TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Content

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Other Finding Aid

Container List

Record books 1752-1759

Probate files 1752-1831

Inventory Control Book 1752-1831

Probate files 1817-1932

Index to and applications for commitments 1870-1936


RG 004:083, Middletown Probate Court

Inventory of Records

Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.

Copyright © 2012 by the Connecticut State Library


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Connecticut. Probate Court (Middletown District)
Title: Middletown Probate Court records
Dates: 1752-1936
Quantity: 52.75 cubic feet
Abstract: Record books, 1752-1759; Probate files, 1752-1932. Index to and applications for commitments, 1870-1936.
Identification: RG004_083
Accession: 1916-005, 1934-002, 1980-041, 1981-001.
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

Middletown, Middlesex County, Town established September 11, 1651, named November 1653, City incorporated May 1784

The Middletown District was constituted May 1752, from the East Haddam, Guilford, and Hartford Probate Districts. The Middletown Probate District serves the municipalities of Cromwell, Durham, Middlefield, and Middletown. It also served the following municipalities at various times: Berlin, May 1785 - June 1, 1825 (part taken from Middletown); East Hampton (Chatham), October 1767 - May 31, 1824 (area north of Salmon River); Haddam, May 1752 - June 2, 1830.

City of Middletown, Probate District chronology:

September 1651 - May 1666, Hartford Colonial Jurisdiction
May 1666 - May 1752, Hartford County Court & District
October 1741 - May 1752, East Haddam District (Covered that part of Middle Haddam Society lying in Middletown)
May 1742 - October 1767, East Haddam District (Covered that part of town lying south of Salmon River which became the Town of Chatham October 1767; these records are included with those of the Colchester Probate District)
May 1666 - May 1752, Hartford County Court & District
May 1752 - Present, Middletown District

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

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Scope and Content

Probate record books, 1752-1759. Volume 1 only. Contact the probate court to access record books after Volume 2. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Probate files, 1752-1932. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Inventory control book, 1752-1831 (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.

Index to and application for commitments, 1870-1936, are for Connecticut State Hospital.

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Arrangement

Probate files in accession 1916-005 are arranged alphabetically in one series.

Probate files in accession 1980-041 are arranged alphabetically.

Index to commitments and applications for commitments in accession 1981-001 are arranged alpabetically.

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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 1921-1932 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.

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 -- Berlin
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Cromwell
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Durham
Probate records -- Connecticut -- East Hampton
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Haddam
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Middlefield
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Middletown

Places:

Berlin (Conn.)
Cromwell (Conn.)
Durham (Conn.)
East Hampton (Conn.)
Haddam (Conn.)
Middlefield (Conn.)
Middletown (Conn.)

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Administrative Information

Alternative Form Available

Record books, volumes 1-18, 20, 22, 24-25, 28, 32-33, 35, 37, 40-41, 44-46, 48-49, 52-54, 57, 61, 64, 66 1752-1917; probate files, 1752-1932; 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. Volume 29 was missing and not filmed.

Provenance

The record book in accession 1934-002 was transferred to the Connecticut State Library on November 14, 1934.

The probate files in accession 1916-005 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on the following dates (with date span of files): October 24, 1916 (1752-1831).

The probate files in accession 1980-041 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on September 25, 1980 and October 3, 1980.

The index to commitments and application for commitments in accession 1981-001 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on May 13, 1981.

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Other Finding Aid

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 1916-005 and Accession 1980-041 are represented in this index. Files in accession 1980-041 are listed on white cards.

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Container List

Record books, 1752-1759, Accession: 1934-002, .25 cubic feet (1 volume)
Volume
Records, 1752-1759 1
Probate files, 1752-1831, Accession: 1916-005, 12 cubic feet
Drawer
Abbe - Ball 1
Banks - Burr, D. 2
Burr, E. - Comstock 3
Cone - Exton 4
Fairbanks - Hand 5
Harding - Johnson, R. 6
Johnson, S. - Miller, S. 7
Miller, T. - Ranney 8
Ransom - Seward, M. 9
Seward, N. - Stowe, E. 10
Stowe, F. - Ward, T. 11
Ward, U. - Z.; Miscellaneous 12
Inventory Control Book, 1752-1831, Accession: T003073
Index of the four accessions of probate files now merged into accession 1916-005
Date span is coverage
Also known as the Godard Digest
Probate files, 1817-1932, Accession: 1980-041, 33.5 cubic feet
Box
Abbey - Alsop, C. 1
Alsop, E. - Arnold 2
Ashton - Bacon, C. 3
Bacon, D. - Bailey, Ezra 4
Bailey, Ezra - Baldwin 5
Ball - Bell 6
Bellman - Birdsey, J. 7
Birdsey, L. - Boardman 8
Bolles - Brennan 9
Brewer - Burke 10
Burns - Camp, A. 11
Camp,C. - Cary 12
Case - Clark, D. 13
Clark, E. - Coe, Charlotte 14
Coe, Chauncey - Cohen 15
Coit - Cooke 16
Cooley - Cromwell 17
Cronin - Daniels 18
Darrow - Dickinson 19
Dickson - Dugan 20
Dunham - Edwards, Laura 21
Edwards, Lenas - Faxon 22
Fenn - Foster, William 23
Foster Mfg. Co. - Gardner 24
Garrison - Glynn 25
Godfrey - Griffith 26
Griswold - Hall, Jonathan 27
Hall, Julia - Harris 28
Harrison - Higginson 29
Hill - Hubbard, Elihu 30
Hubbard, Elijah - Hubbard, Josiah 31
Hubbard, Julia - Hull, H. 32
Hull, J. - Jewett 33
Johnson, A. - Johnson, R. 34
Johnson, S. - Kling 35
Knapps - L'Hommedieu 36
Lincoln - Lyman, A. 37
Lyman, C. - Lyman, Harriet 38
Lyman, Henry - McKinley 39
McKinstry - Meigs 40
Melander - Miller, I. 41
Miller, J. - Mowry 42
Mulcahey - Newton 43
New York & Boston Railroad Co. - O'Donnell 44
Ogden - Parmalee, B. 45
Parmalee, C. - Parsons, Samuel 46
Parsons, Samuel H. - Peters 47
Pike - Prout, F. 48
Prout, H. - Roberts, Adonijah 49
Roberts, Alfred - Rockwell 50
Rogers - Ryan 51
Sage - Savage, Josiah 52
Savage, Josiah - Sears 53
Sebor - Smith, Albert 54
Smith, Alfred - Smith, Winthrop 55
Solger - Starr, G. 56
Starr, H. - Stocking, E. 57
Stocking, H. - Sutton 58
Swaddle - Tidgewell 59
Tieman - Turner, E. 60
Turner, F. - Ward, Elijah 61
Ward, Eliza - Watkinson 62
Watrous - Whitmore 63
Whittlesey - Wilcox, R. 64
Wilcox, S. - Wirth 65
Wolcott - Zimmerer 66
Adoptions and insanity files 67
Index to and applications for commitments, 1870-1936, Accession: 1981-001, 7 cubic feet
Box
Index to commitments to Connecticut State Hospital
A-K 1
K-Z 2
Applications for commitments to Connecticut State Hospital
A-C 3
D-H 4
I-M 5
N-S 6
T-Z 7