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Charles Champion Gilbert

November 10, 1844
Home Town:
Gilead, CT
Later Residences:
Zanesville, OH
Deborah Silliman Gilbert (July 26, 1821)
Biographical Notes:
Charles Champion Gilbert, son of politician Samuel Gilbert and his wife Deborah Champion Gilbert of Gilead, Connecticut, was born in 1797. It is believed that like his sister Sarah, Charles may have have attended the Litchfield Female Academy as a young man. On July 26, 1821 he married Deborah Cass Silliman of Zanesville, Ohio. During their marriage the couple resided in Zanesville and had ten children.

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.
[We are currently working to update and confirm citations of attendance.]

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