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Seward family papers

 Collection
Call Number: MS 1254

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, legal papers, deeds, estate inventories and pencil portraits relating to the Seward family of Killingworth and Guilford, Connecticut. Also figuring in the collection are the Buell, Pierson, Smith and Steevens families.

Dates

  • 1729-1768

Creator

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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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

Gift of Mrs. Frederick D. Houghton in 1954.

Extent

2.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.1254

Overview

Correspondence, legal papers, deeds, estate inventories and pencil portraits relating to the Seward family of Killingworth and Guilford, Connecticut. Also figuring in the collection are the Buell, Pierson, Smith and Steevens families.

Biographical / Historical

The Seward family belong to the group of families that settled in Connecticut during the 17th century. One of the most prominent members of the family was William Seward, born on July 27, 1712, in Durham, Connecticut. Around 1730, as William began his studies at Yale College, the family moved to Guilford. William studied theology and became a Congregationalist minister in Killingworth, where he preached for 44 years, until his death on February 5, 1782. William's eldest son, William, was born on November 19, 1747, graduated from Yale in 1769, and also became a Congregationalist minister. Following his death on July 5, 1822, his service during the Revolutionary War, where he appears to have served as chaplain, was duly noted. Another of William, Sr.'s sons, named John, completed coursework for the Yale College class of 1784, but died of scarlet fever before commencement. He, like his father and brother, had intended to enter the ministry.
Title
Preliminary Guide to the Seward Family Papers
Status
Under Revision
Author
compiled by John Espy
Date
August 1981
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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