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Laurens Barnes

June 16, 1781
May 28, 1811
Home Town:
Farmington, CT
Later Residences:
Bristol, CT
Biographical Notes:
Laurens Barnes was the son of Captain Daniel Barnes and Jerusha Webster. His father fought in the Revolutionary War and after taking ill at the Battle of Monmouth River, never quite regained his health. Barnes was the first of twelve children. He attended the Litchfield Law School in 1806 and was admitted to the bar on April 12, 1809. Barnes then moved to Bristol, Connecticut and established a law practice there. He never married and died on May 28, 1811 in Waterbury, Connecticut.

Years at LLS:

Profession / Service
Admitted To Bar:
1807 in Litchfield County Court

Related Objects and Documents
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, 1806, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany, and Company, 1849, 6.
Secondary Sources:
Webster, William Holcomb and Melville Rueben Webster. History and Genealogy of the Gov. John Webster Family of Connecticut. Rochester, NY: M.R. Webster, 1915.

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