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Lavina Westover papers

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Westover, Lavina. Notes on Litchfield families

Westover, Lavina. Notes on Litchfield families

Westover, Lavina. Lists of births

Westover, Lavina. Lists of marriages

Westover, Lavina. Lists of deaths

Westover, Lavina. Family papers

Westover, David & Lavina. Accounts

Westover, Lavina. Diary

Westover, Lavina. Handwriting exercises

Westover, Lavina. Poetry

Miscellaneous



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Lavina Westover papers | Litchfield Historical Society

By Lee S. Cook

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Collection Overview

Title: Lavina Westover papersAdd to your cart.

Primary Creator: Westover, Lavina Ensign (1791-1871)

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Subjects: Ensign family, Families - Connecticut - Litchfield County, Westover family, Woodruff family

Forms of Material: Genealogies, Notes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The bulk of these papers consists of notes about families in Litchfield, particularly the South Farms section. There is one notebook organized alphabetically by family and other loose papers arranged by life events, i.e. births, deaths, and marriages. Also included is Lavina Westover's journal of personal events, verse, weather and ice on Bantam Lake; verse and penmanship exercises by Lavina; and a few household records of David & Lavina Westover.

Biographical Note

Lavina Ensign Westover, the daughter of Samuel Ensign, Jr. and Abigail (Gibbs) Ensign, was born in the South Farms section of Litchfield. She attended the Morris Academy before 1810. On 10 Oct. 1811, she married Salmon Woodruff of South Farms and they had 4 children. On 1 July 1823 she filed a petition for divorce on the grounds of desertion and the divorce was granted by Connecticut Superior Court on 5 Feb. 1827.

  In 1828 she married David Westover (1774-1853) of South Farms where they lived on what is now Bantam Lake Road in Morris. The homestead burned down in 1878.

  Lavina Westover was noted for her recording of genealogical information and notable events in South Farms, now Morris/Litchfield. Rhoda Cowles of Morris remarked: "She may truly be called the antiquarian of Morris."

Subject/Index Terms

Ensign family
Families - Connecticut - Litchfield County
Westover family
Woodruff family

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Acquisition Source: Donor unknown.

Acquisition Method: Found in collection in 1950.

Original/Copies Note: For more information please see http://www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org.

Preferred Citation: Lavina Westover papers (1950-22-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, 7 South Street, P.O. Box 385, Litchfield, Connecticut 06759.

Finding Aid Revision History: Item level description is available in the Society's card catalog. Originally catalogued as the "Ensign Collection".

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


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[Folder 1: Westover, Lavina. Notes on Litchfield families, 1639-1867],
[Folder 2: Westover, Lavina. Notes on Litchfield families, 1639-1867],
[Folder 3: Westover, Lavina. Lists of births, 1772-1850],
[Folder 4: Westover, Lavina. Lists of marriages, 1829-1870],
[Folder 5: Westover, Lavina. Lists of deaths, 1639-1870],
[Folder 6: Westover, Lavina. Family papers, 1639-1867],
[Folder 7: Westover, David & Lavina. Accounts, 1823-1859],
[Folder 8: Westover, Lavina. Diary, 1821-1870],
[Folder 9: Westover, Lavina. Handwriting exercises, undated],
[Folder 10: Westover, Lavina. Poetry, 1833-1850],
[Folder 11: Miscellaneous],
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Folder 1: Westover, Lavina. Notes on Litchfield families, 1639-1867Add to your cart.
A notebook arranged alphabetically by the family name of Litchfield inhabitants, and includes births, marriages (with the names of children), and deaths.
Folder 2: Westover, Lavina. Notes on Litchfield families, 1639-1867Add to your cart.
Scraps of paper, from full sized sheets to very small,  with notations about the life events of people in Litchfield (and a few not in Litchfield). Arranged alphabetically.
Item 1: Notes on Litchfield families, 1639-1867Add to your cart.
Scraps of paper, from full sized sheets to very small,  with notations about the life events of people in Litchfield (and a few not in Litchfield). Arranged alphabetically.
Item 2: Notes on Litchfield families, 1771-1865Add to your cart.
Lists of families in Litchfield (and a few not in Litchfield) with life events. Names and events are mixed together.
Folder 3: Westover, Lavina. Lists of births, 1772-1850Add to your cart.
Lists of births in Litchfield, most arranged chronologically. For some individuals, the marriage and/or death dates are noted.
Folder 4: Westover, Lavina. Lists of marriages, 1829-1870Add to your cart.
Lists of marriages, primarily of Litchfield residents, arranged chronologically.
Folder 5: Westover, Lavina. Lists of deaths, 1639-1870Add to your cart.

Chronically arranged lists of deaths, primarily of Litchfield County residents and native-born Litchfield persons. Some notes that may be included are place of death, age, spouse, parents, & any unusual circumstances of death.

Of particular note are two death notices of former slaves, Chloe Haywood, slave to Ephraim Kirby, was given to Reverend Truman Marsh at the age of 7. She remained in his family until her death on March 13, 1866. Also noted is Mrs. Killey Harrison whose mother was a slave to Ebenezer Bolls of Litchfield. She married Richard Harrison, whose mother was Betty, a slave of Mr. Ephraim Harrison of South Farms. She died April 21, 1866.

Folder 6: Westover, Lavina. Family papers, 1639-1867Add to your cart.
Lavina Westover's genealogies of the Ensign, Westover, and Woodruff families.
Item 1: Ensign family, 1639-1866Add to your cart.
Notes on the Ensign family. Lavina Westover's parents were Samuel Ensign, Jr. & Abigail (Gibbs) Ensign.
Item 2: Westover family, 1828-1844Add to your cart.
A few notes about the Westover family. Lavina Westover married David Westover in 1828.
Item 3: Woodruff family, 1642-1868Add to your cart.
Notes of the Woodruff family including the family of Lavina and her first husband, Salmon Woodruff.
Folder 7: Westover, David & Lavina. Accounts, 1823-1859Add to your cart.
Miscellaneous bills and accounts addressed to David or Lavina Westover. Most are local, including the Bantam Falls & South Farms sections of Litchfield. Names include: Kenney & Parkhurst; Whiting, Kenney & Son; P. Parkhurst.
Folder 8: Westover, Lavina. Diary, 1821-1870Add to your cart.
Daily observations on the weather and ice on Bantam Lake (1829-1870); accounts, including sewing & weaving done in South Farms (1822-1827); remarks on the deaths of family members; poems & prayers for various occasions.
Folder 9: Westover, Lavina. Handwriting exercises, undatedAdd to your cart.
Handwriting and calligraphy samples apparently done by Lavina Ensign, later Westover, as a schoolgirl.
Folder 10: Westover, Lavina. Poetry, 1833-1850Add to your cart.
Handwritten poetry, some composed by Lavina Westover and others copied from other sources. The compositions vary in length from a full page to just a verse. Most are not dated.
Folder 11: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Miscellaneous documents found in the papers.
Item 1: Westover, Lavina. Miscellaneous, undatedAdd to your cart.
Essays on American Presidents; a list of nicknames; yearly log of when the Pond [Bantam Lake] was clear; advertisement for F. Morley's Celebrated Indian Salve.
Item 2: Miscellaneous poetry, undatedAdd to your cart.
Poems written people other than Lavina Westover.
Item 3: Genealogy of the family of Anthony Stoddard, of Boston, 1849Add to your cart.
Pamphlet published in Boston by Coolidge and Wiley in 1849.


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