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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • Arrangement

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Gott and Hastings families papers
    Creator: Gott family
    Creator: Hastings family
    Identifier/Call Number: mssGott
    Physical Description: 20 Linear Feet (30 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1700-1985
    Date (bulk): 1810-1920
    Abstract: Family papers of several generations of the extended Gott, Hastings, Sedgwick, and Baldwin families of Connecticut and New York state.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining permission rests with the researcher.

    Biographical / Historical

    Daniel Gott, New York Congressman, was born in Hebron, Connecticut, in 1794. Ann Baldwin Sedgwick Gott was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, in 1786, to Isaac Baldwin, lawyer and member of the 24th Regiment, Connecticut Militia during the Revolutionary War, and Hannah Sacket Delancey, daughter of prominent Presbyterian preacher Reverend Samuel Sackett. Daniel Gott and Ann Baldwin Sedgwick married in 1819 after her divorce from her first husband Stephen Sedgwick. After having three sons with her first husband, James, John, and Charles, she and Gott had four children: Samuel, Ann, Amelia and Daniel Francis. In 1846, Gott was elected as a Whig to the 30th Congress (1847-1849). In 1848, Gott introduced a resolution abolishing the slave trade in Washington, D.C. which passed, but was later repealed after protests from Southern lawmakers. Daniel Gott died in 1864; Ann lived until 1872. Their daughter Amelia married Francis H. Hastings; they had 11 children. One of their daughters, Ann Clark Hastings married Frederick E. Gott (they later divorced); they had one son, Francis Hastings Gott. Francis Hastings Gott attended Harvard from 1911 to 1913 and when the United States entered the first World War in April 1917, he was sent to France to work with the United States Army Corps of Engineers to supply the allies with lumber. In the 1930s, Gott served in Colorado and New Mexico as a regional inspector of the National Park Service.

    Scope and Contents

    Family papers of several generations of the extended Baldwin, Sedgwick, Gott and Hastings families dating from before the American Revolution to the 1980s. The two largest groups of material that constitute the collection are the papers of Daniel Gott and Ann Baldwin Sedgwick Gott and their daughter Amelia Gott Hastings, her husband Francis H. Hastings, and their children. The following subjects are covered: abolition; lawyers and physicians of New York; the American Revolutionary War; the Mexican War; World War I; Hamilton College (Clinton, New York); Litchfield Law School; Litchfield Female Academy; the United States 30th Congress, 1847-1849; and the United States Army Corps of Engineers. The collection also has material related to women in New York and Connecticut, and the history of Litchfield, Connecticut, Pompey and Rochester, New York, and Washington, DC. The collection covers many aspects of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries of American history. The collection also contains genealogical material for of the Gott, Hastings, Sedgwick, and Baldwin families.
    The collection contains a variety of formats, including correspondence, legal documents, photograph albums, photographs, cartes-de-visite, daguerreotypes, tintypes, pencil drawings, watercolors, ephemera, scrapbooks, manuscripts, speeches, and sermons. There is also one family Bible printed in 1700.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased from Michael Brown Rare Books, LLC, by the Library Collectors' Council, January 2012.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Gott and Hastings families papers. The Huntington Library, San Marino, California, 91108.


    Arranged in the following series: Correspondence (Boxes 1-9); Manuscripts and documents (Boxes 10-15); Photographs (Boxes 16-21); Ephemera and genealogy (Boxes 22-29); Watercolors and drawings (Box 30).

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Abolitionists -- United States -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
    Lawyers -- New York (State)
    Mexican War, 1846-1848
    Physicians -- New York (State)
    Women -- New York (State)
    Women -- Connecticut
    World War, 1914-1918
    Connecticut -- History
    Litchfield (Conn.)
    New York (State) -- History
    Pompey (N.Y.)
    Rochester (N.Y.)
    United States -- History -- 18th century -- Sources
    United States -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
    United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
    United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783
    Washington (D.C.)
    Bibles -- United States -- 18th century
    Cartes-de-visite (card photographs)
    Daguerreotypes (photographs)
    Family papers
    Genealogies (histories)
    Legal documents
    Letters (correspondence)
    Pencil drawings
    Photograph albums
    Printed ephemera
    Tintypes (prints)
    Watercolors (paintings)
    Baldwin family
    Baldwin, Isaac
    Gott, Ann Baldwin Sedgwick, 1786-1872
    Gott, Ann Clark Hastings, 1850-
    Gott, Daniel, 1794-1864
    Gott, Daniel Francis, 1829-1899
    Gott, Francis Hastings, 1886-1966
    Hastings, Amelia Gott, 1825-
    Hastings, Daniel Gott, 1861-1942
    Hastings, Frances Amelia, 1853-1942
    Hastings, Francis H. (Francis Henry), 1814-1895
    Sedgwick family
    Hamilton College (Clinton, N.Y.)
    Litchfield Law School
    Litchfield Female Academy (Conn.)
    United States. Army. Corps of Engineers
    United States. Congress (30th : 1847-1849)