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 1759-1935

Probate files 1741-1933, bulk 1759-1920

Inventory Control Book 1741-1933

Marriage Waivers 1956-1979


RG 004:134, Stafford Probate Court

Inventory of Records

Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.

Copyright © 2013 by the Connecticut State Library


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Connecticut. Probate Court (Stafford District)
Title: Stafford Probate Court records
Dates: 1741-1979, bulk 1741-1935
Quantity: 47.75 cubic feet
Abstract: Record books, 1759-1935; Probate files, 1741-1933; Marriage waivers, 1956-1979.
Identification: RG004_134
Accession: 1912-009, 2011-002, 2013-049
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

Stafford, Tolland County, Town settled in 1719

The Stafford Probate District was constituted May 1759, from the Hartford and Pomfret Probate Districts. It also served the following municipalities at various times: Ellington, May 1786 - May 30, 1826 (covered "that part of town lying east of a median line drawn from the northwest corner of Tolland"; Somers, May 1759 - May 1826 and January 6, 1999 - January 4, 2011; Tolland, May 1759 - June 3, 1830; Union, May 1759 - January 4, 2011; Vernon, May 1814 - May 30, 1826; Willington, May 1759 - June 3, 1830. The Stafford Probate District merged with the Enfield Probate District on January 5, 2011 to create the North Central Connecticut Probate District which serves the municipalities of Enfield, Somers, Stafford, and Union.

Town of Stafford, Probate District chronology:

1719 - May 1759, Hartford District
May 1759 - January 4, 2011, Stafford District
January 5, 2011 - Present, North Central Connecticut District

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

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Scope and Content

Probate record books, volumes 1-34, 1759-1924; 3 volumes of bonds, 1868-1935; and 1 unnumbered volume, 1900-1921. Contact the probate court to access original record books numbered after 34. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Probate files, 1741-1933. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Inventory control book, 1741-1933 (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 in accessions 2011-002 are numnbered 1 to 34. There is an unnumbered bond volume and two bond volumes numbered 3 and 4. There is an unnumbered volume labeled "S" on the spine.

Probate files in accession 1912-009 are arranged alphabetically.

Marriage waivers in accession 2013-049 are arranged chronologically.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

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

Accession 2011-002, Record books, 1759-1935, is stored at an off-site facility and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.

Probate files dated 1921 or later are RESTRICTED pending review by State Archives staff 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. Adoptions (all documents) from January 1, 1944 and later are confidential per Connecticut General Statutes §45a-754. Removals of parent as guardian of minor (all documents) and terminations of parental rights (all documents) from October 1, 1975 and later are confidential per Connecticut General Statutes §45a-754. Contact State Archives staff for assistance. Adoptions (all documents) from January 1, 1944 and later are confidential per Connecticut General Statutes §45a-754. 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 -- Ellington
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Somers
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Stafford
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Tolland
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Union
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Vernon
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Willington

Places:

Ellington (Conn.)
Somers (Conn.)
Stafford (Conn.)
Tolland (Conn.)
Union (Conn.)
Vernon (Conn.)
Willington (Conn.)

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Administrative Information

Alternative Form Available

Record books, volumes 1-32, 1759-1930; probate files, 1741-1880 (Accession 1912-009); 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 1911-010 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on the following dates (with date span of files): December 31, 1912 (1758-1875); October 3, 1914 (1741-1933); October 5, 1934 (1741-1933). They were interfiled into one alphabetic sequence.

The record books in accession 2011-002 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on July 7, 2010.

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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. 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 1912-009 are represented in this index.

