By Leith Johnson
Title: Elisha Sill family papers, 1771-1825
Primary Creator: Sill, Elisha
Extent: 0.21 Linear Feet
Date Acquired: 08/26/1997
Subjects: Goshen (Conn.), Litchfield (Conn.), Sill, Elisha, Sill family, Silliman, Gold Selleck, 1777-1868, United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783, Wolcott, Oliver, 1726-1797
Forms of Material: Account books, Correspondence, Diaries, Military commissions
Scope and Contents of the Materials
The papers of Dr. Elisha Sill (1730-1808) of Goshen, Conn., consist of his diary and account book, 1771-1783, and his copy of a 1776 letter to Col. Oliver Wolcott in which he asked to be relieved of service. The collection also includes two 1774 letters from committees of correspondence and papers related to Dr. Sill's son Elisha Eaton Sill (1774-1812) and grandson William Eaton Sill (1806-1888).
After graduating from Yale College in 1754, Dr. Sill settled in Goshen, Conn. and eastablished a medical practice. In 1771 he commenced service in the militia. In 1777, he was a surgeon in Gen. Oliver Wolcott's brigade of Connecticut volunteers and was present at the capture of Gen. John Burgoyne's army at Saratoga, which he recalled in his diary. Dr. Sill married Mary Heaton (1746-1816) of Goshen and they had three children. One son, Elisha Eaton Sill (1774-1812) settled as a merchant in Utica, N.Y., and had seven children, including William E. Sill, who was a lawyer in Geneva, N.Y. Elisha Eaton Sill's second son Theodore Sill (1777-1836) studied law at the Litchfield Law School and moved to Whitesboro, N.Y.
Litchfield Historical Society
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Elisha Sill family papers (1997-24-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759
This collection was processed with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).
Box and Folder Listing Browse by Series:
[Series 1: Papers, 1771-1825],
- Series 1: Papers, 1771-1825
- Arranged chronologically.
- Folder 1: Correspondence, Jeffries, David to Lord, Lynde and Smith, Reuben, Committee of Correspondence for the town of Litchfield, 1774 Nov 24
- Jeffries writes from Boston on behalf of the Donations Committee to acknowledge the monetary support and 51 cattle given to Boston by the towns of Litchfield County; appreciates that the people of Litchfield share a common cause with those of Boston; does not have any additional intelligence beyond what has been publicly printed.
- Folder 2: Correspondence, Gay, Fisher and Treadwell, John to the Committee of Correspondence for the town of Goshen, 1774 Nov 26
- Gay and Treadwell on behalf of the Committee write from Farmington regarding the sale of sheep by Rev. Abel Newel and Solomon and Ebenezer Marsh to Stephen Brigham for the market in Boston in apparent violation of a resolution of the Continental Congress; wish the Committee of Goshen to look into the matter; the Committee in Farmington will not allow Brigham to proceed until the Committee has heard from Goshen.
- Folder 3: Diary and account book of Elisha Sill (1730-1808), 1771-1783
- Documents his patients; travels; American Revolutionary War and other activities; expenditures on clothes, household items, and construction of his new house.
- Folder 4: Correspondence, Sill, Elisha to Wolcott, Oliver, 1776 Apr 3
- Copy of a letter in which Sill seeks a discharge from service; offers his reasons for asking.
- Folder 5: Appointment of Elisha Eaton Sill as 2nd lieutenant in the militia of the State of Connecticut, 1802 May 10
- Signed by Gov. Jonathan Trumbull.
- Folder 6: Deed, Bleeker, John R. et al. to Elisha Eaton Sill for land in Utica, N.Y., 1809 Oct 1
- Folder 7: Correspondence, Sill, George G. to Sill, William E., 1825 Mar 28
- George G. Sill writes to his second cousin with genealogical information.