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 1675-1930

Probate files 1675-1850

Inventory Control Book 1675-1850

Probate files 1850-1899


RG 004:095, New London 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 (New London District)
Title: New London Probate Court records
Dates: 1675-1930
Quantity: 108.75 cubic feet
Abstract: Record books, 1675-1930; Probate files, 1675-1899.
Identification: RG004_095
Accession: 1912-006, 1977-008, 2011-048
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

New London, New London County, Town settled in 1646, City incorporated January 1784

New London Probate District was constituted May session, 1666, as a County Court. The New London Probate District presently serves the municipalities of New London and Waterford.

The New London Probate District also included the following municipalities at various times:
Canterbury, October 1703 - October 1719
Colchester, 1698 - October 1708
Deep River (Saybrook), October 1719 - May 1780
East Lyme, May 1839 - June 1, 1843
Groton, May 1705 - October 1766
Killingworth, 1667 - October 1719
Lebanon, October 1700 - October 1719
Lyme, 1667 - June 1830
Montville, October 1786 - June 26, 1851
Norwich, May 1666 - October 1748
Plainfield, May 1699 - October 1719
Preston, October 1687 - October 1748
Salem, May 1819 - July 8, 1841 (part taken from Lyme, from 1824-1841 also part taken from Montville)
Stonington, May 1666 - October 1666
Voluntown, May 1698 - May 1726
Windham, May 1692 - October 1748

City of New London, Probate District chronology:

1646 - May 1666, Colonial Jurisdiction at Hartford and later at new London
May 1666 - Present, New London County Court & District

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

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Scope and Content

Probate record books, 1675-1930. Contact the probate court to access record books after Volume 46 for Records and Volume 46 for Journals. Volumes titled "Journal" record the proceedings of the court. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Probate files, 1675-1899. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Inventory control book, 1675-1850 (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

Record books are numbered as follows: Records, A-I then 1-46; Journals, 1-46; Wills, 1-6. There is also an unnumbered Wills and distribution volume.

Probate files arranged by accession and alphabetically therein.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

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

Accession 2011-048, Record books, 1675-1930, 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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Index Terms

Subjects:

Probate records -- Connecticut -- Canterbury
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Colchester
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Deep River
Probate records -- Connecticut -- East Lyme
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Groton
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Killingworth
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Lebanon
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Lyme
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Montville
Probate records -- Connecticut -- New London
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Norwich
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Plainfield
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Preston
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Salem
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Stonington
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Voluntown
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Windham

Places:

Canterbury (Conn.)
Colchester (Conn.)
Deep River (Conn.)
East Lyme (Conn.)
Groton (Conn.)
Killingworth (Conn.)
Lebanon (Conn.)
Lyme (Conn.)
Montville (Conn.)
New London (Conn.)
Norwich (Conn.)
Plainfield (Conn.)
Preston (Conn.)
Salem (Conn.)
Stonington (Conn.)
Voluntown (Conn.)
Windham (Conn.)

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Administrative Information

Alternative Form Available

Record books, volumes A-I and 1-40, 1675-1915 and Wills, volumes 1-4, 1890-1925; probate files, 1675-1850; 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. Volumes of Journals were not microfilmed.

Provenance

The probate files in accession 1912-006 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on the following dates (with date span of files): July 23, 1912 (1675-1850).

The probate files in accession 1977-008 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on March 14, 1977.

The record books in accession 2011-048 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on November 22, 2010 and January 31, 2011.

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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 1912-006, covering 1675-1850, and 1977-008, covering 1850-1899, are represented in this index. -1899 cards are generally only dated for those surnames prior to Bassett. There is an additional slip index for New London County Court records volumes 1-7, 1667-1700, found in the genealogical index corridor of the History & Genealogy reading room.

