Morehouse Family Papers
Ms 20

Summary Information

Fairfield Museum and History Center
Morehouse family
Morehouse Family Papers
Ms 20
Date [inclusive]
1.5 Linear feet (3 boxes, 400 items)
Papers of the Morehouse family of Fairfield, CT mostly consisting of letters written to Sadie M. Morehouse Wakeman in the 1870's and 1880's. Also includes a family account book circa 1735-1847.

Preferred Citation note

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

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Biographical/Historical note

The first Morehouse to settle in Fairfield was Thomas in the middle 1600's. Many of his descendants stayed in the Fairfield area and became farmers, mill owners, military officers, store and ship owners. The bulk of the collection is letters to Sadie Morehouse who married John B. Wakeman. Their daughter, Sarah Wakeman Wood, willed a large amount of land to the Fairfield Historical Society in 1970. For more information on the family, see genealogy in Box I.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection is contained in three boxes. In Box I, Folders A and B hold legal and financial papers. A deed to John Morehouse was donated by Stanley Crane of the Pequot Library [L1982.Feb.2]. Correspondence to Sadie M. Morehouse form the 1870's are located in Box I Folders C-Q and Folders A-H in Box II. Sadie was attending the Connecticut State Normal School in New Britain when she received many of these letters. Letters addressed to Sadie after her marriage to John Wakeman are in Box II Folders I-L. Letters written to Sarah M. Morehouse at Mt. Holyoke College are in Folder M. Many of the envelopes contain several letters. The Morehouse family account book was added to the collection in 2011 [L2001.17.2] and is housed in Box III.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Fairfield Museum and History Center

370 Beach Rd.
Fairfield, CT

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.

Custodial History note

Most of this collection was donated by W. Bradley Morehouse in December 1978 though it has been supplemented with other related material.

Processing Information note

Processed in September 1982 by Martha Rockwell and added to in November 2011 by Marie Jarry.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Wakeman, Sarah Mariah Morehouse, 1859-1910
  • Wood, Sarah Wakeman


  • Account books--Connecticut--Fairfield.
  • Correspondence.
  • Deeds--Connecticut--Fairfield.
  • Writs--Connecticut.

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Collection Inventory

Box I   17 folders

 Folder A Deeds 1749-1895   24 items

Other Finding Aids note

A detailed list of items is available in the Box.

 Folder B Legal and financial papers 1748-1891   20 items

Other Finding Aids note

A detailed list of items is available in the Box.

 Folder C-Q Letters to Sadie M. Morehouse 1866-1877   183 items

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Box II   16 folders

 Folders A-C Letters to Sadie M. Morehouse (cont.) 1877   29 items

 Folders D-G Undated letters to Sadie M. Morehouse   48 items

 Folder H Sadie Morehouse miscellaneous   16 items

Envelopes addressed to Sadie   15 items

Sadie Morehouse's notebook 1876-1877 

Calling cards and wedding invitations 

 Folders I-L Letters to Sadie M. Morehouse Wakeman 1880-1889   55 items

 Folder L-1 Diary 1877 

 Folder M Letters to Sarah M. Wakeman at Mt. Holyoke College 1902-1903   11 items

 Folder M Postcards to Sarah and Samuel Wakeman and Mrs. James E. Beach 1900-1903   58 items

 Folder O Correspondence/history of Morehouse barn 

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Box III-Morehouse family account book 1735-1847 

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