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Noah Wadhams (1770-1846)

June 6, 1770
September 30, 1846
Home Town:
New Preston, CT
Later Residences:
Plymouth, PA
Elizabeth Barney Wadhams (unknown)
Biographical Notes:
Noah Wadhams was the son of the Rev. Noah and Elizabeth (Ingresoll) Wadhams. He was born in New Preston, CT however his family moved to Wilkes-Barre, PA in 1773 when he was a very young child. Wadhams returned to CT to study at the Litchfield Law School. He was admitted before the Connecticut Bar but returned to the township of Plymouth (outside of Wilkes-Barre) to practice. He passed the bar in Pennsylvania in 1794 and commenced the practice of law. He was Justice of the Peace in Plymouth for a number of years.
Additional Notes:
Samuel Fisher's publication Litchfield Law School, 1774-1833 Biographical Catalogue of Students lists Wadhams as a student but provides a mix of correct and incorrect biographical information.

Years at LLS:

Profession / Service
Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Luzeerne County, PA in 1794
Local Posts:
Justice of the Peace
Commissioner (Luzerne County, PA)

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.
Fisher, Samuel. Litchfield Law School 1774-1833, Biographical Catalogue of Students New Haven, CT: Yale Law Library, 1946.
Secondary Sources:
Kilbourne, Dwight C. The Bench and Bar of Litchfield County, Connecticut 1709-1909. Litchfield, CT: Published by the Author, 1909.

Stevens, Harriet Weeks Wadhams. Wadhams Genealogy New York, NY: Frank Allaben Genealogical Company, 1913.

Harvey, Oscar Jewell and Ernest Gray Smith. A History of Wilkes-Barré, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. New York, NY: Reader Press, 1909.

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