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Jane M. Bentley Research Materials

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Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

New Material Note

Folder 1

Folder 2

Folder 3

Folder 4

Folder 5

Folder 6, The Salmon giddings letters to the Connecticut Missionary Society

Raw Research Material and Odds and Ends and Extras



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Jane M. Bentley Research Materials, 1972 | Litchfield Historical Society

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Collection Overview

Title: Jane M. Bentley Research Materials, 1972Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Bentley, Jane Merritt

Extent: 8.0 Items. More info below.

Arrangement:

The collection is arranged into 8 items.

Item 1: 1984 Note

Item 2: Folder 1

Item 3: Folder 2

Item 4: Folder 3

Item 5: Folder 4

Item 6: Folder 5

Item 7: Folder 6

Item 8: Three-ringed Binder, "Raw Research Material and Odds and Ends and Extras"

 

The collection is compilation of research materials and has not been reorganized in order to maintain original order.

Date Acquired: 08/01/1972

Subjects: Connecticut - History, History, United States - History, Western Reserve (Ohio)

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Jane M. Bentley Research Materials collection (1972-64-1; 1972-64-2; 1972-67-0) is a collection of papers, items, newspaper clippings, and other miscellaneous items collected, created, and/or used by Jane Merritt Bentley while researching her Great Great Grandfather Salmon Giddings. Please see the below detailed descriptions for more specific information about the collection and particular information for each item.

The collection is housed in 3A Box 34.

Collection Historical Note

Jane Merritt Bentley is a researcher from Missouri who, upon moving to St. Louis, researched her Great Great Grandfather Salmon Giddings. She did research on Giddings while also promoting the restoration of a local Missouri church that he founded.

Biographical Note

Jane Merritt Bentley is a researcher from Missouri who, upon moving to St. Louis, researched her Great Great Grandfather Salmon Giddings. She did research on Giddings while also promoting the restoration of a local Missouri church that he founded.

Subject/Index Terms

Connecticut - History
History
United States - History
Western Reserve (Ohio)

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Alternate Extent Statement: 6 folders, 1 three ringed-binder, and a note sperate from other items

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

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 Source: Jane Merritt Bentley

Acquisition Method: Gift

Preferred Citation: Jane M. Bentley Research Materials (1972-64-1; 1972-64-2; and 1972-67-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut 06759


Box and Folder Listing


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[Item 1: New Material Note, 1984 June 16],
[Item 2: Folder 1, 1972],
[Item 3: Folder 2, 1972],
[Item 4: Folder 3, 1972],
[Item 5: Folder 4, 1972],
[Item 6: Folder 5, 1972],
[Item 7: Folder 6, The Salmon giddings letters to the Connecticut Missionary Society, 1817-1827],
[Item 8: Raw Research Material and Odds and Ends and Extras, 1972],
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Item 1: New Material Note, 1984 June 16Add to your cart.
A short letter written on Yankee Pedlar Inn letterhead. The note mentions that a new Presbytery in Western Illinois-Central Missouri has been named after Salmon Giddings. There is a P.S. mentioning that family members of Salmon Giddings are buried in East and West Hartland. The note is not signed by Bentley so it is believed she did not write the note, but she is given as the source of information.
Item 2: Folder 1, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder one is divided into several sections. The sections are labeled as: Esther Morris Collins, Affiah Holcomb Giddings, William Collins, Benjamin Giddings, and Frederick Giddings relatives. The folder contains various copied pictures of the various people who are in the folder along with other genealogical information such as lists of descendancy.
Item 3: Folder 2, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder two is separated into two sections. The first section is labeled as “The Frederick Salmon Gidding Family,” and the second section is labeled as “Almira Collins Gidding;” Frederick Salmon Gidding is the son of Salmon Gidding. The first section contains genealogical information pertaining to Frederick Salmon Gidding and his family, especially lists of children and grandchildren and great grandchildren. Most notable in the section is Almira Collins Gidding’s account of traveling from Connecticut to Illinois. There are also copies of her water colors, pressed flowers, and needlework.
Item 4: Folder 3, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder three is broken into the two sections: Hettie Baker Giddings and John Osgood Baker story and John Osgood Baker. The Hettie Baker Giddings and John Osgood Baker Story details the life of the Baker family in Georgia and Pennsylvania including how Hettie met Frederick Salmon Giddings (son of Salmon Giddings) at Yale. The John Osgood baker section includes a copied picture of him as well as a descendancy list.
Item 5: Folder 4, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder four is broken into many sections: Frances Adeline Fabian Baker, Dorchester, South Carolina, Midway Church, The John Osgood baker Family, John Fabian Baker, William Elliot Baker, Thomas King Baker, Roswell King, History of Roswell, and Frederick Salmon Giddings. The Frances Adeline Fabian Baker section only contains a copied picture of her and list of descendancy. The Dorchester, South Carolina section namely contains an article from a newspaper discussing where the Baker family originated. The Midway Church section contains various articles, short essay, and excerpts about the church. The John Osgood Baker Family section contains a list of children as well as the John Fabian Baker section. The William Elliot Baker section contains a list of children, a copied picture of the house, and an article discussing a possible connection of William to President Woodrow Wilson. The Thomas King Baker section includes a list of his four wives and all his children. The Roswell King section includes a tombstone inscription and children. The History of Roswell section has an article about the relation of President Theodore Roosevelt to Roswell, Midway Church, and Barrington Hall. The Section also includes an article on the relationship of William Elliot Barker and Roosevelt. The Frederick Salmon Giddings section is made up of various copies of pictures.
Item 6: Folder 5, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder five is a large folder that is only in one section labeled “Salmon Giddings;” this is the figure that Jane Merritt Bentley was researching. The folder contains a copied picture of him, a list of descendancy, other genealogical information, a 20 page story of his life, an article about the founding of Hartland, Connecticut, information on the Congregational Church in Hartland, and then a section of letters which range in date from 1814-1827 which comprises a majority of the folder.
Item 7: Folder 6, The Salmon giddings letters to the Connecticut Missionary Society, 1817-1827Add to your cart.
Folder six does not appear to contain any original content, but appears to be comprised of copies of a selection of letters that can also be found in folder five. The letters range in date from 1817-1827 and are all sent from Giddings to the Connecticut Missionary Society.
Item 8: Raw Research Material and Odds and Ends and Extras, 1972Add to your cart.
A three-ringed binder created and used by Jane M. Bentley. The binder contains various and extensive information on Salmon Giddings.  Items in the binder include a map showing the path taken from Connecticut to Illinois, pictures, slides, postcards, articles, newspaper clippings about Bentley’s work on research and restoration. Bentley also included programs from various Presbyterian churches that Giddings was involved with; some of the programs also include histories of the Church which mentions Giddings. The end of the binder breaks from the rest of the binder in that it is about Frederick Salmon Giddings, the son. Items in the binder about him includes a copy of an 11 page essay he wrote entitled, “The breaking up of the Distillery,” information on Frederick, and genealogical information that was collected from his bible.


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