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Elisha Sill family papers


Identifier: 1997-24-0

Scope and Contents

The papers of Dr. Elisha Sill (1730-1808) of Goshen, Conn., consist of his diary and account book, 1771-1783, and his copy of a 1776 letter to Col. Oliver Wolcott in which he asked to be relieved of service. The collection also includes two 1774 letters from committees of correspondence and papers related to Dr. Sill's son Elisha Eaton Sill (1774-1812) and grandson William Eaton Sill (1806-1888). After graduating from Yale College in 1754, Dr. Sill settled in Goshen, Conn. and eastablished a medical practice. In 1771 he commenced service in the militia. In 1777, he was a surgeon in Gen. Oliver Wolcott's brigade of Connecticut volunteers and was present at the capture of Gen. John Burgoyne's army at Saratoga, which he recalled in his diary. Dr. Sill married Mary Heaton (1746-1816) of Goshen and they had three children. One son, Elisha Eaton Sill (1774-1812) settled as a merchant in Utica, N.Y., and had seven children, including William E. Sill, who was a lawyer in Geneva, N.Y. Elisha Eaton Sill's second son Theodore Sill (1777-1836) studied law at the Litchfield Law School and moved to Whitesboro, N.Y.


  • created: 1771-1825
  • Other: Date acquired: 02/08/1999


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The collection is open for research.

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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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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Merrill Roenke

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Elisha Sill family papers
Leith Johnson
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Part of the Litchfield Historical Society Repository

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