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Elihu Harrison papers, 1812-1848 | Litchfield Historical Society

By Lee S. Cook

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Title: Elihu Harrison papers, 1812-1848Add to your cart.

Extent: 7.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The papers are arranged into 3 series: Series 1: Business papers; Series 2: Personal and family papers; Series 3: Miscellaneous. . Within Series 1 are sub-series: 1) Wholesale merchants; 2) Bills & receipts; 3) Promissory notes; 4) Accounts; 5) Orders; 6) Business letters.

Date Acquired: 03/23/1953

Subjects: Cider industry - Connecticut - Litchfield, Distilling industries - Connecticut - Litchfield, Dry goods stores - Connecticut - Litchfield

Forms of Material: Account books, Accounts, Billheads, Cashbooks, Daybooks, Merchandise inventories

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The papers of Elihu Harrison (1797-1855) consist primarily of his business papers including bills, accounts, receipts, and orders. Elihu Harrison was a storekeeper and business man in Litchfield, first in the South Farms section (now the town of Morris) and later, about 1825, in the center of Litchfield. From the goods he purchased from wholesale merchants in New Haven and New York, it is evident that he ran a general store, selling a variety of dry goods, hardware, and groceries. The business continued in Litchfield until 1836.

  Elihu Harrison was born in the South Farms section of Litchfield in 1797 and died in Stamford in 1855. He was active in town government and organizations, including serving as Town Clerk from 1826-1836, State Representative in 1832 and 1835, a Justice of the Peace, and secretary fo the Litchfield Female Academy from 1835-1836, and served as a Director of the Phoenix Branch Bank and Litchfield Mutual Fire Insurance Co.

  The Harrisons were early settlers in South Farms. Elihu's grandfather, also Elihu who died in 1806, ran a tavern in what is now East Morris. Daniel (1770-1811), son of the first Elihu,  and Abigail (Goodwin) Harrison were Elihu's parents.

Subject/Index Terms

Cider industry - Connecticut - Litchfield
Distilling industries - Connecticut - Litchfield
Dry goods stores - Connecticut - Litchfield

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Acquisition Source: Mrs. James P. Woodruff

Processing Information: This collection is still being processed.  There are some item level descriptions in the card catalog for Letters and Miscellaneous.

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

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[Series 1: Business papers, 1812-1848],
[Series 2: Personal and family papers],
[Series 3: Miscellaneous, 1820-1841],

Series 3: Miscellaneous, 1820-1841Add to your cart.
arranged alphabetically.
Folder 1: Abernathy, Elisha S, 1840 May 8Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Brooker, Russell, 1830 Sep 15Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Champion, E, 1841 Jul 10Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Kellogg, Frederick, 1823 Oct 14Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Farnam, Seth, 1820 Apr 28Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Phelps family property record abstracts, 1723-1803Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Weed, John, 1824-1825Add to your cart.
Item 1: Hine, Hollingsworth, 1824 Jun 7Add to your cart.
Bill of sale for a black cow, sold by Hollingsworth Hine of Litchfield to John D. Weed, in payment for debts. Includes coditions.
Item 2: Harrison, Elihu, 1825 Feb 28Add to your cart.
John D. Weed of Litchfield is bound to Elihu Harrison of Litchfield for the sum of $300. Includes conditions and details of the note due.
Item 3: Goodwin, Charles, 1825 Mar 1Add to your cart.
Partnership agreement between John D. Weed and Charles Goodwin, said firm to be under the name of Goodwin and Weed for the purpose of a tanning and currying business. Includes details on the buildings, tools, service of Marshall Weed, division of profits, etc.

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