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Philip Battelle

November 28, 1807
December 1, 1897
Home Town:
Norfolk, CT
Later Residences:
Norfolk, CT
Cleveland, OH
Middlebury, VT
Emma Seymour Battelle (October 12, 1836)
Biographical Notes:
Philip Battelle was a descendant of Thomas Battelle who emigrated from England to Dedham, Massachusetts prior to 1648. His father was Joseph Battelle who settled in Norfolk, Connecticut in 1792 at the age of eighteen. Joseph Battelle became a successful merchant handling dairy products from local farms which he delivered to Hartford and New York City. He married Sarah Robbins, the daughter of Norfolk's Congregational Minister, the Reverend Ammi R. Robbins. They had four sons and five daughters.

Philip, the second of their nine children was born on November 28, 1807. He prepared for college in Lenox and Granville, Massachusetts and attended Yale for two years before enrolling in Middlebury College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1826. He also received a Master's Degree from ...
"Mrs. Stoeckel says that Philip Battell was an odd member of her grandfather Battell's family of nine children. He was very dreamy, poetic and unpractical, - always missing trains- always forgetting things- but courteous and charming in his manners. He was always writing affectionate letters to Mrs. Stockel which he began, in the manner of the English Royal Family, 'My dear Cousin!' He settled in Middlebury, Vermont, where he married the daughter of Judge Seymour, who must have had Litchfield antecedents. He lived in the fine old Seymour house, which is still owned by his descendants. Mrs. Stoeckel remembers him as a handsome and charming old gentleman. He lived to be over ninety, in full possession of his faculties. She asks me to add that Philip Battell never practiced law anywhere."
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Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended Yale College for two years before enrolling in Middlebury College where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1826. He recevied a Master's Degree from Yale College in 1826.

Profession / Service
Admitted To Bar:
Training with Other Lawyers:
He studied law with William G. Williams of North Hartford, CT.

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.
[We are currently working to update and confirm citations of attendance.]
Secondary Sources:
Crissey, Theron Wilmot and Joseph Eldridge. 1744-1900, History of Norfolk, Litchfield County, Connecticut. Higginson Book Co., 1992.

Cothren, William. History of Ancient Woodbury, Connecticut from the First Indian Deed in 1659 to 1879. Woodbubry, CT: Published by William Cothren, 1879.

Howard, Walter E. and Charles E. Prentis, Comp. Catalogue of the Officers and Students of Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont and of other who have received degrees 1800 to 1900. Middlebury, VT: The Register Co., Print, 1901.

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