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Ebenezer Bolles family papers


Identifier: 1932-22-0

Scope and Contents

The Ebenezer Bolles family papers relate to Ebenezer Bolles (1764-1826), his sons Ebenezer W. Bolles (1793-1854), Samuel Penfield Bolles (1795-1875), and Henry Bolles (1802-1849), and Samuel's wife's half-brother William Mather Clark (1805-1878). The papers consist of correspondence, deeds, legal papers, and account books. Ebenezer Bolles (1764-1826) married Abigail Penfield Bolles (1763-1844). They settled in Litchfield, where all of their children where born; as adults, most of them moved elsewhere. Ebenezer had a saddle and leather business. The papers contain two documents relating to young men who apprenticed with him and deeds that record his land transactions. Sons Ebenezer W., Samuel, and Henry were merchants. Their correspondence documents their less-than-successful ventures in cities in the southern United States during the early 1820s. Ebenezer W. and Samuel returned to Litchfield. Ebenezer continued in his father's business, the activities of which are documented in several account books, 1820s-1840s. There are also two letters to Samuel from Mary S. Bradley (1780- ), the daughter of his grandfather's second wife. Samuel married Roxana Clark Bolles (1803-1892) of Litchfield. The papers contain several letters written during the 1820s by her half-brother William Mather Clark to his parents, Stephen Clark and Roxana Phelps Clark of Litchfield and sisters Roxana and Sarah.


  • Created: 1789-1849
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/01/1932


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is 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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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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Source of Acquisition

George M. Woodruff

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Accruals and Additions

The collection includes papers donated by George M. Woodruff in 1932 and account books and a daybook that were purchased in 1987 (1987-08-0).

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Other Descriptive Information

This collection was processed with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

Ebenezer Bolles family papers
Leith Johnson
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Repository Details

Part of the Litchfield Historical Society Repository

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