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William VanDeursen

Baptized February 2, 1783
September 26, 1833
Home Town:
New Haven, CT
Later Residences:
Middletown, CT
Mary Cranston VanDeursen (November 28, 1830)
Biographical Notes:
William VanDeursen was the son of Captain William and Martha (Whittlesey) VanDeursen. He graduated from Yale College before attending the Law School. After completing his studies, VanDeursen practiced law in Middletown, CT.

VanDeursen served as a Captain of the Third Regiment of Artillery in the United States Army during the War of 1812. In 1830, he married Mary Cranson who lived to be one hundred years old. They had two children together. He later died in Middletown, CT.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1801.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Military
Admitted To Bar:

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

Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1803, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.
Secondary Sources:
Van Deursen, Captain Albert Harrison. Van Deursen Family. New York: Frank Allaben Genealogical Co., 1912.

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