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Mss:1 1715-1865 W692

Willard Family. Willard Family Business Records, 1715-1865 (inclusive): A Finding Aid

Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Mss:1 1715-1865 W692
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Creator: Willard family
Title: Willard family business records
Date(s): 1715-1865
Quantity: .25 linear feet (3 volumes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Ledgers, 1715-1865, covering farming and other activities of the Willard family of Newington, Connecticut.

Provenance:

Gift of Willard family through Harvard University Archives, 1979.

Conditions Governing Access:

Appointment necessary to consult collection.

Existence and Location of Copies:

Papers of the Willard family, 1715-1763, are available on microfilm (1 reel, 35mm.) from Historical Collections, Baker Library. Order no. 85-3960, reel 2.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: Willard Family Collection. Baker Library Historical Collections. Harvard Business School.

Historical Note:

Simon Willard, possibly born in Wethersfield, Connecticut, married Mary Gilbert on February 12, 1690-1. The couple had nine children: (1) Josiah, b. February 10, 1691-2; (2) John, b. August 20, 1694; (3) Benjamin, b. October 31, 1696; (4) Mary, b. March 29, 1700; (5) Hannah, b. April 27, 1702; (6) Simon, b. May 28, 1704; (7) Ephraim, b. June 30, 1707; (8) Daniel, b. July 31, 1710; and (9) Benjamin, b. 9/15/1712. Simon was a surveyor of highways in 1707; he died in the "Newington Society" section of Wethersfield on January 8, 1726-7.
Daniel Willard, son of Simon and Mary (Gilbert) Willard, was born in Wethersfield on July 31, 1710. He married Dorothy Deming and worked as a farmer, cooper, and millman during his adult life. The couple has eight children: (1) Josiah, b. August 9, 1739; (2) Dorothy, b. September 26, 1741; (3) Chloe, b. March 15, 1744; (4) Honour, b. November 5, 1746; (5) Hannah, b. December 21, 1748; (6) William, b. November 23, 1750; (7) Daniel, b. April 7, 1753; and (8) Lydia, b. May 25, 1757. Daniel died June 1, 1800.
Daniel Williard, son of Daniel and Dorothy (Deming) Willard, was born in Wethersfield on April 7, 1753. He married Rhoda Wells on April 24, 1783 and as an adult, he taught school and served as deacon of his church for many years. The couple had three children: (1) Daniel, b. January 15, 1784; (2) Asaph, b. December 24, 1786; and (3) Rhoda, b. August 26, 1792. He died January 16, 1817.
Daniel Willard, son of Daniel and Rhoda (Wells) Willard, was born in Wethersfield on January 15, 1784. He married Laura (Francis) on April 28, 1807; the couple had five children: (1) Rhoda, b. August 12, 1807; (2) Laura, b. August 7, 1809; (3) Daniel Horatio, b. July 11, 1811; (4) Elizabeth, b. February 10, 1813; and (5) William Francis, b. August 25, 1815. Daniel was associated with General Martin Kellogg and John M. Belden in the Newington Woolen Company which prospered during the Civil War by furnishing cloth for the Union army; the building burned around the turn of the century. Daniel Willard died April 7, 1868.
Daniel Horatio Willard, son of Daniel and Laura (Francis) Willard, was born in Wethersfield on July 11, 1811. He married Sarah Maria Deming on May 9, 1837; the couple had four children: (1) Dwight, b. August 14, 1838; (2) Charles, b. November 3, 1840; (3) Eugene, b. February 22, 1843; and (4) De Forest, b. March 23, 1846. Daniel Horatio died in Hartford on January 19, 1880.
William Francis Willard, son of Daniel and Laura (Francis) Willard, was born August 25, 1815 in the "Newington Society" section of Wethersfield. He married Frances G. Weeks on March 29, 1842 and the couple resided in Hartford. They had seven children: (1) Laura, b. August 29, 1844; (2) Edward, b. July 15, 1849; (3) William, b. May 31, 1851; (4) Charles, b. January 24, 1853; (5) Nellie, b. January 3, 1854; (6) Frank, b. October 25, 1856; and (7) Grace, b. September 26, 1858. He died May 6, 1882.

Scope and Content Note:

Collection consists of three volumes of accounts kept by five generations of the Willard family of Newington Society, a section of Wethersfield, Connecticut. Wethersfield was established in 1634, and Newington Society split off to become established as the town of Newington in 1871.

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