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NEHFES Minutes and Ledger Book (1893-1933)

This document, available online at no charge at the Yiddish Book Center's Steven Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library, comprises the (scanned) facsimile of the NEHFES Minutes and Ledger Book (1892-1933) together with explanatory information, translator Miriam Leberstein's intro and her superb English translation, along with an index of names that appear in the MLB.  (clicking on the image takes you to the Yiddish Book Center site in a new browser tab). 

Excerpt from Dr. Stuart S. Miller's Book on the NEHFES Mikveh

This pdf excerpt from Stuart S. Miller, At the Intersection of Texts and Material Finds[:] Stepped Pools, Stone Vessels, and Ritual Purity Among the Jews of Roman Galilee (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2015), describes the 2012 excavation of the NEHFES mikveh in Chesterfield.  The excerpt includes numerous photos of the mikveh remains.  For additional information about the book, see the publisher's website. 

Site Plan of the NEHFES Historic Area

This site plan of the NEHFES historic area (in pdf format) was part of the Historic Resources Inventory Application submitted to the Connecticut Historic Preservation Office on July 27, 2007, by Bruce Clouette, Senior Historian, Public Archaeology Survey Team, Inc., Storrs, Connecticut. 

Invitation to 1892 Synagogue Dedication

A copy (pdf) of the invitation to the May 8, 1892, dedication of the Chesterfield synagogue.  The text reads "The Society of Hebrew Farmers in New England Invites you respectfully to the Dedication of their House of Worship and Education which will take place on Sunday, May 8th, 1892, at one o’clock p.m., at Chesterfield, Conn., near New London. The new Creamery and the houses of our farmers will welcome visitors. Stages will be in waiting at the Boat and R.R. Station, Sunday Morning, from 6 to 10 o’clock at New London." 

Land Records
(1890-1920)

In 2018, NEHFES hired title researcher Carol Spenser to create a database of all land deed transactions, both purchases and sales, in Chesterfield and nearby Oakdale from 1890-1920. We wanted to help member/descendants discover when their ancestors first purchased land and moved to Chesterfield, and to estimate how many individual families lived in Chesterfield during those years.  For additional information about this important project, please read the letter by our president, Nancy R. Savin.

The following searchable and sortable table contains the results of that research.  Additional details on the data appear below the table.

