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May 22, 1788
March 16, 1840
Elizabeth Lockwood Gibbs (May 20, 1810)
David Gibbs was born in 1788 in Windsor, Conn., a son of Capt. Samuel Gibbs, who served in the Revolutionary War and then was involved in shipping, and Engeltje (Nancy) Harsin Gibbs. When David was 14, the family moved to Norwalk, Conn. He graduated from the Litchfield Law School in 1808 and two years later, he married Elizabeth Lockwood, daughter of Stephen and Sarah Betts Lockwood also of Norwalk. With a view to practicing law in the newly opening west, he and fellow lawyer Charles Robert Sherman made a trip to the Western Reserve in 1811, which had begun to be settled around 1807. Sherman stayed, but Gibbs returned to Connecticut to accept a position in Bridgeport. When the War of 1812 broke out, he enlisted and was given a commission as first lieutenant in the 37th Regiment, Infantry.
Justice of the Peace (OH)
Clerk of the County (OH) 1825-1840
The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.
Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
CITATION OF ATTENDANCE:
Ledger. "Journals of the Barr - Litchfield County." Litchfield Historical Society; Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany, and Company, 1849), 7.
Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1808, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.
The Firelands Pioneer, vol. XI, Oct. 1874, 83-85.
The Firelands Pioneer, new series vol. IX, Oct. 1896, 105-108.
The Firelands Pioneer, new series vol. XII, Dec. 30, 1899, 542-552.
Williams, William W. History of the Fire Lands. Cleveland, Ohio: Press of Leader Printing Co., 1879.
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