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Litchfield County judicial records, 1790-1930 | Litchfield Historical Society

By Leith Johnson

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Collection Overview

Title: Litchfield County judicial records, 1790-1930Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1790-1861

Primary Creator: Connecticut. County Court (Litchfield County)

Extent: 2.5 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

The records are arranged in two series:

Series 1. Case files

Series 2. Subject files

Date Acquired: 08/03/2005. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Connecticut. County Court (Litchfield County) - History, County courts - Connecticut - Litchfield County - History

Forms of Material: Civil court records, Criminal court records, Judicial records

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Litchfield County Judicial Records (1790-1930) consist of case files and other documents relating to matters involving the Litchfield County Court, the Litchfield Superior Court, and the clerk of the court from the late 1790s through 1861. The records were recovered from the attic of the former Westleigh Inn and it is not known why the records were stored there. They appear to complement the Litchfield County Court records held by the Connecticut State Archives. In the absence of original order, they have been arranged in two series, Case files and Subject files, using two State Archives finding aids as models: "RG 003, Litchfield County, County Court Files, Inventory of Records" and "RG 003, Litchfield County, County Court Papers by Subject Inventory of Records," both of which were prepared by Debra Pond. The description of the series and records which follow include excerpts from these State Archives finding aids.

Series 1. Case files

Case files contain original materials and relate to civil lawsuits and criminal actions in the years between 1790 and 1861. While the records relating to each file vary by case, common documents include writs, summonses, motions filed by the parties, and jury verdicts. The cases are arranged chronologically and then alphabetically by plaintiff.

Series 2. Subject files

Subject files include a range of records and generally follow the subject categories found in the Litchfield County Court records at the Connecticut State Archives. The categories are organized alphabetically, and then arranged chronologically within each category.

Subject file categories:

Admissions to the bar (1859-1860) contains chronologically arranged certificates from the county bar's committee of examiners reporting results of its examination of candidates seeking to be admitted to practice before the Litchfield County bar.

Appeals from probate (1800-1855) contains chronologically arranged documents from parties requesting reconsideration of probate court decisions.

Appointments of commissioners (1855-1860) contains chronologically arranged documents relating to confirmations of  individuals sworn as commissioners of the court.

Costs (1798-1860, undated) are accountings of court costs from individual files for items such as service of writs, summoning of witnesses, juror expenses, sheriff's travel expenses and the like. Some cost records do not include the name of the case to which they belong. The records are filed chronologically by year.

Court expenses (1798-1859) are arranged chronologically and consist primarily of accounts by those incurring expenses in running the court. Entries include such items as dinner and wine expenses and some itemized gaoler accounts, which provide details of the care provided to prisoners while incarcerated in Litchfield.

Inquests (1798-1861) are investigations into the causes of suspicious deaths. They are arranged chronologically by year.

Jurors (circa 1800-1860) contains orders to town constables to summon jurors for jury duty, as the court needed them to try cases. In addition, the clerk's notes of the individuals who served on the jury for certain trials may be found here. These records are arranged first by general records, which include documents relating to county-wide matters, and second alphabetically by town name, then chronologically.

Justices by town (1860-1861) contains documents confirming the swearing of justices of the peace and are arranged alphabetically by town.

Miscellaneous (1802-circa 1930) contains a variety of material and generally consists of individual items. Documents include a land appraisal, a bond, a deposition apparently unrelated to any case file, documents relating to post-Civil War military pensions, photographs of two unidentified men circa 1930, and other items.

Naturalization (1842-1860) is made up of petitions for and other documents relating to naturalization. They are arranged chronologically and then by the name of the individual.

Protection orders (1799-1812) protected debtors with a large number of debts from arrest while at court suing their own creditors. They are arranged chronologically.

Taverns (1856-1860) is composed of chronologically arranged certifications to the court of the tavern keepers appointed by the county's towns. Tavern licenses were appointed, or renewed, annually by the court.

Subject/Index Terms

Connecticut. County Court (Litchfield County) - History
County courts - Connecticut - Litchfield County - History

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Accruals: Albert DiMeo made an initial gift on Aug. 3, 2005 (2005-08-0). Mr. DiMeo through his daughter Laurel Saramak made a smaller additional donation on Apr. 25, 2007 (2007-14-0).

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

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 Source: Albert DiMeo

Acquisition Method: Gift

Related Materials:

Connecticut State Archives, RG 003 Judicial Department:

Litchfield County, County Court Files, 1751-1855

Litchfield County, County Court Papers by Subject, 1750-1855

Litchfield County Court Minorities Collection, 1753-1854

For more information please see http://www.cslib.org/archives/FAIndexes/.