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Grantor
Grantee
Document
Volume
Page
Date
Brown, Henry H. & Sarah P.
Panken, Haiman
warranty
21
566
1890-12-05
Brown, Henry H. & Sarah P.
Panken, Haiman
warranty
21
567
1890-12-06
Ashcraft, James B.
Kaplan, Harris
warranty
21
569
1891-01-25
Kaplan, Harris
Ashcroft, James P.
mortgage
20
531
1891-01-25
Panken, Haiman
Baron de Hirsch Fund
mortgage
24
463
1891-03-17
Cohen, Barnett
Clifford, Harriet A. D.
mortgage
20
535
1891-03-18
Clifford, Harriet A. D.
Cohen, Barnett
warranty
21
574
1891-03-19
Hollandusky, Jacob et als
Staplius, Adeline E.
mortgage
20
540
1891-05-02
Staplius, Robert & Adeline E.
Hollandusky, Fallke & Jacob (& Platuss)
warranty
21
579
1891-05-19
Staplius, Robert & Adeline E.
Platuss, Simon (& Hollandusky)
warranty
21
579
1891-05-19
Hollandusky, Jacob et als
Sheffer, Haman
mortgage
20
544
1891-06-23
Hollandusky, Jacob et als
Staplius, Adeline E.
mortgage
20
545
1891-06-23
Spencer, Everett & Adelaide
Kasan, Bair
warranty
21
588
1891-07-02
Kasan, Bair
Spencer, Adelaide E.
mortgage
20
546
1891-07-03
Fero, Parolina
Wasburd, Hessa & Esac (and Nathan?)
warranty
21
589
1891-08-10
Hollandusky, Jacob et als
Baron de Hirsch Fund
mortgage
20
553
1891-08-24
Kaplan, Harris
Baron de Hirsch Fund
mortgage
20
551
1891-08-24
Kasan, Bair
Baron de Hirsch Fund
mortgage
20
552
1891-08-24
Platuss, Simon (& Hollandusky)
Baron de Hirsch Fund
mortgage
20
553
1891-08-24
Frazier, William A. & Annie
Smonk, Pauline
warranty
21
598
1891-09-21
Smonk, Benjamin & Pauline (Schmauk)
Manwaring, James H.
mortgage
20
557
1891-09-21
Whaley, Mary Ann, et al
Foxer, Shevel & Sha Giltmon (aka)
warranty
21
600
1891-10-10
Schwartz, Paty
Beckwith, John
mortgage
20
560
1891-10-24
Schwartz, Paty
Whiting, Orrin H.
mortgage
24
502
1891-10-24
Whiting, Orrin H.
Schwartz, Paty
warranty
24
499
1891-10-24
Fexer, Shevel & Giltman, Sha
Whaley, Mary Ann
mortgage
20
561
1891-11-02
Panken, Haiman
Brown, Sarah P.
mortgage
20
563
1891-11-24
Fexer, Shevel & Giltman, Sha
Manwaring, James H.
mortgage
20
568
1891-12-03
Schalman, Shem (aka) & Margolis, Aaron
Strickland, Cammella P.
mortgage
20
566
1891-12-30
Strickland, Cammella P.
Solomen, Shem (aka) & Aaron Margolis
warranty
21
611
1891-12-30
Kirsch, Meer
Park, Elbert O.
mortgage
20
567
1891-12-31
Park, Orrin Ray
Kirsh, Meer
warranty
21
612
1891-12-31
Park, Elbert O.
Kirsh, Meer
quit claim
23
339
1891-12-31
Tillotson, Ellen A. & Charles H.
Agudas Achim Society
warranty
21
614
1892-01-06
Steinberg, Samuel
Whaley, Dwight M.
mortgage
24
517
1892-01-13
Whaley, T. Dwight
Steinberg, Samuel
warranty
21
616
1892-01-23
Fox, Benjamin A.
Goldstein, Isaac & Harry
warranty
21
618
1892-02-17
Fox, Benjamin A.
Goldstein, Isaac & Harry
warranty
21
610
1892-02-17
Aiken, Charles P.
Polsky, Max
warranty
21
619
1892-02-24
Kaplan, Harris
Browning, Lewis
mortgage
20
574
1892-04-11
Raymond, Arthur & Gertrude C.
Kaplan, Harris
warranty
21
623
1892-04-11
NEHFES of Montville
NEHF Creamery Association
quit claim
23
346
1892-05-06
NEHFES of Montville
NEHF Creamery Association
quit claim
23
346
1892-05-06
Society of Agudas Achim
NEHFES
quit claim
24
530
1892-05-06
Society of Agudas Achim
NEHFES
quit claim
24
530
1892-05-06
Tillotson, Ellen O. & Charles H.
NEHF Assoc of Chesterfield
warranty
21
627
1892-05-06
