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Benjamin Trumbull Family Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-BC639

Scope and Contents

Family correspondence, documents, Revolutionary War documents, school exercise book,newsclippings, and miscellaneous. Primarily the correspondence between Benjamin Trumbull andhis grown children and the siblings themselves, particularly sisters Julia and Sarah. The lettersconcern family matters, daily routines and social life. Some letters written by Lyman Trumbull areincluded. Several letters and documents from Rev. Benjamin Trumbull’s Revolutionary War serviceare included. Subjects covered include news of Colchester, Connecticut; pioneer life in JacksonCounty, Michigan; and visits to Belleville and Springfield, Illinois. Sarah Trumbull, who moved toBrooklyn, New York, wrote of her life in the city. An 1826 school exercise book, a memorial tributeto Mrs. Lyman (Julia Jayne) Trumbull, documents relating to the Colchester, Connecticut post officeand newsclippings concerning Lyman Trumbull’s political career are also included.


  • Created: 1775-1896
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1790-1866
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1983


Conditions Governing Access

Open for access.


0.83 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Son of Connecticut minister and historian Benjamin Trumbull (1735-1820) who graduated from Yale College in 1790 and became a lawyer in East Haddam and Colchester, Connecticut. He and his wife, Elizabeth Mather Trumbull was the parents of 11 children, 8 of which lived to adulthood, including Illinois senator and jurist Lyman Trumbull. Benjamin Trumbull served as probate justice, state representative and postmaster. His sons, Benjamin Mather, George and Lyman settled in Illinois, while sons John, Erastus and David settled in Rives Township, Jackson County, Michigan. Benjamin Trumbull moved to Michigan with his daughters Julia and Sarah in 1844 to be near his sons. He died in 1850. Papers concerning family life, war, movement across the country,

Arrangement Note

Materials are arranged by file type. Box 1 consists of correspondence by Benjamin Trumbull and family members. Materials are organized in chronological order. Box 2 consists of all other materials, including legal documents, financial documents, memoria, political materials, educational materials, and newspaper clippings. Materials are unorganized.

Separated Materials

A photograph and 17 published items were transferred out of the collection.
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Laurel Bowen, Cheryl Schnirring, Constance A. Holberg, and Hannah Jellen
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Other Unmapped
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collection Repository

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