Couch Family Papers, 1713-1858
Ms 5
Ms 5

Summary Information

Repository
Fairfield Museum and History Center
Creator
Couch family
Creator
Couch, Simon, 1729-1809
Creator
Couch, Simon, b. 1788
Title
Couch Family Papers, 1713-1858
ID
Ms 5
Date [inclusive]
1713-1858
Extent
0.5 Linear feet
General Physical Description note
(1 box, 275 items, 2 oversize items)
Language
English
Abstract
This collection contains personal and financial papers from the Couch family of Fairfield, CT in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Preferred Citation note

Item, Collection Title, Collection number (Box #, Folder #). Fairfield Museum and History Center, Fairfield, Connecticut.

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Biographical/Historical note

This Couch family settled in Fairfield in the middle of the 17th century. As the collection indicates, these were people of property. Many of the items belonged to Simon Couch (1729-1809) who settled in Green's Farms and was a farmer, merchant, town official and tax collector. His daughter Abigail married William Sherwood. More genealogical information can be found in the following:

The History of Fairfield by Elizabeth Hubbell Schenck, New York, 1889.  History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Vol. I, Part I by Donald Lines Jacobus, Fairfield, CT, 1930.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of one box containing bills, correspondence, deeds, financial records and legal papers, real estate papers, wills, Yale school papers and ledgers. Of particular note is Folder K with indenture servant and slave papers. There are two oversize items: Simon Couch, Jr.'s Practical Survey Work Book and a genealogy of the Couch family.

The deeds, misc. ledgers and writs are listed by date. All other categories are alphabetized.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Fairfield Museum and History Center

370 Beach Rd.
Fairfield, CT
203-259-1598

Conditions Governing Access note

There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Conditions Governing Use note

Use of the material requires compliance with the Fairfield Museum and History Center regulations.

Processing Information note

This collection was processed by Martha Rockwell in March 1981.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

The papers in this collection interrelate with the Sherwood Papers, MS 7.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Greens Farms (Conn.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Sherwood, Abigail Couch, 1782-1858

Subject(s)

  • Account books--Connecticut--Fairfield.
  • Deeds--Connecticut--Fairfield.
  • Real property--Connecticut--Fairfield County.
  • Receipts (financial records)

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Collection Inventory

 Folder A Bills and Bills Receipted 1786-1832   15.0 items

Daniel Andrews 

Joseph B. Couch 

Sam. B. Sherwood 

Simon Couch   3.0 items

William Couch   8.0 items

Unidentified 

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 Folder B Business Correspondence 1805-1819   23.0 items

From Wm. Couch to Simon Sherwood 1805-1819   3.0 items

From Wm. Couch to Wm. Sherwood 1805-1812   20.0 items

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 Folder C Business Correspondence   15.0 items

From Wm. Couch to William Sherwood 1813-1821 

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 Folder D Personal Correspondence 1803-1818   10.0 items

Abigail Couch to Simon Couch 1804 

Hiram Couch to Wm. Sherwood 1817 

Simon Couch to Simon Couch, Jr. 1803-1805   3.0 items

Wm. Couch to Abigail Couch 1818 

Wm. Couch to Simon Couch 1804-1805   3.0 items

Wm. Couch to William Sherwood 1804 

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 Folder E Deeds 1713-1799   22.0 items

From Joseph Wakeman to Simon Couch 1738 

From Martha Goreham to Mary Couch 1779 

From Josiah Couch to Mary Couch 1781 

From Hezekiah and Sarah Banks to Simon Couch 1783 

From Simon Couch Jr. to Simon Couch 1789 

From Dennie Chapman to Simon Couch 1789 

From William Heron, et al. to Simon Couch 1791 

From Simon Couch, Jr. to Simon Couch 1792 

From Thomas Nash to Simon Couch 1794 

From Daniel Chapman to Simon Couch 1795 

From Lovel Chapman to Simon Couch 1795 

From Gershom Bulkley to Simon Couch 1795 

From James Chapman, Jr. to Simon Couch 1796 

From John Green to Abigail Couch 1713 

From David and Mary Couch to Joseph Couch 1797 

From Joseph Couch to David and Mary Couch 1797 

From Burr Jennings to Simon Couch 1797 

From Thomas and Abigail Davis to Simon Couch 1798 

From David Hubill to Simon Couch 1799 

From Lovell Chapman to Simon Couch 1799 

From Jeremiah Osborn to Simon Couch 1799 

From Stephen and Stephen Godfrey, Jr. to Simon Couch 1799 

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 Folder F Deeds 1801-1822   27.0 items

