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Dwight C. Kilbourn collection

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Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Newspaper

Financial

Bookplates

Legal Papers

Rev. Jason Richards Sermon

History of Medicine

Litchfield County Bar Association Scrapbooks

Notary Commissions

Pamphlet List

Handwritten Memorials

Military Papers

Correspondence

Miscellaneous



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Dwight C. Kilbourn collection, 1801-1920 | Litchfield Historical Society

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Collection Overview

Title: Dwight C. Kilbourn collection, 1801-1920Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Kilbourn, Dwight C. (Dwight Canfield) (1837-1914)

Extent: 0.83 Linear Feet. More info below.

Date Acquired: 01/01/1929. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Kilbourn, Dwight C. (Dwight Canfield), 1837-1914, Kilbourn, Eliada, Kilbourn family, Kilburn family, Litchfield (Conn.), United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Forms of Material: Business records, Correspondence, Deeds, Ephemera, Manuscripts, Scrapbooks

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Dwight C. Kilbourn collection (1929-18-0, .83 linear feet) consists of a wide range of Litchfield, Conn., historical materials collected by Kilbourn, some of which relate to him and other Kilbourns, particularly his distant cousin Eliada Kilbourn (1809-1883) and Eliada’s family, and many that do not. Of particular interest are research files Dwight Kilbourn assembled regarding the involvement of Litchfield men in the American Revolutionary War and the American Civil War. The collection includes correspondence; railroad and other types of tickets; accounts, receipts, bills, and other business records; book plates; an inventory of Kilbourn’s pamphlet collection; an 1801 issue of the Litchfield Monitor and other newspapers; news clippings; 1884 Kilbourn Gathering documents; deeds and leases; ephemera; fire insurance policy documents; United States Internal Revenue documents; obituaries and memorials; writs and other legal documents; notary commissions; and miscellaneous papers.

In addition, there are the handwritten diaries in Series 11, folders 3 & 4 (2011-159-0 and 2011-162-0) that Kilbourn kept while a soldier in the Civil War in 1863 and 1864.  The brief, regularly recorded entries include comments on the weather, company activities and movements, and notations on what Kilbourn was doing, news on the war, and copying verses and witticisms.  There is also a book, Dedicatin of the Equestrian Statue of Major General John Sedgwick which has an introduction by Kilbourn, plus a regimental pass and three newspaper clippings.

1 bound volume is housed separately in 3A Box 24.

Collection Historical Note

Dwight Canfield Kilbourn was born at Litchfield, Conn., October 9, 1837, the son of William P. Kilbourn and Caroline (Canfield) Kilbourn. He received a public school education and pursued his professional studies with Hon. Origen S. Seymour and Henry B. Graves at Litchfield. He was admitted to the bar in his native town in the year 1866. In 1887 he was appointed clerk of the Superior Court for Litchfield. Before his admission to the bar he served in the Civil War, attaining the rank of lieutenant in the Second Conn. Heavy Artillery.

After the war, Kilbourn was secretary of his regiment for 47 years. When the Connecticut Regimental Veterans' Association was organized January 28, 1891, he was elected president and was its president for life. He was a member of the Seth F. Plumb Post, G.A.R. of Litchfield. He was a member of the Sedgwick Monument Commission, appointed by Gov. Baldwin to erect an equestrian statue of Maj. John Sedgwick at Gettysburg. He was appointed secretary of the Veterans Association of Connecticut in 1907 and held the office since. He was a member of St. Paul's Lodge, F. and A.M. and of Darius Lodge, R.A.M. of Litchfield. He was secretary of the Litchfield County Bar Association.

As an author his best known work was The Bench and Bar of Litchfield County, 1709-1909, the result of years of painstaking research. His home was filled with books and pamphets relating to Litchfield County. He was a member of the Connecticut Historical Society, member of the Kansas Historical Society, and vice president of the Litchfield Historical Society.

