TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Content

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Container List

Series 1. Administrative Records 1760-1938, 1971

Series 2. Poor Relief Records 1804-1865

Series 3. Land Records 1807-1921

Series 4. Court Records 1788-1946

Series 5. Military Records 1812-1951

Series 6. Vital Records 1828-1892

Series 7. School Records 1796-1968

Series 8. Church Records 1862-1884

Series 9. Election Records 1855-1967

Series 10. Tax Records 1812-1939

Series 11. Committee Records 1939, 1976


RG 062:125, Town of Sharon

Inventory of Records

Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.

Copyright © 2007 by the Connecticut State Library


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Sharon (Conn.)
Title: Town of Sharon records
Dates: 1760-1976
Quantity: 39 cubic feet
Abstract: Administrative, poor relief, land, court, military, vital, school, church, election, tax, and committee records for the town of Sharon.
Identification: RG062_125
Accession: 2008-007
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

The town of Sharon was incorporated in October 1739. It is located in Litchfield County.

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Scope and Content

Series 1. Administrative Records, 1760-1938, 1971, contain a variety of papers including bonds, corporation reports, appointment of overseers, roads and highways, appointment of overseers, petitions, selectmen's report, town meeting notices and votes and treasurer's records. Nineteenth century town officials were generally bonded and the records contain bonds primarily for collector and constable although bonds for town clerk and treasurer are also present. There are also bonds for the keeping of a victualling house and for the sale of liquor. Corporations represented in the corporation reports are the Amenia and Sharon Land Company, Sharon Valley Malleable and Gray Iron Company, Sharon Valley Iron Company and Webotuck Mining Company. Appointments of overseers were made by selectmen over those who were not capable of handling their own affairs. Petitions to the selectmen ask for special town meetings to be called. Reasons include a proposed addition to the town hall, selling of liquor, taxes, auditing of town treasurer and collector, and the alteration of a highway from Cornwall Bridge to Ellsworth. Town governments devoted considerable time and attention to the construction and maintenance of roads and highways. The bulk of the papers related to this activity are surveys but costs, assessments of damages, a description of highway districts, and receipts for maintenance are also present. Annual financial reports of the selectmen contain the type of information that is later printed in town reports. The bulk of the town meeting notices and votes concern the annual election of officers and adopting of town resolutions. Among the treasurer's records are four volumes of journals, two volumes of town orders, as well as correspondence, orders received from justices of the peace, notes for money owed the town, receipts for payments made, and annual reports. Also present is an 1829 copy of the patent for Sharon and a 1879 copy of the resolution incorporating the town.

Series 2. Poor Relief Records, 1804-1865, contain bonds, contracts, indentures, selectmen's accounts with town poor, and town farm records. Bonds include some given by men for the support of children they fathered. Contracts are between the selectmen and either individuals hired to manage the town farm or physicians for providing care to the paupers at the town farm. Indentures are contracts, usually between the selectmen and masters, that bind poor children who are either orphans or whose parents cannot provide for them into service until the age of twenty-one. The contracts provide a list of prohibitions imposed on the children together with the obligation of masters to provide clothing, education, and training for the apprentices. The selectmen's accounts with town poor record expenses associated with care of the poor. Town farm records include account books and annual reports. Two of the account books were kept by Thomas N. Lukas between 1840 and 1843.

Series 3. Land Records, 1807-1921, contain agreements, deeds, foreclosures, leases and notices of lis pendens, and miscellaneous papers.

Series 4. Court Records, 1788-1946, contain primarily justice files, 1818-1908. Much of this is writs or summonses that name the plaintiff and defendant, describe the offense, specify the date the two parties are to appear, and the name of the justice of the peace trying the case. Other types of documents are certificates of attachment and criminal complaints. While most of the cases involve the settlement of debt, cases of assault, theft, illegal sale of liquor, and intoxication are also present. A number of different Justices are represented. There is also a justice book kept by David Downs between 1788 and 1791. Two volumes of attachments cover 1859 to 1946. There is also a small volume of juror lists, justice of the peace lists, Probate Court material, and miscellaneous papers. To the west of Sharon is the town of Amenia, New York. Consequently, there is a small volume of papers from Dutchess County Supreme Court.

