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Esther Austin Holmes

Other Name:
Esther Austin
August 30, 1802
Home Town:
New Hartford, CT
Uriel Holmes (October 24, 1794)
Biographical Notes:
Esther Austin Holmes is believed to have attended the Litchfield Female Academy. As one of the two daughters of Aaron Austin and Esther Kellogg Austin, prominent citizens of Litchfield County, it is likely that Esther was sent to the Female Academy like her sister Clarinda. After finishing her studies at the Female Academy Esther married Uriel Holmes of Litchfield, who was a 1784 graduate of Yale College, Litchfield Law School student, lawyer, and United States Congressman. During their marriage Esther and Uriel had three children.

Years at LFA:

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.]

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