James Morris Justice of the Peace Records, 1794 - 1814
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Brief Description:

The James Morris Justice of the Peace Records (1953-28-0) includes two items. The first item is a bound book of records from James Morris’ work as a Justice of the peace. The second item is a folder of small notes and letters that were found in the front cover of the book. The book begins with an index which alphabetically sorts cases by names of the parties involved and gives the case number and the decision. The rest of the book is organized by case number; usually the pages are organized into three entries and each entry has the same number, but the cases and dates are different. The entries give the names of the parties involved, a brief description of the case, and the outcome. The book appears to be entirely about settling disputes about debts.

Currently housed in 3A Box 17.

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
Record Series Number: 00/1953-28-0
Created by: Morris, James (1752 January 19 - 1820 April 20)
Volume: 2.0
Acquired: 00/00/1953.
Biographical Note for Morris, James (1752 January 19 - 1820 April 20) : James Morris was born on January 19, 1752. Morris was a lieutenant during the Revolutionary War, from 1775 till the end of the war, and at Germantown he was taken prisoner for three years. He graduate in 1775 from Yale and joined the revolutionary army; Yale at the time of the Revolutionary War halted classes. After the war he began to teach in his house; this becomes the Morris Academy. The Morris Academy is what Morris is known for especially because it was a coeducational institution which was rare at the time. In 1803 the school moved out of his house and became a full institution. Morris also founded the first library in Litchfield in 1785. His memoirs were published as well as the work, A Statistical Account of Several Towns in the County of Litchfield.
Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Copyright has been transferred to the Litchfield Historical Society for materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection. 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: Donor Unknown
Related Materials:

Barbara Nolen Strong's The Morris Academy: Pioneer in Coeducation , 1790-1888. Call number: REFERENCE LD7501.L625 S77 1976

James Morris in The Ledger

Morris, James. A Statistical Account of Several Towns in the County of Litchfield

Yale and Her Honor-Roll in the American Revolution, 1775-1783 by Henry Phelps Johnston.

PreferredCitation: James Morris Justice of the Peace Records (1953-28-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759.