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Lydia Ashley Hinman

Other Name:
Lydia Ashley
November 19, 1788
August 17, 1853
Home Town:
Sheffield, MA
Later Residences:
Roxbury, CT
Hartford, CT
Harlem, NY
New York, NY
Royal Ralph Hinman (1814)
Biographical Notes:
Lydia Ashley Hinman, born in 1788, was the daughter of General John Ashley and Mary Ballantine Ashley of Sheffield, MA, and the granddaughter of Col. John Ashley, from whom Elizabeth Freeman (Mumbet) successfully attained her freedom in Brom and Betts v. Ashley in 1781. Lydia's marriage to Royal Ralph Hinman took place in 1814. Royal attended Yale in 1804, and had attended the Litchfield Law School from 1805 until 1806. During their marriage Royal was a member of the Connecticut General Assembly from 1814 until 1831, held the office of Secretary of State from 1835 until 1842, and was a noted Antiquarian. Lydia and Royal had five children (four daughters and one son). On August 27, 1853 Lydia passed away.

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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.
[We are currently working to update and confirm citations of attendance.]
Secondary Sources:
Trowbridge, Francis Bacon. The Ashley Genealogy. 1896.

Dexter, Franklin Bowditch. Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College with Annals of College Hitsory, Vol. 5. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1911.

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