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Stoddard family papers


Identifier: 1997-34-0

Scope and Contents

The papers (1703-1906) of the Stoddard family of Litchfield, Conn., including correspondence, deeds, documents related to estates, legal documents, financial records, and other items. John Stoddard (1674/5-1727/8) of Wethersfield, Conn., was one of the original proprietors of Litchfield. He married Sarah Camp. Their children were Lydia, Moses, Sarah, Jerusha, Mary, John, Abigail, James, Josiah, and Prudence. Moses Stoddard (1700/1-1777) married Ruth Goodwin. Their children were Hannah, Jerusha, John, Aaron, Moses, Obed, and David. Many of John Stoddard's descendants remained in Litchfield and what later became Morris. The papers also relate to the Bird and Bishop families. The majority of the papers is from the 1700s. Several deeds document some of the earliest land transactions in Litchfield. Correspondence includes one letter written during the Civil War that presents a detailed, first-hand account of the execution of a deserter. There are a number of legal documents, such as executions, writs, and documents related to estates. Some items reflect everyday life in the 18th century: a prescription, handwritten hymns, poetry, handwriting exercises, and recipes. One particular item of note is a seating plan for the Congregational Church, circa 1788.


  • created: 1703-1906
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1703-1851
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/01/1997


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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.


1.00 boxes

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Arrangement Note

The papers are arranged alphabetically by type in one series.

Source of Acquisition

John A. Stoddard

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Other Descriptive Information

This collection was processed with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Stoddard family papers
Leith Johnson
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Repository Details

Part of the Litchfield Historical Society Repository

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P.O. Box 385
Litchfield CT 06759
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