Series 5. Military Records, 1812-1951, contain papers relating to the Civil War, World War I, and World War II. Included are also three volumes of enrollment books covering 1853 to 1922.

Series 6. Vital Records, 1828-1892, contain information on births, marriages and deaths.

Series 7. School Records, 1796-1911, contain district returns, minute books for some districts, reports and records related to the town deposit fund.

Series 8. Church Records, 1855-1884, consists only of two types of documents related to the Methodist Episcopal Church, those dealing with the election of trustees and a subscription list.

Series 9. Election Records, 1855-1967, contain a variety of records including admission of electors and certifications of electors, election notices, election returns, and voting lists. Certification of electors represents documentation between town clerks of different towns attesting that a person who has moved to a new town was a legal voter in his former town of residence. Election returns cover State officers including Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary, Treasurer and Comptroller; Federal offices such as Electors of President and Vice President, Senator, and Representative in Congress; State offices such as Senator and Representative in the General Assembly; and local offices such as sheriff and Judge of Probate. Voting lists are of two types: certified lists, in which the Registrars certify the number of electors and votes cast, and check lists.

Series 10. Tax Records, 1812-1939, contains abatements, assessment books, list books, individual tax lists, and tax abstracts. The tax abstracts have separate columns for name, number of polls, military commutation tax, and various types of property such as houses, land, horses, cattle, money at interest, and luxury goods such as coaches, watches, and musical instruments. Automobiles appeared in 1910.

Series 11. Committee Records, 1939, 1976, contain material from the town Bicentennial Committee. The town of Sharon celebrated its bicentennial in 1939. There is also a few items of ephemera from to the U.S. Bicentennial.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Box 13 is restricted due to condition. Please contact State Archives staff for assistance.

Boxes 21-28 are restricted. They may contain confidential personal data restricted by law. Please contact State Archives staff for assistance.

These records are stored at an off-site facility and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.

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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Related Material

Proprietors records, 1758-1822, 2 volumes. Photostat copies of 3rd and 4th books. [CSL call number StLib Archives 974.62 Sh2p].

School records, enumeration returns, 1847-1856 [CSL call number StLib Archives 972.62 Sh 242]. Available on microfilm LH 4431.

School records of the Ellsworth school society. Includes school register for district No. 1, 1839-1843; account book of receipts and disbursements, 1815-1848; statements issued by Comptroller's office for dividends on school fund, 1815-1856; orders, 1802-1858; receipts, 1802-1851; teachers' certificates, 1818-1849; certificates issued by school visitors, 1818-1852; notices of meetings, 1843-1864; and miscellaneous [CSL call number StLib Archives 974.62 Sh242r]. Available on microfilm LH 4431.

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Index Terms

Alternate author:

Connecticut. Justice of the peace (Sharon)

Subjects:

Church records and registers -- Connecticut -- Sharon
Deeds -- Connecticut -- Sharon
Elections -- Connecticut -- Sharon -- Statistics
Local taxation -- Connecticut -- Sharon -- Registers
Property tax -- Connecticut -- Sharon -- Registers
Public welfare -- Connecticut -- Sharon
School enrollment -- Connecticut -- Sharon -- Statistics
Schools -- Connecticut -- Sharon -- Records and correspondence
Soldiers -- Connecticut -- Sharon
Tax assessment -- Connecticut -- Sharon -- Registers
Taxation -- Connecticut -- Sharon -- Registers
Voting -- Connecticut -- Sharon -- Statistics
Voting registers -- Connecticut -- Sharon
Writs -- Connecticut -- Sharon

Places:

Sharon (Conn.) -- Records and correspondence
Sharon (Conn.) -- Statistics, Vital

Places:

Sharon (Conn.) -- Records and correspondence

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Administrative Information

Processing Information

0.5 cubic feet of Sharon town records already held at the Connecticut State Library was processed into this accession.

