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Ezra Stiles (1727-1795), president of Yale College 1778-1795.
Isaac Stiles was born in Windsor, Connecticut, on July 30, 1697, the son of John Stiles who emigrated from Bedfordshire, England, in 1635. Stiles graduated from Yale College 1722, was ordained in the Congregational Church in North Haven, Connecticut, in 1724, and married Kezia Taylor in June 1725. He died in North Haven on May 14, 1760.
Kezia Taylor Stiles was born April 4, 1702, the daughter of Edward Taylor (1642-1729), American Puritan poet and minister of the Congregational church at Westfield, Massachusetts, who was born in Leicestershire, England, and immigrated to the United States in 1668. Her mother was Ruth Wyllys of Hartford, Connecticut. Kezia Taylor married the Reverend Isaac Stiles of North Haven, Connecticut, in June 1725, and died there in childbirth on December 15, 1727, survived by her husband and her son Ezra Stiles (1727-1795).
Forms part of the Ezra Stiles papers. For a full description of the collection, search by title: Ezra Stiles papers,.
Gift of Ruth Chrisman Gannett, 1973.
Captions in English.
Title devised by cataloger.
Box 1 contains wooden box. Box 2 contains seal and shoe buckles.
One wooden box made in England or Massachusetts, with an attached lid and iron hinges, straps, and clasp; it measures 19 cm high, 27.5 cm wide, and 18.5 cm deep. The box was painted black and lined with printed paper sheets including a seventeenth-century English xylographic broadside featuring Biblical maxims and pictorial devices, and writings by Samuel Sewall. Owned by Kezia Taylor Stiles and signed by her on the broadside lining the lid: "Kezia Taylor / 1725," it was also inscribed at the right edge by her son: "Ezra Stiles. 1760. This was my Mothers / Mn Kez. Taylor of Westfield."
One brass seal owned by Isaac Stiles. The seal is oval, measures 2 x 1.5 cm and is engraved with the initials "IS"; it is attached to the end of a knobbed wooden handle measuring 9.5 cm in length.
One pair of English shoe buckles, circa 1780, featuring paste stones set in a silver bridge with bright-cut steel chapes and tongues. Each buckle measures 8 x 4.5 cm, and is 3 cm high. The pair is housed in its original domed wood box covered with embossed paper and lined with silk and velvet panels; the box measures 4.5 x 11.5 x 9 cm.
The objects were inherited or owned by Ezra Stiles, and passed by descent to his daughter Ruth Stiles Gannett (1765-1808), her son Ezra Stiles Gannett (1801-1871), his son William Channing Gannett (1840-1923), and his son Lewis Stiles Gannett (1891-1966).
3 items :
wood, iron, brass, silver, steel, and paste ;
19 x 27.5 x 18.5 cm and smaller (in 2 boxes).
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