NEHF Creamery Association
Isaacs, Meyer S.
mortgage
20
579
1892-06-04
NEHF Creamery Association
Baron de Hirsch Fund
mortgage
20
579
1892-06-04
Mathewson, Ellen M.
Steinberg, Lydia
quit claim
23
352
1892-06-16
Steinberg, Samuel
Mathewson, Ellen M.
quit claim
23
351
1892-06-16
Fexer, Shevel & Giltman, Sha
Nissinson, Herman
mortgage
20
582
1892-06-27
Solomon, Sam & Aaron Margolis
Nissenson, Herman
mortgage
20
583
1892-06-27
Wasburd, Hessa & Esach (Weisburd)
Fero, Parolina
mortgage
20
584
1892-07-09
Cohen, Banet
Polsky, Max
quit claim
23
359
1892-09-27
Cohen, Banet
Polsky, Max
quit claim
23
359
1892-09-27
Polsky, Max
Cohen, Banet
mortgage
20
590
1892-09-27
Polsky, Max
Cohen, Banet
mortgage
20
590
1892-09-27
Polsky, Max
Silberzerg, Benjamin
quit claim
23
366
1892-10-20
Polsky, Max
Silberzerg, Benjamin (aka)
quit claim
23
366
1892-10-20
Polsky, Max
Eiten, Joseph & Rease
warranty
21
641
1892-10-31
Polsky, Max
Eiten, Joseph & Rease
warranty
21
641
1892-10-31
Goldfield, Abraham
Kantorwitz, Lizzie
mortgage
20
595
1892-12-14
Kantorwitz, Harris
Goldfield, Abraham
warranty
21
645
1892-12-14
Staplius, Robert & Adeline E.
Hollandusky, Jacob et als (& Platuss)
quit claim
23
369
1892-12-19
Staplius, Robert & Adeline E.
Platuss, Simon (& Hollandusky)
quit claim
23
369
1892-12-19
Eiten, Joseph
Polsky, Max
mortgage
20
596
1893-01-09
Polsky, Max
Eiten, Joseph
warranty
21
649
1893-01-09
Polsky, Max
Eiten, Joseph
warranty
21
649
1893-01-09
Nissenson, H.
Goldfield, Abram
quit claim
23
395
1893-01-10
Brown, Henry H.
Panken, Haiman
quit claim
23
374
1893-02-27
Panken, Haiman
Baron de Hirsch Fund
mortgage
20
599
1893-02-27
Pankin, Haiman
Brown, Henry H.
warranty
21
653
1893-03-09
Goldstein, Harry
Goldstein, Isaac
quit claim
23
376
1893-03-25
Goldstein, Harry
Goldstein, Isaac
quit claim
23
376
1893-03-25
Steinberg, Samuel & Lydia
Baron de Hirsch Fund
mortgage
20
611
1893-04-03
Mathewson, Earl & Ellen
Steinberg, Lydia
quit claim
23
373
1893-04-06
Cohen, Davis
Arndt, Minnie
quit claim
23
378
1893-04-13
Maynard, Eleanor F.
Ribner, Para
warranty
21
672
1893-05-30
Savings Bank of New London
Darrow, Samuel & Francis Jr.
quit claim
23
386
1893-06-06
Tillotson, Charles H.
Ribner, Para
warranty
21
675
1893-06-07
Browning, Lewis
Kaplin, Harris
quit claim
23
390
1893-06-15
Kaplin, Harris
Browning, Lewis
quit claim
23
390
1893-06-15
Fefer, Shevel & Giltman, Sha (aka)
Baker, Frank E.
warranty
21
685
1893-07-19
Weisburd, Isaac & Hassa (Wasburd)
Weisburd, Nathan
warranty
21
687
1893-09-02
Margolies, Aaron
Greenberg, Jacob
mortgage
20
625
1893-09-22
Weisburd, Nathan (aka)
Pilatsky, Samuel
warranty
21
688
1893-09-23
Kantowitz, Harris
Goldfield, Abram
quit claim
23
393
1893-10-17
Smonk, Pauline & Benjamin (Smouk)
Baron de Hirsch Fund
mortgage
20
628
1893-10-17
Goldfield, Abram
Kantorwitz, Lizzie
mortgage
20
629
1893-10-19
Solomon, Sam
Nissenson, Herman
mortgage
20
630
1893-10-25
Goldfield, Abram
The Baron de Hirsch Fund
mortgage
20
633
1893-11-04
Kantowitz, Lizzie
Goldfield, Abram
quit claim
23
394
1893-11-04
Solomen, Shem (Sam Solomon?)
Nissenson, Herman
mortgage
20
632
1893-11-04
Fexer, Sevel
Harbison, William C.
mortgage
20
634
1893-11-21
Eiten, Joseph et als
Yavner, Banet et als
warranty
21
696
1893-12-03
Eiten, Joseph et al
Yavner, Banet
warranty
21
696
1893-12-03
Polsky, Max