From Jere Davis to Simon Couch 1801 

From Burr Jennings to Simon Couch 1801 

From Ebenezer Coley to Joseph Couch 1802 

From Joseph Taylor to Joseph Couch 1805 

From Moses Taylor to Joseph Couch 1805 

From Simon Couch to Simon Couch, Jr. 1805 

From Simon Couch to Wm. Sherwood 1806 

From Simon Couch to Abigail Sherwood 1808 

From Wm. and Simon Couch to Abigail Sherwood 1808 

From Abigail Couch to Abigail Sherwood 1808 

From Hide to Betty Couch 1812 

From Solomon Morehouse to to Joseph Couch 1812 

From Samuel Morehouse to Joseph Couch 1812 

From Simon Couch to Wm. Sherwood, Jr. 1812 

From Morehouse Coley to Joseph Couch 1812 

From Beaty and Taylor to Joseph Couch 1812 

From Joseph Couch to Daniel C. Banks 1812 

From James Beaty to Joseph Couch 1813 

From Hurlbutt and Taylor to Joseph Couch 1813 

From Nehemiah Couch to Joseph Couch 1814 

From Josiah Couch to Joseph Couch 1814 

From Daniel Banks to Joseph Couch 1815 

From Albert Chapman to Joseph Couch 1819 

From Hezekiah and Girshom Smith 1819 

From William Couch to Abigail Sherwood 1819 

From Zalmon Burr to Abigail Sherwood 1822 

From Dan Taylor to Abigail Sherwood 1822 

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 Folder G Deed   1.0 item

From Nehemiah and Zebulon Couch to Neomy Couch (photocopy) 1790 

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 Folder H Financial Accounts, Miscellaneous 1804-1823   9.0 items

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 Folder I Receipts 1722-1838   17.0 items

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 Folder J Promissory Notes to: 1786-1815   9.0 items

Abigail Couch 1811 

Samuel Couch, Jr. 1792-1808   5.0 items

John Hyde 1815 

William Sherwood, Jr. 1814 

Eliphalet Thorp 1786 

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 Folder K Indenture and Slave Papers 1781-1812   8.0 items

Indentures (servants) 

Simon Couch and Joanna Lacy 1783   2.0 items

Simon Couch and Lockwood Monroe 1807   2.0 items

Simon Couch and Sarah 1781-1782   2.0 items

Slaves 

Joseph Hawley to Simon Couch 1789 

William Couch to William Sherwood, Jr. 1812 

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 Folder L Legal Papers, Miscellaneous 1795-1858   13.0 items

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 Folder M Map and Military Papers 1772-1811   3.0 items

Map of estate of Thomas Couch 1772 

Military certificate to Simon Couch 1808 

Military discharge to Simon Couch 1811 

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 Folder N Probate and Wills 1784-1815   9.0 items

Samuel Couch 1784   4.0 items

Simon Couch 1805-1815   4.0 items

Samuel Taylor 1789 

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 Folder O Real Estate 1788-1814   7.0 items

Agreements with Simon Couch   4.0 items

House rents   2.0 items

Inventory of Greens Farms 

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 Folder P Simon Couch's Yale School Papers   19.0 items

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 Folder Q Simon Couch's Yale School Papers   13.0 items

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 Folder R Tax lists   12.0 items

Simon Couch 1785-1805   7.0 items

unidentified 1784-1788   5.0 items

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 Folder S Writs 1757-1826   12.0 items

Joseph Couch vs. Benjamin Wynkop 1757 

Samuel Bradley vs. Solomon Couch 1771 

John Allen vs. Nehemiah Couch 1772 

Jonathan Bulkly vs. Solomon Couch 1772 

Solomon Couch vs. Thomas Couch 1773 

Benjamin Sherwood vs. Thomas Couch 1773 

Solomon Couch vs. Eunice Odle 1774 

Solomon Couch vs. John Crossman 1774 

Isaac Elwood vs. Simon Couch 1787 

Gideon Couch vs. Thomas Nash 1791 

Cornelius Hall vs. Simon Couch 1797 

Joshua Couch, et al. vs. Thos F. Rowland 1826 

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 Folder T Miscellaneous and Genealogy   2.0 items

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 Folder U Loose Papers from Simon Couch's Ledger (Oversize Item A) 1782-1894   19.0 items

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 Folder V Loose Papers from Simon Couch's Ledger (Oversize Item B) 1795-1808   13.0 items

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 Folder W Simon Couch's Ledgers   4.0 items

1785-1786 

1787-1792 

1798-1800 

1800 

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 Folder X Simon Couch's Ledgers   5.0 items

1802 

1803 

1805 

1805-1807 

1807 

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 Folder Y Simon Couch, Jr.'s Practical Survey Book 

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 Folder Z Ancestors and Descendants of Horace Smith & Elizabeth Matilda Couch, 1635-1935 

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 Oversize Item A Simon Couch's Ledger 1782-1794 

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 Oversize Item B Simon Couch's Ledger 1795-1808 

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