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Container List

Series 1. Administrative Records, 1760-1938, 1971
Box Folder
Appointments and oaths of office, 1861, 1874-1896, 1918 1 1
Bonds
Collector, 1825-1887 2
Constable, 1854-1898 3-6
Town Clerk and Treasurer, 1887 7
Victualling house and liquor, 1845-1862 8
Bridges, 1822-1823, undated 9
Bridges: Public hearing transcript, Restoration of the covered bridge over the Housatonic River on Route 128, 1971 October 13 10
Corporation reports
Amenia and Sharon Land Company, 1878-1883 11
Sharon Valley Malleable and Gray Iron Company, 1876-1883 12
Miscellaneous, 1876-1883 13
Includes papers for the Sharon Valley Iron Company and the Webotuck Mining Company.
Correspondence, 1820-1901 14
Dog registers
1931-1936, 1 volume + 1 folder 14
Folder contains loose items removed from volume.
1941-1946, 1 volume + 1 folder
Folder contains loose items removed from volume.
Ear marks, 1760-1845 1 15
Insurance policies, 1837, 1859 16
Liquor licenses, 1822-1828, 1866-1888, undated 17-18
Overseers, Appointments of, 1826-1886, bulk 1826-1842 19
Papers, 1874, undated 20
Patent for and resolution incorporating Sharon, Copies of, 1829, 1878 21
Petitions, 1882-1887, undated 22
Roads and highways
Costs, 1805-1820, undated 23
Damages, 1785-1804, undated 24
Highway districts, 1825 25
Papers, 1803-1809, 1888, undated 26
Receipts, 1883-1885 27
Surveys, 1784-1880, undated 28-31
Selectmen reports, 1827-1875 2 1-4
Town meetings
Notices for, 1809-1850-1851, 1862-1866, 1882-1891 5-6
Votes, 1793-1892, undated 7-11
Treasurer 12
Bounties paid for wild cats, 1854-1856 12
Correspondence, 1862-1885 13
Journals
1868-1897, 1 volume 9
1897-1906, 1 volume
1914-1924, 1 volume
1924-1938, 1 volume 10
Justice orders, 1846-1868, 1881, undated 2 14-17
Notes, 1799-1857 18-19
Receipts, 1790-1820, 1846-1894, undated 20-21
Reports, 1810, 1855-1882, undated 22
State tax and military commutation tax receipts, 1846-1885 23
Tax collector receipts, 1845-1846 24
Town order books
1801-1816, 1 volume 10
1816-1835, 1 volume
Town orders, 1806, 1839-1890, undated 2 25
Fragments 26
Series 2. Poor Relief Records, 1804-1865
Box Folder
Bonds, 1804-1865 3 1
Contracts, 1829-1845 2
Indentures, 1825-1843 3-4
Julia Ann Reed, Papers relating to, 1836-1855 5
Selectmen's accounts with town poor, 1792-1796 13 1
Restricted due to condition. Please contact State Archives staff for assistance.
Town farm account books, 1840-1843, 1857-1858 3 6-7
Town farm reports, 1846-1865, undated 8
Series 3. Land Records, 1807-1921
Box Folder
Agreements, 1823, 1873-1890 3 9
Deeds, 1807-1889 10
Foreclosures, 1876-1882, 1901, 1921 11
Index, undated 14
Leases, 1877-1880 3 12
Lis pendens, Notices of, 1903, 1907 13
Papers, 1840-1908, undated 14
Series 4. Court Records, 1788-1946
Box Folder
Attachments
See also Series 5. Military Records. A volume of enrollments also contains Attachments, 1854-1859.
Number 1, 1859-1906, 1 volume 11
Number 2, 1907-1946, 1 volume
Dutchess County, N.Y. papers, 1862-1875, undated 3 15
Dutchess County, N.Y. Supreme Court, 1869, 1875-1876 16-18
Jurors, 1883-1896 19
Justice book, 1788-1791 20
Justice files
1818-1871 4 1-13
1872-1881, 1901-1908, undated 5 1-5
Justice of the Peace lists, 1854, 1874 6
Papers, 1867, undated 7
Probate Court, 1848-1921, undated 8
Probate Court: Platt Smith estate, 1861-1863 9
Series 5. Military Records, 1812-1951
Box Folder
Children of deceased soldiers, Payments to, 1866-1884 5 10
Enrollment books
1853-1870, 1 volume 12
