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Chauncey Pettibone Holcomb

December 11, 1803
November 10, 1865
Home Town:
Granby, CT
Later Residences:
Philadelphia, PA
New Castle, DE
Rebecca Taylor Holcomb (January 10, 1839)
Biographical Notes:
Chauncey Pettibone Holcomb was the son of Thomas Holcomb, a lawyer and town clerk in Granby, CT. Holcomb practiced law for many years in Philadelphia, PA. When his wife died in 1851, he moved with his four children to New Castle Delware where he continued to practice law. He was a breeder of Devon cattle and even named his home in Delaware: Devondale.

Years at LLS:

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Agriculture
Admitted To Bar:
February 24, 1831

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, 1848), 20.
Secondary Sources:
McPherson, Elizabeth W. The Holcombes, Nation Builders. Washington, D.C., 1947; Seaver, Jesse. The Holcomb(e) Genealogy. Philadelphia, Pa.: American Historical-Genealogical Society, 1925.

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