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Bishop family papers

Call Number: MS 839

Scope and Contents

The Bishop Family Collection consists of approximately 120 items — deeds, manifests of slave cargoes, and miscellaneous papers. The deeds (ca. 1801-1883) are for properties in New Haven, East Haven, Fair Haven, Branford, Hamden, and Guilford, Connecticut, and in Rock Island County, Illinois, that were bought or sold by Jonathan Bishop, Sr. (1762-1828), Jonathan Bishop, Jr. (1797-1887), or Charlotte G. Bishop (fl. 1867-1883). The manifests are for slaves shipped from New Haven to Savannah, Charleston, and Norfolk between October 1822 and November 1824. The miscellaneous papers consist mainly of 19th-century financial records and documents, including accounts, bills, receipts, and notes of exchange, related to various members of the Bishop family.

Included in the materials are the following (from an older description):

43 miscellaneous papers, mainly deeds, 1824-1859, and undated, to, from or relating to Elias Bradley Bishop, 1795-1866, of New Haven, Conn. Included are 32 deeds, 1824-1859, to or from Elias B. Bishop for land in New Haven, East Haven, Fair Haven, Branford, and Hamden, Conn. and in Rock Island County, Illinois; also 1 promissory note [signature partially cut out, but probably Elias B. Bishop]; 4 sheets from unidentified account books, [1851], [1857], and undated; 2 notes of exchange, Sep 14, 15, 1859; 1 blank check on Hudson county Bank; 2 blank notes of exchange; and 1 MS map of a plot of land in Rock Island Co., Ill. showing the owners of various sections, undated.

2 manuscript bills issued by Jonathan Bishop to town of Guilford, Dec 6, 1802, June 29, 1808. Bill to Joseph Weld and various other residents (all on one sheet), 1798. Bill from Johnson Bishop, Sep. 29, 1814. List of Jonathan Bishop, 1846.

Bishop, Charlotte G. 12 deeds granted to Charlotte G. Bishop from various people of Guilford, 1867-1888.

Bishop, Jonathan, Sr. 1762-1828 (15 deeds), Bishop, Jonathan, Jr., 1797-1887 (30 deeds). 45 deeds granted to Jonathan Bishop Sr. & Jr. from various people in the town of Guilford, 1801-1875. Also letters, patent to Jonathan Jr. for a thrashing machine, Oct 29, 1834, and a bill, Aug 1, 1803 from Jonathan Sr. to the town of Guilford.

Essex Savings Bank—Deeds to Edwin Griswold from Essex Savings Bank, July 29, 1861.

Bishop, Abraham, collector of U.S. customs, New Haven. 7 manifests for slaves shipped from New Haven, to Savannah, Charleston, and Norfolk, Oct 12, 1822-Nov 10, 1824, and 2 receipts signed by James Hillhouse and Samuel Ward for money received from Samuel Bishop, collector, New Haven district, Oct 23, Nov 2, 1801.


  • 1793-1883


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.


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Catalog Record

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

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Financial and legal papers of the Bishop family of Connecticut. The largest part of the papers consists of deeds for properties in New Haven, East Haven, Fair Haven, Branford, Hamden and Guilford, Connecticut. Also included are manifests for slaves shipped from New Haven to Savannah, Charleston and Norfolk (1822-1824). The major figures are Elias Bradley Bishop of New Haven and Jonathan Bishop Sr. and Jr. of Guilford.

Guide to the Bishop Family Collection
Under Revision
compiled by Susan Grigg
December 1978
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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