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Blackstone family papers

Call Number: MS 916

Scope and Contents

Legal and financial papers pertaining largely to the Blackstone family and the town of Branford, Connecticut, make up this small collection.

Members of the Blackstone family represented here are John Blackstone, Sr. (died 1818), his wife, Hannah Harrison (died 1815), and son John, Jr., and Stephen Blackstone (died 1807), brother of John, Sr., and his wife, Ann. Papers include a farm account book with receipts and other loose papers laid in, a deed, and estate papers. Papers pertaining to the town of Branford include deeds, receipts, and estate papers; a Grand Jury presentment summoning two men to answer the charge that they concealed "knowledge of a Number of Persons endeavoring to Joine the Enemies of this, & the rest of the United States," signed by Gideon Bartholomew (1782); an assessors' list of polls and estates; a certificate appointing surveyors of highways; and letters pertaining to the appointment of William Russell to the town's Democratic Confidential Committee.

The final item in the collection is a farm account book with notes and other loose papers laid in, belonging to David Welles, Jr. (1750-1816), of Shelbourne, Massachusetts. It is unclear whether Welles was connected to the Blackstone family.


  • 1705-1844


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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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 Mrs. Hope Collins, 1953.


0.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


Chiefly deeds, estate papers and financial records of the Blackstone family of Branford, Connecticut. Included also are two farm account books for the years 1772-1839 and that of David Welles, Jr. for the years 1773-1786. Among the Branford papers is a Grand Jury presentment against two men for disloyal acts during the Revolution.

Guide to the Blackstone Family Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
June 1983
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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