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Litchfield (Conn.). Town records

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Overseers of the poor



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Litchfield (Conn.). Town records | Litchfield Historical Society

By Leith Johnson

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Title: Litchfield (Conn.). Town recordsAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.

Primary Creator: Litchfield (Conn.)

Extent: 0.0 . More info below.

Date Acquired: 04/15/2011

Subjects: Litchfield (Conn.) - Politics and government, Poor - Connecticut - Litchfield

Forms of Material: Government records, Legal documents

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Series 1 is records (2011-22-0, .42 linear feet) that consist  of orders signed by the selectmen of Litchfield, Conn., naming an administrator, or overseer, who was typically a responsible town resident, to direct and oversee the affairs of a potentially indigent town resident. The collection also includes bills submitted to the town for expenses rendered by  overseers, merchants, and institutions caring for the poor, insane, and indigent.

Subject/Index Terms

Litchfield (Conn.) - Politics and government
Poor - Connecticut - Litchfield

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

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Use Restrictions: Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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: Donor unknown.

Acquisition Method: Found in collection.

Original/Copies Note: For more information please see http://www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org.

Related Publications: Annual reports of the Town of Litchfield include the names of the "Poor Out of House", i.e. Alms House/Town Farm, and the expenses incurred on their behalf and, in some years, the names of the suppliers of food, wood, coffins, and clothing.

Preferred Citation: Litchfield (Conn.) Town records (2011-22-0), 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 National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).


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Series 1: Overseers of the poor, 1783-1901Add to your cart.

Series 1 is the Litchfield overseers of the poor records (2011-22-0, .42 linear feet) that consist generally of orders signed by the selectmen of Litchfield, Conn., naming an administrator, or overseer, who was typically a responsible town resident, to direct and oversee the affairs of a potentially indigent town resident. The collection also includes bills submitted to the town for expenses rendered by overseers, caregivers, hotels who took in tramps, and merchants.

The collection covers the period 1783 to 1901. The orders generally take the following form:

"We the subscribers being a majority of the selectmen of Litchfield having examined [name of person] in the management of his [or her] affairs do find that by means of [list of causes, such as mismanagement, intemperance, and bad husbandry] he [or she] is in danger of becoming chargable to the Said Town. We do therefore appoint [name of overseer] to advise, direct, and oversee him [or her] in the management of his [or her] business for the term of three years from this date. [Dated] [Signatures of three selectmen]"

Overseers were appointed for both men and women, with women frequently being widows. The collection also contains order to rescind an overseer, such as in the case of a widow remarrying a man with means. Of note is an Oct. 30, 1866, petition signed by several dozen "neighbors and acquaintences" of a man who was assigned an overseer asking that the selectman cancel the order because the man did not require oversight. "If he needs an overseer," the petition states, "scores of us are in the same predicament."

