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Mary Adams Hemenway

Other Name:
Mary Adams
April 7, 1799
February 4, 1873
Home Town:
Andover, MA
Later Residences:
Suffield, CT
Daniel Hemenway (September 18, 1821)
Biographical Notes:
Mary Adams Hemmenway was born April 7, 1799 to John Adams and Elizabeth Ripley Adams of Andover, Massachusetts. In 1816 Mary began her studies at the Litchfield Female Academy, and by 1817 had completed her course work. In 1821 she married Daniel Hemenway. Daniel graduated from Middlebury College in 1815. He tutored there for several years following and at the Andover Theological Seminary in 1819. He was a pastor in Wareham, MA from 1821-1828 and served as Principal of the Norwich, Conn. Female Seminary from 1828-1831. From 1832-42 he was a pastor in East Granby, Connecticut. He taught in Suffield, CT from 1842-1861. The couple had seven children.

Years at LFA:

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.
1816 Litchfield Female Academy Catalog (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).

1817 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).
Secondary Sources:
M.E.B. and H.G.B. The Story of John Adams A New England Schoolmaster. New York, NY: Charles Scribners, 1900.

Catalogue of the Officers and Alumni of Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont: And All Others who Have Received Degrees, 1800 to 1889, Middlebury College, Register Company, 1890.

Newton, CA, The Massachusetts Hemenway family: descendants of Ralph Hemenway of Roxbury, Mass, 1634, 1912.

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