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Nelson Brewster papers


Identifier: 1971-42-0

Scope and Contents

The papers of Nelson Brewster (1793?-1850), a lawyer who resided in Goshen, Conn. The papers consist of approximately 125 items, including legal records, bank reports, and similar documents. Included in the collection is a set of papers (23 items) related to the administration of Putnam Bailey's estate, 1840-1841. Bailey was a successful merchant and postmaster in North Goshen and left an estate of approximately $50,000. The estate required several years for settlement. The reports to Brewster as a bank commissioner are returns filed by Connecticut banks to the bank commissioners 1847-1848 and report their financial condition and their corporate stock organization. There is also a small account book relating to Brewster's bank commissioner work. The collection also contains the court record of Humphrey v. Humphrey (1811). This dispute involved the use of farm property. The connection to Brewster has not been determined. The rest of the documents pertain to minor criminal and civil offenses in Goshen, most involving Brewster as justice of the peace. An accounting book owned Brewster can be found in 3A Box 19.


  • created: 1811-1855
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/11/1971


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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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 of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical or Historical Information

In 1797, Noah Brewster moved to Cornwall, Conn., from Stratford, Conn., with his brother George and his mother Sarah Bentley Brewster. Her husband Peter Brewster had been lost at sea with his vessel, of which he was owner and captain, in 1793. Nelson Brewster was admitted to the county bar from Cornwall in 1824, lived two years in Litchfield, and then moved to Goshen where had a limited law practice. He served as a justice of the peace 1840-1850 and a State of Connecticut Bank Commissioner 1845-1846 and 1848-1849. In 1827, he married Lucretia Hannah Root (1808-1875). They had two children, Ephraim Starr Brewster and William Root Brewster, rose to prominence in the Union Army during the Civil War. Nelson Brewster died in 1850.

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Vincent Stanulis

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This collection was processed with support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Nelson Brewster papers
Stephen Powell and Leith Johnson
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Repository Details

Part of the Litchfield Historical Society Repository

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