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Woodruff family collection

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

George C. Woodruff correspondence

Other correspondence

Legal papers

Business papers

Financial papers

Family papers

Newspaper clippings

Miscellany



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Woodruff family collection, 1779-1966 | Litchfield Historical Society

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Collection Overview

Title: Woodruff family collection, 1779-1966Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates:1815-1919

Primary Creator: Woodruff, George C. (George Catlin) (1805-1885)

Other Creators: Seymour, Lucy Morris (Woodruff) (1807-1894), Woodruff, George M. (George Morris) (1836-1930), Woodruff, Henrietta Sophronia (Seymour) (1806-1892), Woodruff, James Parsons (1868-1931), Woodruff, Lewis B. (Lewis Bartholomew) (1809-1875), Woodruff, Morris (1777-1840), Woodruff, Reuben M. (Reuben Morris) (1811-1849)

Extent: 21.5 Boxes

Arrangement:

The collection is arranged in 8 series:

I. George C. Woodruff correspondence

II. Other correspondence

III. Legal papers

IV. Business papers

V. Financial papers

VI. Family papers

VII. Newspaper clippings

VIII. Miscellany

Date Acquired: 03/23/1953. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Collecting of accounts--United States, Connecticut--Politics and government, Epidemics--New York (State)--New York, Genealogy--Connecticut, Land titles--Connecticut, Law--Connecticut, Law--United States--Study and teaching, Lawyers--Correspondence, Litchfield (Conn.) - History, Litchfield Law School, Medicine--United States--History--18th century, Postmasters, Real property, Reeve, Tapping, 1744-1823, Southern States--History--1775-1865, Speculation--United States, United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783, United States--Politics and government--1775-1783., United States--Politics and government--1783-1865, United States--Politics and government--1865-1933, United States--Social life and customs--1783-1865

Forms of Material: Account books, Autograph albums, Correspondence, Diaries, Drawings, Greeting cards, Notebooks, Receipts

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Woodruff Collection primarily documents the personal life and professional career of George Catlin Woodruff, who not only practiced law for several decades in Litchfield but also served as Litchfield's postmaster and held elected positions both locally and in the United States Congress.  

His law career is extensively represented in his business correspondence with clients concerning suits in progress and with other law professionals; his law school notebooks; and his own notes on pending lawsuits.  These papers document the education and routine work of a lawyer in this period, as well as the networks among lawyers in New England and their relationships with judges, courts, and other members of the judicial system. 

The collection also illuminates the central position of the postal service in the early republic through letters sent to Woodruff in his capacity as postmaster of Litchfield.  These include not only correspondence with other postmasters concerning mail schedules and misdirected letters, but also correspondence from individuals from other towns seeking information about Litchfield inhabitants, reporting suspicious activities, and asking for assistance in publicizing their own careers.

Additionally, Woodruff's extensive personal correspondence with his family sheds light on his personal life, especially in letters to and from his brothers Lewis B. Woodruff, a lawyer in New York, and Reuben M. Woodruff, a physician.  These letters record their efforts to establish and develop their careers, their travels along the east coast and the southern United States, and family and social news.  Moreover, the collection includes Woodruff's personal papers, which trace his interest in genealogical research, the history of Litchfield, and his autobiographical efforts.

The collection follows Woodruff's political career through newspaper clippings and his own handwritten records of local and national election results, as well as documents his other business ventures, including investments in railroads, canals, and banks, and his involvement in the Litchfield Mutual Fire Insurance Company.  By extension, these papers reveal political processes and economic developments during this time period.

Also present in this collection are the papers of numerous Woodruff relatives, as well as those of other prominent and lesser-known Litchfield families.  For example, the collection documents the extensive land transactions executed by Woodruff's father, Morris Woodruff, especially in partnership with Simeon Harrison; the law career of his son George M. Woodruff; and his grandson James P. Woodruff's law and political careers.    The collection also includes many personal and business papers from members of the Seymour and Wolcott families, as well as from the family of Henry E. Gates, who served as a physician during the Civil War, and from Grant Wickwire, a prosperous Litchfield farmer.

