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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

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

Series 4: PublicationsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: All about Litchfield, 1959Add to your cart.
Item 2: Bulkeley, Historic Litchfield 1721-1907, 1907Add to your cart.
Item 3: Connecticut Historical Society, Annual report, 1968Add to your cart.
Item 4: Dearborn, Anson Dickinson, 1983Add to your cart.
Item 5: Goshen, Town of, Annual report, 1907Add to your cart.
Item 6: Hibbard, History of Goshen, 1897Add to your cart.
Item 7: A history of the First Congregational Church in Litchfield, Connecticut, 1955Add to your cart.
Item 8: An invitation to visit historic Litchfield ConnecticutAdd to your cart.
Item 9: Litchfield, Connecticut 250th anniversary, 1719-1969Add to your cart.
Item 10: Longfellow, Voices of the night, 1911Add to your cart.
Item 11: The Meetinghouse of the hill: the history of the First Congregational Church of Litchfield, Connecticut, 1971Add to your cart.
Item 12: The New-England galaxy, 1959 summerAdd to your cart.
Item 13: New testament, 1865Add to your cart.
Inscribed by Louise Dickinson.
Item 14: Old houses in and near Litchfield, Conn., 1961Add to your cart.
Item 15: Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, Plymouth, 1926Add to your cart.
Item 16: Plymouth visitor, circa 1965Add to your cart.
Item 17: Reunion of the Dickinson Family, at Amherst, Mass., 1884Add to your cart.
Item 18: Shepherd, Litchfield: portrait of a beautiful town..., 1969Add to your cart.
Item 19: Tales of Litchfield, undatedAdd to your cart.
Contemporary reprinting of 1933 articles.
Item 20: Webster, A grammatical institute..., undatedAdd to your cart.
Contemporary reprinting.
Item 21: White, A history of the town of Litchfield..., 1920Add to your cart.
Item 22: The White Memorial Foundation, 1938Add to your cart.

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