He married, July 5, 1866, Sarah M. Hopkins, of Litchfield, daughter of Edward Hopkins and Melissa (Alfred) Hopkins. They had no children. Kilbourn died on October 28, 1914. (excerpted from The Judicial and Civil History of Connecticut, 1895, and The Waterbury American, 1914)

Biographical Note

Dwight Canfield Kilbourn was born at Litchfield, Conn., October 9, 1837, the son of William P. Kilbourn and Caroline (Canfield) Kilbourn. He received a public school education and pursued his professional studies with Hon. Origen S. Seymour and Henry B. Graves at Litchfield. He was admitted to the bar in his native town in the year 1866. In 1887 he was appointed clerk of the Superior Court for Litchfield. Before his admission to the bar he served in the Civil War, attaining the rank of lieutenant in the Second Conn. Heavy Artillery.

After the war, Kilbourn was secretary of his regiment for 47 years. When the Connecticut Regimental Veterans' Association was organized January 28, 1891, he was elected president and was its president for life. He was a member of the Seth F. Plumb Post, G.A.R. of Litchfield. He was a member of the Sedgwick Monument Commission, appointed by Gov. Baldwin to erect an equestrian statue of Maj. John Sedgwick at Gettysburg. He was appointed secretary of the Veterans Association of Connecticut in 1907 and held the office since. He was a member of St. Paul's Lodge, F. and A.M. and of Darius Lodge, R.A.M. of Litchfield. He was secretary of the Litchfield County Bar Association.

As an author his best known work was The Bench and Bar of Litchfield County, 1709-1909, the result of years of painstaking research. His home was filled with books and pamphets relating to Litchfield County. He was a member of the Connecticut Historical Society, member of the Kansas Historical Society, and vice president of the Litchfield Historical Society.

He married, July 5, 1866, Sarah M. Hopkins, of Litchfield, daughter of Edward Hopkins and Melissa (Alfred) Hopkins. They had no children. Kilbourn died on October 28, 1914.

Subject/Index Terms

Kilbourn, Dwight C. (Dwight Canfield), 1837-1914
Kilbourn, Eliada
Kilbourn family
Kilburn family
Litchfield (Conn.)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Accruals: Gift of D.C. Kilbourn in 1908, acc. #1380. Music book ca. 1805-1807 that had belonged to Joel Bostwick.

Alternate Extent Statement: 2 document boxes; 1 bound volume

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: Mrs. Dwight C. Kilbourn

Acquisition Method: Gift

Related Materials:

Dwight C. Kilbourn 1885 diary is housed in 3A Box 2. [Small Acquistions 1971-58-2]

Sarah Hopkins Kilbourn (Mrs. Dwight) 1888 diary is housed in 3A Box 2.  [Small Acquisitions 1971-58-1]

Preferred Citation: Dwight C. Kilbourn collection (1929-18-0), 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 National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Newspaper, 1801-1903],
[Series 2: Financial, 1806-1888],
[Series 3: Bookplates, 1916],
[Series 4: Legal Papers, 1866-1901],
[Series 5: Rev. Jason Richards Sermon, 1871],
[Series 6: History of Medicine],
[Series 7: Litchfield County Bar Association Scrapbooks, 1898-1913],
[Series 8: Notary Commissions, 1895-1901],
[Series 9: Pamphlet List],
[Series 10: Handwritten Memorials],
[Series 11: Military Papers, 1863-1864],
[Series 12: Correspondence, 1830-1920],
[Series 13: Miscellaneous, 1821-1909],
[All]