Biographical Note

George Catlin Woodruff (1805-1885) was born in Litchfield, CT in 1805.  He graduated from Yale College in 1825, after which he studied law with James Gould at the Litchfield Law SChool.  In 1827 he was admitted to the bar and began practice in Litchfield.  He also served as postmaster of Litchfield from 1832 to 1846.  Afterwards, he became involved in local and national politics, becoming a member of the State House of Representatives in 1851, 1866, and 1874, and elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-seventh Congress (1861-1863). 

In 1829, he married Henrietta Sophronia (Seymour) Woodruff, the sister of Origen S. Seymour, who married Woodruff's sister Lucy.  They had two children: George and Henrietta.  George C. Woodruff died in Litchfield, CT in 1885.

Subject/Index Terms

Collecting of accounts--United States
Connecticut--Politics and government
Epidemics--New York (State)--New York
Genealogy--Connecticut
Land titles--Connecticut
Law--Connecticut
Law--United States--Study and teaching
Lawyers--Correspondence
Litchfield (Conn.) - History
Litchfield Law School
Medicine--United States--History--18th century
Postmasters
Real property
Reeve, Tapping, 1744-1823
Southern States--History--1775-1865
Speculation--United States
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783
United States--Politics and government--1775-1783.
United States--Politics and government--1783-1865
United States--Politics and government--1865-1933
United States--Social life and customs--1783-1865

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Accruals: Additions include gifts from George M. Woodruff (1922); Mrs. James P. Woodruff (1952, 1953, and 1956); Mrs. John M. Ellis and Miss Isabell Woodruff (1957);  Lillian (Woodruff) Ellis (1978); Julie Hallaway (1984); estate of Agatha Ryan (1986);  Malcolm and Carol Bramley (2005); and Yale University Sterling Library (2010).

Acquisition Source: Mrs. James P. Woodruff

Acquisition Method: Donated

Separated Materials: Library books (2010-366-0): REFERENCE F104.L7W58 - Alain C. White History of the town of Litchfield 1720-1920 [2 copies]; REFERENCE F104.L7W6 - George C. Woodruff, Genealogical register of the inhabitants of the town of Litchfield, Conn.; RARE  F104.L7W7 - George C. Woodruff, History of the town of Litchfield, Conn., 1845.

Original/Copies Note: Transcriptions are available for some documents.

Related Materials:

Seymour family papers, 1777-1923, Litchfield Historical Society

Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY

Rutherford B. Hayes Library, Fremont, OH

Preferred Citation: Woodruff family collection, 1953-02-2-8, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759.

Other Note:

Material objects at the Litchfield Historical Society relating to the Woodruff Family Collection include:

-portrait miniature of Morris Woodruff (1978-02-1)

-portrait of Lucy Morris (Woodruff) Seymour (1918-06-3)

-portrait of Origen S. Seymour (1918-06-1)

-portrait of Candace (Catlin) Woodruff (1981-08-0)

-sign belonging to George M. Woodruff (1978-02-6)

-portrait of George C. Woodruff (2004-26-1)

-portrait of Henrietta Sophornia Seymour Woodruff (2004-26-2)

-portrait of George M. Woodruff (2004-26-3)

-portrait of James P. Woodruff (1978-02-91)

-desk, made in Litchfield, belonging to Morris Woodruff (1929-02-11)

-desk used by George C. Woodruff, George M. Woodruff, and James Woodruff (1924-04-0)

-wallet used by Origen S. Seymour (1949-03-4)

-portrait of Seth Preston Beers (1907-16-1)

-portrait of Lewis B. Woodruff (1917-03-2)

-document box belonging to Lewis B. Woodruff (1995-10-1)

-fire bucket belonging to Morris Woodruff (1971-08-10)

Contact museum curator for further information at curator@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org

This collection was processed with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: George C. Woodruff correspondence, 1821-1884],
[Series 2: Other correspondence, 1775-1932],
[Series 3: Legal papers, 1762-1911],
[Series 4: Business papers, 1829-1925],
[Series 5: Financial papers, 1737-1931],
[Series 6: Family papers, 1777-1973],
[Series 7: Newspaper clippings, 1800-1931],
[Series 8: Miscellany, 1765-1932],
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Series 3: Legal papers, 1762-1911Add to your cart.
This series has been arranged into two subseries, and is arranged alphabetically within each subseries.  The first subseries contains primarily land deeds, including an extensive collection of land transactions by Morris Woodruff and his business partner Simeon Harrison.  It also includes numerous legal documents signed by George C. Woodruff as justice of the peace.  The second subseries contains, in addition to land deeds, a number of other kinds of transactions, including sales of cows and labor; a share in a saw mill; the establishment of a free school; and a request for a name change by Nellie Woodruff.
Sub-Series 1: Woodruff family legal papersAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Morris, JamesAdd to your cart.