Subject/Index Terms:
Public welfare - Connecticut - Litchfield
Transients, Relief of - Connecticut - Litchfield
Almshouses - Connecticut - Litchfield
Sub-Series 1: Appointments of overseers, 1783-1900Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Appointments of overseers index, 1783-1901Add to your cart.
An index of  names of the overseers and poor who are listed in folders 2-11. The petitions in the folders are numbered 1-151.
Folder 2: Appointments of overseers, 1783 Jul 7-1794 Jun 2Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Appointments of overseers, 1795 Jun 1-1809 Oct 9Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Appointments of overseers, 1810 Feb 5-1817 Mar 7Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Appointments of overseers, 1818 Mar 2-1821 Nov 12Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Appointments of overseers, 1822 Feb 11-1824 Aug 2Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Appointments of overseers, 1825 Jul 11-1826 Dec 4Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Appointments of overseers, 1827 Feb 2-1833 Nov 4Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Appointments of overseers, 1834 Mar 24-1842 Aug 1Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Appointments of overseers, 1848 Sep-1857 Feb 6Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Appointments of overseers, 1858 Feb 5-1900 Apr 28Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Appointments of overseers [additional], 1797-1862Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Bills for support of poor in Litchfield, 1839-1899Add to your cart.
Bills to the Town of Litchfield for boarding or giving supplies to the poor in Litchfield.
Folder 1: Bills, 1839-1841Add to your cart.
Bills to the town for support of Mrs. Allen; David Green family; E. Johnson family; and Mrs. Palmer
Sub-Folder 1: Goodwin, Abigail, 1839-1840Add to your cart.
Bills for the support of Abigail Goodwin's child.
Folder 2: Bills, 1842-1859Add to your cart.
Bills to the town for support of Huldah Bissell; Watson Barney; German Freeman; Mrs. Coe Hart & child; Mrs. Hannah Hart & child; Levi Lepeon; John Mare and wife; Joseph Negus & family; Anna Peck; Hiram Root funeral expenses; [Saul?] Rowe, wife & child; and Erastus Wedges. Also 2 bills from D.C. Bulkley for coffins.
Sub-Folder 1: Abbott, Watson, 1842-1843Add to your cart.
Bills to the town from Susan Abbott for care and keeping of Watson Abbott.
Sub-Folder 2: Jackson, Hiram, 1843Add to your cart.
Bills for provisions and wood to support Hiram Jackson.
Sub-Folder 3: Pickett, Rebeca, 1841-1844Add to your cart.
Bills to the town from Rufus Pickett for care, clothing and keeping Rebeca Pickett.
Folder 3: Bills, 1860-1879Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Bills, 1880-1889Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Bills, 1890-1899Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Bills for support of Litchfield poor out of townAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Bills from outside Litchfield, 1837-1849Add to your cart.
Bills to the town of Litchfield from the towns of Cornwall, Goshen, Guilford, Hartford, New Haven, Stonington, Torrington,  and Warren, for keeping and support of paupers from Litchfield.
Folder 2: Bills from outside Litchfield, 1850-1869Add to your cart.
Bills to the Town of Litchfield from other towns - Bethlem, Cornwall Bridge, Farmington, Guilford, New Haven, Southbury, Torrington, Waterbury, Watertown, and West Cornwall - for support of Litchfield inhabitants.
Folder 3: Bills from outside Litchfield, 1870-1879Add to your cart.
Bills to the Town of Litchfield from the towns of Bristol, Hartford, Huntington, New Haven, Winchester, and Woodbury for expenses to support paupers from Litchfield. Also a bill from the Town of Litchfield to New Haven for support of a New Haven inhabitant.
Folder 4: Bills from outside Litchfield, 1880-1890Add to your cart.
Bills to the town of Litchfield from: the town of Danbury for support of Fredrick C Wheeler; New Haven, Alms House Dept. to board Mrs. Marlow Roberts; The Connecticut School for Imbeciles for Johnson P. Beire; and The Connecticut Hospital for the Insane (Middletown, Conn.) 4 bills from 1883 for 6 different patients.
Folder 5: Bills from outside Litchfield, 1891Add to your cart.
Bills to the Town of Litchfield from City of Bridgeport, Supt. of the Poor; towns of Burlington; Norwalk; Plymouth; Thomaston; Woodbury; Conn. Hospital for the Insane; and Dr.T.M. Bull of Naugatuck.
Folder 6: Bills from outside Litchfield for individuals, 1891Add to your cart.
Sub-Folder 1: Hine, Mrs. Albert, 1891Add to your cart.
Bills from the town of Watertown, Conn. to the town of Litchfield for the care of Mrs. Albert Hine.
Sub-Folder 2: Munger, Carrie E. (Mrs. George), 1891Add to your cart.
Bills from the city of Danbury, Conn. to the town of Litchfield for the care of Carrie E. Munger.
Sub-Folder 3: Seymour, Mary E, 1891Add to your cart.
A bill and correspondence from the town of Thomaston to the town of Litchfield concerning the care of Mrs. Mary E. Seymour.
Folder 7: Bills from outside Litchfield, 1892-1900Add to your cart.
Bills to the town of Litchfield from 2 institutions: Conn. School for Imbeciles in Lakeville, Conn.; and The Conn. Hospital for the Insane in Middletown, Conn.
Sub-Series 4: Miscellaneous, 1838-1869Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Litchfield poor, 1856-1891Add to your cart.
Requests to Litchfield selectmen for aide and support.
Folder 2: Alms House, 1867Add to your cart.
Agreements between the Town of Litchfield  and Julia & James Baldwin to maintain the Alms House and the residents there.

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