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Jonathan Barnes

March 13, 1763
September 24, 1829
Home Town:
Southington, CT
Later Residences:
Tolland, CT
Rebecca Steele Barnes (February 10, 1789)
Biographical Notes:
Jonathan Barnes was the grandson of Stephen and Martha Whedon Barnes of Branford, Connecticut, who settled in Southington. His father, Jonathan Barnes of Southington, married Elizabeth, the eldest daughter of Hezekiah and Sarah Mason Woodruff of Southington.

Jonathan was prepared for college by the Reverend Levi Langdon and admitted to Yale College in August 1780. He graduated in 1784. Barnes then attended the Litchfield Law School and was admitted to the bar there in 1787. He settled in Tolland, Connecticut where he practiced law and represented the town in the Connecticut Legislature for twenty-eight terms. From October 1811 to June 1818, he served as Judge of Probate for the District of Stafford. In 1825, he was appointed Chief Judge of the Tolland County Court but declined to ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1784.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
State Posts:
State Representative (CT)
State's Attorney for Tolland County (CT) 1807-1829
Local Posts:
Judge of Probate for District of Stafford (Stafford, CT) 1811-1818

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.
Handwritten list of names on loose papers titled "prior to 1798," inside Catalogue of Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849).
Secondary Sources:
Loomis, Hon. Dwight and J. Gilbert Calhoun. Judicial and Civil History of Connecticut. Boston: The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1895.

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