Agreement with Moses Waugh, dated 1816 concerning a grist mill; agreement with Oliver Emons dated April 1811 concerning mowing the Hall farm; papers for the administration of his estate; a list of inventory of his estate; and a letter from his son, J.E. Morris dated Feb, 3, 1821 to Morris Woodruff asking about the settlng of the estate.

Survey of James Morris' homestead and Morris Academy property

Folder 2: Morris, James, 1807-1818Add to your cart.
Legal documents signed by James Morris as justice of the peace. Printed document filled in by James Morris, Deputy Inspector General of Beef and Pork, appointing Thomas Turner of Litchfield as Assistant Inspector of Beef and Pork , dated Jan. 13, 1807.
Folder 3: Woodroofe, Mathew, 1682 Sep 6Add to your cart.
Typescript of Mathew Woodroofe's will.
Folder 4: Woodruff & Woodruff, 1908-1909Add to your cart.
Legal documents signed by George M. Woodruff and James P. Woodruff as attorneys.
Folder 5: Woodruff, Candace, 1849 Apr 9Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Woodruff, Enoch J. and Huldah M. (Garritt), 1826-1842Add to your cart.
Deed to land in the South Farms section of Litchfield from Enoch J. Woodruff to George C. and Reuben M. Woodruff for 1 acre of land dated May 13, 1841.          Also, papers concerning notes due to Huldah Maria Garritt before her intended marriage to Enoch J. Woodruff, dated 1826.
Folder 7: Woodruff, George C., 1830-1849Add to your cart.
Includes George C. Woodruff's appointment as Judge Advocate for Litchfield County on Dec 30, 1843, signed by Governor Chauncey Fitch Cleveland
Folder 8: Woodruff, George C., 1850-1859Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Woodruff, George C., 1860-1875Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Woodruff, George C., 1837Add to your cart.
Legal documents signed by George C. Woodruff as justice of the peace.
Folder 11: Woodruff, George C., 1840-1858Add to your cart.
Legal documents signed by George C. Woodruff as justice of the peace.
Folder 12: Woodruff, George C., 1870-1885Add to your cart.
Legal documents signed by George C. Woodruff as justice of the peace.
Folder 13: Woodruff, George M., 1864, 1885Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Woodruff, George M., 1900 Dec 26Add to your cart.
Legal document signed by George M. Woodruff as notary public.
Folder 15: Woodruff, James, 1774-1792Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Woodruff, James P., 1898-1909Add to your cart.
Legal documents signed by James P. Woodruff as justice of the peace.
Folder 17: Woodruff, Lewis B., 1836-1837Add to your cart.
Deed to property in New York City from Frederick and Minerva W. Kellogg to Lewis B. Woodruff, dated June 1,1836.              Also an order to Lewis B. Woodruff ,dated Oct. 2, 1837, to report to the Parade Ground of the Seventh Company, 97th Regiment, 45th Brigade, New York State Infantry.<span style="display: none"> </span>
Folder 18: Woodruff, Lucy, 1780 Jul 5Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Woodruff, Morris, 1800-1804Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Woodruff, Morris, 1805-1809Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Woodruff, Morris, 1810-1812Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Woodruff, Morris, 1813-1815Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Woodruff, Morris, 1816-1818Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Woodruff, Morris, 1819-1823Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Woodruff, Morris, 1824-1826Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Woodruff, Morris, 1827-1829Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Woodruff, Morris, 1830-1833Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Woodruff, Morris, 1834-1835Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Woodruff, Morris, 1836-1839Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Woodruff, Morris (1838-1894), 1875Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Woodruff, Morris (1777-1840), 1839-1840Add to your cart.
