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 1767-1944

Probate files 1708-1875, bulk 1766-1875

Inventory Control Book 1708-1875

Probate Files 1881-1976


RG 004:137, Stonington 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 (Stonington District)
Title: Stonington Probate Court records
Dates: 1708-1976
Quantity: 53 cubic feet
Abstract: Record books, 1767-1944; Probate files, 1708-1875, bulk 1766-1875; Wills, 1930-1976; Adoptions, 1881-1941.
Identification: RG004_137
Accession: 1912-010, 2011-066, 2011-067
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

Stonington, New London, Town settled in 1649, named Souther Towne by Massachusetts, October 1658, Named Stonington by Connecticut in 1666, Stonington was claimed by both the Connecticut and Massachusetts Colonies. The location of the early probate records is doubtful, perhaps a part of these records will be found in Massachusetts, and part in the records of the Particular Court.

The Stonington Probate District was constituted October 1766, from the New London Probate District. It also served the following municipalities at various times: Groton, October 1766 - May 24, 1839; Ledyard, May 1836 - June 5, 1837; North Stonington, May 1807 - June 3, 1835. The Stonington Probate District merged with Groton, Ledyard, and North Stonington Probate Districts on January 5, 2011 to create the Southeastern Corner Regional Probate District which serves the municipalities of Groton, Ledyard, North Stonington, and Stonington.

Town of Stonington, Probate District chronology:

1649 - 1662, Massachusetts Jurisdiction
1658 - May 1666, Particular Court Jurisdiction
May 1666 - October 1766, New London County Court & District
October 1766 - January 4, 2011, Stonington District
January 5, 2011 - Present, Southeastern Corner Regional 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 1-49. Two general indexes and 22 separate indexes for volumes 25-31, 33, 35-43, 45-49. Contact the probate court to access original record books. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Probate files, 1708-1875, bulk 1766-1875. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Inventory control book, 1708-1875 (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.

Wills, 1930-1976.

Adoptions, 1881-1941

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Arrangement

Record books in accessions 2011-066 are numnbered 1 to 49. The two general indexes are numbered 1 and 2. There are 22 separate indexes for volumes 25-31, 33, 35-43, 45-49.

Probate files in accession 1912-010 are arranged alphabetically. Wills in accession 2011-067 are arranged alphabetically. Adoptions in accession 2011-067 are arranged by docket number.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

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

Accession 2011-066, Record books, 1767-1944, and accession 2011-067, Wills, 1930-1976, and Adoptions, 1881-1941, are 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 -- Groton
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Ledyard
Probate records -- Connecticut -- North Stonington
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Stonington

Places:

Groton (Conn.)
Ledyard (Conn.)
North Stonington (Conn.)
Stonington (Conn.)

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Administrative Information

Alternative Form Available

Record books, volumes 1-31, 35-37, 40-42, 1767-1933; probate files, 1766-1875 (Accession 1912-010); 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 1912-010 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on the following dates (with date span of files): August 29, 1912 (1708-1875).

The record books in accession 2011-066 and the wills and adoptions in accession 2011-067 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on December 13, 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 1912-010 are represented in this index.

Probate Files: The History and Genealogy reference staff has access to an index for the wills and adoptions in accession 2011-067.

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Container List

Record books, 1767-1944, Accession: 2011-066, 31.5 cubic feet (51 volumes + 22 indexes)
There are 2 volumes of general indexes and 22 separate indexes for volumes 25 through 49 except for the following volumes: 32, 34, 44
Volume
General index 1
General index 2
Journal and records, 1767-1772 1
Records, 1772-1777 2
Journal and records, 1777-1781 3
Journal and records, 1781-1786 4
Journal and records, 1786-1795 5
Records, 1795-1802 6
Journal and records, 1802-1809 7
Journal and records, 1809-1812 8
Journal and records, 1812-1815 9
Journal and records, 1815-1819 10
Records, 1819-1825 11
Journal, 1819-1828 12
Records, 1825-1830 13
Journal, 1828-1836 14
Records, 1830-1837 15
Journal, 1836-1849 16
Records, 1838-1845 17
Records, 1845-1855 18
Journal, 1849-1858 19
Records, 1855-1865 20
Journal, 1858-1869 21
Records, 1864-1878 22
Journal, 1869-1877 23
Inventory, 1872-1886 24
Journal, 1878-1886, 1898 25
Contains orders and decrees
Wills, 1877-1891 26
Journal, 1883-1888 27
Contains orders and decrees
Records, 1883-1892 28
Journal, 1889-1895 29
Wills, 1890-1899 30
Records, 1892-1898 31
Bonds, 1881-1896 32
Inventory, 1886-1900 33
Bonds, 1896-1913 34
Orders and decrees, 1894-1900 35
Wills, 1899-1911 36
Records, 1898-1914 37
Accounts of administrators, executors, and trustees, 1900-1939 38
Inventory, 1900-1927 39
Orders and decrees, 1900-1905 40
Orders and decrees, 1905-1912, 1917 41
Records, 1911-1933 42
Orders and decrees, 1911-1917 43
Bonds, 1913-1929 44
Orders and decrees, 1917-1923 45
Records, 1914-1937 46
On spine: "Manuscript"
Orders and decrees, 1923-1928 47
Inventory, 1927-1944 48
Orders and decrees, 1928-1932 49
Probate files, 1708-1875, bulk 1766-1875, Accession: 1912-010, 18.5 cubic feet
Drawer
Ackly - Bailey, D. 1
Bailey, E. - Brown, N. 2
Brown, O. - Chesebrough, M. 3
Chesebrough, N. - Danison, A. 4
Denison, B. - Ford 5
Foreseth - Henshaw 6
Heth - Lamb, D. 7
Lamb, E. - Minor, D. 8
Minor, E. - Oben 9
O'Connor - Perkins, L. 10
Perkins, M. - Phelps, Jon. 11
Phelps, Joseph - Prentice 12
Prince - Robbins 13
Robinson - Saunders 14
Sawyer - Shirley 15
Sholes - Smith, F. 16
Smith, G. - Smith, R. 17
Smith, S. - Stanton, D. 18
Stanton, E. - Stanton R. 19
Stanton S. - Starr 20
States - Sunehman 21
Swain - Targee 22
Taylor - Thurston 23
Tift - Vose 24
Waldo - Wells 25
Worden - Wheeler, H. 26
Wheeler, I. - Wheeler, R. 27
Wheeler, S. - Whiting 28
Whittlesey - Wilcox, I. 29
Wilcox, J. - Williams, B 30
Williams, C. - Williams, H. 31
Williams, I. - Williams M. 32
Williams, N. - Williams R. 33
Williams, S. - Woodbridge. C. 34
Woodbridge, D. - Wright 35
Yarrington - Z; Miscellaneous 36
Inventory Control Book, 1708-1875, Accession: T003073
Index of the probate files in accession 1912-010
Also known as the Godard Digest
Probate Files, 1881-1976, Accession: 2011-067, 3 cubic feet
Box
Wills, Allen - Main, 1930-1976 1
Wills, Mallette - York, 1930-1976 2
Adoptions, Dockets 2-94, 1881-1941