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William Wyche Wilkins

October 21, 1768
September 29, 1840
Later Residences:
Thelma, VA
Elizabeth Rains Wilkins (September 26, 1793)
Biographical Notes:
William Wyche Wilkins was the son of Edmund and Rebecca Wilkins. His family had extensive land holdings in Virginia and North Carolina as well as a large number of slaves. Wilkins returned to Virginia after attending the Law School. He married Elizabeth Rains and two of their sons also attended the Litchfield Law School. He owned the plantation "Belmont" in Thelma, VA.

Years at LLS:

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.]

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