Also includes: List of voters, 1853; Book in reverse: Attachments, 1854-1859.
1881-1913, 1 volume
1913-1922, 1 volume
Enrollment of soldiers, circa 1861-1865 5 11
Families of volunteers, Payments to, 1864-1865 12
Papers, 1812-1887 13
Registration for World War I
Correspondence, 1917-1921 14
Lists of men, circa 1917-1918 15
Proclamation and circular letters, 1917 16
Registrar's oaths, 1917 17
Registration Board reports, 1917 18
Registration cards, How to answer questions on, undated 19
Regulations, 1917-1918 20
Selective Service
Selective Service
Certificates of registrars and report of Registration Board, 1940, undated 21
Correspondence, 1940, 1948-1951, undated 22
Men inducted, 1941-1944, undated 23
Papers, 1940, undated 24
Registration card receipts, undated 25
Veterans lists, 1948, undated 26
Series 6. Vital Records, 1828-1892
Box Folder
Abstracts of births, marriages and deaths, 1866 5 27
Birth certificates, 1828, 1861, 1877-1879 28-30
Death certificates, 1861, 1876-1882 31-32
Italian subjects, Circular letter regarding, 1893 33
Marriage consents, 1883, 1892 34
Marriage intentions and licenses, 1860-1862, 1879 35-36
Series 7. School Records, 1796-1968
Box Folder
District boundaries, 1799, 1820, 1845-1846, undated 6 1
District returns, 1850-1851, 1859 2-4
First School Society meeting notices, 1836-1850 5
Minute books
School Society , 1796-1820 6
First School Society, 1821-1856 2
Also includes Visitors' reports, 1846-1847 and school district boundaries, 1873.
District No. 1, 1855-1909 7
District No. 2, 1905-1909 8
District No. 3, 1816-1879 13 2
Restricted due to condition. Please contact State Archives staff for assistance.
District no. 3, 1880-1909 6 9
District No. 5, 1800-1836, 1864-1866, 1873 13 3
Restricted due to condition. Please contact State Archives staff for assistance.
District No. 13, 1891-1909 7 1
District No. 3 (Ellsworth Society), 15, 14, 1847-1909 2
School Visitors and School Committee, 1906-1910 3
School Committee, 1910-1911 4
Reports on the condition of public schools, 1897-1898 5
School registers, 1894-1968
Boxes 21-28 are restricted. They may contain confidential personal data restricted by law. Please contact State Archives staff for assistance.
1894-1985, 1895, 1895-1896, 1896-1897, 1897-1898, 1898-1899, 1899, 1 folder (9 items) 21
There are two items for 1895 and two for 1895-1896.
1889-1896, 1 volume
1896-1899, 1 volume
1899-1905, 1 volume
1905-1909, 1 volume
1912-1915, 1 volume 22
1916-1918, 1 volume
1918-1921, 1 volume
1921-1924, 1 volume
1924-1927, 1 volume 23
1927-1930, 1 volume
1930-1932, 1 volume
1937-1938, 1 volume
1938-1939, 1 volume 24
1943-1944, 1 volume
1944-1945, 1 volume
1946-1947, 1 volume
1947-1948, 1 volume 25
1948-1949, 1 volume
1949-1950, 1 volume
1950-1951, 1 volume
1951-1952, 1 volume 26
1952-1953, 1 volume
1953-1954, 1 volume
1954-1955, 1 volume
1955-1956, 1 volume 27
1956-1957, 1 volume
1957-1958, 1 volume
1958-1959, 1 volume
1959-1968, 127 items 28
These are not bound. Number of items for each year is as follows: 1959-1960 (17); 1960-1961 (16); 1961-1962 (17); 1961-1962 (14); 1963-1964 (17); 1964-1965 (15); 1966-1967 (15); 1967-1968 (16).
School Visitors' reports, 1833-1884, undated 7 6
Town deposit fund
Dividends, 1830-1881, undated 7
Orders, 1833-1856. undated 8-10
Receipts from, 1841-1855 11
Treasurer's book, 1837-1868 12
Treasurer's reports, 1837-1856 13
Treasurer's book, 1799-1809 13 4
Restricted due to condition. Please contact State Archives staff for assistance.
Series 8. Church Records, 1862-1884
Box Folder