Series 1: Newspaper, 1801-1903Add to your cart.
Contains assorted clippings as well as scrapbook pages.
Folder 1: Assorted Clippings, 1801-1875Add to your cart.
Includes various obituaries with handwritten dates, articles on the restoration of the Tapping Reeve Law School, and a list of pensioners in Litchfield County.
Folder 2: Scrapbook Pages, 1835-1903Add to your cart.
Includes newspaper clippings pasted on heavy pages. Clipping topics vary and include death and marriage announcements, financial reports, town events, vacation notes, etc. Pages also occasionally include handwritten article summary and commentary, hymnals, and event programs.
Series 2: Financial, 1806-1888Add to your cart.
Includes railroad tickets, insurance policies, tax stamps, deeds, leases, and other finance-related items.
Folder 1: Railroad Tickets, 1873-1886Add to your cart.
Includes 10 tickets. 2 are from the Naugatuck Railroad Co., and 1 each from the Meriden, Waterbury, and Connecticut River Railroad, the Shepaug Railroad Co., the Connecticut Valley Railroad Co., the Housatonic Railroad, the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad Co., the Connecticut Western Railroad, the New York and New England Railroad, and the Hartford, Providence, and Fishkill Railroad.
Folder 2: The Washington Mutual Fire Insurance Co., 1878-1881Add to your cart.
Includes Eliade Kilbourn's contract which details the insurance coverage for his house, barn, grain, wagon, harnesses, and farming tools. Also includes the company's by-laws as well as Eliade's renewal slip.
Folder 3: Department of Internal Revenue Tax Stamps, 1866-1888Add to your cart.
Includes 4 stamps. One is for $2.40 for Dealers in Manufactured Tobacco, one is for $2.42 on 2 gold watches, one is for $3.21 for monthly federal taxes, and one is for $2.00.
Folder 4: Deeds, 1806-1867Add to your cart.
Inclues the deeds of Ebenezer and Elizabeth Marsh to Whitman Kilbourn, Myron Kilbourn and John B. Abbe to Eliade Kilbourn, Eliade Kilbourn to Ethan Kilbourn, James Kilbourn, James B. Peck, and his wife Amanda to Myron and Eliade Kilbourn, Ethan Kilbourn to Eliade Kilbourn, Ira Coe to Eliade Kilbourn, and Samuel McNiel to Eliade Kilbourn.
Folder 5: Miscellaneous, 1855-1911Add to your cart.
Includes various materials such as coin charts, reciepts, budget calculations, and other account records.
Folder 6: Lease, 1874Add to your cart.
Contains a lease between Albert Wadhams to Charles A. Keyes.
Series 3: Bookplates, 1916Add to your cart.
Includes 2 prints and 2 plates from the collection of Dwight C. Kilbourn at the Connecticut State Library.
Series 4: Legal Papers, 1866-1901Add to your cart.
Includes various legal documents and correspondence throughout Dwight C. Kilbourn's time as Clerk of the Superior Court of Litchfield County.
Folder 1: Jamar M. Osborn Appeal, 1888Add to your cart.
Sealed envelope addressed to Dwight C. Kilbourn as Clerk of the Superior Court for Litchfield County.
Folder 2: Albert Wadhams vs. Amos Smith, 1872Add to your cart.
Contains the writ in the case of Albert Wadhams vs Amos Smith
Folder 3: Abbie W. Newcomb vs. Ann E. Jennings, 1900-1901Add to your cart.
Includes Litchfield County Superior Court's supplemental judgement on the case as well as correspondence between Dwight C. Kilbourn and A.C. Moore, Ann E. Jenning's attorney.
Folder 4: The Litchfield Hotel Company papers, 1866-1867Add to your cart.
Records relating to the formation and business of the Litchfield Hotel Co.
Series 5: Rev. Jason Richards Sermon, 1871Add to your cart.
Handwritten sermon presented by Mrs. Richards.
Series 6: History of MedicineAdd to your cart.
Printed, 4 pages. Date unkown.
Item 1: Litchfield Country Medical Society, 1858-1860Add to your cart.

Members of the Litchfield County Medical Society accounts kept by D.E. Bostwick, clerk.

Currently housed in 3A Box 24.

