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Litchfield County judicial records (2), 1794-1910 | Litchfield Historical Society

By Leith Johnson

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Collection Overview

Title: Litchfield County judicial records (2), 1794-1910Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Connecticut. County Court (Litchfield County)

Extent: 1.67 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement:

The records are arranged in three series:

Series 1. Case files, 1799-1866

Series 2. Subject files, 1794-1866

Series 3. Other records, circa 1880-circa 1910

Date Acquired: 06/24/2003

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

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Litchfield County judicial records (2, designated to distinguish them from the collection Litchfield County judicial records (2005-08-0)) (1799-1910) 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. These records appear to complement other Litchfield County judicial records found in the Litchfield Historical Society's collections and 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 records are arranged in three series: Series 1, Case files; Series 2, Subject files; and Series 3, Other records. The description of the series and records which follow include excerpts from these State Archives finding aids.

Series 1. Case files, 1799-1866

Case files contain original materials and relate to civil lawsuits primarily relating to the collection of debts. While the records vary by case, the documents typically include a writ and a promissory note. A case not related to debt collection is an 1865 suit brought by the estate of James Memmott, who was killed in a railroad accident near Bridgeport, Conn., against the Housatonic Railroad Co.

Series 2. Subject files, 1794-1866

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 (1864-1865) 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.

Appointments of commissioners (1865) contains chronologically arranged documents relating to confirmations of individuals sworn as commissioners of the court.

Costs (1813-1866) 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.

Inquests (1812-1816, 1865-1866) are investigations into the causes of suspicious deaths. They are arranged chronologically by year.

Jurors (1813-1816, 1863-1866) 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.

Miscellaneous (1794-1816) contains a variety of material and generally consists of individual items. See detailed listing for more information.

Naturalization (1866) 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 (1813-1816) protected debtors with a large number of debts from arrest while at court suing their own creditors. They are arranged chronologically.

Taverns (1864-1866) 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.

Series 3. Other records, circa 1880-circa 1910

These records range from circa 1880 to circa 1910 and have not been processed. They include records relating to the estate of Ethan Kilbourn, estate of E. C. Carter, and justices of the peace and clerks of the court Dwight Kilbourn and Wheaton Dowd.

Subject/Index Terms

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

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Alternate Extent Statement: 1 document box and 1 records storage box

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: Thomas F. Wall Jr.

Acquisition Method: Gift

Related Materials:

Litchfield County judicial records, 1790-1930

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

Preferred Citation: Litchfield County judicial records (2) (2003-80-0), 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 files, 1794-1866Add to your cart.
Arranged alphabetically and then chronologically.
Folder 1: Admissions to the bar, 1864Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Appointments of commissioners, 1865Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Costs, 1813-1814Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Costs, 1815Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Costs, 1865 Mar-SepAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Costs, 1865 Oct-DecAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Costs, 1866 Jan-FebAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Costs, 1866 Mar-MayAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Inquests, 1812-1813Add to your cart.
Item 1: Morse, [Orin?], 1812Add to your cart.
Item 2: "Negro person who called himself Cato", 1813Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Inquests, 1814, 1816Add to your cart.
Item 1: Fuller, Rufus, 1814Add to your cart.
Item 2: Robinson, William, 1814Add to your cart.
Item 3: Warren, Edward, 1814Add to your cart.
Item 4: Castle, Reuben, 1816Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Inquests, 1865Add to your cart.
Item 1: Kent, AustinAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Scism, SamuelAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Inquests, 1866Add to your cart.
Item 1: Guild, CarrieAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Hayes, MichaelAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Hurlburt, ThomasAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Smith, ProsperAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Vandeusen, NicholasAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Jurors, 1813Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Jurors, 1814Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Jurors, 1815Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Jurors, 1816Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Jurors, 1863 Apr termAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Jurors, 1863 Jul termAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Jurors, 1863 Sep termAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Jurors, 1865 Nov termAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Jurors, 1866 Jan termAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Jurors, 1866 Apr termAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Jurors, 1866 Sep termAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Jurors, 1866 Nov termAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Jurors, assignments and lists, 1813 FebAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Jurors, assignments and lists, 1815 FebAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Jurors, assignments and lists, 1815 AugAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Jurors, assignments and lists, 1816 AugAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Jurors, assignments and lists, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Miscellaneous, 1794-1816, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Appeals list, 1816Add to your cart.
Item 2: Application of Daniel Andrews for $20 for bringing to justice Horace Gilbert for horse stealing, 1813Add to your cart.
Item 3: Cut-out names of N. P. Averill, Peter Farnam, and William C. Sterling, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Petition of Harry Hatch, 1815Add to your cart.
Item 5: Promissory note, Joel Titus to Samuel Leavitt, 1794 Aug 13Add to your cart.
Item 6: Warrant against Reuben Martin, 1816Add to your cart.
Item 7: Wrapper, 1814Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Naturalization, A-L, 1866Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Naturalization, M-W, 1866Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Protection orders, 1813-1816Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Taverns, 1864-1866Add to your cart.

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