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Ebenezer Bolles family papers, 1789-1849 | Litchfield Historical Society

By Leith Johnson

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Title: Ebenezer Bolles family papers, 1789-1849Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Bolles, Ebenezer

Other Creators: Bolles family

Extent: 0.21 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 01/01/1932. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Bolles, Ebenezer, Bolles family, Clark family, Leather industry and trade - Connecticut - Litchfield, Litchfield (Conn.), Merchants - Connecticut - Litchfield

Forms of Material: Account books, Business records, Correspondence, Deeds, Legal documents

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Ebenezer Bolles family papers relate to Ebenezer Bolles (1764-1826), his sons Ebenezer W. Bolles (1793-1854), Samuel Penfield Bolles (1795-1875), and Henry Bolles (1802-1849), and Samuel's wife's half-brother William Mather Clark (1805-1878). The papers consist of correspondence, deeds, legal papers, and account books.

Ebenezer Bolles (1764-1826) married Abigail Penfield Bolles (1763-1844). They settled in Litchfield, where all of their children where born; as adults, most of them moved elsewhere. Ebenezer had a saddle and leather business. The papers contain two documents relating to young men who apprenticed with him and deeds that record his land transactions. Sons Ebenezer W., Samuel, and Henry were merchants. Their correspondence documents their less-than-successful ventures in cities in the southern United States during the early 1820s. Ebenezer W. and Samuel returned to Litchfield. Ebenezer continued in his father's business, the activities of which are documented in several account books, 1820s-1840s. There are also two letters to Samuel from Mary S. Bradley (1780- ), the daughter of his grandfather's second wife. Samuel married Roxana Clark Bolles (1803-1892) of Litchfield. The papers contain several letters written during the 1820s by her half-brother William Mather Clark to his parents, Stephen Clark and Roxana Phelps Clark of Litchfield and sisters Roxana and Sarah.

Subject/Index Terms

Bolles, Ebenezer
Bolles family
Clark family
Leather industry and trade - Connecticut - Litchfield
Litchfield (Conn.)
Merchants - Connecticut - Litchfield

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Accruals: The collection includes papers donated by George M. Woodruff in 1932 and account books and a daybook that were purchased in 1987 (1987-08-0).

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: George M. Woodruff

Acquisition Method: Gift

Preferred Citation: Ebenezer Bolles family papers (1932-22-0), 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).


