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January 11, 1801
Alvin Bradley (June 16, 1823)
Anna Abernethy was born January 11, 1801 to Dr. Roswell Abernethy and Anna Catlin. She grew up in Harwinton, Connecticut and the year prior to attending the Litchfield Female Academy in 1819, Anna attended the East Academy in Harwinton, Connecticut. Four years after attending the Litchfield Female Academy she married Alvin Bradley, but little is known of her life after their marriage.
Her brother, John Jay Abernethy, was born in Harwinton, Connecticut in 1805. He attended Yale University in 1825 and the New York City College of Physicians and Sergeons in 1828. After finishing his education he served as a surgeon in the United States Navy and was in active service during the Mexican War. After 1871 to retired to New York City, and upon his death in 1879 he left a $10,000 endowment to Yale University for scholarships.
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.
CITATION OF ATTENDANCE:
1819 Litchfield Female Academy Winter Session Catalogue (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. More Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 To 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1927).
Bentely, Raymond George. History of Harwinton. Winsted, CT: Dowd Printing Co., 1970.
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