Preferred Citation: Litchfield County judicial records (2005-08-0), 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 Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).


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Series 2: Subject filesAdd to your cart.
Arranged alphabetically by category and then chronologically.
Folder 1: Admissions to the bar, 1859-1861Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Appeals from probate, Prentice, John, 1800Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Appeals from probate, Townshend, Jacob, 1800Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Appeals from probate, Loomis, Joseph, 1807Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Appeals from probate, Bryant, Charles and Bryant, Luther, 1852Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Appeals from probate, Johnson, Mary, 1855Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Appointments of commissioners, 1855-1860Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Costs, 1798Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Costs, 1799Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Costs, 1800-1811Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Costs, 1839-1849Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Costs, 1851-1858Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Costs, 1859Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Costs, 1859Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Costs, 1859Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Costs, 1859Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Costs, 1859Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Costs, 1859Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Costs, 1859Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Costs, 1859Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Costs, 1859Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Costs, 1860Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Costs, 1860Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Costs, 1860Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Costs, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Court expenses, 1799-1800Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Court expenses, 1803, 1806Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Court expenses, 1808-1816Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Court expenses, 1839-1859Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Inquests, Smith, Theophilus, 1798Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Inquests, Tuttle, Charles, 1800Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Inquests, Bostford, Merab, 1801Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Inquests, Morgan, Samuel, 1801Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Inquests, Richardson, Abigail, 1803Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Inquests, Yorker, John alias Whitford, John, 1803Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Inquests, Dormady, Thomas, 1804Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Inquests, Morris, Richard, 1806Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Inquests, Hart, Stephen, 1807Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Inquests, unknown "black woman", 1811Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Inquests, Stewart, William, 1812Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Inquests, Brown, John, 1856Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Inquests, Bartholomew, John, 1859Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Inquests, Lewis, John, 1859Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Inquests, Rood, Rufus, 1859Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Inquests, Booth, Sidney, 1860Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Inquests, Coffee, Edwin, 1860Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Inquests, Fitzgibbons, Patrick, 1860Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Inquests, Vitteloe, Lucy, 1860Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Inquests, Vitteloe, Phoebe, 1860Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Inquests, Murphy, Isaac, 1861Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Jurors, general, circa 1800Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Jurors, general, circa 1800Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Jurors, general, 1801Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Jurors, general, 1807 FebAdd to your cart.
Folder 55: Jurors, general, 1807 AugAdd to your cart.
Folder 56: Jurors, general, 1808 FebAdd to your cart.
Folder 57: Jurors, general, 1808 AugAdd to your cart.
Folder 58: Jurors, general, 1809 FebAdd to your cart.
Folder 59: Jurors, general, 1810 FebAdd to your cart.
Folder 60: Jurors, general, 1810 AugAdd to your cart.
Folder 61: Jurors, general, 1811 FebAdd to your cart.
Folder 62: Jurors, general, 1811 AugAdd to your cart.
Folder 63: Jurors, general, 1812 FebAdd to your cart.
Folder 64: Jurors, general, 1812 AugAdd to your cart.
