TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Container List

Collection 1718-1921

RG 069:052, Wadsworth Family Collection

Inventory

Finding aid prepared by Paul E. Baran.

Copyright © 2007 by the Connecticut State Library



Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Wadsworth Family
Title: Wadsworth Family collection
Dates: 1718-1921
Quantity: 3 cubic feet
Abstract: Wedworth Wadsworth (1782-1860) was a member of the Connecticut General Assembly from Durham, Conn. Also represented in the collection are his sons Wedworth (1811-1876), William (circa 1817-1870), a town clerk and justice of the peace, James (1819-1891) and James' son Wedworth (1846-1926), who was a painter, art teacher, and writer.
Identification: RG069_052
Accession: T001577
Language: The records are in English.

Biographical Note

The papers pertain mostly to the Wadsworth family of Durham, Connecticut, a prominent family headed by Wedworth Wadsworth (1782-1860). Wedworth's grandfather John Noyes Wadsworth (1732-1786) was the brother of James Wadsworth (1730-1817) who became a Brigadier General in the American Revolution and later an anti-Federalist during Connecticut's ratification proceedings. Wedworth was also the first cousin of Civil War General James Samuel Wadsworth (1807-1864) of Geneseo, New York who died at the battle of the Wilderness. Other family members include Wedworth's sons, Wedworth Wadsworth, Jr. (1811-1876); William Wadsworth (circa 1817-1870), Town Clerk of Durham and Justice of the Peace; James Wadsworth (1819-1891), Mayor of Buffalo, New York (1851) and New York state senator (1856-1859); and Wedworth, James' son (1846-1926) who became a painter, art teacher, and writer.

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Scope and Contents

The papers include accounts, church papers, correspondence, court papers, deeds, estate papers, land papers, school society papers, tax lists, and turnpike papers. There are also writings, sketches and notes of Wedworth Wadsworth, the artist and writer. The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by recipient, with the bulk addressed to Wedworth Wadsworth and William Wadsworth from family members who emigrated out of state. The majority of the court papers come from William Wadsworth's work as Justice of the Peace. The school society papers come from Wedworth Wadsworth's service as a trustee. The school society oversaw the operation of the Center, South, West, South West, and Quarry school districts. The tax lists include individual returns of Durham residents and property holders for 1865-66 arranged alphabetically by name. There are also individual tax lists for Wedworth, James, and William Wadsworth. The turnpike papers relate to the Durham and East Guilford Turnpike, of which Wedworth Wadsworth was a director. The Durham and East Guilford Turnpike Company was chartered in 1811 and operated until 1845. Included are early subscriber lists, accounts, and toll receipts.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

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

See RG 062, Records of the Towns and Boroughs, under "Durham".

See the Manuscript Collection (classified archival material), under "Wadsworth" and "Durham".

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Index Terms

Subjects:

Courts--Connecticut--Durham
Land titles--Connecticut--Durham

Persons:

Wadsworth, Wedworth, 1782-1860
Wadsworth, Wedworth, 1811-1876
Wadsworth, Wedworth, b. 1846
Wadsworth, William

Places:

Durham (Conn.)

Occupations:

Artists
Justices of the Peace
Town clerks

Document Types:

Account books
Church records
Correspondence
Deeds
Essays
Illustrations
Land records
Poems
Probate records
Promissory notes
Receipts (financial records)
School records
Scrapbooks
Tax records

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Container List

Collection, 1718-1921
Box
1. Account books, 1812-1863, undated, 5 folders 1
2. Accounts, 1787-1867,1921, 6 folders
General, 1787-1867
Funeral expenses, 1921
3. Agreements, 1796-1863, 1 folder
4. Church papers, 1775-1859, undated, 4 folders
General, 1801-1854, undated
Meetinghouse construction and maintenance, 1783-1848, undated
Parsonage construction, 1820-1859, undated
Pew controversy, 1775-1833, undated
5. Correspondence, 1797-1900, undated, 14 folders
General, 1797-1870, undated 2
Lyman, Betsy and Frances, 1817-1834
Wadsworth, James, 1842,1852-1855
Wadsworth, Lois, 1804-1827, undated
Wadsworth, Wedworth, 1804-1859, undated
Wadsworth, Wedworth (artist), 1895-1900
Wadsworth, William, 1833-1870, undated
6. Court papers, 1748-1869, undated, 7 folders
7. Deeds, 1720-1900, undated, 10 folders 3
8. Estate papers, 1792-1881, undated, 5 folders
9. Indentures and leases, 1794-1863, undated, 1 folder
10. Land papers, 1718-1848, undated, 6 folders
General, 1723-1845, undated 4
Memorandum book of notes, 1800
Pistapaug land, 1718-1808, undated
Plan of roads in southwest Durham, undated
Survey minutes, 1847
Swamp accounts, 1781-1848, undated
11. Notes, 1800-1865, undated, 2 folders
12. Politics, 1844-1869, undated, 1 folder
13. Receipts, 1858-1863, undated, 2 folders
14. School society papers, 1802-1855, undated, 12 folders
Bills and receipts, 1802-1855, undated
Bonds, 1808-1833, undated
Certifications, 1826-1853
Dividends, 1819-1853
Minutes, 1817-1845, undated
Petitions, 1821-1844, undated
Reports, 1813-1845, undated
Subscriptions, 1810-1845, undated
15. Scrapbooks, 1860-1914 5
Scrapbook, 1864-1911, 1 volume
Scrapbook clippings, 1860-1914, undated, 4 folders
16. Summons, 1791, 1 folder
17. Tax lists, 1814-1866, 20 folders
General, 1858, 1865-1866 6
Wadsworth Family, 1814-1850, undated
18. Turnpike papers, 1810-1829, undated, 9 folders
19. Visitors book, Wadsworth Cottage, 1 volume
20. Works of art, 1889-1913, undated, 5 folders 7
Exhibition catalogues, 1889, 1901-1913, undated
Illustrations, undated
Illustrations and poems
"Leaves from an Artist's Field Book", undated
"Thro Wood and Field with Tennyson", undated
"A Winter's Walk with Cowper", undated
21. Writings, 1893-1906, undated, 28 folders
Essays written on a trip to Europe, 1895
"Introduction"
"The Famous Trip of the Deacon, the Elder, and the Artist to Jerusalem"
"Lisbon to Marseilles"
"Marseilles to Naples"
"Pompeii to Syracuse"
"Malta to Athens"
"Fair Cairo on the Nile"
"Jerusalem"
"The Deacon at Constantinople"
"Deacon Obed on the Hellesfront"
"Impressions of a La Touraine Tourist"
Manuscripts, 1893-1906, undated
"Art and the Jury", 1893
"Art and the Jury", undated
"An Artist's Year, Chapter 7", undated
"Bread and Wild Honey", undated
"Field Work in Watercolor", 1893
"Four Cousins at the Beach", undated
"The Haunt of the Gray Squirrel", 1888
"The Scented Fields", undated
"To the High Priestess of the Katy-Dids", 1906
"A Touch from the Swallow's Wing", undated
"The Wanderer", undated
"Where the Wild Grapes Grow", undated
Untitled, undated
Notes of cruise of "La Touraine", 1895
Poem, "Ode on the laying of the cornerstone of the Durham Public Library", 1901
Story, "From the Hills to the Sea", undated