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John Wright collection

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Bostwick family

Buck family

Canfield family

Ferriss family

Hine family

Masters, S.

McEuen family

New Milford papers

New Preston papers

Northrop family

Taylor family

Thacher, Partridge

Treadwell family

Account books



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John Wright collection, 1715-1892 | Litchfield Historical Society

By Leith Johnson

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Collection Overview

Title: John Wright collection, 1715-1892Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Primary Creator: Wright, John

Extent: 2.0 Boxes

Arrangement:

The collection is arranged in 13 series. The series are arranged alphabetically by type and then chronologically.

Series 1. Bostwick family

Series 2. Buck family

Series 3. Canfield family

Series 4. Ferriss family

Series 5. Hine family

Series 6. Masters, S.

Series 7. McEuen family

Series 8. New Milford papers

Series 9. New Preston Society papers

Series 10. Northrop family

Series 11. Taylor family

Series 12. Thacher, Partridge

Series 13. Treadwell family

Date Acquired: 01/01/1982

Subjects: Bostwick family, Buck family, Canfield family, Connecticut. County Court (Litchfield County), Ferriss family, Hine family, Lawyers - Connecticut - Litchfield County, Masters, S., McEuen family, New Milford (Conn.), New Preston Society (New Milford, Connecticut), Northrop family, Schools - Connecticut, Taxation, Taylor family, Thacher, Partridge, 1714-1786, Treadwell family, Vermont - History

Forms of Material: Account books, Business records, Correspondence, Deeds, Ephemera, Financial records, Invitations, Land surveys, Leases, Legal documents, Powers of attorney, Prescriptions, Promissory notes, Receipts, Recipes, Rewards of merit, Subscription lists, Visiting cards

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The John Wright Collection (1715-1853) [1982-22-0] consists of papers related to the Bostwick, Buck, Canfield, Ferriss, Hine, McEuen, Northrop, Taylor, and Treadwell families; lawyer Partridge Thacher; and others living in New Milford, Conn. It also includes papers related to New Preston Society. Included in the papers is correspondence; deeds; notes, orders, receipts and other business records; leases; subscription lists; account books, and other documents.

The collection is arranged in 14 series, one for each family, S. Masters, Thacher, one related to New Milford,  one related to New Preston Society, and account books. The researcher will find papers related to the families interspersed among the various series. The papers of Partridge Thacher (1714-1786) are of particular interest. He was the first lawyer in New Milford and was self-taught. His account books document the payments, frequently rendered in trade, that he received for his services. Other of his books document the dockets of the Litchfield County Court. Thacher and others were involved in the acquisition of land in what was then the province of New Hampshire, which is now Vermont, as early as 1762, and a subscription list documents his and Samuel Averill's intention to obtain a patent to found a township in the area of the Onion River in the communities of Middlesex and Waterbury. During the late 1760s, Thacher was active in acquiring land there, as reflected by his deeds. In addition to the Thacher papers, some of the family papers also contain deeds related to transactions in New Hampshire (now Vermont).

Subject/Index Terms

Bostwick family
Buck family
Canfield family
Connecticut. County Court (Litchfield County)
Ferriss family
Hine family
Lawyers - Connecticut - Litchfield County
Masters, S.
McEuen family
New Milford (Conn.)
New Preston Society (New Milford, Connecticut)
Northrop family
Schools - Connecticut
Taxation
Taylor family
Thacher, Partridge, 1714-1786
Treadwell family
Vermont - History

Administrative Information

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 Wright

Acquisition Method: Gift

Related Materials: Judson Canfield Papers (1760-1856)

Preferred Citation: John Wright collection (1982-22-0), 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).


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Bostwick family, 1784, 1815],
[Series 2: Buck family, 1741-1797],
[Series 3: Canfield family, 1803-1825],
[Series 4: Ferriss family, 1756-1845],
[Series 5: Hine family, 1818-1850],
[Series 6: Masters, S., 1816],
[Series 7: McEuen family, 1751-1832],
[Series 8: New Milford papers, 1715-1843],
[Series 9: New Preston papers, 1786-1835],
[Series 10: Northrop family, 1805-1853],
[Series 11: Taylor family, 1805-1853],
[Series 12: Thacher, Partridge, 1744-1789],
[Series 13: Treadwell family, 1811-1812],
[Series 14: Account books],
[All]

Series 14: Account booksAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Account book, 1802-1806Add to your cart.

Account Books; one volume consist of entries from a hatting business in Charlotte, Vermont and includes entries from 1802-1806,  the other begins in Charlotte, Vermont and then relocates to New Milford, Connecticut and includes entries from 1802-1809.  At this point the business transitions to one selling planks and logs and milled grains.

