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Reynold Marvin Kirby

March 10, 1790
October 7, 1842
Larned Kirby (unknown)
Harriet Larned Kirby (unknown)
Biographical Notes:
Reynold Marvin Kirby was a descendant of Joseph Kirby who emigrated from England and was one of the earliet settlers of Hartford, CT. His parents were Ephraim Kirby, a famous Revolutionary War soldier, and his wife, Ruth Marvin.

After attending the Law School, Kirby practiced law in Pittsfield, MA until the outbreak of the War of 1812 induced him to seek a commission. On July 7, 1813, he received an appointment as third lieutenant in the 3rd U.S. Artillery which was an elite unit. Kirby fought at Crysler's Farm and subsequently gathered two consecutive brevet promotions during the 1814 seige of Fort Erie.

Kirby remained a soldier after the war and spent several years as Assistant Adjutant General on the northern frontier. Between 1836 and 1838 he participated in the Florida ...

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Litchfield, CT on March 29, 1811

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In the Ledger:
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.
Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1809, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, Litchfield Historical Society.

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

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