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Thrall Family Papers

Identifier: Thrall family papers

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence, family genealogies, deeds for property, military orders, records from estates, military service, and writs and summons spanning the early 19th century through the 1860s. A number of correspondence exist between the women in the family such as Martha, Cynthia, Jane, and Lydia Skinner, as well as the brothers Luke Thrall and Walter Thrall regarding transactions and business. Martha Thrall recalls life in Indiana after settling there in the 1830s, describing the hardships of pioneering to her sister, Jane Thrall, and her mother, Lydia Skinner Thrall. It further contains one file of poems written by members of the family regarding faith and death.


  • Creation: 1765 - 1859


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the John M.K. Davis Reading Room of the Watkinson Library, Trinity College Library, Hartford, Connecticut. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws when using this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with the duplication policy of the Watkinson Library.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information (e.g. social security numbers) in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Biographical / Historical

The Thrall family settled in Granby, Connecticut and New Harmony, Indiana during the late 18th century, where they took up farming. The family genealogy indicates that Luke Thrall Sr.(b. 1752) and his wife had approximately seven children. Son, Walter Thrall (1786-1861), married Lydia Skinner (b. 1787) in 1805, and his brother, Luke Thrall (b. 1784), married in 1808. Walter and Lydia had five children.


.66 Cubic Feet (2 flat boxes)

Language of Materials



Collection is arranged alphabetically by material type.

Guide to the Thrall family papers
In Progress
Michelle C. Sigiel
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Watkinson Library - Archival Collections Repository

Trinity College Library
300 Summit St.
Hartford Connecticut 06106