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Pond family papers

Call Number: MS 638

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the Pond Family Papers relate to Moses Pond (d. 1819), to his sons Moses, Jr., Aaron, and Alpheus, and to Henry A. Pond, son of Moses, Jr. Moses Pond, Jr. (1787-1873), was a lawyer, executor of numerous estates, state representative (1837-1855), collector of the ecclesiastical tax, and selectman of the town of Wolcott, Connecticut.

The Pond Family papers contain a selection of business correspondence (1818-1896), a large number of deeds for land in Farmington, Wolcott, Southington, Waterbury, and Bristol, Connecticut, belonging to the Pond and Norton families, and legal and financial documents, both originals and copies, such as leases, papers from various estates, and receipts. Also in the papers are letters patent for Seth Peck's tinware manufacturing machine, Adam Pond's petition concerning privateering, various papers relating to the town of Wolcott, including tax records of the ecclesiastical society, and an account book for the Wolcott sawmill. The final item in this collection is the partial autobiography of Peter Pond, describing his experiences in the French and Indian War (1756-1760) and afterwards as a trader in the northwest.

Information on the genealogy of the Pond family can be found in A Genealogical Record of Samuel Pond, and his Descendantsby Daniel S. Pond.


  • 1716-1896


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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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 from S.S. Hurwitz in 1946 and gift of Legrand Cannon, Jr., in 1947.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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Correspondence, Pond and Norton family deeds, and financial papers of the Pond family of Connecticut together with records pertaining to the town of Wolcott. The papers also contain a partial autobiography of Peter Pond (1740-1807) describing his experiences in the French and Indian War and as a fur trader in the northwest.

Biographical / Historical

Moses Pond (1787-1873): lawyer; Connecticut State representative (1837-1855); and selectman of Wolcott, Connecticut. Peter Pond (1740-1807): soldier in the French and Indian War; fur trader in the West, 1765-1785; and explorer of the U.S. Northwest.

Guide to the Pond Family Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
October 1981
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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