Legal papers concerning Morris Woodruff's estate.  Accompanied by notes and accounts. Includes two copies of his will dated March 5, 1839; and a list of artiicles purchased from his estate by R.M. Woodruff on Oct. 26, 1840.
Folder 32: Woodruff, Morris (1838-1894), 1875 Nov 11Add to your cart.
Abstract of his title to land in New York.
Folder 33: Woodruff, Morris (1777-1840), 1823-1833Add to your cart.
Legal documents signed by Morris Woodruff as justice of the peace.
Folder 34: Woodruff, Reuben M., 1840-1845Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Woodruff, Write, 1787Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Woodruff, Morris, (1838-1894), 1886-1896Add to your cart.
Papers concerning the estate of Morris Woodruff (1838-1894) including his will and New York Surrogate's Court documents.
Folder 37: Woodruff, Juliette Lane (1842-1898), 1896-1898Add to your cart.
Papers concerning the estate of Juliette Lane Woodruff (Mrs. Morris Woodruff) including her will and probate papers from the Surrogate's Court, County of New York.
Folder 38: Woodruff, Morris (1870-1897), 1897-1899Add to your cart.
Papers concerning the estate of Morris Woodruff (1870-1897), son of Morris and Juliette Lane Woodruff.
Sub-Series 2: Third party legal papersAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Alvord Carriage Manufacturing Company, 1863 Dec 9Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Ames, Rufus, and Ambrose Barnes, 1830 Oct 11Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Badt, Marcus, 1894 May 14Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Baldwin, Isaac, 1850 Jan 1Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Barber, Loyal, 1842 Apr 25Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Barnes, Ambrose, 1830 Jul 27Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Beach, Anson, 1824 Dec 10Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Beers, Seth, 1856 May 12Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Bidwell, Charles, 1907 Dec 3Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Bissell, Hiram, Jr., 1863 Jun 29Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Bloodgood, James, 1827 Jun 20Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Bolles, Ebenezer, 1837-1838Add to your cart.
Ebenezer W. Bolles lease of a store south of the Mansion House to Samuel Bolles and Sylvester Galpin dated 21 August 1837.    On the same date, a bill of sale to numerous persons for all the goods in said store.  Papers concerning the administration of the estate of Ebenezer Bolles, including administrator fees, claims on the estate, inventories, and payments by Sylvester Galpin, the administrator.
Folder 13: Bolles, Samuel, 1838, 1844Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Bradley, Frederick, 1866 Sep 20Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Braman, Samuel, 1837 Apr 11Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Burns, William, 1894 Sep 18Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Butterfly, James, 1870Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Canfield, Edward, 1911 Feb 17Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Chittenden, Frederick, 1850 Aug 14Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Coe Brass Manufacturing Company, 1908 Dec 23Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Cosgrove, John, 1903 Apr 7Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Cornell, Silas, 1823 Mar 22Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Crovo, Antonio, 1902 Sep 15Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Crutch, Aaron, Jr., 1910 Nov 26Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Davis, James, 1821 Dec 1Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Dwy, Chandler, 1898, 1907Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Elliot, Andrew, 1783 Nov 19Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Fitzgerald, Andrew, 1907 Mar 16Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Franklin, Laetitia, et. al., 1818 Apr 10Add to your cart.
