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Talman family papers

Call Number: MS 662

Scope and Contents

This collection contains papers dating from 1683 to 1866 which pertain to the Talman family, early settlers of Guilford, Connecticut. The papers are divided into two series, the contents of which are arranged alphabetically by author.

The first series, GENERAL DOCUMENTS, contains fourteen items not related to land holdings or transfers. Included are, for instance, a bond for a slave, an apprenticeship agreement, a statement of early 18th-century Puritan religious belief entitled "Doctrine of Faith," inventories, and a few pieces of correspondence.

Series II, DEEDS AND LAND TRANSACTIONS, consists of thirty-three deeds to land in and around Guilford, as well as nine other documents dealing with land transactions. Included are certificates, memoranda, and correspondence concerning land.

These papers were purchased by Yale University in 1948.


  • 1683-1866


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased in 1948.


Arranged in two series: I. General Documents. II. Deeds and Land Transactions.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box, 1 folio)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Deeds, leases, miscellaneous documents, and some correspondence of the Talman family, early settlers of Guilford, Connecticut.

Biographical / Historical

Four generations of the Talman family are represented in these papers: Peter Talman (1658-1726) and his wife Anna (Wright) Walstone Talman; their son Ebenezer (1692-1770); their grandchildren Peter III and Sarah (Talman) Curtis; and their great-grandson Peter, Jr., and his wife Ruth. The first Peter, born in Newport, Rhode Island, on March 22, 1658, was a physician who settled in Guilford in 1683. He married Anna Wright in 1683 and died on July 6, 1726. His son, Ebenezer, was also a doctor. (See A History of the Plantation of Menunkatuck and of the Original Town of Guilford, Connecticut by Bernard C. Steiner.)

Guide to the Talman Family Papers
Under Revision
compiled by M. Freeman Cocroft
January 1973
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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