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Parma Branch Stevens

Other Name:
Parma Branch; Parny Branch; Parny Stevens
September 17, 1795
Home Town:
Richmond, MA
William Stevens (1816)
Biographical Notes:
Parma Branch Stevens, daughter of Cyprian and Phebe Raymond Branch of Richmond, Massachusetts, attended the Litchfield Female Academy sometime in the early 1800s. In 1816 she married William Stevens of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, but little else is known about her life.

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.
There is a needlework embroidery and watercolor signed "Parny Branch." The work is a watercolor memorial to her two brothers Henry and Orson Branch. Photographed in the book Richmond, Massachusetts by Katherine Huntington Annin, page 41.

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