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Lavina Westover papers


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Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Westover, Lavina. Notes on Litchfield families

Westover, Lavina. Notes on Litchfield families

Westover, Lavina. Lists of births

Westover, Lavina. Lists of marriages

Westover, Lavina. Lists of deaths

Westover, Lavina. Family papers

Westover, David & Lavina. Accounts

Westover, Lavina. Diary

Westover, Lavina. Handwriting exercises

Westover, Lavina. Poetry


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Lavina Westover papers | Litchfield Historical Society

By Lee S. Cook

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Collection Overview

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Primary Creator: Westover, Lavina Ensign (1791-1871)

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Subjects: Ensign family, Families - Connecticut - Litchfield County, Westover family, Woodruff family

Forms of Material: Genealogies, Notes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The bulk of these papers consists of notes about families in Litchfield, particularly the South Farms section. There is one notebook organized alphabetically by family and other loose papers arranged by life events, i.e. births, deaths, and marriages. Also included is Lavina Westover's journal of personal events, verse, weather and ice on Bantam Lake; verse and penmanship exercises by Lavina; and a few household records of David & Lavina Westover.

Biographical Note

Lavina Ensign Westover, the daughter of Samuel Ensign, Jr. and Abigail (Gibbs) Ensign, was born in the South Farms section of Litchfield. She attended the Morris Academy before 1810. On 10 Oct. 1811, she married Salmon Woodruff of South Farms and they had 4 children. On 1 July 1823 she filed a petition for divorce on the grounds of desertion and the divorce was granted by Connecticut Superior Court on 5 Feb. 1827.

  In 1828 she married David Westover (1774-1853) of South Farms where they lived on what is now Bantam Lake Road in Morris. The homestead burned down in 1878.

  Lavina Westover was noted for her recording of genealogical information and notable events in South Farms, now Morris/Litchfield. Rhoda Cowles of Morris remarked: "She may truly be called the antiquarian of Morris."

Subject/Index Terms

Ensign family
Families - Connecticut - Litchfield County
Westover family
Woodruff family

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Acquisition Source: Donor unknown.

Acquisition Method: Found in collection in 1950.

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

Preferred Citation: Lavina Westover papers (1950-22-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, 7 South Street, P.O. Box 385, Litchfield, Connecticut 06759.

Finding Aid Revision History: Item level description is available in the Society's card catalog. Originally catalogued as the "Ensign Collection".

Other Note: This collection was processed with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Folder:

[Folder 1: Westover, Lavina. Notes on Litchfield families, 1639-1867],
[Folder 2: Westover, Lavina. Notes on Litchfield families, 1639-1867],
[Folder 3: Westover, Lavina. Lists of births, 1772-1850],
[Folder 4: Westover, Lavina. Lists of marriages, 1829-1870],
[Folder 5: Westover, Lavina. Lists of deaths, 1639-1870],
[Folder 6: Westover, Lavina. Family papers, 1639-1867],
[Folder 7: Westover, David & Lavina. Accounts, 1823-1859],
[Folder 8: Westover, Lavina. Diary, 1821-1870],
[Folder 9: Westover, Lavina. Handwriting exercises, undated],
[Folder 10: Westover, Lavina. Poetry, 1833-1850],
[Folder 11: Miscellaneous],

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Handwritten poetry, some composed by Lavina Westover and others copied from other sources. The compositions vary in length from a full page to just a verse. Most are not dated.

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