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Sarah Alling Punderson

Other Name:
Sarah Alling
David Punderson (unknown)
Biographical Notes:
Sarah Alling Punderson, daugher of Samuel Alling, attended the Litchfield Female Academy as a young woman. While in Litchfield Sarah met a Mr. Punderson, who is likely to be the David Punderson who she later married.
Additional Notes:
Hylah Bevier's 1809 Diary mentions that "Mr. Punderson" was at a party at Ms. Pierce's. (Locust Grove Estate).

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.
Sarah Punderson was included in Emily Noyes Vanderpoel's research on the Litchfield Female Academy. A photograph of Mrs. Punderson and a needlework she created as a young girl are illustrated in Chronicles of a Pioneer School. (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).

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