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Lucy Bliss Wither

Other Name:
Lucy Bartlett Bliss; Lucy Bartlett Sill
December 24, 1809
Home Town:
Hartford, CT
Henry Edmund Sill (January 31, 1829)
Robert Wither (unknown)
Biographical Notes:
Lucy Bliss Wither, daughter of Judah Bliss and Lucy Lee Bliss, was born December 24, 1809 in Hartford, Connecticut. Lucy's father, Judah, graduated from Williams College and was a noted doctor and politician in Hartford. In 1824 Lucy was sent to Litchfield, Connecticut to study at Sarah Pierce's Female Academy. Five years later Lucy married Henry Edmund Sill of Black Rock, New York. After Henry's death she remarried Robert With, a teacher, from Mobile, Alabama.

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.
1824 Litchfield Female Academy Summer Session Catalogue (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. More Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1927).

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