TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Content

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Other Finding Aid

Container List

Probate files 1831-1928

Inventory Control Book 1831-1928


RG004:068, Kent Probate Court

Inventory of Records

Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.

Copyright © 2011 by the Connecticut State Library


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Connecticut. Probate Court (Kent District)
Title: Kent Probate Court records
Dates: 1831-1928
Quantity: 7 cubic feet
Abstract: Record books, None; Probate files, 1831-1928.
Identification: RG004_068
Accession: 1914-005
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

Kent, Litchfield County, Town established in October 1739

The Kent Probate District was constituted May 26, 1831, from the New Milford Probate District. The Kent Probate District merged with the Litchfield Probate District on January 3, 2007 to create an enlarged Litchfield Probate District. The Litchfield Probate District merged with the Harwinton, Northwest Corner, and Thomaston Probate Districts on January 5, 2011, to create the Litchfield Hills Probate District. The Litchfield Hills Probate District serves the municipalities of Canaan, Cornwall, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Thomaston, and Warren.

Town of Kent, Probate District chronology:

October 1739 - October 1742, Hartford District
October 1742 - October 1755, Litchfield District
October 1755 - May 1786, Litchfield District (covered only the East Greenwich Society of Kent, which became the Town of Warren in May 1786)
October 1755 - May 1787, Sharon District (covered the Town of Kent, except the East Greenwich Society)
May 1787 - May 25, 1831, New Milford District
May 26, 1831 - January 2, 2007, Kent District
January 3, 2007 - January 4, 2011, Litchfield District
January 5, 2011 - Present, Litchfield Hills District

For Probate Court contact information and hours of operation see, Probate Court Directory.

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Scope and Content

Probate record books, None. Contact the probate court to access original record books. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Probate files, 1831-1928. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Inventory control book, 1831-1928 (coverage). Also known as the Godard Digest, it is a list of probate files transferred to the Connecticut State Library. It was compiled at the Connecticut State Library under the direction of State Librarian George S. Godard.

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Arrangement

Probate files are arranged alphabetically in one series.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Researchers should first consult use copies when available. See Alternate Form Available Section below.

Probate files from 1921-1928 are RESTRICTED as they may contain confidential documents. Tax returns (succession, transfer and estate tax returns and all attachments) from January 1, 1921 and later are confidential per Connecticut General Statutes §12-15. Contact State Archives staff for assistance.

See the Rules and Procedures for Researchers Using Archival Records and Secured Collections policy.

Restrictions on Use

See the Reproduction and Publications of State Library Collections policy.

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Index Terms

Subjects:

Probate records -- Connecticut -- Kent

Places:

Kent (Conn.)

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Administrative Information

Alternative Form Available

Record books, 1832-1929; probate files, 1831-1915; and inventory control book (Godard Digest) were microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah and are available for use in the History and Genealogy reading room or through the LDS Family History Centers.

Provenance

The probate files in accession 1914-005 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on the following dates (with date span of files): October 5, 1914 (1831-1907); January 21, 1929 (1858-1928). They were interfiled into one alphabetic sequence.

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Other Finding Aid

Record Books: Index cards for the record books have been scanned. Ask History and Genealogy staff for assistance. Note: CSL does not hold any original record books. See Alternate Form Available section for volumes available on microfilm.

Probate Files: The Probate Estate Papers Index, located in the index corridor adjacent to the History and Genealogy Reading Room, has two parts, a general index covering most of the state, and a Hartford Probate District index covering Hartford and some surrounding towns, 1820-1920. The index cards are arranged alphabetically by individual's last name and first names. The cards have the individual's name, town of residence, probate district, and list of items contained in the estate packet. To request retrieval of an estate packet, copy at least the estate name, file date, and probate district name from the index card. The probate files in Accession 1914-005 are represented in this index.

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Container List

Probate files, 1831-1928, Accession: 1914-005, 7 cubic feet
Drawer
Aiken - Beeman 1
Benedict - Botsford 2
Boyd - Burns 3
Burroughs - Cohen 4
Cole - Dwight 5
Dwy - Eaton, L. 6
Eaton, M. - Fellow 7
Finn - Garvey 8
Gaylord - Hall 9
Hallock - Hopson 10
Howland - Jones 11
Judd - Lane 12
Laurent - Mills 13
Milness - Nortier 14
O'Conner - Raymond 15
Reilly - Seabury 16
Seger - Slosson 17
Smith - Straight, L. 18
Straight, M. - Tompkins, E. 19
Tompkins, F. - Whalen 20
Wheelen - Z.; Miscellaneous 21
Inventory Control Book, 1831-1928, Accession: T003073
Index of the two accessions of probate files now merged into accession 1914-005
Date span is coverage
Also known as the Godard Digest