Sarah M. Hopkins Kilbourn diary
Scope and Contents
The Sarah M. Hopkins Kilbourn diary (1971-58-1) chronicles the daily life of Sarah Kilbourn for a portion of the year 1888. Her brief entries mainly recount her personal activities for the day, the weather, and sometimes the activities of her husband Dwight C. Kilbourn. Of particular interest are her entries from March 11 - March 15 during the Connecticut blizzard of 1888. Entries in the diary end on the date March 21. Item is currently house in 3A Box 24.
- Created: 1888
- Other: Date acquired: 10/07/1972
- Kilbourn, Sarah M. Hopkins (Person)
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Biographical or Historical Information
Sarah M. Hopkins Kilbourn was born in October of 1842 in Litchfield, Connecticut. Her parents were Edward and Melissa Alfred Hopkins. On July 5, 1866 Sarah married Dwight Canfield Kilbourn. The couple resided in East Litchfield, and had no children. Sarah was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and was actively involved with the Litchfield County Temporary Home for dependent and neglected children. Sarah husband Dwight Canfield Kilbourn was born at Litchfield, Conn., October 9, 1837, the son of William P. Kilbourn and Caroline (Canfield) Kilbourn. He received a public school education and pursued his professional studies with Hon. Origen S. Seymour and Henry B. Graves at Litchfield. He was admitted to the bar in his native town in the year 1866. In 1887 he was appointed clerk of the Superior Court for Litchfield. Before his admission to the bar he served in the Civil War, attaining the rank of lieutenant in the Second Conn. Heavy Artillery. After the war, Kilbourn was secretary of his regiment for 47 years. When the Connecticut Regimental Veterans' Association was organized January 28, 1891, he was elected president and was its president for life. He was a member of the Seth F. Plumb Post, G.A.R. of Litchfield. He was a member of the Sedgwick Monument Commission, appointed by Gov. Baldwin to erect an equestrian statue of Maj. John Sedgwick at Gettysburg. He was appointed secretary of the Veterans Association of Connecticut in 1907 and held the office since. He was a member of St. Paul's Lodge, F. and A.M. and of Darius Lodge, R.A.M. of Litchfield. He was secretary of the Litchfield County Bar Association. As an author his best known work was The Bench and Bar of Litchfield County, 1709-1909, the result of years of painstaking research. His home was filled with books and pamphets relating to Litchfield County. He was a member of the Connecticut Historical Society, member of the Kansas Historical Society, and vice president of the Litchfield Historical Society. For many years he was Postmaster at East Litchfield, the Post Office being in his home.
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Mrs. Gordon M. Hopkins
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