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Whitney L. Brooks collection of Lyman family papers


Identifier: 2010-376-0

Scope and Contents

The Whitney L. Brooks collection of Lyman family papers relates to the land holdings of Moses Lyman (1714-1768) of Goshen, Conn., his son Moses Lyman (1743-1768), and his grandsons Moses Lyman (1768-1844), Samuel Lyman (1770-1842), and Erastus Lyman (1773-1855). The papers consist of legal records, deeds, leases, surveys, and survey maps. Moses Lyman (1714-1768) was one of the original settlers of Goshen, Conn. In 1739 he was named treasurer and continued to hold public offices. He married Sarah Hayden ( 1716-1808). Among their children was Moses Lyman (1743-1768), sometimes referred to as "Moses Lyman Jr." in the papers. He was a farmer living on the property of his father and held numerous town offices, including first selectman. He was married to Ruth Collins (1745-1775) in 1767 and they had four children: Moses Lyman Jr., Dr. Daniel Lyman (1769-1795), Samuel Lyman, and Erastus Lyman. After the death of Ruth Collins Lyman, Moses married Mary Buell Judd (1763-1835). They had two children, Mary Lyman Collins (1787-1879) and Darius Lyman (1789-1865). Darius studied at the Litchfield Law School and eventually settled in Ohio. Among the highlights of this collection is a Western Reserve survey map showing lots of land in township no. 8 9th range of New Connecticut, now present-day Chester, Ohio.


  • created: 1739-1869


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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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

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This collection was processed with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Whitney L. Brooks collection of Lyman family papers
Leith Johnson
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Repository Details

Part of the Litchfield Historical Society Repository

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