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Martha Austin Loomis

Other Name:
Martha Maria Austin
Home Town:
Warren, OH
Andrew W. Loomis (March 29, 1826)
Biographical Notes:
Martha Austin Loomis was born in 1806 to Calvin Austin and Rebecca Kent Austin in Warren, Ohio. While attending the Litchfield Female Academy from 1821 to 1823 she boarded at Miss Pierce's house. In 1826 Martha married Andrew W. Loomis, and they had four 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.
Martha Austin wrote an inscription and signed her name in Martha Dwight Denison's album while attending the Female Academy (Litchfield Historical Society - Litchfield Female Academy collection).

Martha Austin is mentioned throughout Mary Wilbor's 1822 diary (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).

1822 Litchfield Female Academy Catalogue published in The Litchfield Eagle on November 25, 1822 (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).

1821 Litchfield Female Academy Catalog Winter Session (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. More Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: ...
Secondary Sources:
Loomis, Elias. The Descendants (by the female branches) of Joseph Loomis. New Haven, CT: Tuttle, Morehouse and Taylor, 1880.

Coleman, Lyman. Genealogy of the Lyman Family. Albany, NY: J. Munsell, 1872.

Kent, Arthur Scott. Kent Genealogy. Private Printing, 1933.

Moore, Edith Austin and Willliam Allen Day. The Descendants of Richard Austin of Charlestown, Massachusetts, 1638. Higginson Book Co., 1968.

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