostwick family

Series 2. Buck family

Series 3. Canfield family

Series 4. Ferriss family

Series 5. Hine family

Series 6. Masters, S.

Series 7. McEuen family

Series 8. New Milford papers

Series 9. New Preston Society papers

Series 10. Northrop family

Series 11. Taylor family

Series 12. Thacher, Partridge

Series 13. Treadwell family

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.
Subject Index
Bostwick family
Buck family
Canfield family
Connecticut. County Court (Litchfield County)
Ferriss family
Hine family
Lawyers - Connecticut - Litchfield County
Masters, S.
McEuen family
New Milford (Conn.)
New Preston Society (New Milford, Connecticut)
Northrop family
Schools - Connecticut
Taylor family
Thacher, Partridge, 1714-1786
Treadwell family
Vermont - History
Genres/Forms of Material
Account books
Business records
Financial records
Land surveys
Legal documents
Powers of attorney
Promissory notes
Rewards of merit
Subscription lists
Visiting cards
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 Wright  Gift
Related Materials: Judson Canfield Papers (1760-1856)
PreferredCitation: John Wright collection (1982-22-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759