Aiken, Charles P.
mortgage
26
2
1894-01-06
Weisburd/Wisburd, Nathan (aka)
Levinson, David
warranty
27
5
1894-01-06
Platurs, Simon
Cohen, Morris
lease
24
641
1894-01-12
Maynard, Eleanor F.
Schwartz, Pata
warranty
27
6
1894-01-13
Pilatsky, Samuel
Weisburd, Nathan (aka)
quit claim
23
398
1894-01-16
Vibber, Elisha W.
Klim, Solomon
quit claim
23
401
1894-02-02
Klim, Solomon
Strickland, S. W.
mortgage
26
10
1894-02-03
Klim, Solomon
Polsky, Idie L.
warranty
27
14
1894-02-10
Klim, Solomon
Polsky, Idie L.
warranty
27
14
1894-02-10
Polsky, Idie
Klim, Solomon
mortgage
26
17
1894-03-10
Eaton, Joseph (aka)
Silberzwig, Benjamin
quit claim
23
409
1894-03-15
Silberzwig, Benjamin
Bonn, Michael
mortgage
26
20
1894-03-22
Goldfield, Abram
Goldfield, Martha
quit claim
23
411
1894-03-27
Eiten, Joseph
Seigel, Sarah
mortgage
26
23
1894-05-12
Goldfield, Abram
Kantorwitz, Harris
mortgage
26
21
1894-05-12
Goldfield, Abram & Martha
Baker, Henry A.
mortgage
26
25
1894-05-26
Kantowitz, Harris
Goldfield, Abram
quit claim
23
414
1894-05-26
Schwartz, P.
Beckwith, John
mortgage
24
679 ?
1894-07-26
Yavner, Phillip P.
Yavner, Banet & Sapera, Esther
quit claim
23
421
1894-08-09
Yavner, Phillip
Yavner, Banet & Sapera, Esther
quit claim
23
421
1894-08-09
Eiten, Joseph
Seigal, Sarah
agreement
24
689
1894-08-23
Nissenson, Herman
Bloom, Joseph
contract
24
688
1894-08-30
Nissenson, Herman (aka)
Bloom, Joseph
lease
24
684
1894-08-30
Tillotson, Charles H.
Ribner, Para
warranty
27
35
1894-08-30
Tillotson, Charles H.
Ribner, Para
warranty
27
33
1894-08-30
Eiten, Rosie
Nissenson, Herman
mortgage
26
30
1894-09-08
Howe, Frank
Eiten, Rosa
warranty
27
38
1894-09-08
Owarrow, Rosie & Gersham
Rosenthal, Benjamin & Lena
mortgage
26
31
1894-09-08
Rosenthal, Benjamin & Lena
Owarrow, Rosa
warranty
27
39
1894-09-08
Kaplan, Harris
Nissenson, Herman
mortgage
26
32
1894-09-29
Kirsch, Myers
Handler, Regina
mortgage
26
35
1894-10-09
Ashcraft, Nancy Estate
Kaplan H.
warranty
27
43
1894-10-12
Kaplan, Harris
Williams, Maria
mortgage
26
36
1894-10-12
Kasan, Bair
Nissenson, Herman
mortgage
26
38
1894-10-17
Schwartz, P.
Beckwith, Joseph
mortgage
24
679
1894-10-19
Klim, Solomon & Ade L. Plosky
Baron de Hirsch Fund
mortgage
26
40
1894-11-01
Kasan, Bair
Baron de Hirsch Fund
mortgage
26
41
1894-11-17
Schwartz, Paty
Beckwith, John
mortgage
26
44
1894-11-19
Bloom, Joseph
Nesserman, Herman (aka)
warranty
27
50
1894-11-30
Beckwith, John
Swartz, Patsy (aka Schwartz)
quit claim
23
429
1894-12-08
Eiten, Rosa
Swartz, P.
warranty
27
53
1894-12-08
Eiten, Rosa
Schwartz, P.
warranty
27
53
1894-12-08
Polsky, Max & Idie
Nissenson, Herman
mortgage
26
47
1894-12-08
Whiting, Orrin H.
Schwartz, Paty
quit claim
25
12
1894-12-08
Whiting, Orrin H.
Swartz, P.
quit claim
23
430
1894-12-08
Brainard, Martin V. B.
Satulow, Morris
quit claim
23
431
1894-12-15
Day, Thomas W., et als
Satulow, Moses, Rosy & Ike
warranty
27
54
1894-12-15
Satulow, Morris, Rosy & Ike
Day, Thomas W.
mortgage
26
50
1894-12-15
Satulow, Morris, Rosy & Ike
Brainard, Martin V. B.
mortgage
26
48
1894-12-15
Satulow, Morris, Rosy & Ike
Nissenson, Herman
mortgage
26
49
1894-12-15
Kaplan, Harris
Kassan, Bair
warranty
27
55
1894-12-22
Kassan, Bair
Kaplan, Harris
warranty
27
55
1894-12-22
Polsky, Max
Eiten, Joseph
quit claim
23
435
1895-01-10
Polsky, Max
Eiten, Joseph