Folder 65: Jurors, general, 1850-1860, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 66: Jurors, Barkhamsted, 1803-1860Add to your cart.
Folder 67: Jurors, Bethlehem, 1859-1860Add to your cart.
Folder 68: Jurors, Bridgewater, 1860Add to your cart.
Folder 69: Jurors, Canaan, 1798, 1860Add to your cart.
Folder 70: Jurors, Colebrook, 1860Add to your cart.
Folder 71: Jurors, Cornall, 1805-1809Add to your cart.
Folder 72: Jurors, Cornwall, 1810, 1815Add to your cart.
Folder 73: Jurors, Cornwall, 1858-1860Add to your cart.
Folder 74: Jurors, Goshen, 1805, 1807Add to your cart.
Folder 75: Jurors, Goshen, 1808-1811Add to your cart.
Folder 76: Jurors, Goshen, 1856-1860Add to your cart.
Folder 77: Jurors, Harwinton, 1856-1860Add to your cart.
Folder 78: Jurors, Kent, 1810-1859Add to your cart.
Folder 79: Jurors, Litchfield, 1798-1810Add to your cart.
Folder 80: Jurors, Litchfield, 1856-1860Add to your cart.
Folder 81: Jurors, New Hartford, 1856, 1859Add to your cart.
Folder 82: Jurors, New Milford, 1856Add to your cart.
Folder 83: Jurors, Norfolk, 1856Add to your cart.
Folder 84: Jurors, North Canaan, 1860Add to your cart.
Folder 85: Jurors, Plymouth, 1856, 1860Add to your cart.
Folder 86: Jurors, Roxbury, 1856, 1860Add to your cart.
Folder 87: Jurors, Salisbury, 1801-1808Add to your cart.
Folder 88: Jurors, Salisbury, 1809-1812Add to your cart.
Folder 89: Jurors, Salisbury, 1856-1860Add to your cart.
Folder 90: Jurors, Sharon, 1800-1804Add to your cart.
Folder 91: Jurors, Sharon, 1806-1812Add to your cart.
Folder 92: Jurors, Sharon, 1856-1860Add to your cart.
Folder 93: Jurors, Torrington, 1856-1860Add to your cart.
Folder 94: Jurors, Warren, 1815-1860Add to your cart.
Folder 95: Jurors, Washington, 1856-1860Add to your cart.
Folder 96: Jurors, Watertown, 1799Add to your cart.
Folder 97: Jurors, Watertown, 1859-1860Add to your cart.
Folder 98: Jurors, Winchester, 1856, 1860Add to your cart.
Folder 99: Jurors, Woodbury, 1859-1860Add to your cart.
Folder 100: Justices by town, Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Bridgewater, 1860Add to your cart.
Folder 101: Justices by town, Canaan, Colebrook, Cornwall, 1860-1861Add to your cart.
Folder 102: Justices by town, Goshen, Harwinton, 1860Add to your cart.
Folder 103: Justices by town, Litchfield, 1860Add to your cart.
Folder 104: Justices by town, Morris, New Hartford, New Milford, Norfolk, North Canaan, 1860Add to your cart.
Folder 105: Justices by town, Plymouth, Salisbury, Sharon, Torrington, 1860-1861Add to your cart.
Folder 106: Justices by town, Warren, 1860Add to your cart.
Folder 107: Justices by town, Washington, Winchester, Woodbury, 1860Add to your cart.
Folder 108: Miscellaneous, appraisement of land, Humphrey, Mary, 1802Add to your cart.
Folder 109: Miscellaneous, bar meeting, 1860Add to your cart.
Folder 110: Miscellaneous, bond, Fuller, Rufus and Fuller, Alphus, 1855Add to your cart.
Folder 111: Miscellaneous, citation for Vanderpool, Henry and his wife and Sterling, E., 1807Add to your cart.
Folder 112: Miscellaneous, certificate, justice of the peace Gorey, Augustus, 1860Add to your cart.
Folder 113: Miscellaneous, correspondence, 1860, 1865Add to your cart.
Folder 114: Miscellaneous, deposition re: Pixley and Phelps, Barkhamsted, circa 1795Add to your cart.
Folder 115: Miscellaneous, military pension documents, 1882-1911Add to your cart.
Folder 116: Miscellaneous, order of distribution, Meigs, John, 1795Add to your cart.
Folder 117: Miscellaneous, photographs, circa 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 118: Miscellaneous, probate court, Garnsey, Mary Ann, 1847Add to your cart.
Folder 119: Miscellaneous, promissory notes, 1796, 1805Add to your cart.
Folder 120: Miscellaneous, receipts for vol. 27 etc. Conn. Reports, 1860Add to your cart.
Folder 121: Miscellaneous, resignation as deputy sheriff, Rockefeller, Philip, 1860Add to your cart.
Folder 122: Miscelleanous, other papers, circa 1799-1859, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 123: Naturalization, 1842-1844Add to your cart.
Folder 124: Naturalization, 1845-1846Add to your cart.
Folder 125: Naturalization, 1850Add to your cart.
Folder 126: Naturalization, 1851Add to your cart.
Folder 127: Naturalization, B-H, 1852Add to your cart.
Folder 128: Naturalization, L-W, 1852Add to your cart.
Folder 129: Naturalization, 1854Add to your cart.
Folder 130: Naturalization, 1855-1856Add to your cart.
Folder 131: Naturalization, 1857Add to your cart.
Folder 132: Naturalization, 1859-1860Add to your cart.
Folder 133: Protection orders, 1799-1812Add to your cart.
Folder 134: Taverns, Barkhamsted, Kent, Litchfield, 1856-1860Add to your cart.
Folder 135: Taverns, Morris, New Milford, 1856-1860Add to your cart.
Folder 136: Taverns, Plymouth, Washington, 1856-1860Add to your cart.
Folder 137: Taverns, Watertown, Winchester, 1856-1860Add to your cart.
Item 1: Miscellaneous, Mt. Tom road survey, 1840 Apr 20Add to your cart.
Surveyed by Seth Catlin. This oversize item is currently stored in 18B box 20.

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