Methodist Episcopal Church 7
Election of trustees, 1865-1870 14
Subscription list, undated 15
Series 9. Election Records, 1855-1967
Box Folder
Admission of electors, 1862-1884, undated 7 16
Certifications of electors, 1855-1876 17
Election notices, 1884-1894 18
Election returns
Constitutional amendments, 1876-1877 8 1
Federal, State, Local, 1858-1886, undated 2
State officers, 1857-1878 3
1918 4
Forfeited rights, 1936-1967 4
Registrars' meeting notices, 1894-1896 5
Soldier ballots, 1918 7
Voter lists
Certified and check list, 1868-1873 16
Certified and check list, 1871-1879
Certified list, 1874-1879
Check list, 1876
Certified and check list, 1877
Check list, 1878-1879
Certified and check list, 1879-1880
Certified list, 1880-1881
Check list, 1880-1882
Certified and check list, 1881-1882
Check list, 1882-1884
Check list, 1883-1884
Certified list, 1884-1885
Check list, 1884-1885
Check list, 1885
Certified list, 1886
Certified and check list, 1886-1888
Check list, 1888-1889 17
Check list, 1888
Check list, 1890
Certified list, 1890-1892
Certified list, 1892-1893
Check list, 1892-1893
Certified list, 1894-1895
Check list, 1894-1895
Check list, 1895
Certified list, 1896 18
Check list, 1896-1897
Check list, 1897
Certified list, 1898
Check list, 1898-1899
Certified list, 1900
Certified list, 1902
Check list, 1902
Certified list, 1904-1906 19
Check list, 1904-1906
Certified list, 1906-1908
Check list, 1906-1908
Certified list, 1908-1910
Check list, 1908-1909
Certified list, 1910-1912
Check list, 1910-1912
Check list, 1912-1916 20
Certified list, 1916-1919
Check list, 1916-1920
Woman's certified list, 1912-1920
Woman's check list, 1912
Woman's check list, 1912
Democratic Party book, 1916-1921
Republican Party book, 1916-1918
Check list, 1932-1934
Record of applicants for admission as voters, 1899-1940, 1 volume + 1 folder
Includes list of "Ladies made voters Sept 18, 1820".
Folder contains loose items, 1912-1944, removed from volume such as lists of voters, correspondence, notifications of change of residence of voters.
Series 10. Tax Records, 1812-1939
Box Folder
Abatements, 1817-1933, 1 volume 12
Abatements, 1812-1866, undated 8 8-12
Assessment books
School district No. 2, 1880-1884, 1894 13
School district No. 9, 1897, 1909 14
District Nos. 13, 7, 10, 1885, 1888, 1901 9 15
List books, 1811, 1815, 1817-1821, 1825-1826, 1828-1837, 1839, 1841-1844, undated, 28 items 15
There are three list books for 1820 and two list books for 1843.
Individual tax lists, 1878-1928
1878-1894, undated 8 16
1916, 1917, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 11 volumes
Individual tax lists for years 1916 to 1928 are not boxed and do not have item numbers assigned. Researchers should request these items by year.
Papers, 1838-1913 8 17
Tax abstracts, 1870-1939
1870, 1874, 1875-1880, 1878-1880, 4 volumes 29
The volume covering 1875-1880 is for Ellsworth.
1881, 1884-1885, 1887-1888, 1889, 4 volumes 30
1892, 1894, 1897, 1899-1902, 4 volumes 31
1901-1902, 1903-1906, 2 volumes 32
1907-1909, 1910, 1911, 3 volumes 33
1912, 1914, 1915-1916, 1917-1918, 1919-1920, 1921-1922, 1923-1924, 1925-1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 21 volumes
Tax abstracts for 1912 to 1939 are not boxed and do not have item numbers assigned. Researchers should request these items by year.
Tax liens, 1925 8 18
Series 11. Committee Records, 1939, 1976
Box Folder
Bicentennial Committee
Minutes, correspondence and ephemera, 1939, 1976 8 19
Bicentennial scrapbook, 1939, 1 volume 33