Series 7: Litchfield County Bar Association Scrapbooks, 1898-1913Add to your cart.
Scrapbooks includes notes, pictures, pamphlets, and newspaper clippings involving the Bar.
Item 1: Litchfield County Bar Association Scrapbook, 1902Add to your cart.
Item 2: Litchfield County Bar Association Scrapbook, 1898-1913Add to your cart.
Currently housed in 3A Box 24.
Series 8: Notary Commissions, 1895-1901Add to your cart.
Includes certificates and correspondence.
Series 9: Pamphlet ListAdd to your cart.
Type-written list of pamphlets according to an alphabetical organization by person or topic. Date unknown.
Series 10: Handwritten MemorialsAdd to your cart.
Memorials from New Milford and other towns and events. Dates unknown.
Folder 1: Memorial addressesAdd to your cart.
Addresses include: On the death of Charles Merriman; on the death of Silas Griswold
Folder 2: New Milford MemorialsAdd to your cart.
Includes lists of soldiers, notes, and other research by Dwight C. Kilbourn.
Folder 3: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Includes lists of soldiers, notes, and other research on the Revolutionary War by Dwight C. Kilbourn for several events.
Series 11: Military Papers, 1863-1864Add to your cart.
Includes account books, research, and diaries kept during the Civil War.
Folder 1: C. Company, 2nd CVA Account Book, 1863-1864Add to your cart.
One handwritten account of the company's expenses.
Folder 2: Bound Handwritten RecordsAdd to your cart.
Incldues names of volunteers, roll of honor, desertions, names not taken up on rolls, the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and pensioners. Date unknown.
Folder 3: Bound Diary, 1863Add to your cart.
Account of Dwight C. Kilbourn's activity in the Civil War. Includes daily entries detailing location, weather, and events.
Folder 4: Bound Diary, 1864Add to your cart.
Account of Dwight C. Kilbourn's activity in the Civil War. Includes daily entries detailing location, weather, and events.
Series 12: Correspondence, 1830-1920Add to your cart.
Includes correspondence of Dwight C. Kilbourn, Eliade Kilbourn, and others.
Folder 1: Dwight C. Kilbourn Correspondence, 1883-1910Add to your cart.
Letter topics include the Bantam Cemetary, the Landon and Moulthrop families, other genealogies, town borders, "The Governors of Connecticut" by Frederick Calvin Norton, and comrades of war. Also a letter dated March 31, 1912 from Henry F. McCallum in New Haven with an obituary for William E. Whittlesey.
Sub-Series 2: Eliade Kilbourn Correspondence, 1837-1886Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Eliade Kilbourn Correspondence, 1837-1861Add to your cart.
Letter topics include visiting the west, selling land, Baltimore, family ancestry, and lending and repaying money.
Folder 2: Eliade Kilbourn Correspondence, 1862-1886Add to your cart.
Letter topics include lending and repaying money, transferring wounded soldiers to Connecticut hospitals, advice from "Elijah the Prophet," gifts of land, philosophy, and the Free Masons.
Sub-Series 3: Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1830-1920Add to your cart.
Letters to and from various individuals regarding many different topics.
Folder 1: 1830 Feb 26 - 1859 Oct 1Add to your cart.
Letter topics vary but include family matters and the Delaware lottery.
Folder 2: 1861 May 1 - 1920 Dec 12 and unknown datesAdd to your cart.
Letter topics vary but include family matters, poems, and financial matters.
Series 13: Miscellaneous, 1821-1909Add to your cart.
Includes a handwritten memorial, memorial service programs, circulars, pamphlets, handwritten notes, invitations, and a printed circular "Suggestions to Teachers" by D.C. Kilbourn, Secretary School Committee.
Item 1: Litchfield County Commissioners scrapbook, 1867-1890Add to your cart.

Scrapbook kept by Dwight C. Kilbourn with newpaper clippings, reports, and publications.

Currently housed in 3A Box 24.

Item 2: Music book, ca. 1805-1807Add to your cart.

A printed book of music that belonged to Joel Bostwick. It was a present from Jonathan Smith of Clinton, NY and given to Bostwick May 30, 1808.

Currently housed in 3A Box 24.


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Newspaper, 1801-1903],
[Series 2: Financial, 1806-1888],
[Series 3: Bookplates, 1916],
[Series 4: Legal Papers, 1866-1901],
[Series 5: Rev. Jason Richards Sermon, 1871],
[Series 6: History of Medicine],
[Series 7: Litchfield County Bar Association Scrapbooks, 1898-1913],
[Series 8: Notary Commissions, 1895-1901],
[Series 9: Pamphlet List],
[Series 10: Handwritten Memorials],
[Series 11: Military Papers, 1863-1864],
[Series 12: Correspondence, 1830-1920],
[Series 13: Miscellaneous, 1821-1909],
[All]


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