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Beach, Webster, and Dickinson families papers

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Beach/Webster family

Dickinson family

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Beach, Webster, and Dickinson families papers, 1791-1990 | Litchfield Historical Society

By Leith Johnson

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Collection Overview

Title: Beach, Webster, and Dickinson families papers, 1791-1990Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Rice, Betsy Dickinson Dinan

Extent: 4.59 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement:

The collection is arranged in four series:

1. Beach/Webster family

2. Dickinson family

3. Photographs

4. Publications

Date Acquired: 12/05/1995

Subjects: Beach, Bessie Rachel, Beach, Louisa Webster, Beach, Milo D., Beach family, Dickinson, Leonard, Dickinson family, Goshen (Conn.), Litchfield (Conn.), Litchfield Creamery, Webster family

Forms of Material: Account books, Autograph albums, Correspondence, Deeds, Diaries, Estate inventories, Marriage certificates, Mortgages, Photographs, Recipes, Scrapbooks

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Beach, Webster, and Dickinson families papers (1995-15-0, 4.59 linear feet) relate to three associated Litchfield, Conn., families. In 1916, Bessie Rachel Beach (1893-1976) married Leonard Dickinson (1895-1946). The parents of Bessie were Milo D. Beach (1861-1959) and Louisa Webster Beach (1862-1951). A large part of the collection consists of genealogical information culled from a variety of sources. Original materials include marriage certificates; correspondence; mortgages and deeds; distribution and inventories of estates, scrapbooks; news clippings; 19th century recipe ("receipt") books (one book is an account book from 1820s-1850s that has been pasted over); 19th and early 20th century newspapers and clippings, including the Litchfield Monitor (1802-1803), Litchfield Republican (1856), and Connecticut Courant (1820s); autograph albums; documentation on Goshen and Milton; many family photographs of various types, including daguerreotypes, tintypes, cartes-de-viste, and cabinet cards, also two large albums from the late 19th century photographs; and 19th and early 20th century books. The papers do not document the business activities of the families.

Collection Historical Note

The Beach, Webster, and Dickinson families have a long history in Litchfield and all settled there in the 1700s. The Websters of Litchfield are distant relatives of Noah Webster, as they all descended from the same ancestor who first came to America in the 1600s. The Dickinson line is related to noted miniature painter Anson Dickinson, as it descended from one of Anson's brothers. There is no relation to the poet Emily Dickinson.

Milo D. Beach operated the Litchfield Creamery from 1900 to 1940. At the time it closed, it was the last creamery in Connecticut. Bessie Beach Dickinson was a long-time piano teacher and organist for the First Congregational Church. Leonard Dickinson worked at the creamery until opening Dickinson's Dairy-Maid, a tea-room specializing in homemade ice cream, in the mid 1930s.

Biographical Note

Betsy Dickinson Dinan Rice is the daughter of Bessie Beach Dickinson (1893-1976) and Leonard Dickinson (1895-1946) and granddaughter of Louisa Webster Beach (1862-1951) and Milo Beach (1861-1959).

Subject/Index Terms

Beach, Bessie Rachel
Beach, Louisa Webster
Beach, Milo D.
Beach family
Dickinson, Leonard
Dickinson family
Goshen (Conn.)
Litchfield (Conn.)
Litchfield Creamery
Webster family

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Alternate Extent Statement: 11 document boxes

Access Restrictions: The 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: Betsy Dickinson Dinan Rice

Acquisition Method: Gift

Separated Materials: Objects have been removed to the museum collections.

Preferred Citation: Beach, Webster, and Dickinson families papers (1995-15-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759

Other Note: This collection was processed with support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Beach/Webster family],
[Series 2: Dickinson family],
[Series 3: Photographs],
[Series 4: Publications],
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Series 1: Beach/Webster familyAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Autograph book, 1879-1880Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Beach, Heman estate, 1840Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Beach, Milo D. account book, 1924-1945Add to your cart.
Lists his charitable contributions.
Folder 4: Beach/Webster genealogyAdd to your cart.
From blue binder. Primarily contains photocopies of materials found elsewhere in the collection.
Folder 5: Beach/Webster genealogyAdd to your cart.
From blue binder. Primarily contains photocopies of materials found elsewhere in the collection.
Folder 6: Brown, Bertha Bruner, "Some Pages of Family History", 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence, [?], Henry M. Civil War letter, 1962 Mar 18Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence, 1931-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Documents, 1840-1856Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Family record, 1800s-1900sAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Genealogical notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: High school graduations, 1915, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 13: M. D. Beach pasteurized medium cream bottle stopper, circa 1900-1940Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Merry Christmas Mother Dickinson, 1968Add to your cart.
Contains genealogical information.
Folder 15: Webster, Louisa autograph book, 1879-1899Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Webster, Rachel Baldwin diary, 1876Add to your cart.
Item 1: Beach, Heman estate distribution, 1841 Apr 21Add to your cart.
Currently stored in box 10.
Item 2: Deeds and related documents, 1823-1882Add to your cart.
Currently stored in box 10.
Item 3: Deeds and related documents, "Part of Camp Dutton", 1820-1949Add to your cart.
Currently stored in box 10.
Item 4: NewspapersAdd to your cart.
19th and early 20th century newspapers and clippings, including the Litchfield Monitor (1802-1803), Litchfield Republican (1856), and Connecticut Courant (1820s). Currently stored in box 10.
Item 5: Charles Baldwin account book, 1791-1800Add to your cart.

Ledger and account book of Charles Baldwin, son of Abner, who married Rachel Mason. Charles and Rachel's daughter, Rachel, married Benjamin Webster. Most of the accounts are for shoemaking and some of the pages have been covered over by pasted on newspaper clippings.

Currently housed in 3A Box 1.


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[Series 2: Dickinson family],
[Series 3: Photographs],
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