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Sarah Smith Williams

Other Name:
Sarah Smith
Home Town:
Watertown, CT
Later Residences:
Boston, MA
New Bedford, MA
Lemuel Williams (January 1809)
On December 24, 1808, a week before her wedding to Lemuel, Sarah's then-fiancé expressed his excitement about his marriage and their future in a letter to his friend and classmate Virgil Maxcy, who was engaged to Litchfield Female Academy student Maria Tallmadge at the time:

"I dwell with particular delight on the circumstance that the wife of my bosom will be the friend of my dearest Virgil."

"O! my Virgil! How ardently I wish that we might all meet together, you & your Maria, I and my Sarah, in the bonds of wedded love, to pass our days in each others vicinity; in the constant interchange of friendship. But such a prospect is too, too blissful for realization. But we may, & I trust shall, often meet in the Good Land of Steady Habits, when for a season we can ...

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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