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List of Deaths and Marriages


Identifier: 00-1973-77-0

Scope and Contents

The Lists of Deaths and Marriages collection (1973-77-0) is a small book used by Laurens Perseus Hickok to keep a record of funerals and marriages he performed. The book is broken into two main sections. The first section is a list of the funerals performed by Hickok from 1830 to 1836; all of these funerals were performed in Litchfield at the First Congregational Church. After a four page break, the book becomes a record of weddings performed that spans the years 1829 to 1864. The weddings are not, however, particular to Litchfield, but the book followed Hickok throughout his life to his postings as a professor in Ohio and New York. There is also a typed transcript .


  • created: 1830-1864
  • Other: Date acquired: 05/06/2012


Conditions Governing Access

This item 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.

Biographical or Historical Information

Laurens Perseus Hickok was born in Bethel Connecticut on December 29th, 1798. Hickok attended Union College, and he graduated from the school in 1820 when he took his first job as a minister at the Congregational Church in Kent, Connecticut. In 1829 he succeeded Dr. Lyman Beecher as minister at the First Ecclesiastical Society of Litchfield (Congregational Church.) He left this position in 1836 to become a professor of theology at Western Reserve College in Hudson, Ohio. In 1844 he left Ohio to become a professor of theology at Auburn Theological Seminary in Auburn, New York. He then returned to his alma mater in 1852 to become a professor of mental and moral philosophies at Union College in Schenectady, New York. For some time at Union College he undertook much of the roles of the president while Eliphalet Nott was still president of the college, and in 1865 he was elected to become president. He retired from Union College in 1868 to Amherst, Massachusetts allowing Hickok to work on his literary and theoretical pursuits. He published sermons while in Litchfield such as “The Sources of Military Delusion and the Practicability of their Removal” and “A Sermon Preached at Litchfield, Conn., at the Funeral of Benjamin Tallmadge, March 12, 1835.” He has a decent corpus which helped build his career as professor and theorist from his roots as a minister. Some of his works include Rational Psychology in 1849, A System of Moral Science in 1853, Creator and Creation in 1872, and The Logic of Reason in 1875. Hickok passed away in 1888.

Note written by Benjamin Bradley


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Custodial History

The item was originally stored in Oversized Boxes but was moved in Small Acquisitions upon entry in Archon.

Source of Acquisition

Mrs. Henry Emerson

Method of Acquisition


Existence and Location of Originals

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List of Deaths and Marriages
Benjamin Bradley
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Repository Details

Part of the Litchfield Historical Society Repository

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