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Series 1: Papers, 1789-1849Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Agreement between John Miles Jr. and Ebenezer Bolles, 1790 May 17Add to your cart.
Regarding an apprenceticeship of Marcus Miles with Bolles to learn the saddler business.
Folder 2: Bond, Timothy Skinner and Caleb Wetmore to Ebenezer Bolles, 1793 Jul 21Add to your cart.
Regarding notes given to Richard Wallace.
Folder 3: Bond, William G. Copley to Ebenezer Bolles, 1797 Mar 8Add to your cart.
Regarding the release of Samuel N. Copley from any further service as an apprentice to Bolles.
Folder 4: Correspondence, Bolles, Ebenezer W. to Bolles, Samuel Penfield, 1820Add to your cart.
Item 1: 1820 Jan 17Add to your cart.
Item 2: 1820 Dec 18Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, Bolles, Ebenezer W. to Bolles, Samuel Penfield, 1821-1822Add to your cart.
Item 1: 1821 Jan 11Add to your cart.
Item 2: 1822 Dec 19Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, Bolles, Henry, 1824Add to your cart.
Item 1: Bolles, Henry to Bolles, Ebenezer and Bolles, Abigail Penfield, 1824 Jul 13Add to your cart.
Item 2: Bolles, Henry to Bolles, Ebenezer, 1824 Aug 1Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence, Bradley, Mary S. to Bolles, Samuel Penfield, 1821, [1832?]Add to your cart.
Item 1: 1821 Apr 23Add to your cart.
Item 2: [1832?]Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence, Bolles, Samuel Penfield to Bolles, Abigail Penfield, 1815 Dec 19Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence, Clark, William Mather, 1821Add to your cart.
Item 1: Clark, William Mather to Clark, Stephen, 1821 Sep 24Add to your cart.
Item 2: Clark, William Mather to Clark, Stephen, 1821 Oct 18Add to your cart.
Includes a note to his sisters Roxana and Sarah.
Folder 10: Correspondence, Clark, William Mather, 1822, 1829Add to your cart.
Item 1: Clark, William Mather to Clark, Stephen, 1822 Feb 22Add to your cart.
Item 2: Clark, William Mather to Bolles, Roxana Clark, 1829 [Jul?] 22Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Deeds, 1789, 1793Add to your cart.
Item 1: Hanks, Benjamin to Bolles, Ebenezer for land in Litchfield, Conn., 1789 Sep 29Add to your cart.
Item 2: Wallace, Richard to Bolles, Ebenezer and Trowbridge, Thomas for land in Litchfield, Conn., 1793 Jan 3Add to your cart.
Item 3: Trowbridge, Thomas to Bolles, Ebenezer for land in Litchfield, Conn., 1793 Jan 16Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Deeds, 1794Add to your cart.
Item 1: Marsh, Charles to Bolles, Ebenezer for land in Litchfield, Conn., 1794 May 31Add to your cart.
Item 2: Adams, Joseph and Adams, Deborah to Bolles, Ebenezer for land in Litchfield, Conn., 1794 Sep 24Add to your cart.
Item 3: Sheldon, Samuel to Bolles, Ebenezer for land in Litchfield, Conn., 1794 Nov 11Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Deeds, 1799Add to your cart.
Item 1: Seymour, Morris to First School District Committee for land in Litchfield, Conn., 1799 Sep 5Add to your cart.
Committee consisted of Julius Deming, Benjamin Tallmadge, and Ephraim Kirby.
Item 2: Seymour, Morris to Bolles, Ebenezer for land in Litchfield, Conn., 1799 Sep 5Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Deeds, 1800-1805Add to your cart.
Item 1: Barber, Timothy and Barber, Rhoda to Bolles, Ebenezer for land in Litchfield, Conn., 1800 Jan 28Add to your cart.
Item 2: Baldwin, Horace to Bolles, Ebenezer for land in Litchfield, Conn., 1801 Aug 26Add to your cart.
Item 3: Town and Proprietors Committee to Bolles, Ebenezer for land in Litchfield, Conn., 1805 Sep 27Add to your cart.
Committee consisted of James Morris and Nathan Goodwin.
Folder 15: Deeds, 1807-1819Add to your cart.
Item 1: Skinner, Timothy to Bolles, Ebenezer for land in Litchfield, Conn., 1804 Jul 2Add to your cart.
Item 2: Norton, Ambros to Bolles, Ebenezer for land in Litchfield, Conn., 1809 Dec 6Add to your cart.
Item 3: Bolles, Ebenezer W. to Bolles, Ebenezer for one unequal moiety in a saddler's shop and land in Litchfield, Conn., 1819 Nov 16Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Indemnification of Ebenezer Bolles by Boardman & Seymour, 1801 Apr 21Add to your cart.
Regarding an execution against William Clark received by Boardman & Seymour from Bolles.
Item 1: Account book, Bolles, Ebenezer W., 1821-1849Add to your cart.
Saddle and leather business. Also includes estate invenory and distribution of Bolles's father Ebenezer Bolles (1764-1826). Currently stored in 3B box 7.
Item 2: Account book index, Bolles, Ebenezer W., 1821-1849Add to your cart.
Currently stored in 3B box 7.
Item 3: Daybook, Bolles, Ebenezer W., 1823-1831Add to your cart.
Saddle and leather business. Includes inserted 1847 page. Currently stored in 3B box 7.

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