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Elizabeth Johnston Morrison
Elizabeth A. Johnston
James Morrison (April 23, 1812)
Elizabeth Johnston Morrison of Savannah, Georgia was the daughter of Matthew and Elizabeth Evans Morrison. From 1806-1811 Elizabeth studied at Sarah Pierce's Female Academy in Litchfield, Connecticut. Sometime after completing her education Elizabeth married James Morrison, a former student of the Litchfield Law School. James, originally from Londonderry, New Hampshire worked as a lawyer and politician during their marriage, and the couple resided in Savannah.
"Eliza Johnston, A native of Savannah, Geo. My flame in 1806, 7&8. For the history of this girl, see 'History of Eliza Johnston,' a long work written in 1811 with notes at the close of 1850. She is now livin gin Savannah, a widow of James Morrison. She is about two years younger than I." He later wrote, "Eliza Johnston, who, without exception, had more flames than any girl I knew, even from the 'Sunny South.'" - John Pierce Brace, History of My Poetry, Vol. I (Litchfield Historical Society - Litchfield Female Academy collectoin).
Years at LFA:
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.
CITATION OF ATTENDANCE:
John Pierce Brace, "History of My Poetry, Vol. I" (Litchfield Historical Society - Litchfield Female Academy collection).
1811 List of Subscribers, in Ist Vol. "Universal History" (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The Univeristy Press, 1903).
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