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Electa Barrell Wilder

Other Name:
Electa Barrell
April 14, 1797
January 4, 1878
Home Town:
Williamstown, MA
Later Residences:
Lancaster, MA
Sampson Vryling Stoddard Wilder (June 15, 1814)
Biographical Notes:
Electa Barrell Wilder was the daughter of Joseph Barrell, a businessman in Williamstown, Massachusetts. In 1814 Electa may have attended Sarah Pierce's Female Academy in Litchfield, Connecticut. The next year Electa married Sampson Vryling Stoddard Wilder, a businessman from Lancaster, Massachusetts. Little else is known about Electa life. She passed away in 1878.
Additional Notes:
John Pierce Brace mentions Electa Barril in his private journal for the year 1814. It is not clear if Electa attended the Litchfield Female Academy however. Until a more solid citation of attendance can be found Electa will be considered a possible student. (Litchfield Historical Society - Litchfield Female Academy Collection).

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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