Copy of an act granting money to the managers of a free school in Flushing, NY, for the education of indigent children.  The managers named in the act are Laetita Franklin, Maria Farrington, Sarah Farrington, Sarah Lowrie and Catharine Bowns.
Folder 30: Fulton Fire Insurance Company, 1860 Jul 6Add to your cart.
Insurance policy.
Folder 31: Gerry, Chauncey, 1845 Feb 26Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Goodman, Louis, 1910 Sep 2Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Greene, Rufus, 1836, 1838Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Holcomb, Charles, 1904 Jan 30Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Hollister, Gideon, 1865 Feb 25Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Hubbard, J. Thamar, 1837 Feb 17Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Hubbart, J. T., 1907-1911Add to your cart.
Includes legal documents from lawsuits in which he acted as attorney.
Folder 38: Johnson, Eben, 1844 Apr 17Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Jackson, George, 1902 Jul 8Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Johnson, Samuel, 1828Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Kelly, Mae, 1910 Aug 15Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Kilborn, Benjamin, 1837 Apr 11Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Kilborn, Jeremiah, et. al., 1815 Mar 7Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Kilborn, Truman, 1829 Jun 29Add to your cart.
Concerns agreement between Eli Wilmot and Abner Mead, in which Wilmot will take Mead's son for one year to labor on his farm and send him to school.
Folder 45: Kilborn, William, 1871 Apr 4Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Kortwright, Lawrence, 1768, 1783Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Landon, Albert, 1907 Oct 19Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Lawrence, Elizabeth, 1828 Apr 10Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Lepeon, Cecelia Matilda, 1839 May 21Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Litchfield Mutual Fire Insurance Company, 1842-1857Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Loveland, Nathaniel, 1838 Jun 18Add to your cart.
Folder 52: McNeill, E., 1859 Nov 7Add to your cart.
Folder 53: McNeill, Frederick, 1869 Nov 26Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Merrill, Hosea, Jr., 1828 Oct 15Add to your cart.
Folder 55: Miles, Samuel, 1909 Mar 18Add to your cart.
Folder 56: Morse, David, 1808 May 26Add to your cart.
Folder 57: O'Connor, John, 1911 Aug 24Add to your cart.
Folder 58: Odell, William, 1834 Jan 17Add to your cart.
Folder 59: Odle, Perry and Emily, 1832 May 6Add to your cart.
Folder 60: Parsons, Edson, 1897, 1900Add to your cart.
Folder 61: Parsons, James, 1762 May 11Add to your cart.
Accompanied by a note by Parsons' grandson, indicating that Parsons was a dry goods importer in New York.
Folder 62: Pearsall, Edmund, 1815 Mar 12Add to your cart.
Folder 63: Peck, Edwin, 1899 Oct 7Add to your cart.
Folder 64: Perkins, Almon, 1894 Mar 20Add to your cart.
Folder 65: Pierce, William, 1809 Jun 7Add to your cart.
Folder 66: Plumb, John L, 1885 - 1907Add to your cart.
Two documents: an indemnity bond between John L. Plumb and The Echo Farm Company for $1,000 dated 4 June 1885; and probate court certification for real estate belonging to John L. Plumb's estate and devised to his widow Lucy F. Plumb, dated 20 July 1907, signed by John T. Hubbard, Judge of Probate.
Folder 67: Powell, Wesley, 1901 Nov 1Add to your cart.
Folder 68: Prindle, Seymour B., 1869 Mar 11Add to your cart.
Folder 69: Ravenscroft, William L., 1910 Dec 17Add to your cart.
Folder 70: Riley, John, and George Bolles, 1839-1840Add to your cart.
Account of George Bolles lease to John G. Riley for a house and lot for 2 years from 1840 to 1842.                An agreement between George Bolles and John G. Riley dated Litchfield March 25, 1840 to run a stage line from Litchfield to Norwalk by New Milford to start on March 15, 1840 and will carry the U.S. Mail.
Folder 71: Scott, Joel, 1840 May 1Add to your cart.
