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Stoddard family papers, 1703-1906 | Litchfield Historical Society

By Leith Johnson

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Title: Stoddard family papers, 1703-1906Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates:1703-1851

Primary Creator: Stoddard family

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Arrangement: The papers are arranged alphabetically by type in one series.

Date Acquired: 01/01/1997

Subjects: Bird family, Bishop family, First Congregational Church of Litchfield, Litchfield (Conn.), Stoddard family, United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Forms of Material: Bonds (legal records), Broadsides (notices), Correspondence, Deeds, Estate inventories, Land surveys, Leases, Legal documents, Poems, Prescriptions, Promissory notes, Receipts, Theater programs, Wills, Writs

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The papers (1703-1906) of the Stoddard family of Litchfield, Conn., including correspondence, deeds, documents related to estates, legal documents, financial records, and other items. John Stoddard (1674/5-1727/8) of Wethersfield, Conn., was one of the original proprietors of Litchfield. He married Sarah Camp. Their children were Lydia, Moses, Sarah, Jerusha, Mary, John, Abigail, James, Josiah, and Prudence. Moses Stoddard (1700/1-1777) married Ruth Goodwin. Their children were Hannah, Jerusha, John, Aaron, Moses, Obed, and David. Many of John Stoddard's descendants remained in Litchfield and what later became Morris. The papers also relate to the Bird and Bishop families. The majority of the papers is from the 1700s. Several deeds document some of the earliest land transactions in Litchfield. Correspondence includes one letter written during the Civil War that presents a detailed, first-hand account of the execution of a deserter. There are a number of legal documents, such as executions, writs, and documents related to estates. Some items reflect everyday life in the 18th century: a prescription, handwritten hymns, poetry, handwriting exercises, and recipes. One particular item of note is a seating plan for the Congregational Church, circa 1788.

Subject/Index Terms

Bird family
Bishop family
First Congregational Church of Litchfield
Litchfield (Conn.)
Stoddard family
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

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Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

