Collection ID: wb

Collection context


The papers, correspondence, and genealogical research of William Beebe include more than two hundred fifty Lyme families from the 17th into the 20th century including his own Beebe and Royce families. His work includes many families in the northeast area of the town and often includes property boundary sketches.
12 Linear Feet
English .


Acquisition information:
The William Beebe papers were donated by his estate.
Scope and Content:

The William Beebe papers are comprised of Beebe's hand-written genealogical research notes, forty history and genealogical reference books, and some personal papers.

The genealogical research is organized around 250 family names. Sources cited are town, state, and church records, family genealogies, memoirs, local histories, newspaper genealogy inquiry services, and correspondence. Some land and probate record references are included along with hand-drawn maps and historical notes on Lyme roads and properties as they relate to particular families. Data are drawn from Old Saybrook, Salem, Colchester, Montville, Waterford, New London and New Britain sources as well as from Lyme and Old Lyme.

Beebe's personal papers include some family photographs, Wesleyan College and fraternity materials, printed matter from Lyme organizations and some personal correspondence. Material relating to his service to the Town of Lyme and the Connecticut General Assembly, as organist for the First Congregational Church or as a jazz musician are minimal. His obituary and other tributes in town publications provide additional sources on these topics.

Biographical / Historical:

William Royce Beebe (1915-2001) was born in New Britain but lived many years in Lyme at Beebe Corners, Beaver Brook Road. He served three terms as Town of Lyme first selectman, nine as the town's treasurer, two terms as the town's Connecticut General Assembly representative, and as organist for the Lyme Congregational Church. He also served informally as the respondent to questions of genealogical interest from individuals, including out-of-towners, seeking to learn about their families' roots in Lyme.


Lyme Public Library
Local History Archives
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Lyme, CT 06371, USA
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