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Container List

Record books, 1675-1930, Accession: 2011-048, 63 cubic feet (118 volumes)
Volumes A through I are not the original record books. It appears the information was copied into these record books between 1895 and 1899.
Volume
Records, 1675-1713 A
Records, 1713-1725 B
Records, 1725-1734 C
Records, 1734-1742 D
Records, 1742-1749 E
Records, 1749-1761 F
Records, 1749-1761 G
Records, 1761-1768 H
Records, 1769-1777 I
Records, 1781-1786 1
Records, 1786-1794 2
Records, 1794-1798 3
Records, 1799-1801 4
Records, 1802-1806 5
Records, 1806-1811 6
Records, 1811-1818 7
Records, 1818-1824 8
Records, 1825-1834 9
Records, 1834-1839 10
Records, 1845-1852 11
Records, 1852-1858 12
Records, 1858-1862 13
Records, 1861-1866 14
Records, 1866-1871 15
Records, 1871-1875 16
Records, 1875-1878 17
Records, 1878-1881 18
Records, 1881-1883 19
Records, 1883-1885 20
Records, 1885-1888 21
Records, 1888-1890 22
Records, 1890-1892 23
Returns, 1890-1899 24
Records, 1892-1893 25
Records, 1894-1896 26
Records, 1897-1899 27
Returns, 1899-1906 28
Records, 1900-1902 29
Records, 1902-1905 30
Records, 1905-1907 31
Returns, 1906-1911 32
Records, 1907-1908 33
Records, 1908-1909 34
Records, 1909-1910 35
Records, 1910-1912 36
Returns, 1911-1916 37
Records, 1912-1914 38
Records, 1914-1915 39
Records, 1915 40
Records, 1915-1916 41
Records, 1916-1918 42
Records, 1911-1928 43
Records, 1918-1919 44
Records, 1919-1920 45
Records, 1920-1921 46
Records, 1920-1921 46
Journal, 1700-1705 1
Journal, 1716-1722 2
Journal, 1722-1735 3
Journal, 1735-1742 4
Journal, 1742-1754 5
Journal, 1754-1763 6
Journal, 1781-1785 6A
Journal, 1785-1798 7
Journal, 1798-1809 8
Journal, 1809-1824 9
Journal, 1825-1835 10
Journal, 1835-1842 11
Journal, 1842-1850 12
Journal, 1850-1857 13
Journal, 1857-1860 14
Journal, 1860-1863 15
Journal, 1863-1868 16
Journal, 1868-1871 17
Journal, 1871-1874 18
Journal, 1873-1876 19
Journal, 1875-1880 20
Journal, 1879 21
Journal, 1883 22
Journal, 1888-1923 23
Journal, Insolvent estates, 1890 24
Journal, Solvent estates of deceased persons, 1892-1903 25
Journal, Trustees, guardians, conservators, etc., 1893-1907 26
Journal, Solvent estates of deceased persons, 1893-1904 27
Journal, Solvent estates of deceased persons, 1895-1907 28
Journal, Solvent estates of deceased persons, 1897-1909 29
Journal, Solvent estates of deceased persons, 1899 30
Journal, Solvent estates of deceased persons, 1901 31
Journal, Solvent estates of deceased persons, 1903 32
Journal, Solvent estates of deceased persons, 1905-1906 33
Journal, Solvent estates of deceased persons, 1906 34
Journal, Solvent estates of deceased persons, 1907-1909 35
Journal, Trustees, guardians, conservators, etc., 1908-1917 36
Journal, Solvent estates of deceased persons, 1908-1910 37
Journal, Solvent estates of deceased persons, 1910-1912 38
Journal, Solvent estates of deceased persons, 1912-1913 39
Journal, Solvent estates of deceased persons, 1914-1915 40
Journal, Solvent estates of deceased persons, 1915-1916 41
Journal, Solvent estates of deceased persons, 1916-1918 42
Journal, Trustees, guardians, conservators, etc., 1911-1928 43
Journal, Solvent estates of deceased persons, 1918-1919 44
