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Virgil Dryden Bonesteel

1806 or 1807
November 3, 1865
Home Town:
Red Hook, NY
Sarah Todd Bonesteel (1840)
Biographical Notes:
Virgil Dryden Bonesteel, the son of Phillip N. Bonesteel and Alida Van Barmer Bonesteel, was born in Red Hook, New York in 1806 or 1807. He graduated from Yale College in 1827 and attended the Litchfield Law School in 1830. He entered politics as a Democrat. In 1850 Virgil was the surrogate for Dutchess County, New York. In 1856 he visited Iowa for health reasons. He was subsequently appointed Director and Treasurer of the Chicago, Iowa, and Nebraska Rail Road Company. He declined the nomination to serve as a Judge on the New York State Supreme Court for health reasons.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1827.
Read law with James Hooker of Poughkeepsie

Profession / Service
Political Office; Business
Local Posts:
Surrogate (Dutchess County, NY) 1844, 1850

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.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School, Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849, 23.
Secondary Sources:
Todd, John E. (John Edwards) The Todd family in America or the descendants of Christopher Todd, 1637-1919 : being an effort to give an account, as fully as possible of his descendants, 1833-1907. Gazette Printing Company, 1920.

Matrimony Notice: Times, Hartford, Connecticut October 10, 1840.

Supplimental to the Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale College 1860-1870 accessed online @

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