TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Biographical Note

Scope and Content

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Container List

Series 1. Aaron Hand Family Letters 1797-1936, bulk 1830-1875

Series 2. Norwich Letters 1815-1875

Series 3. Printed Material 2010


RG 069:157, Aaron Hand Family Letters

Inventory

Finding aid prepared by Paul E. Baran.

Copyright © 2013 by the Connecticut State Library


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Hand family
Title: Aaron Hand family letters
Dates: 1797-2011, bulk 1830-1875
Quantity: .5 cubic feet
Abstract: Letters between various members of the Aaron Hand Family mostly regarding family matters. Writers include Bayard Epenetus Hand, Aaron Hicks Hand and his wife Elizabeth Coit Boswell Hand, Isaac Platt Hand, and Nancy Fanning Boswell, Elizabeth's stepmother. Elizabeth Coit Boswell Hand was originally from Norwich, Conn.
Identification: RG069_157
Accession: 2011-081
Language: The records are in English.

Biographical Note

Aaron Hand (1773-1832) of Albany, N.Y. was a lumber merchant. His wife Tamar Platt Hand (1773-1854) was originally from New Milford, Conn. and Kingsbury, N.Y. They had four sons: Bayard Epenetus Hand (1800-1838); Isaac Platt Hand (1803-1849); Lemuel Platt Hand (1809-1850); and Aaron Hicks Hand (1811-1880). Bayard Epenetus Hand moved to Georgia in 1823. He bacame an established lawyer there and served as his father's agent for lumber shipped to Albany. Aaron Hicks Hand was a Presbyterian minister. He married Elizabeth Coit Boswell (1820-1914), the youngest daughter of Captain John Lovett Buswell and Mehitable Coit Buswell of Norwich, Conn. on August 13, 1838. Their eight children were John Bayard Hand (1830-1877); Katherine Margaret Hand (1841-1925); Isaac Platt Hand (1843-1931); George Boswell Hand (1845-1908); Joseph Henry Hand (1847-1905); James Alexander Hand (1851-1923); Annie Kennedy Hand (1852-1889); Elizabeth Coit Hand (1855-1936); and Gertrude Hand (1859-1936).

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Scope and Content

Letters between various members of the Aaron Hand Family mostly regarding family matters. Writers include Bayard Epenetus Hand, Aaron Hicks Hand and his wife Elizabeth Coit Boswell Hand, Isaac Platt Hand, and Nancy Fanning Boswell, Elizabeth's stepmother. Elizabeth Coit Boswell Hand was originally from Norwich, Conn.

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Arrangement

Arranged in two series to correspond with Mary M. Thacher's printed transcriptions: Aaron Hand Family Letters and Aaron Hand Family Norwich Letters. The letters are in folders as arranged by Mary M. Thacher and the order does not correspond exactly to that of the printed transcriptions.

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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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Index Terms

Alternate Author:

Thacher, Mary M.

Family Names:

Boswell family
Coit family
Hand family
Platt family
Tracy family

Places:

Albany (N.Y.)
Bloomsbury (N.J.)
Norwich (Conn.)
Roswell (Ga.)
Savannah (Ga.)
Springfield (Mass.)
St. Louis (Mo.)
Wilkes-Barre (Pa.)

Document Types:

Corresondence
Genealogies

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Administrative Information

Alternative Form Available

Transcripts of the letters completed by Mary M. Thacher are included in the collection but have not been verified for accuracy by the State Archives.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Mary M. Thacher on December 13, 2010.

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Container List

Series 1. Aaron Hand Family Letters, 1797-1936, bulk 1830-1875
Box Folder
Letters, 1830-1908
Aaron Hand, d. 1832, funeral sermon, 1832 November 4 1 1
Sarah Coit Day and Thomas M. Day letters, 1864, 1867 2
Aaron H. Hand letters to his mother Tamar Platt Hand, 1844-1849 3
Aaron H. Hand letter to Charles Todd Quintard, 1852 4
Aaron H. Hand letter to his son John B. Hand; John B. Hand military enrollment certificate, 1862-1863 5
Aaron H. Hand and Elizabeth C. B. Hand letters to children, 1866, n.d. 6
Aaron H. Hand last letters, 1879-1880 7
Bayard E. Hand of Georgia letters to Lemuel P. Hand and Aaron H. Hand, 1830-1837 8
Elizabeth C. B. Hand and Aaron H. Hand letter to Kate M. Hand; Aaron H. Hand letter to Alfred H. Hand; Katherine M. Hand letter to Elizabeth C. B. Hand, 1857, 1867, n.d. 9
George B. Hand letters to Kate M. Hand; Robert H.T. Leipold letter to George B. Hand, 1862, 1908 10
Jonathan Ingersoll and Sarah Coit Boswell Ingersoll letters, 1848-circa 1865, circa 1894 11
Sophia Platt Lines letter to Tamar PLatt Hand, 1844 December 1 12
Dr. W. H. McGill letter to Aaron H. Hand, 1837 August 23 13
R. Webster letter to Rev. A. H. Hand (PA), receipt, invoice, 1843, 1851, 14
Letters from Georgia, 1841-1846 15
Appendix
Aaron H. Hand stories, circa 1840-1842 1 16
Elizabeth B. Hand estate papers, 1935-1936 17
Family notes written by Elizabeth Coit Boswell Hand, undated 18
John Hand of Easthampton, L.I. will (1659) transcribed by Aaron H. Hand, undated 19
Ohio land from Wheeler Cort, 1797, 1895 20
The 1797 deed is a photocopy
Series 2. Norwich Letters, 1815-1875
Lydia Coit and Sybil Coit Lord letter to Mehitable Coit Boswell, 1815 August 4 1 21
Aaron H. Hand letter to Bayard E. Hand regarding his marriage in Norwich, 1838 August 18 22
John Lovett Boswell, d. 1842, estate papers 23
Boswell letters, 1891, n.d. 24
Nancy Fanning Boswell letters, 1866-1875, n.d. 25
Norwich genealogy 26
Series 3. Printed Material, 2010
The Aaron Hand family letters, Volume I, 2011 1
Contents: Letters, 1830-1908; Ohio land papers; Two stories by A.H. Hand. From the collection of Van Tuyl Boughton. Transcribed and annotated by Mary M. Thacher.
A CD containing electronic files for the different parts of this work has been separated from the collection. Contact State Archives staff for assistance.
The Aaron Hand family letters, Volume II, 2011
Contents: The Norwich letters, 1815-1875. From the collection of Van Tuyl Boughton. Transcribed and annotated by Mary M. Thatcher; The Buswell/Boswell family of England, Canterbury & Norwich CT. Compiled by Mary M. Thacher; Genealogy Charts: Boswell, Coit, Hand, Platt, Tracy. Compiled by Mary M. Thacher.
A CD containing electronic files for the different parts of this work has been separated from the collection. Contact State Archives staff for assistance.