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Betsey Day Punderson

Other Name:
Betsey Day
September 21, 1791
April 30, 1876
Home Town:
Catskill, NY
Later Residences:
Pittsfield, MA
Huntington, CT
Thomas Punderson (May 4, 1813)
Biographical Notes:
Betsey Day Punderson was born on September 21, 1791 to Stephen day and Dimmis Ranson Day of Catskill, New York. Around the year 1807 Betsey may have attended Sarah Pierce's Female Academy in Litchfield, Connecticut, as two of her sisters did before her. On May 4, 1813 she married Thomas Punderson of New Haven, Connecticut. After their marriage the two later lived in PIttsfield, Massachusetts and Huntington, Connecticut. Betsey died on April 30, 1876.

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.
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