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Beebe family papers, 1729-1913 | Litchfield Historical Society

By Leith Johnson

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Title: Beebe family papers, 1729-1913Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Beebe family

Other Creators: Beebe, Bezaleel

Extent: 0.42 Linear Feet. More info below.

Date Acquired: 01/01/1918. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Beebe, Bezaleel, Beebe family, Litchfield (Conn.), United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865, United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783

Forms of Material: Correspondence, Deeds, Financial records, Land surveys, Legal documents, Military commissions, Military records, Photographs

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The papers of the Beebe family of Litchfield, Conn., centering on Bezaleel Beebe, his father, and his descendents. The papers consist of correspondence, deeds, business records, military records, and other documents.

The papers are arranged in three series:

Series 1: Correspondence

Series 2: Beebe, Bezaleel military papers

Series 3: Other papers

Bezaleel Beebe was born in 1741 in Litchfield, Conn., a son of Ebenezer Beebe (1716-1744) and Bethiel Osborn Beebe Peck (1722-1816). After serving in the French and Indian War, he retruned to his farm in Litchfield. In 1775, he was commissioned lieutenant and sent to Boston soon after the battle of Lexington. He was promoted to captain in 1776 and saw active service in New York and New Jersey. He was taken prisoner at the capture of Fort Washington and was confined in New York nearly a year. He rose to the rank of colonel in 1781 and then appointed to the command of all the Connecticut troops raised for seacoast defense, with the duties and pay of a brigadier-general. His military papers cover the 1772-1780 time period, and include his orderly book, 1776 and 1780;  an account book; correspondence; comissions; lists of enlistees; and other documents.

The collection includes correspondence written by or to members of Bezaleel's family, including one of his sons, William Beebe (1782-1861), two of William Beebe's children, Clara Beebe Darling (1820-1913) and Philip Schuyler Beebe (1812-1891), and their son, William Beebe (1851-1917). Philip married Lucy Beebe Robbins (1816-1876), a third cousin. Lucy's mother, also named Lucy, married Samuel Robbins (1775-1832). Lucy and Samuel corresponded with members of her family and their spouses, including Lucy's sister Esther Beebe Whittlesey (1777-1818), Esther's husband Newton Whittlesey (1777-1874), and Esther's daughter Mary Whittlesey Hubbard (1801-1845), all of Cornish, N.H.; her sister Mary (Polly) Beebe Tupper of Lawrenceville, Pa.; Lucy's brothers Hiram Beebe (abt. 1797-1861) and Edward Beebe (1791-1871) and his wife Marilla Collins Beebe, all of Lawrenceville, Pa.; Lucy's half brother Rev. Jonathan Lee Hale (1790-1835) and her half sister Lydia Lee Keep (1781-1865).

Of note in the other papers series are deeds documenting land transactions in Litchfield as early as 1729. Also of interest is an autobiography written by Bezaleel's mother Bethiel (or Bethia) Osborn Beebe Peck.

Subject/Index Terms

Beebe, Bezaleel
Beebe family
Litchfield (Conn.)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Accruals: William Beebe (1851-1917), great grandson of Bezaleel Beebe, gave some of the papers as early as 1907. Other papers were donated by his wife in 1918 and his niece in the 1930s.

Alternate Extent Statement: 1 document 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: William Beebe

Acquisition Method: Gift

Preferred Citation: Beebe family papers (1918-19-0), 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).

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, 1801-1913],
[Series 2: Beebe, Bezaleel military papers, 1772-1809],
[Series 3: Other papers, 1729-1860s],

Series 2: Beebe, Bezaleel military papers, 1772-1809Add to your cart.
Arranged chronologically.
Folder 1: Commission, ensign, 1772 May 19Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Commission, first lieutenant, 1775 May 1Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Enlistment list, 1776 Jan 21Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Enlistment list, 1776 Jan 21Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Commission, lieutenant, 1776 May 23Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Orderly book, 1776 Jul 19-Nov 17, 1780 Jun 21-Dec 22Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Orderly book transcriptionAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Account book, 1777-1809Add to your cart.
Contains accounts kept by Beebe during the Revolutionary War and after. In front is inscribed, "Ebenr. Beebe's Account Book given to him by his father," but the account book appears to have been kept principally by Bezaleel Beebe. Entries are not in chronological order.
Folder 9: Memorandum of a meeting, 1777 Jul 18Add to your cart.
Capt. Beebe has a great prospect for being exchanged while other prisoners of his rank have been held longer; it is the opinion of the meeting that Capt. Beebe should endeavor to get Capt. Trowbridge released first, but if that is not possible, then Capt. Beebe should embrace the exchange. Signed by Selah Hart, chairman of the committee, at New Lots on Long Island.
Folder 10: Broadsheet announcing in part that the governor and Council of Safety have appointed Maj. Bezaleel Beebe a recruiting officer, 1777Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence, Sheldon, Epaphras to Beebe, Bezaleel, 1777 Sep 28Add to your cart.
Orders to take command of a company of volunteers from Litchfield to assist the Continental Army, the Northern Dept.
Folder 12: Broadsheet regarding a premium of five dollars for apprehending and securing deserters from the Continental Army, 1777Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Extract from the General Assembly record regarding 800 recruits, 1779 MayAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Commission, lieutenant colonel, 1780 Mar 2Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Receipt for funds for use of the men, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 1: A billet roll of Capt. Bezaleel Beebe's company in Col. Philip Burr Bradley's regiment, 1776Add to your cart.
Currently stored in 18B: Oversize Box 3A.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, 1801-1913],
[Series 2: Beebe, Bezaleel military papers, 1772-1809],
[Series 3: Other papers, 1729-1860s],

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