Some of the earliest settlers of Charlotte, Vermont were from Litchfield County and the towns of Litchfield and New Milford in particular.  Names listed in the ledger during the Charlotte, VT period include individuals known to have been born in Litchfield County and relocated to Vermont, such as Doctor Bostwick, Luman Wadhams and Erasmus Towner.  The New Milford, Connecticut entries include prominent New Milford residents such as Edward Boardman, Nathaniel Taylor and Philo Ruggles.

The items are currently housed in 3B Box 10.

Item 2: Account book, 1802-1809Add to your cart.

Account Books; one volume consist of entries from a hatting business in Charlotte, Vermont and includes entries from 1802-1806,  the other begins in Charlotte, Vermont and then relocates to New Milford, Connecticut and includes entries from 1802-1809.  At this point the business transitions to one selling planks and logs and milled grains.

Some of the earliest settlers of Charlotte, Vermont were from Litchfield County and the towns of Litchfield and New Milford in particular.  Names listed in the ledger during the Charlotte, VT period include individuals known to have been born in Litchfield County and relocated to Vermont, such as Doctor Bostwick, Luman Wadhams and Erasmus Towner.  The New Milford, Connecticut entries include prominent New Milford residents such as Edward Boardman, Nathaniel Taylor and Philo Ruggles.

currently housed in 3B Box 10.

Item 3: Baldwin, Asa account book, 1790-1803Add to your cart.

Part of the John Wright collection, Series 14 (1982-22-0), the Asa Baldwin account books  are two account books used by Asa Baldwin (1769-1837), a cooper from New Milford, Connecticut, who later moved to Boardman, Ohio.  Book 1 dates from 1790-1810 and lists transactions between Baldwin and other businessmen, where Baldwin provides barrels and firkins in exchange for goods and other services.  Inserted between pages 60-61 is a scrap of paper titled, “Directions for Digging a Grave.”  On the very next page, Baldwin begins charging for grave digging.  There are a number of entries that correspond to ones in Elijah Boardman’s ledgers. Book 2 dates from 1803-1810.  The entries appear to be for smaller clients, and the accounts overall are not as neatly entered.

Currently housed in 3B Box 10.

Item 4: Baldwin, Asa account book, 1792-1810Add to your cart.

Part of the John Wright collection, Series 14 (1982-22-0), the Asa Baldwin account books  are two account books used by Asa Baldwin (1769-1837), a cooper from New Milford, Connecticut, who later moved to Boardman, Ohio.  Book 1 dates from 1790-1810 and lists transactions between Baldwin and other businessmen, where Baldwin provides barrels and firkins in exchange for goods and other services.  Inserted between pages 60-61 is a scrap of paper titled, “Directions for Digging a Grave.”  On the very next page, Baldwin begins charging for grave digging.  There are a number of entries that correspond to ones in Elijah Boardman’s ledgers. Book 2 dates from 1803-1810.  The entries appear to be for smaller clients, and the accounts overall are not as neatly entered.

Currently housed in 3B Box 10.

Item 5: Baldwin, Cornelius B account book, 1819-1852Add to your cart.

Account book of Cornelius Baldwn of New Milford, Conn.

Currently housed in 3B Box 10.

Item 6: Hull, Henry account book, 1815-1818Add to your cart.

Accounts of Henry Hull of New Lebanon Springs, New York.

Currently housed in 3B Box 10.

Item 7: Kerr, Henry Augustus account book, 1824-1826Add to your cart.

Accounts of Henry Augustus Kerr of New Lebanon Springs, New York.

Currently housed in 3B Box 38.

Item 8: McEuen, John and William account book, 1798-1848Add to your cart.

Account book of John and Wiliam McEuen of New Milford, Conn.

Currently housed in 3B Box 38.

Item 9: Marsh, Elihu ledger, 1795-1815Add to your cart.

Ledger of Elihu Marsh of New Milford, Conn. for blacksmithing and harness mending.

Currently housed in 3B Box 38.

Item 10: Ruggles, Ezra account books, 1806-1819Add to your cart.

Six account books for the store and mill of Ezra Ruggles of Falls Bridge, New Milford, Conn.

Currently stored in 3B Box 38 pt. 2.


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Bostwick family, 1784, 1815],
[Series 2: Buck family, 1741-1797],
[Series 3: Canfield family, 1803-1825],
[Series 4: Ferriss family, 1756-1845],
[Series 5: Hine family, 1818-1850],
[Series 6: Masters, S., 1816],
[Series 7: McEuen family, 1751-1832],
[Series 8: New Milford papers, 1715-1843],
[Series 9: New Preston papers, 1786-1835],
[Series 10: Northrop family, 1805-1853],
[Series 11: Taylor family, 1805-1853],
[Series 12: Thacher, Partridge, 1744-1789],
[Series 13: Treadwell family, 1811-1812],
[Series 14: Account books],
[All]


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