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Elisha Averill

April 30, 1792
June 7, 1824
Home Town:
New Preston, CT
Later Residences:
New York, NY
Biographical Notes:
Elisha Averill was the son of Colonel Perry Averill and his first wife Dorothy Whittlesey. He was the ninth of twelve children. After he graduated second in his class from Yale College in 1814, he attended the Litchfield Law School. Averill was admitted to the bar in 1817 and practiced law for a short time in New York. He died of consumption in 1824.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1814.

Profession / Service
Admitted To Bar:
New York in 1817

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.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), 13.

Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1814, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, Litchfield Historical Society
Secondary Sources:
Avery, Clara A. The Averell-Averill-Avery Family of Ipswich, MA. In Two Volumes, Vol. 1. Press of Evangelical Publishing House, 1906.

Dexter, Franklin Bowditch. Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College with Annals of College History Vol. 6. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1912.;

Whittelsey, Charles Barney, comp. Genealogy of the Whittelsey - Whittlesey Family. Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Lockwood and Brainard, 1898.

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