Folder 72: Scoville, Arthur, 1906 Jul 5Add to your cart.
Folder 73: Sedgewick, James, 1910 May 2Add to your cart.
Folder 74: Smith, Levi, 1843 Nov 4Add to your cart.
Folder 75: Thompson, Charles, 1904 Feb 1Add to your cart.
Folder 76: Trumbull, Samuel, 1904 Apr 13Add to your cart.
Folder 77: Throop, Monroe, 1862 Sep 9Add to your cart.
Concerning enlistment in the military service of the United States as part of the quota of the Town of Litchfield, "under the late calls of the President."
Folder 78: Turkington, Frank, 1911Add to your cart.
Folder 79: Wadhams, Oliver, 1831 May 29Add to your cart.
Folder 80: Wallace, James, 1837 Sep 23Add to your cart.
Folder 81: Wessells, Henry, 1849, 1892Add to your cart.
Folder 82: Wheeler, Moses, 1837Add to your cart.
Folder 83: White, Albert P., 1911 May 12Add to your cart.
Folder 84: Whittlesey, Roger, 1824 Apr 24Add to your cart.
Folder 85: Wickwire, Grant, 1792-1798Add to your cart.
Folder 86: Wickwire, Grant, 1807-1820Add to your cart.
Folder 87: Wickwire, Sheldon, 1818 Jan 28Add to your cart.
Folder 88: Williams, Charles, 1818 Sep 18Add to your cart.
Folder 89: Williams, Edwin, 1831 Sep 29Add to your cart.
Folder 90: Wilmot, E., 1825 May 2Add to your cart.
Folder 91: Wolcott, John S., 1833-1845Add to your cart.
Legal documents of Dr. John Stoughton Wolcott.
Sub-Folder 1: Wolcott, John S. land records, 1833-1837Add to your cart.
Land records and borrowing of Connecticut School Funds.
Sub-Folder 2: Wolcott, John S. estate, 1843-1845Add to your cart.
Documents concerning the estate of John S. Wolcott.
Folder 92: Woodruff, Nellie Lane, 1903Add to your cart.
Legal documents concerning Woodruff's request to change her name from "Nellie" to "Elinor," because she finds the name "Nellie" to be "personally distasteful."
Sub-Series 3: Writs, 1805-1898Add to your cart.
Many are signed by George C. Woodruff acknowledging payment of debts owed to his clients.  Many signed by noted Justices of the Peace, including Morris Woodruff, Origne S. Seymout, Enos Stoddard, Elihu Harrison, David C. Sanford, etc.
Folder 1: Writs, 1805-1827Add to your cart.
Item 1: Harrison, Simeon & Leavitt, David vs. Clarke, Isaac, 12 March 1805Add to your cart.
Item 2: Davis, Thomas J. vs. Goodsell, Joseph] & Ose Silkreige, 7 September 1807Add to your cart.
Item 3: Hall, Ephraim S. vs. Emons, Phineas, 20 march 1809Add to your cart.
Item 4: Peck, Elijah vs. White, Jonathan, 2 December 1817Add to your cart.
Item 5: Cowles, Edward & Downs, Lewis vs. Clark, Abel Jr., 8 May 1820Add to your cart.
Item 6: Burgess, Ebben vs. Pruden, Joseph J., 15 October 1827Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Writs, 1828-1829Add to your cart.
Item 1: Sanford, Simon vs, Harrison, Casto, 18 August 1828Add to your cart.
Item 2: Mills, Roger vs. Poole, John, 11 August 1829Add to your cart.
Item 3: Welles, Tomlinson vs. Scovill, Ezekial, 27 October 1828Add to your cart.
Item 4: Fansher, Nehemiah vs. Weed, Hiram, 27 January 1829Add to your cart.
Item 5: Cowles, Edward vs. Ensign, George, 16 February 1829Add to your cart.
Item 6: Beers, Seth P. vs. Stocker, Jospeh, 15 July 1829Add to your cart.
Item 7: Woodruff, Morris & Pierpont, James vs. Smith, James M., 1 August 1829Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Writs, 1829-1830Add to your cart.
Item 1: Hire, Andres, Jr. vs. Poole, John, 11 August 1829Add to your cart.
Item 2: Barnard, Breton vs. Munson, William, 18 September 1829Add to your cart.
Item 3: Baldwin, Daniel vs. Waldron, Samuel, 10 October 1829Add to your cart.
Item 4: Childs, Samuel r. vs. Lepeon, Levi, 2 April 1830Add to your cart.
Item 5: Woodruff, Morris & Reuben, M vs. Harrison, Epaphroditus, 7 April 1830Add to your cart.
Item 6: Childs,  Samuel R. vs. Negus, Benjamin H., 15 April 1830Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Writs, 1830-1833Add to your cart.
Item 1: Cowles, Edward & Downs, Lewis vs. Little, Julia, 17 May 1830Add to your cart.
Item 2: Whitney, Jason & Tanner, Jenks vs. Little, David, 30 June 1831Add to your cart.
Item 3: Childs, Samuel R. vs. Stone, Eli C., 10 August 1830Add to your cart.
