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Martha Dwight Denison Sturdevant

Other Name:
Martha Dwight Dennison, Martha Dwight Sturdevant
March 31, 1808
October 20, 1842
Home Town:
New Haven, CT
Later Residences:
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Ebenezer Warren Sturdevant (May 1, 1832)
Biographical Notes:
Martha Dwight Denison Sturdevant was born in 1808 to Austin and Martha Dwight Denison of New Haven, Connecticut. While attending the Litchfield Female Academy from 1818-1822 she boarded at Miss Pierce's house. She married General Ebenezer Warren Sturdevant in 1832. They resided in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
"'She was a lady of very superior education and fine accomplishments, as honest a Christian woman as ever lived, proud of the old Dwight name and cherishing through life every incident of the history of the family, with which she was thoroughly acquainted.' So her husband describes her to the writer."
Dwight, Benjamin W. (Benjamin Woodbridge), The history of the descendants of John Dwight, of Dedham, Mass. 1816-1889 accessed at March 26, 2024

Years at LFA:
Room and Board:
Boarded with Sarah Pierce

Related Objects and Documents
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.
"Catalogue of the Ladies Academy in Litchfield" 1818 by J.A. Shepard (Litchfield Historical Society - Litchfield Female Academy collection).
Dwight, Benjamin W. (Benjamin Woodbridge), The history of the descendants of John Dwight, of Dedham, Mass. 1816-1889 accessed at March 26, 2024

Martha Denison Friendship Album (2010-379-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759.

Mary Wilbor's 1822 Diary (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University ...

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