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Elisha Sill family papers, 1771-1825 | Litchfield Historical Society

By Leith Johnson

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Title: Elisha Sill family papers, 1771-1825Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Sill, Elisha

Extent: 0.21 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 08/26/1997

Subjects: Goshen (Conn.), Litchfield (Conn.), Sill, Elisha, Sill family, Silliman, Gold Selleck, 1777-1868, United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783, Wolcott, Oliver, 1726-1797

Forms of Material: Account books, Correspondence, Diaries, Military commissions

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The papers of Dr. Elisha Sill (1730-1808) of Goshen, Conn., consist of his diary and account book, 1771-1783, and his copy of a 1776 letter to Col. Oliver Wolcott in which he asked to be relieved of service. The collection also includes two 1774 letters from committees of correspondence and papers related to Dr. Sill's son Elisha Eaton Sill (1774-1812) and grandson William Eaton Sill (1806-1888).

After graduating from Yale College in 1754, Dr. Sill settled in Goshen, Conn. and eastablished a medical practice. In 1771 he commenced service in the militia. In 1777, he was a surgeon in Gen. Oliver Wolcott's brigade of Connecticut volunteers and was present at the capture of Gen. John Burgoyne's army at Saratoga, which he recalled in his diary. Dr. Sill married Mary Heaton (1746-1816) of Goshen and they had three children. One son, Elisha Eaton Sill (1774-1812) settled as a merchant in Utica, N.Y., and had seven children, including William E. Sill, who was a lawyer in Geneva, N.Y. Elisha Eaton Sill's second son Theodore Sill (1777-1836) studied law at the Litchfield Law School and moved to Whitesboro, N.Y.

Subject/Index Terms

Goshen (Conn.)
Litchfield (Conn.)
Sill, Elisha
Sill family
Silliman, Gold Selleck, 1777-1868
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783
Wolcott, Oliver, 1726-1797

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Access Restrictions: The 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Use Restrictions: Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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: Merrill Roenke

Acquisition Method: Gift

Preferred Citation: Elisha Sill family papers (1997-24-0), 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 Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

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[Series 1: Papers, 1771-1825],

Series 1: Papers, 1771-1825Add to your cart.
Arranged chronologically.
Folder 1: Correspondence, Jeffries, David to Lord, Lynde and Smith, Reuben, Committee of Correspondence for the town of Litchfield, 1774 Nov 24Add to your cart.
Jeffries writes from Boston on behalf of the Donations Committee to acknowledge the monetary support and 51 cattle given to Boston by the towns of Litchfield County; appreciates that the people of Litchfield share a common cause with those of Boston; does not have any additional intelligence beyond what has been publicly printed.
Folder 2: Correspondence, Gay, Fisher and Treadwell, John to the Committee of Correspondence for the town of Goshen, 1774 Nov 26Add to your cart.
Gay and Treadwell on behalf of the Committee write from Farmington regarding the sale of sheep by Rev. Abel Newel and Solomon and Ebenezer Marsh to Stephen Brigham for the market in Boston in apparent violation of a resolution of the Continental Congress; wish the Committee of Goshen to look into the matter; the Committee in Farmington will not allow Brigham to proceed until the Committee has heard from Goshen.
Folder 3: Diary and account book of Elisha Sill (1730-1808), 1771-1783Add to your cart.
Documents his patients; travels; American Revolutionary War and other activities; expenditures on clothes, household items, and construction of his new house.
Folder 4: Correspondence, Sill, Elisha to Wolcott, Oliver, 1776 Apr 3Add to your cart.
Copy of a letter in which Sill seeks a discharge from service; offers his reasons for asking.
Folder 5: Appointment of Elisha Eaton Sill as 2nd lieutenant in the militia of the State of Connecticut, 1802 May 10Add to your cart.
Signed by Gov. Jonathan Trumbull.
Folder 6: Deed, Bleeker, John R. et al. to Elisha Eaton Sill for land in Utica, N.Y., 1809 Oct 1Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence, Sill, George G. to Sill, William E., 1825 Mar 28Add to your cart.
George G. Sill writes to his second cousin with genealogical information.

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