quit claim
23
435
1895-01-10
Silberzvig, Benjamin
Eiten, Joseph
warranty
27
59
1895-01-10
Silberzvig, Benjamin (aka)
Eiten, Joseph
warranty
27
59
1895-01-10
Seigal, Sarah
Eiten, Joseph
mortgage
25
20
1895-01-10
Clifford, Harriet A.
Eiten, Joseph
quit claim
23
439
1895-01-23
Eiten, Joseph
Strickland, S. W.
warranty
27
60
1895-01-23
Eiten, Joseph
Stanton, Charles L.
mortgage
26
53
1895-01-23
Handler, Regina
Kirsch, Myers
quit claim
23
440
1895-01-24
Steinberg, Samuel & Lydia
Stanton, John D.
mortgage
26
56
1895-02-08
Steinberg, Samuel & Morris
Baron de Hirsch Fund
mortgage
26
59
1895-03-01
Eiten, Joseph
Baron de Hirsch Fund
mortgage
26
60
1895-04-18
Stanton, Charles L.
Eiten, Joseph
mortgage
25
41
1895-04-19
Pankin, H.
Shelsinger, Cimon
warranty
27
70
1895-05-21
Eiten, Joseph
Parlin, Mehle
mortgage
26
65
1895-06-03
Kaplan, Harris
Kaplan, John & Julius
warranty
27
75
1895-06-03
Kaplan, Harris
Kaplan, John R. & Julius
warranty
27
75
1895-06-03
Eiten, Joseph
Strickland, S. W.
mortgage
26
68
1895-07-08
Eiten, Joseph
Browning & Gallup
mortgage
26
69
1895-07-11
Solomon, Samuel
Magolis , Aaron (aka)
quit claim
23
449
1895-07-17
Smonk, Pauline & Benjamin
Baron de Hirsch Fund
mortgage
26
70
1895-07-17
Magolis, Aaron (aka)
Solomon, Samuel
quit claim
23
450
1895-07-18
Schwartz, Paty
Baron de Hirsch Fund
mortgage
26
71
1895-07-22
Kaplan, John R. & Julius
Kaplan, Harris
warranty
27
81
1895-09-06
Kaplan, John R. & Julius
Kaplan, Harris
warranty
27
81
1895-09-06
Williams, Maria
Kaplan, Harris
quit claim
23
452
1895-09-11
Kaplan, Harris
Williams, Maria
mortgage
26
72
1895-09-12
Kaplan, Harris
Kaplan, John L. & Julius
warranty
27
82
1895-09-18
Kaplan, Harris
Kaplan, John R.& Julius
warranty
27
82
1895-09-18
Kaplan, Harris
Stanton, Benjamin
mortgage
26
75
1895-10-24
Kaplan, Harris
Baron de Hirsch Fund
mortgage
26
76
1895-10-25
Kaplan, John & Julius
Baron de Hirsch Fund
mortgage
26
78
1895-11-02
Nissenson, Herman
Solomon, Samuel
quit claim
23
458
1895-11-06
Solomon, Samuel
Nissenson, Herman
mortgage
26
79
1895-11-06
Solomon, Samuel
Baron de Hirsch Fund
mortgage
26
80
1895-11-07
Kaplan, Harris
Nissenson, Herman
mortgage
26
83
1895-12-03
Goldstein, Isaac
Cohen, Morris
lease
25
89
1896-02-12
Chadwick, Ellen M.
Ritchie, Wolf (Reitchie)
quit claim
23
472
1896-02-15
Reitchie, Wolf (Ritchie)
Federman, Sara
warranty
27
93
1896-02-15
Ritchie, Wolf
Federman, Sara
warranty
27
93
1896-02-15
Schlasinger, Simon
Goldman, Barney
warranty
27
107
1896-04-23
Goldfield, Abraham
Baron de Hirsch Fund
foreclosure
25
108
1896-04-29
Bendett, Max, Louis, Moses, & Harry
Comstock Bldg & Loan
mortgage
25
120
1896-05-01
Murphy, Patrick
Bendett, Max, Louis, Moses, & Harry
warranty
25
113
1896-05-01
Kaplan, Harris
NEHF Assoc of Chesterfield
warranty
27
114
1896-06-01
Kaplan, Harris
NEHF Association of Chesterfield
warranty
27
114
1896-06-01
Hollandusky, Jacob et als
Baron de Hirsch Fund
foreclosure
25
130
1896-07-21
Platuss, Simon (& Hollandusky)
Baron de Hirsch Fund
foreclosure
25
130
1896-07-21
Chataroo, Machol (Chutroo)
Stanton, Charles F.
mortgage
26
105
1896-08-21
Chatroo, Machol (Chutroo)
Strickland, S. W.
mortgage
26
106
1896-08-21
Eiten, Joseph
Stanton, Charles F. et al
foreclosure
25
146
1896-08-21
Stanton, Charles F.
Chatoror, Michol (Chutroo)
warranty
27
123
1896-08-21

