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Donald B. Peck papers, 1828-1944 | Litchfield Historical Society

By Kathy Craughwell-Varda

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Collection Overview

Title: Donald B. Peck papers, 1828-1944Add to your cart.

Extent: 2.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 00/00/2006. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Litchfield High School, Litchfield High School - School sports, Peck family

Forms of Material: Business records

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Donald B. Peck Papers, 2006-12-0, include correspondence, photographs, deeds, and ledgers from the Peck Family and their ancestors.  Family names associated with this collection include John Fernie Williamson, Anne Williamson, Charles D. Wheeler, David M. Wheeler, Jennie Wheeler Hutchinson, Isaac H. Hutchinson, Donald K. Peck, and Carrie (Mrs. Allen) Peck.

Charles D. Wheeler (1817-1895) was the son of Christopher Wheeler.  The Wheeler Farm was located on Hutchinson Parkway (named for Charles D. Wheeler's son-in-law, Isaac H. Hutchinson).  Charles Wheeler was a farmer and politician.  he married Mary Elizabeth Guild (1821-1910) and they had one daughter, Jennie (1848-1933). She married Isacc H. Hutchinson (1844-1924) and they had a daughter, Carrie, who married Allen G. Peck.  Donald K. Peck was the son of Carrie and Allen G. Peck.

Series 1, 3 Item 1, 4, 5, 6, 7 Subseries 5-8, 8-10 are stored in Document Box.

Series 2, 3 Item 2, 7 Subseries 1-4, 11 are stored in an oversize box with the collection.

Series 7, Subseries 4, Items 1-16 are stored is a separate box with the collecton.

Subject/Index Terms

Litchfield High School
Litchfield High School - School sports
Peck family

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Accruals: 2011-146-0 is an accrual to this collection.

Access Restrictions: This 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Use Restrictions: Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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: Donald B. Peck

Acquisition Method: Gift.

Preferred Citation: Donald B. Peck Papers, (2006-12-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, 1885-1886],
[Series 2: Deeds, 1867-1891],
[Series 3: Ledgers],
[Series 4: Receipts, 1880-85],
[Series 5: Commencement Programs, 1921-44],
[Series 6: Speech],
[Series 7: Photographs, 1850-1926],
[Series 8: Day Books & Accounting Balances, 1844-1875],
[Series 9: Notecard],
[Series 10: Diary/Day Book, 1886-1906],
[Series 11: Scrapbook],

