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Betsey Cornelius Tompkins

Other Name:
Betsey Cornelius
September 25, 1796
September 28, 1852
Home Town:
Somers, NY
Ira Tompkins (March 8, 1820)
Biographical Notes:
Betsey Cornelius Tompkins was born on September 25, 1796 to Elias and Rachel Stoker Cornelius of Somers, New York. She attended the Litchfield Female Academy in 1816. On March 8, 1820 she married Ira Tompkins. Betsey and Ira had ten children before she passed away on September 28, 1852.

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Related Objects and Documents
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.
1816 Litchfield Female Academy Catalog (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).

A "Miss Cornelius" is menioned in Charlotte Smith's 1816 diary. This entry likely refers to Betsey or her sister Mary (Connecticut Historical Society).

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