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Mary Brainerd

December 4, 1783
Home Town:
Haddam, CT
Biographical Notes:
Mary Brainerd was the daugher of Hezekiah and Elizabeth Johnson Brainerd of Haddam, Connecticut. Having graduated from Yale College in 1763 Hezekiah understood the importance of education, and in 1800 he sent Mary to Litchfield, Connecticut to study at Sarah Pierce's Female Academy. Little else is known about Mary's life before her death in 1806.

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In the Ledger:
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.
Letter, Mary Brainerd, Litchfield, to Miss Mary Wyllys, Hartord, Feb. 1799 (Connecticut Historical Society - Wyllys Family Papers, 1782-1879).

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