Journal, Solvent estates of deceased persons, 1919-1920 45
Journal, Solvent estates of deceased persons, 1920-1921 46
Wills and distributions, 1856-1864 unnumbered
Wills, 1890-1903 1
Wills, 1903-1911 2
Wills, 1909 3
Wills, 1919-1925 4
Wills, 1926-1930 5
Wills, 1930 6
Bonds, 1881-1891 1
Bonds, 1892 2
Bonds, 1899-1906 3
Bonds, 1906-1913 4
Bonds, 1917-1918 5
Bonds, 1919-1923 6
Docket of insane commitment, 1889 1
Index of docket of insane commitment unnumbered
Indigent & pauper, insane poor unnumbered
Probate files, 1675-1850, Accession: 1912-006, 27.25 cubic feet
Drawer
Abel - Atwell 1
Atwood - Birchard 2
Bishop - Calkins, I. 3
Calkins, J. - Colver 4
Colt - Day, G. 5
Day, H. - Ely 6
Emerson - Gifford 7
Gilbert - Harding 8
Harper - Harris, U. 9
Harris, V - Hayton 10
Hazard - Hill, I. 11
Hill, J. - Holt, C. 12
Holt, D. - Hull 13
Hunn - Hurlburt, J. 14
Hurlburt, K. - Johnson, I. 15
Johnson, J. - Kelly 16
Kelro - Latham 17
Latimer - Lay, E. 18
Lay, F. - Lee, R. 19
Lee, S. - Lepard 20
Lester - Liveen 21
Livingston - Lord, R. 22
Lord, S. - MacCurdy, C. 23
MacCurdy, D. - Mallison 24
Mallory - Maples 25
Marchand - Mather, G. 26
Mather, H. - Merrihew 27
Merrill - Miner, C. 28
Miner, D. - Miner, Z. 29
Mitchell - Morgan 30
Morris - Niles 31
Nobles - Page 32
Paine - Park, R. 33
Park, S. - Peck, H. 34
Peck, I. - Penniman 35
Pennock - Pierce 36
Pierpont - Powers 37
Pratt - Ranger 38
Ransom - Read, G. 39
Read, H. - Richards, R. 40
Richards, S. - Rogers, A. 41
Rogers, B. - Rogers, I. 42
Rogers, J. - Rogers, K. 43
Rogers, L. - Rose, D. 44
Rose, E. - Ryon, M. 45
Ryon, N. - Scollard 46
Scott - Sharp 47
Sharswood - Sill, J. 48
Sill, K. - Smith, C. 49
Smith, D. - Smith, Jonathan 50
Smith, Joseph - Smith, R. 51
Smith, S. - Spicer, R. 52
Spicer, S. - Starr, C. 53
Starr, D. - Steel 54
Stephenson - Stewart, R. 55
Stewart, S. - Street 56
Strickland - Terrill, J. 57
Terrill, K. - Wade, G. 58
Wade, H. - Whipple, S. 59
Whipple, T. - Woodward 60
Woodworth - Zoega; Miscellaneous 61
Inventory Control Book, 1675-1850, Accession: T003073
Index of the four accessions of probate files now merged into accession 1912-006
Date span is coverage
Also known as the Godard Digest
Probate files, 1850-1899, Accession: 1977-008, 18.5 cubic feet
Arrangement is roughly alphbetical.
Box
Index, 1 volume
Abbott - Atwood 1
Ansant - Beckwith, A. 2
Beckwith, B. - Bills, C. 3
Bills, H. - Brooks 4
Brown - Burrows, R. 5
Burrows, S. - Champlain, Henry 6
Camplain, Henry - Chichester 7
Childs - Cowstock, L. 8
Cowstock, H. - Crocker, H. 9
Crocker, S. - Dart, Erastus C. 10
Dart, Erastus C. - Domell 11
Donahue - Falvey 12
Famming - Fuller 13
Fuller - Goddard, H. 14
Goddard, L. - Harris, Elizabeth 15
Harris, Eltie - Hobron 16
Heath - Holloway 17
Holmes - Jemison 18
Jennings - Kellett 19
Kelley - Lude 20
Lepond - Lynde, E. 21
Lynde, S. - Mattoon, C. 22
Mattoon, E. - Mead, Stephen 23
Mead, S. - Miller, J. 24
Miller, M. - Morgan, P. 25
Morgan, R. - Otie 26
Packer - Pick 27
Pierce - Quinn 28
Quinnipiac Fertilizer Co. - Rogers, B. 29
Rogers, C. - Ryley 30
Stafford - Smith, A. 31
Smith, B. - Somers 32
Spalding - Stool 33
Stone - Tinker, John 34
Tinker, Joseph - Watrows, Jared 35
Watrows, John - Winchester 36
Winthrop - Woodruff 37