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Beebe family papers, 1729-1913 | Litchfield Historical Society

By Leith Johnson

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Title: Beebe family papers, 1729-1913Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Beebe family

Other Creators: Beebe, Bezaleel

Extent: 0.42 Linear Feet. More info below.

Date Acquired: 01/01/1918. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Beebe, Bezaleel, Beebe family, Litchfield (Conn.), United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865, United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783

Forms of Material: Correspondence, Deeds, Financial records, Land surveys, Legal documents, Military commissions, Military records, Photographs

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The papers of the Beebe family of Litchfield, Conn., centering on Bezaleel Beebe, his father, and his descendents. The papers consist of correspondence, deeds, business records, military records, and other documents.

The papers are arranged in three series:

Series 1: Correspondence

Series 2: Beebe, Bezaleel military papers

Series 3: Other papers

Bezaleel Beebe was born in 1741 in Litchfield, Conn., a son of Ebenezer Beebe (1716-1744) and Bethiel Osborn Beebe Peck (1722-1816). After serving in the French and Indian War, he retruned to his farm in Litchfield. In 1775, he was commissioned lieutenant and sent to Boston soon after the battle of Lexington. He was promoted to captain in 1776 and saw active service in New York and New Jersey. He was taken prisoner at the capture of Fort Washington and was confined in New York nearly a year. He rose to the rank of colonel in 1781 and then appointed to the command of all the Connecticut troops raised for seacoast defense, with the duties and pay of a brigadier-general. His military papers cover the 1772-1780 time period, and include his orderly book, 1776 and 1780;  an account book; correspondence; comissions; lists of enlistees; and other documents.

The collection includes correspondence written by or to members of Bezaleel's family, including one of his sons, William Beebe (1782-1861), two of William Beebe's children, Clara Beebe Darling (1820-1913) and Philip Schuyler Beebe (1812-1891), and their son, William Beebe (1851-1917). Philip married Lucy Beebe Robbins (1816-1876), a third cousin. Lucy's mother, also named Lucy, married Samuel Robbins (1775-1832). Lucy and Samuel corresponded with members of her family and their spouses, including Lucy's sister Esther Beebe Whittlesey (1777-1818), Esther's husband Newton Whittlesey (1777-1874), and Esther's daughter Mary Whittlesey Hubbard (1801-1845), all of Cornish, N.H.; her sister Mary (Polly) Beebe Tupper of Lawrenceville, Pa.; Lucy's brothers Hiram Beebe (abt. 1797-1861) and Edward Beebe (1791-1871) and his wife Marilla Collins Beebe, all of Lawrenceville, Pa.; Lucy's half brother Rev. Jonathan Lee Hale (1790-1835) and her half sister Lydia Lee Keep (1781-1865).

Of note in the other papers series are deeds documenting land transactions in Litchfield as early as 1729. Also of interest is an autobiography written by Bezaleel's mother Bethiel (or Bethia) Osborn Beebe Peck.

Subject/Index Terms

Beebe, Bezaleel
Beebe family
Litchfield (Conn.)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Accruals: William Beebe (1851-1917), great grandson of Bezaleel Beebe, gave some of the papers as early as 1907. Other papers were donated by his wife in 1918 and his niece in the 1930s.

Alternate Extent Statement: 1 document box

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: William Beebe

Acquisition Method: Gift

Preferred Citation: Beebe family papers (1918-19-0), 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).

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Correspondence, 1801-1913],
[Series 2: Beebe, Bezaleel military papers, 1772-1809],
[Series 3: Other papers, 1729-1860s],

Series 3: Other papers, 1729-1860sAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Accounts and receipts, 1796-1808, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Bond, Ebenezer Beebe, 1737/8 Jan 16Add to your cart.
Allow his mother to have the use of a house and milk cow and makes provisions for payment to her.
Folder 3: Canaan meeting house lottery tickets, early 1800sAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Deed, Colver, Samuel; Colver, Daniel; Gay, John; Baldwin, John; and Colver, Hezekiah to Beebe, James for land in Litchfield, Conn., 1729 Jun 13Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Deed, Beebe, James to Beebe, Ebenezer for land in Litchfield, Conn., 1734 May 24Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Deed, Kilborn, Samuel to Beebe, Ebenezer for land in Litchfield, Conn., 1738/9 Jan 10Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Deed, Gillet, Nathaniel to Beebe, Ebenezer for land in Litchfield, Conn., 1740 May 5Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Deed, Beebe, John to Beebe, Ebenezer for land in Litchfield, Conn., 1742 Jan 16Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Estate of Samuel Beebe, 1737 Jan 3Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Estate of Ebenezer Beebe, 1744Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Land survey, property of Bezaleel Beebe, 1781 Mar 29Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Memorial of Bethiah Osborn Beebe Peck, 1803 Feb 13Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Plan for laying out of highways, undatedAdd to your cart.
Plan made by a committee consisting of Abraham Bradley and Bezaleel Beebe involving the land of Jonah stone, Reuben Stone, Solomon Goslee, Nicholas Ransom and Mabel Ransom, David Stoddard and Lorrain Stoddard, Anna Stoddard, and Sylvanius Stone.
Folder 14: Poem, "A Prayer," transcribed by Betsey Ann Burrall for Lucy Beebe Robbins, circa 1810sAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Miscellaneous, 1850s-1860s, undatedAdd to your cart.
2 photographs of Rebecca, Charley, and Rosa, "slave children from New Orleans"; "The New Picture of the Eagle," Old Abe graphic, circa 1865; envelopes; "Harris Plain in 1870--A eppick pome";

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[Series 3: Other papers, 1729-1860s],

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