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A Guide to the collection at the Connecticut Historical Society
Colchester, located in New London County, Connecticut, was incorporated in 1698 and named in October 1699.
Solomon Loomis (b. 1700), son of Hezekiah Loomis of Windsor, Connecticut, settled and raised his family in Colchester, Connecticut. His son Solomon (1752-1794) married Prudence Robbins. They had sons David (1774-1842) and Solomon (1776-1859). David, who married Clarissa Williams, had sons Alfred L. (or I.,1796-1882) and Loren Williams (1800-1872). Alfred married Abigail Foote and they had sons Alfred (1829-1866), Israel Foot (b. 1839) and Milton Lathrop (b. 1842).
Samuel Skinner (1765-1800), son of Noah Skinner of Windsor and Colchester, had a son Asahel (1791-1849) who married Jerusha C. Tracy (d. 1851). Their son Ralph Henry (1827-1866) was a farmer in Colchester and married Dorothy Staples.
The accession record for this collection describes it as documents regarding the history of the Westchester parish of Colchester, Connecticut. Further examination of the collection indicates that the bulk of the materials relate to the Skinner and Loomis families. Therefore, the collection was divided into four series to more accurately illustrate the distribution of the records between town and family.
Series I consists of records related to the town of Colchester and to residents not directly related to the primary individuals identified in the Skinner and Loomis families, with only a few exceptions. There are two documents concerning town meetings, 1713 and 1764. Probate records exist for the estates of Ralph H. Carrier, Dan Jones, Alfred Loomis and Samuel Skinner, 1800-1889 and for other individuals, 1800-1898. Land records, 1760-1883 include deeds, surveys, and undated plot plans. Individual tax lists and receipts dates from 1813-1917 and include a few from Skinner and Loomis family members. Court summonses, depositions and other records range from 1813-1917. Among the correspondence to various residents of Colchester are several regarding post office business. Assorted financial records include bills, notes, receipts, and memoranda. Westchester Society included the local church and school. Other societies than Westchester may be among these records, 1827-1881, the most notable of which is specifications for a church building.
Loomis family papers in Series II include deeds and incoming correspondence for Alfred Loomis, 1829-1878, deeds and agreement involving Alfred and his brother Loren Loomis, 1824-1846, and deeds to or from Loren alone, 1842-1854. In addition, there are bills, notes and receipts involving various family members, 1818-1882, and legal and financial documents relating to David, Israel and Solomon Loomis, 1779-1888.
Series III contains deeds to and from Asahel Skinner, 1814-1848 and deeds related to other Skinner family members, 1816-1868 and the will of Jerusha Skinner, 1851.
The final series contains poems by various authors, 1842-1887 and undated, that cannot be directly tied to any one family or even to Colchester. The financial memoranda, legal documents, and a list of births and deaths from about 1910-1922 also appear to have no relationship with specific families or the town.
There are no restrictions on access to the collection.
Use of the material requires compliance with the Connecticut Historical Society's Research Center regulations.
Loomis, Alfred I., 1796-1882.
Skinner, Samuel, 1765-1800.
Item, Collection Title, Collection number (Box #, Folder #). Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, Connecticut.
Collection was processed by Barbara Austen in 2006.
EAD Finding Aid created September 2014.