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Container List

Record books, 1759-1935, Accession: 2011-002, 22.5 cubic feet (40 volumes)
Volume
Records, 1769-1777 1
Records, 1759-1783 2
Records, 1784-1791 3
Records, 1791-1798 4, Part 1
Part 1 contains pages 1-184
Records, 1791-1798 4, Part 2
Part 2 contains pages 185-304 and 1A-173A
Records, 1800-1808 5, Part 1
Part 1 contains pages 1-274
Records, 1800-1808 5, Part 2
Part 2 contains pages 275-565
Records, 1790-1801 6
Records, 1809-1812 7
Records, 1812-1815 8
Records, 1815-1816 9
Records, 1817-1818 10
Records, 1816-1823 11
Records, 1821-1828 12
Records, 1825-1830 13
Records, 1829-1835 14
Records, 1836-1842 15
Records, 1842-1847 16
Records, 1847-1852 17
Records, 1851-1858 18
Records, 1863-1876 19
Records, 1876-1885 20
Records, 1885-1892 21
Decrees, 1885-1899 22
Records, 1891-1893 23
Records, 1893-1895 24
Records, 1896-1897 25
Records, 1898-1909 26
Decrees, 1900-1908 27
On spine: "Records"
Records, 1907-1908 28
Decrees, 1908-1918 29
On spine: "Records"
Records, 1904-1918 30
Records, 1909-1913 31
Decrees, 1914-1930 32
On spine: "Records"
Records, 1916-1922 33
Decrees, 1919-1924 34
On spine: "Records"
Bonds, 1868-1887 unnumbered
Bonds, 1887-1905, 1914 3
Bonds, 1905-1935 4
Records, 1900-1921 S
Probate files, 1741-1933, bulk 1759-1920, Accession: 1912-009, 25 cubic feet
Drawer
Abbot - Aldrich 1
Allen - Ash 2
Ashley - Baldwin 3
Ballard - Beal 4
Beckwith - Bidwell 5
Billings - Bolton 6
Bond - Brooks, H. 7
Brooks, I. - Bugbee, H. 8
Bugbee, I. - Cady, E. 9
Cady, F. - Chadwick 10
Chaffee - Chapman, I. 11
Chapman, J. - Clary 12
Cleaveland - Collins 13
Colton - Converse, Julius 14
Converse, Julius - Corcoran 15
Costello - Cummings, E. 16
Cummings, F. - Davis, A. 17
Davis, B. - Delphia 18
Denison - Drake, P. 19
Drake, Q. - Eaton 20
Edgerton - Ellis, R. 21
Ellis, S. - Fenton, E. 22
Fenton, F. - Fisk, M. 23
Fisk, N. - Foster, N. 24
Foster, O. - Gardner 25
Gary - Goodale, G. 26
Goodale, H. - Griffiths 27
Griggs - Hammond, E. 28
Hammond, F. - Hatch, Joseph 29
Hatch, Judah - Hinkley 30
Hines - Holt, C. 31
Holt, D. - Howard, L. 32
Howard, M. - Hunt 33
Huntington - Hyde, M. 34
Hyde, N. - Jennings 35
Jensen - Johnson, J 36
Johnson, K. - Kelley 37
Kellogg - Kingsbury 38
Kinney - Larned 39
Lasbury - Leonard, H. 40
Leonard, I. - Lothrop, D. 41
Lothrop, E. - Lyon 42
MacCarter - Marcy, Calvin 43
Marcy, Charles - Mewer 44
Meyers - Morehouse 45
Morey - Needham, H. 46
Needham, I. - Norris, J. 47
Norris, K. - Orcutt 48
Organ - Parsons, L. 49
Parsons, M. - Paul 50
Paulk - Penniman 51
Percival - Pomeroy 52
Pool - Quimby 53
Rafftery - Risley 54
Rister -Root, E. 55
Root, F. - Sanford 56
Sanger - Sexton, C. 57
Sexton, D. - Sikes 58
Sikora - Smith, E. 59
Smith, F. - Sparks, J. 60
Sparks, K. - Starbuck 61
Stearns - Strong, E. 62
Strong, F. - Talcott 63
Tallman - Thrasher, J. 64
Thrasher, K. - Townsend 65
Tracy - Virgin 66
Wakefield - Walker, I. 67
Walker, J. - Wardwell, M. 68
Wardwell, N. - Waterhouse 69
Waters - West, R. 70
West, S. - White, L. 71
White, M. - Wilbur 72
Wilcox - Williams 73
Wilson - Woods 74
Woodward - Zanoli; Miscellaneous 75
Inventory Control Book, 1741-1933, Accession: T003073
Index of the three accessions of probate files now merged into accession 1912-009
Also known as the Godard Digest
Marriage Waivers, 1956-1979, Accession: 2013-049
Box
Marriage waivers, 1956-1979 1