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Erastus Bancroft (1820)
Amanda Bradley Bancroft of Stockbridge, Massachusetts was the daughter of Asahel Ives Bradley and Abigail Rogers Bradley. In 1814 she attended the Litchfield Female Academy, and six years later married Erastus Bancorft, a doctor from Wolcotville, Connecticut. Amanda passed away at the age of twenty-five.
The name "A Bradley" is signed after an inscription in Elizabeth Caltin's 1813-1815 memory book (Archives, Litchfield Female Academy). This inscription could have been written either by Abigial Bradley Hyde or Amanda Bradley Bancroft (sisters attended the Litchfield Female Academy).
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.
CITATION OF ATTENDANCE:
"Rules for the School and Homes" and Names of the Young Ladies belonging to Miss Pierce's School in the Summer of 1814 (Litchfield Historical Society - Litchfield Female Academy collection).
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