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Beach, Webster, and Dickinson families papers


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Beach/Webster family

Dickinson family



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Beach, Webster, and Dickinson families papers, 1791-1990 | Litchfield Historical Society

By Leith Johnson

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Collection Overview

Title: Beach, Webster, and Dickinson families papers, 1791-1990Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Rice, Betsy Dickinson Dinan

Extent: 4.59 Linear Feet. More info below.


The collection is arranged in four series:

1. Beach/Webster family

2. Dickinson family

3. Photographs

4. Publications

Date Acquired: 12/05/1995

Subjects: Beach, Bessie Rachel, Beach, Louisa Webster, Beach, Milo D., Beach family, Dickinson, Leonard, Dickinson family, Goshen (Conn.), Litchfield (Conn.), Litchfield Creamery, Webster family

Forms of Material: Account books, Autograph albums, Correspondence, Deeds, Diaries, Estate inventories, Marriage certificates, Mortgages, Photographs, Recipes, Scrapbooks

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Beach, Webster, and Dickinson families papers (1995-15-0, 4.59 linear feet) relate to three associated Litchfield, Conn., families. In 1916, Bessie Rachel Beach (1893-1976) married Leonard Dickinson (1895-1946). The parents of Bessie were Milo D. Beach (1861-1959) and Louisa Webster Beach (1862-1951). A large part of the collection consists of genealogical information culled from a variety of sources. Original materials include marriage certificates; correspondence; mortgages and deeds; distribution and inventories of estates, scrapbooks; news clippings; 19th century recipe ("receipt") books (one book is an account book from 1820s-1850s that has been pasted over); 19th and early 20th century newspapers and clippings, including the Litchfield Monitor (1802-1803), Litchfield Republican (1856), and Connecticut Courant (1820s); autograph albums; documentation on Goshen and Milton; many family photographs of various types, including daguerreotypes, tintypes, cartes-de-viste, and cabinet cards, also two large albums from the late 19th century photographs; and 19th and early 20th century books. The papers do not document the business activities of the families.

Collection Historical Note

The Beach, Webster, and Dickinson families have a long history in Litchfield and all settled there in the 1700s. The Websters of Litchfield are distant relatives of Noah Webster, as they all descended from the same ancestor who first came to America in the 1600s. The Dickinson line is related to noted miniature painter Anson Dickinson, as it descended from one of Anson's brothers. There is no relation to the poet Emily Dickinson.

Milo D. Beach operated the Litchfield Creamery from 1900 to 1940. At the time it closed, it was the last creamery in Connecticut. Bessie Beach Dickinson was a long-time piano teacher and organist for the First Congregational Church. Leonard Dickinson worked at the creamery until opening Dickinson's Dairy-Maid, a tea-room specializing in homemade ice cream, in the mid 1930s.

Biographical Note

Betsy Dickinson Dinan Rice is the daughter of Bessie Beach Dickinson (1893-1976) and Leonard Dickinson (1895-1946) and granddaughter of Louisa Webster Beach (1862-1951) and Milo Beach (1861-1959).

Subject/Index Terms

Beach, Bessie Rachel
Beach, Louisa Webster
Beach, Milo D.
Beach family
Dickinson, Leonard
Dickinson family
Goshen (Conn.)
Litchfield (Conn.)
Litchfield Creamery
Webster family

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Alternate Extent Statement: 11 document boxes

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Copyright has been transferred to the Litchfield Historical Society for materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection. 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: Betsy Dickinson Dinan Rice

Acquisition Method: Gift

Separated Materials: Objects have been removed to the museum collections.

Preferred Citation: Beach, Webster, and Dickinson families papers (1995-15-0), 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

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Beach/Webster family],
[Series 2: Dickinson family],
[Series 3: Photographs],
[Series 4: Publications],

Series 2: Dickinson familyAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: The American Legion Magazine, 1964 JulAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Buell, Jonathan estate survey, 1847Add to your cart.
Folder 3: The Descendants of Thomas Beach of Milford, Connecticut, 1912Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Diary extracts, anonymous, 1870-1907Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Diary, anonymous, and notes and correspondence, 1900-1945Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Dickinson, Bessie Beach correspondence, 1950-1969, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Dickinson, Bessie Beach papers, circa 1950s, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 8: The Dickinson GenealogyAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Dickinson, Leonard cards, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Dickinson, Leonard and Beach, Bessie marriage certificate, 1916Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Dickinson, Minnie Brooker autograph book, 1883-1887Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Dickinson, Minnie Brooker autograph book, 1884-1887Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Genealogical materialsAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Genealogical materialsAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Genealogical materialsAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Genealogical materialsAdd to your cart.
From white binder.
Folder 17: The Genealogy Book for Sadie HawleyAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: The Genealogy Book for Sadie Hawley, loose papersAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Gesner, Anthon Temple, The Dickinson Family of Milton and Litchfield, 1913Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Pope, T. to Dickinson, Anson, 1816 Jun 4Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Post cards, circa 1920s-1930sAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Programme of the Centennial Celebration of the Town of Goshen, 1876Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Promissory note, 1797Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Recipe book, early 1800sAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Recipe book, pasted over account book, 1820s-1830sAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: The salt box house, circa 1930sAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Scrapbook, pasted in Annual Report of the Board of Education (1872), 1836-1930Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Scrapbook, pasted in Report on Railroads (1891), 1874-1948Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Scrapbook, Goshen and Goshen Methodist Church, circa 1890-1910Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Scrapbook, Gossip from the Land of Goshen, circa 1890-1940Add to your cart.

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