Item 4: Hill, David vs. Johnson, Ebenezer, 6 March 1832Add to your cart.
Item 5: Cowles, Edward vs. Tyrrel, John A., 1 June 1832Add to your cart.
Item 6: Porter, William vs. Beach, Miles G., 22 May 1833Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Writs, 1833-1898Add to your cart.
Item 1: Clock, Samuel vs. Peck, William, 12 August 1833Add to your cart.
Item 2: Abbe, Alanson vs. Moss, Abraham, 8 January 1834Add to your cart.
Item 3: Buel, William & Samuel vs. Phelps, Elijah, 10 February 1834Add to your cart.
Item 4: Pratt, Seth vs. Jones, George E., 12 May 1898Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 4: AccrualsAdd to your cart.
Legal papers added to the series after the initial finding aid was completed.
Folder 1: Galpin, Sylvester estate, 1841-1844Add to your cart.
Papers concerning the estate of Sylvester Galpin include probate records, estate inventories, and administrative accounts.
Folder 2: Connecticut. Adjutant General's Office., 1883-1901Add to your cart.
Notices sent to the Litchfield Selectmen about the annual returens of the Military enrollment for the town and exemptons from military duty as prescribed by the Surgeon-General.
Folder 3: Connecticut. Surgeon General's Office, 1879-1897Add to your cart.
Notices about the Conn. State Statutes listing the disabilites allowed for exemption from military duty.
Folder 4: Collins, Thomas, 1829 Jan 7Add to your cart.
Complaint to Elihu Harrison, Justice of the Peace from George C. Woodruff, Grand Juror of Ltchfield against Thomas Collins who  stole goods from Major Bradley of Litchfield. Dated Jan 7, 1829.
Folder 5: Foot, Timothy, 1828Add to your cart.
Two documents concerning a bail bond for Timothy Foot and  Alanson H. Kimberly in a suit brought on by Oliver Goodwin, including the court costs.
Folder 6: Hoppin, James M. probate, 1910Add to your cart.
Two documents from the New Haven Probate Court concerning the estate of James M. Hoppin with regard to real estate on North Street, Litchfield, known as Croyland that was left to Susan Mitchell Hoppin of New Haven.
Folder 7: Litchfield and Cornwall Turnpike Company, 1839 May 7Add to your cart.
Petition presented to the Connecticut General Assembly by James P. Woodruff on behalf of residents of Litchfield and Cornwall regarding the toll gate on the turnpike that was on part of a Litchfield town road, a burden to travelers on that public road, and was to be removed and moved one mile west in Milton, but had not been done.
Folder 8: Litchfield County (Conn.). Post Surgeon military exemptions, 1878-1889Add to your cart.
Certificates of disability for exemption from military duty for Litchfield men from the Post Surgeons of Litchfield County to the Selectmen of the Town of Litchfield. Some of the Surgeons are H.W. Buel, Miles J. Beach, and Charles O. Belden. Each has the name of a man and his disability. The disabilites meet the standards set by the Surgeon General.
Folder 9: Morse, David land survey, 1808 May 3Add to your cart.
Survey of land n Harwinton for David Morse by [?]  Cook, county surveyor.
Folder 10: Seymour, Ozias estate, 1836-1850Add to your cart.
Documents concerning the estate of Ozias Seymour, particularly the distribution of real estate.
Folder 11: Smith, Reuben estate, 1818-1820Add to your cart.
An account between James Morris and the heirs of Reuben Smith listing transactons involving the assets of Reuben Smith's estate.
Folder 12: South Farms Springs, Inc., 1911 Aug 5Add to your cart.
Writ of attachment vs. the South Farms Springs, Inc. by William M. Barnum, Harry K, Devereux and Willis M. Baldwin, and executors of the the will of Julius E. French, for 2 pieces of land. Recorded in Litchfield Land Records, Book 78, pages 532-536.
Folder 13: Thompson, Zachariah estate, 1829 JulAdd to your cart.
Inventory of the estate of Zachariah Thompson, from the town of Lyons, Wayne County, NY. Includes a list of personal property and notes due.
Folder 14: Torrington (Conn.), 1764-1788Add to your cart.
