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Abigail Smith Bacon

Other Name:
Abigail Smith
October 19, 1775
Home Town:
Litchfield, CT
Ezekiel Bacon (October 6, 1799)
Biographical Notes:
Abigail Smith Bacon was born on October 19, 1775 to Rueben and Abigail Hubbard Smith of Litchfield, Connecticut. In 1792 Abigail studied at Sarah Pierce's Female Academy. In 1794 she met Ezekiel Bacon while he attended the Law School in Litchfield. He was an ardent Democrat and Abigail's father, like many Litchfield man was an adamant Federalist. Dr. Smith forbade the engagement, however the couple remained engaged despite her families objections and finally married in 1799. During their marriage Abigail and Ezekiel had five 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.
Bailey, Marcia Edgerton. A Lesser Hartford Wit, Dr. Elihu Hubbard Smith, 1771-1798. Orono, ME: University Press, 1928.

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