Notes on the database:

Types of Documents: The database contains two main types of recorded documents: deeds and mortgages.

  • Deeds transfer ownership of property from the grantor to the grantee (a “quit claim” deed transfers property without evidence of a clear title, while a “warranty” deed transfers property with evidence of a clear title).

  • Mortgages are claims on property (as a condition for financing). The grantor, or borrower, is the party receiving the financing, while the grantee, or lender, is the party extending the financing.

For each recorded transaction, the first column lists the grantor (i.e., the property transferor in the case of a deed, or the borrower in the case of a mortgage), while the second column lists the grantee (i.e., the property transferee in the case of a deed, or the lender in the case of a mortgage).

 

There are more than 1,000 entries–you can scroll through the records using the scroll bar on the right side of the table, or using the scroll wheel of your mouse. There are several tools to make it easier to find a particular name:

  • You can alphabetically sort by last name of either the grantor or the grantee using the "Sort by" selector in the upper right corner of the table.  You might want to try sorting each way, because your ancestor might have fallen into either category.  In addition, you can use the selector to sort by the date of the transaction.

  • Alternatively, you can enter a few letters from a person’s name (either first or last name) into the Search box in the upper left corner of the database and then hit the "Search" button (keeping in mind that there were often spelling variations when transliterating from Yiddish to English). You can further sort these search results by grantor/grantee/date using the "Sort by" selector.

  • To return to the full database after a search, hit the "Reset Table" button at the top of the table.

Copies of individual deeds, which specify acreage, cost and location, can be ordered for $1.00 per page by calling the Montville Town Clerk (860-848-6784).