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October 2, 1796
January 28, 1867
Scotland Neck, NC
Edmund Wilkins was the son of William Wyche and Elizabeth Judkins (Rains) Wilkins. After attending the Law School, he returned to North Carolina to practice law. His family owned extensive tracks of land in Virginia and North Carolina and were large slave holders. Wilkins managed the family's plantation in North Carolina. He never married and died in Thelma, NC.
"Edm.d Wilkins & myself are the only two Virginians in the office at present_ the character of our state has not stood very high here until very recently _ Those gentlemen who have hitherto attended the lectures have been so remarkable for their dissipation and irreligion_ that in this land of steady habits, they identify with a Virginian, the idea of a contempt of every thing holy & sacred, and habits of the most abandoned profligacy But our landlady tells us that those opinions are undergoing a serious revolution, & condescendingly informs us that Va has not been so well represented for many years as it is at present_ We believe her of course_"
Mason, John Young to Mason, Edmunds
Virginia Historical Society Mss2 M3812 a3
Listed as "Wilkin" from "N. Carolina" on William Samuel Johnson's handwritten list at the Connecticut Historical Society.
Years at LLS:
Attended the University of North Carolina from 1814 - 1815, and graduated from Yale College in 1817.
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.
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CITATION OF ATTENDANCE:
Houghton, Josiah. "LLS Law Notebook 1817-1818." Litchfield Law School Collection, Series 1, Subseries 1, Litchfield Historical Society. Available online at https://archive.org/stream/35102011793091#page/n11/mode/2up.
Handwritten list by William Samuel Johnson, Catalogue of the Students at Law in the school at Litchfield Conn. at & after Aug. 15th 1817, Connecticut Historical Society, Johnson Family Papers, 1722-1863, Box - Johnson Papers.
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