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Henry William Gibbs

ca. 1784
ca. 1850
Home Town:
Litchfield, CT
Later Residences:
New York, NY
Syracuse, NY
Celia Dean Gibbs (September 2, 1816)
Biographical Notes:
Henry William Gibbs was the son of Reuben and Sally Gibbs of Litchfield South Farms, CT. From Litchfield, Gibbs went to New York where he worked as a merchant from 1815 to 1816 in the firm of Gibbs and Hall. While in New York City, he married Celia Dean, an orphan girl who was nineteen. The couple then returned to Litchfield, CT, where they were reported to be living in destitution. Although he was the only surviving son, his father was unhappy with his son's conduct and unwilling to give him any financial support. Gibbs left Litchfield in 1826, and apparantly moved to Syracuse, NY where he later died.

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Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1808.

Profession / Service

help 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.
Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1808, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.

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