Series 1: Correspondence, 1885-1886Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, Brown, M.J. to Williamson, John, 1885Add to your cart.
Correspondence primarily Marcus John Brown, a solicitor in Edinburgh, Scotland, and John Fernie Williamson, a leather merchant in Litchfield, Connecticut regarding property in Scotland inherited by Williamson.  Williamson's grandchildren (by daughter Elizabeth Williamson Hunt), Fernie and Philip Hunt, worked as managers in the Litchfield Electric Light and Power Company.
Folder 2: Correspondence, Williamson, Anne to Williamson, John, 1886Add to your cart.
Anne Williamson writes to her brother, John Fernie Williamson, requesting that he send money for her rent.  She sends her new address.
Folder 3: Letter, Corrighan, Charles to Williamson, John with enclosures, 1885Add to your cart.
Letter from Charles Corraghan to John Fernie Williamson regarding Corrighan's purchase of Williamson's property in Musselburgh, Scotland and his difficulty dealing with Williamson's solicitor, Marcus John Brown.  Encloses a bank receipt and a newspaper clipping.
Series 2: Deeds, 1867-1891Add to your cart.
Deeds to land acquired by Charles D. Wheeler (1817-1895) in the development of his farm as well as a survey of the land.  Charles was the son of Christopher Wheeler who moved from Southington to Litchfield in April of 1819 to lands he had purchased previously.  The acreage was located about 2.5 miles northwest of the village on land that includes roads now known as the Hutchinson Parkway, Goodhouse Road, Butternut Road, and Mike Road.  He sold 57 acres at the southern edge of his property including a house and barns.  The house was demolished around 1850 and a new house was erected.  Deeds include: 1867 40 acres from Elizabeth Wadhams 1868 4+ acres from Mark Welch 1878 26.5 acres from Ferdinand Buell 1883 36 acres from Edgar D. Beech 1891 12.5 acres from Rebecca Osborne C.D. Wheeler's daughter Jennie inherited the property in 1895 and her husband, Isaac Hutchinson, operated the farm until his death in 1924, when the farm passed to their daughter Carrie and her husband, Allen G. Peck.  Upon his death in 1946, their son Carroll S. A. Peck inherited the farm.  Carroll Peck died in 1964, and the farm reverted to his mother.  When she died in 1968, the farm was left to her daughter-in-law Lois Kilbourn Peck and her granddaughter Rhonda Peck.  The farm is currently (2006) owned by Harvey Hubbell IV and Andie Hass Hubbell.
Series 3: LedgersAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Ledger of David M. WheelerAdd to your cart.
Ledger believed to be kept by David M. Wheeler (1828-1879).  Possibly farmed northwest of his brother Charles D. Wheeler's property.
Item 2: Ledger of Isaac H. HutchinsonAdd to your cart.
Ledger believed to be kept by Isaac H. Hutchinson (1844-1924).  He settled in the village of Milton with his parents at an unknown date. His father, Lewis, was a millwright and built and operated a grain mill and saw mill in Milton (see Atlas of Litchfield County, W.M. Beers, 1876).  He subsequently operated a dariy farm on Hutchinson Parkway, served as a veterinarian, and traded in horses.
Series 5: Receipts, 1880-85Add to your cart.
Receipts pertaining to the sale of land in Musselburgh, Scotland inherited by John F. Williamson of Litchfield, Connecticut.
Series 4: Receipts, 1880-85Add to your cart.
Receipts pertaining to the sale of land in Musselburgh, Scotland inherited by John F. Williamson of Litchfield, Connecticut.
Series 5: Commencement Programs, 1921-44Add to your cart.
Programs for commencement at the Litchfield High School, 1921-1944 (some missing).  Includes the Constitution and By-Laws of the School Building Endowment Association.
Series 6: SpeechAdd to your cart.
Essay believed to be written by Carrie Hutchinson Peck, probably for presentation at a meeting of the Litchfield Grange, Patrons of Husbandry #107.
Series 7: Photographs, 1850-1926Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Boys Basketball Team, 1923-1926Add to your cart.
Five photographs of the Litchfield High School bous basketball team.
Sub-Series 2: Boys Baseball Team, 1924Add to your cart.
Litchfield High School Boys Baseball Team.
Sub-Series 3: Girls Basketball Team, 1923-1925Add to your cart.
Three copies of Litchfield High School girls basketball team.
Sub-Series 4: Daguereotypes, 1850-1860Add to your cart.
Item 1: Therea GriswoldAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Ann GilbertAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Jarvis Griswold, 1860Add to your cart.
Item 4: Connelie Griswold CoeAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Benjamn Birge and wfe Marthey Griswold Birg., 1850sAdd to your cart.
Taken when they got married. Large format, no cover.
Item 6: Unknown Girl, 1850sAdd to your cart.
Litle girl in chair, next to a table and holding a bouquet of flowers.
Item 7: Unknown Man, 1850sAdd to your cart.
Item 8: Mary BartonAdd to your cart.
Tin Type in daguerreotype case.
Item 9: Mourning Photograph of Elderly Woman, 1850sAdd to your cart.
Item 10: Unknown girls, 1850-60Add to your cart.
Two young girls in matching dresses, wearing necklaces and one is holding a fan.
Item 11: Unknown Woman, 1850sAdd to your cart.
Woman is seated wearing a heavy winter coat and a bonnet with floral trimming around the face.
Item 12: Unknown man.Add to your cart.
Unruly hair.
Item 13: Maria Addis, 1850sAdd to your cart.
Identification according to slip of paper in case.  Maria Addis (1839-1910). Also states that she was the fiance of David Wheeler (1828-1879).
Item 14: Isaac H. HutchinsonAdd to your cart.
Isaac H. Hutchinson (1844-1924) as a young man.
Item 15: Unknown manAdd to your cart.
Item 16: Unknown manAdd to your cart.
Scowling man.
Sub-Series 5: Views of Litchfield and Vicinity, 1888, 1891Add to your cart.
North Street, Blizzard of 1888; WEt Street, Phelps' Block, and Second Court House; Island House; Fire Department Building; Congregational Church & Sedgewck House; First Court House & Mansion Housel I. H. Hutchinson Place; West Hill, Lake View Hotel (later Hawk Hurst Hotel); Stores West of Court House; Third Court House.
Sub-Series 6: Litchfield School Photos, 1910-1925Add to your cart.
Grades 7 & 8, Teacher, Mrs. Sturtevant; Litchfield High School Boys Basketball State Champs 1924-25; Litchfield High School Class of 1925; Sir James Barrie's "Qualty Street" - Litchfield High School Senior Class Production, 1924.
Sub-Series 7: Litchfield Grange, 1913-1954Add to your cart.
Degree Team (1913-14); Grange Hall (1953).
Sub-Series 8: Photographs, Portraits, 1860-1910Add to your cart.
Includes George Crutch; Katherine W. Sanford; Leo Odell; Addie Odell; Lewis and Leo Odell; Bishop Williams; Abner Gilbert; Seymour Stevens; Maria Addis.
Series 8: Day Books & Accounting Balances, 1844-1875Add to your cart.
Day Books with account balances for Charles D. Wheeler and various local businesses.
Folder 1: Spencer & Adam, H.W. Adam and Hart Brothers, 1859, 1863, 1867, 1869-70Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Lucas, Hurlbutt & Allyn; A. Mles & Son., 1852-55, 1870, 1872Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Liman G. Smith, A. C. Smith, 1844, 1848, 1855, 1861Add to your cart.
Folder 4: A. S. Wright, n.d., 1873, 1874, 1875Add to your cart.
Series 9: NotecardAdd to your cart.
The Milton Village School, Litchfield, CT.
Series 10: Diary/Day Book, 1886-1906Add to your cart.
Belonged to Isaac H. Hutchinson includes diary from camping trip to Medway, Maine; purchases; list of people who purchased turkeys or chickens for Thanksgiving; addresses; drafts of letters, book-keeping.
Series 11: ScrapbookAdd to your cart.
On title is written, "LHS Cowboy Basketball Games, 1925-26". A large, hard cover book was used to create a scrapbook of the Litchfield High School basketball team.  Newspaper clippings were glued to the book pages.  There are also additional clippings in the back of the book.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, 1885-1886],
[Series 2: Deeds, 1867-1891],
[Series 3: Ledgers],
[Series 4: Receipts, 1880-85],
[Series 5: Commencement Programs, 1921-44],
[Series 6: Speech],
[Series 7: Photographs, 1850-1926],
[Series 8: Day Books & Accounting Balances, 1844-1875],
[Series 9: Notecard],
[Series 10: Diary/Day Book, 1886-1906],
[Series 11: Scrapbook],

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