Two tax lists - School rate for 1764, and "suntry rates" in Jan. 1788. Two calls for town meetings - annuel town meeting to be held Dec 6, 1779, and warning for a Society Meeting  that is undated about building a new meeting house.
Folder 15: Wells, Benoni C. land record, 1823 Nov 15Add to your cart.
Land record  to Benoni C. Wells of Howard County, Missouri  for purchase of a section of land sold at Franklin, Missouri. Signed by James Monroe, President of the United States, and Geo. Graham, Commissioner of the General Land Office.
Folder 16: Legal papers, A-FAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Baldwin, Thadeus and Potter, Herman, 1830 Mar 1Add to your cart.
Bond for obligation to Morris Woodruff and Reuben M. Morris.
Item 2: Buell, Elisha Lewis estate, 1867 NovAdd to your cart.
Probate Judge George H. Baldwin apponts Lewis Hadsell of Litchfield as administrator of the estate of Elisha Lewis Buell, late of Litchfield.
Item 3: Colver, Jonathan, 1765 Oct 11Add to your cart.
Deed from Jonahan Colver of Litchfield to Zebulon Colver of Litchfield for 2 acres of land in Litchfield.
Item 4: Downs, William estate, 1842 JanAdd to your cart.
Letter from D.C. Sanford to G.C. Woodruff, Esq. concerning the expenses for the estate of William Downs.
Item 5: Farnam, Nathan deed, 1810 Sep 26Add to your cart.
Land deed from Nathan Farnum of Litchfield to Reverend Amos Chase, James Morris & Roger N. Whittelsey for land in Litchfield South Farms Society to be uses by the Church.
Folder 17: Legal papers, G-KAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Grant, John and Page, Jeremiah, 1830 Mar 18Add to your cart.
John Grant and Jeremiah Page of Torrington bond for obligation to Samuel R Childs.
Item 2: Hopkinson, Jane B. estate, 1909 Jul 26Add to your cart.
Certificate of descent of estate of Mrs. Jane B. Hopkinson of Litchfield to Harry B. Hopkinson of Wallingford, Conn. Issued by John T. Hubbard, Litchfield Probate Judge.
Item 3: Jaeger, Sophia A. estate, 1909 Mar 24Add to your cart.
Certificate of devise for estate of Sophia A. Jaeger (Mrs. Frederick J.N. Jaeger) of Litchfield to her husband and sister, Antoinette M. Luman.
Item 4: Judd, Timothy, 1774 Feb 23Add to your cart.
Dated in Torrington, a list of subscribers pledging money to help their neighbor Timothy Judd and his family who are in "low circumstances" due to the illness of Mrs. Judd
Folder 18: Legal papers, L-SAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Morse, Reuben S. estate, 1911 Jun 3Add to your cart.
Certificate appointing Reuben S. Morse, Jr. as administrator of the estate of Reuben S. Morse of Thomaston, Conn. who owned  real estate in the town of Litchfield at the time of his death.
Item 2: Ryan, Catherine estate, 1909 Jul 28Add to your cart.
Certificate of devise issued by John T. Hubbard, Judge of Probate for the estate of Catherine Ryan of Litchfield, who died Jan. 11, 1909. Includes names of beneficiaries and real estate owned.
Item 3: Shanks, John estate, 1909 Jul 22Add to your cart.
Certificate of devise issued by John T. Hubbard, Judge of Probate, for the estate of John Shanks of Litchfield, who died intestate on March 23, 1907.
Folder 19: Legal papers, T-ZAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Tharp, Levi [et al], 1829 Jan 14Add to your cart.
Complaint against Levi tharp, Aaron Tharp, and Rufus Tharp of Litchfield for setting fire and burning the school in the Northfield School Society. Signed by Garritt Churchill, Samuel M. Merwin, David Little, and 3 others,and addressed to George C. Woodruff, Grand Juror of the town of Litchfield.<span style="display: none"> </span>
Item 2: Tompkins, Philip estate, 1833 Dec 14Add to your cart.
Decree from Frederick Wolcott, Judge of Probate in Litchfield appointing Roger Cook, George C. Woodruff, and Albert Sedgwick as commissioners for the insolvent estate of Philip Thompkins of Litchfield, as administered by Abraham Moss.
Item 3: Williams, Roxaliana  estate, 1833 Apr 20Add to your cart.
Correspondence to Jesse Williams of Winchester concerning the real estate of Roxaliana Williams.

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