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Sarah Edwards Lewis

Other Name:
Sarah Holmes Edwards
June 6, 1810
February 4, 1895
Home Town:
Hunter, NY
John Nitchie Lewis (September 3, 1834)
Biographical Notes:
Sarah Edwards Lewis, daughter of Colonel William Edwards and Rebecca Tappan Edwards of Hunter, New York, was born June 6, 1810. Around the age of twelve Sarah was sent to Litchfield, Connecticut to study at Sarah Pierce's Female Academy. On September 3, 1834 she married John Nitchie Lewis of New York, New York. Mr. Lewis a minister, had graduated from Yale College in 1828 and then attended the Princeton Theological Seminary. During their marriage Sarah and John had eight children. She passed away on February 4, 1895.

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.
1822 Litchfield Female Academy Summer Session Catalogue (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. More Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The Univeristy Press, 1927).

Sarah is mentioned in Mary L. Wilbor's 1822 Diary (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).

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