Skip to main content

Cheney and Kilborn Coffin Records


 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: 00-2011-107-0

Scope and Contents

The Cheney and Kilborn Coffin Records collection (2011-107-0) is a collection of two typed transcripts compiled into one collection. The collection is a list of people who the two coffin makers (Silas Ellis Cheney and John Kilborn) made coffins for, the price, what the coffin was made from, and the date. The two made coffins for many people in town including the Buells, Buels, Ozias Seymour, and  Lyman Beecher and the Beecher Estate. One entry that might be of some interest is the purchase of a Child’s coffin by Cato, a slave.


  • Created: 1796 - 1821
  • Other: Date acquired: 05/06/2012


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has been transferred to the Litchfield Historical Society for materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection. 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.


1.00 items

1 item. other_unmapped

1.00 folders

Language of Materials


Custodial History

The collection was original housed in Oversized boxes but upon entry into Archon has been moved into Small Acquisitons. Also during entry into Archon the collection was removed from a "punchless paper holder" which held the papers with a metal clip. The clip was intedenting the papers as well as rusting which was getting onto the papers. So the collection was removed from this container into an acid free folder and a staple was removed.

Source of Acquisition

Donor Unknown

Method of Acquisition

Found in collection

Existence and Location of Originals

multi-part note content

Related Materials

multi-part note content

Cheney and Kilborn Coffin Records
Benjamin Bradley
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Litchfield Historical Society Repository

7 South Street
P.O. Box 385
Litchfield CT 06759
860-567-3565 (Fax)