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: John A. Stoddard

Acquisition Method: Gift

Preferred Citation: Stoddard family papers (1997-34-0), 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 1: Papers, 1703-1906Add to your cart.
Arranged alphabetically by type and then chronologically.
Folder 1: Bond, Jones, Josiah to Stoddard, Moses, 1749 Mar 7Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, Adams, Andrew to Stoddard, John, 1780 Jun 28Add to your cart.
Capt. Stoddard has returned Samuel Beard unfit for duty and must immediately detach another man in his stead.
Folder 3: Correspondence, Huntington, Jed to Stoddard, David, 1789 Mar 11Add to your cart.
Writes regarding a bookkeeping matter.
Folder 4: Correspondence, Smith, C. to Stoddard, David, 1789 Jul 24Add to your cart.
Writes that he is unwell and wishes Stoddard to act for him regarding Smith's execution against Jacob Griswold.
Folder 5: Correspondence, Carley, Elijah to Carley, Richard, 1789 Oct 4Add to your cart.
Writes to his brother that if he comes to this country he will endeavor to get him 200 acres of land. Has heard that his brother shot off one of his hands. Their mother is dead, and other news of family and friends.
Folder 6: Correspondence, Tyler, Laura to Webster, Amy, [circa 1800], Feb 18Add to your cart.
Writes to her mother with news of family and friends.
Folder 7: Correspondence, Hubbard, B. A. to Griswold, R., 1833 Nov 22Add to your cart.
Writes his cousin with news of family and friends.
Folder 8: Correspondence, Stoddard, Charles to Kilborun, Eliada, 1842 Jul 2Add to your cart.
Writes that he is sorry that he has not replied to Kilbourn's letter sooner. Comments on Kilbourn's attention to Iowa, his bachelorhood, the improvement of the land and society on this prarie, Baltimore, his recent bad health, and his work in a store.
Folder 9: Correspondence, Stoddard, John to Bishop, Sylvanus, 1845 Dec 6Add to your cart.
Writes that he desires to sell a piece of land to him as he needs the funds.
Folder 10: Correspondence, Stone, H. B. to Clemons, Mahala, 1847 Dec 6Add to your cart.
Writes about purchasing land in Oskaloosa, Iowa, his wood and farming activities, news of family and friends, the great emigration into this country, his animals, and the weather.
Folder 11: Correspondence, Kirby, J. W. to [?], Bob, 1865 Mar 14Add to your cart.
Writes during the Civil War from City Point, Va., about his commanding a fatigue party to remove a lot of dead bodies and describes in great detail the procedure for executing a deserter.
Folder 12: Correspondence, Clark, Maj. Gen. William to Munson, Capt. W. O., 1866 Jan 31Add to your cart.
Letter of recommendation following Civil War.
Folder 13: Correspondence, Pelton, Edward to Kilbourn, D. C., 1906 Jun 26Add to your cart.
Reports on Lewis H. Starr (late) Copl. Co. "C" 29th Conn. Vol. Inf. (Colored).
Folder 14: Court case, Page v. Page, 1788Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Court case, Palmerly v. Smith, 1789 Apr 27Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Court case, Tryon v. Lee, 1791 Aug 17Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Deed, Griswold, Jacob to Stoddard, Moses for land in Litchfield, Conn., 1726/7 Feb 6Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Deed, Bird, John to Stoddard, Moses for land in Litchfield, Conn., 1728 Aug 27Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Deed, Griswold, Jacob to Stoddard, Moses for land in Litchfield, Conn., 1730 Apr 29Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Deed, Marsh, George to Stoddard, Moses for land in Litchfield, Conn., 1737/8 Jan 3Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Deed, Hopkins, Asa to Stoddard, Moses for land in Litchfield, Conn., 1744/5 Jan 23Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Deed, Klibourn, Jesse to Stoddard, Jesse for land in Litchfield, Conn., 1781 Jun 18Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Deed, estate of Smith, John to Stoddard, David for land in Litchfield, Conn., 1788 Apr 12Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Deed, State of Connecticut to Bishop, Sylvanus for land in Litchfield, Conn., 1833 Jan 24Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Estate of Stoddard, Samuel, 1725 Apr 6Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Estate of Stoddard, John, 1739/40 Jan 23Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Estate of Stoddard, James, 1758 Apr 27Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Estate of Stoddard, Aaron, [probably 1793]Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Estate of Stoddard, David, 1793Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Estate of Stoddard, David, 1807Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Executions, 1786-1787Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Executions, 1788 Jan-MarAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: Executions, 1788 Jun-SepAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: Executions, 1788 Nov-DecAdd to your cart.
Folder 35: Executions, 1789Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Executions, 1790-1791Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Handwriting exercises, circa 1700sAdd to your cart.
Folder 38: Hymns, circa 1700sAdd to your cart.
Handwritten music notation and lyrics.
Folder 39: Inventory, household [of Bishop, Sylvanus?], circa 1820sAdd to your cart.
Folder 40: Land survey, Mitchell, Nathan, 1729 Feb 11Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Land surveys, Colver, Daniel and Grant, Jehiel, circa 1730Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Land survey, Stoddard, Moses, 1731 Feb 27Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Land survey, Stoddard, Moses, 1762 Dec 9Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Lease, Stoddard, Obed and Stoddard, David to Stoddard, Moses, 1769 Jan 2Add to your cart.
Folder 45: List of notes, circa 1780sAdd to your cart.
Folder 46: Note, Bishop, Silvanus to Cleaver, Tobias, 1827 Oct 16Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Note, brokerage, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 48: Orders, 1789-1790, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 49: Poetry, 1792, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 1: A fine Definition of a Strange Wife to Mr. Levi Stoddard, 1792 Aug 29Add to your cart.
Written by Martin Strong.
Item 2: Cowper, William, Verses Supposed to be Written by Alexander Selkirk, after 1782Add to your cart.
Unidentified handwritten copy.
Folder 50: Prescription, Dr. Bird for Mrs. Stoddard, ca. 1780sAdd to your cart.
Folder 51: Publication, At a General Assembly of the Governor and Company of the State of Connecticut, 1781Add to your cart.
The Assembly requests Jeremiah Wadsworth to provide an account of sums as related to the resolution of Congress Aug. 26, 1780.
Folder 52: Publication, Steadfast, Jonathan, Count the cost: An address to the people of Connecticut, 1804Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Publication, Morris, James, A statistical account of several towns of the county of Litchfield, [1815]Add to your cart.
Inscribed in several places by J. Churchill.
Folder 54: Publications, 1865, 1885Add to your cart.
Item 1: Easter anniversary of the Sunday school of St. Michael's Church, Litchfield, Conn., 1865 Apr 16Add to your cart.
Item 2: Program, Neighbor Jack, Armory Hall, 1885 Mar 13Add to your cart.
Folder 55: Receipts, circa 1776-1786Add to your cart.
Folder 56: Receipts, 1787-1789Add to your cart.
Folder 57: Receipts, 1790-1801Add to your cart.
Folder 58: Receipts, 1849-1851Add to your cart.
Folder 59: Recipes, circa 1700sAdd to your cart.
Folder 60: Statement of account, 1821Add to your cart.
Folder 61: Tax warrants, 1786, 1820Add to your cart.
Folder 62: Treasurer's warrants and receipts, 1777-1789Add to your cart.
Folder 63: Warantee for Alzina Stone's Mason & Hamlin cabinet organ, 1872 Jan 30Add to your cart.
Folder 64: Writs, 1788-1790Add to your cart.
Item 1: Deed, Churchill, Benjamin and Churchill, Nathaniel to Stoddard, John land in Wethersfield, Conn., 1703 Mar 15Add to your cart.
Currently stored in 18B oversize box 5.
Item 2: Estate of Stoddard, John, 1728Add to your cart.
Currently stored in 18B oversize box 5.
Item 3: Land survey, Stoddard, Aaron, circa 1790sAdd to your cart.
Currently stored in 18B oversize box 5.
Item 4: Land survey, Stoddard, Moses, circa 1770sAdd to your cart.
Currently stored in 18B oversize box 5.
Item 5: Seating plan, Congregational Church, Litchfield, Conn., circa 1788Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Currently stored in 18B oversize box 5.

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