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Sarah Gilbert Post

Other Name:
Sarah Gilbert
December 25, 1789
Home Town:
Gilead, CT
Later Residences:
Middle Haddam, CT
Abner William Post (October 4, 1810)
Biographical Notes:
Sarah Gilbert Post, daughter of politician Samuel Gilbert and his wife Deborah Champion of Gilead, Connecticut, was born December 25, 1789. While the exact date is not know, prior to 1810 Sarah traveled to Litchfield, Connecticut where she studied at Sarah Pierce's Female Academy. On October 4, 1810 Sarah married Abner William Post, with whome she had two children. During their life together Abner was a successful businessman and served as the Director of the Hamden Bank for thirty years.
Additional Notes:
In a letter written by Catherine Beecher to Louisa Wait on January 22, 1811, Beecher commented on Sarah's broken engagement, saying that her family lost it's fortune "by her Uncle's failure" and that "as soon as Alexander heard of it he left her...There was a kind & generous heart that would not have forsaken the afflicted & the orphan in her utmost need.”

Schlesinger Library - Beecher-Stowe Collection

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.
Letter, Catherine Beecher to Louisa Wait, 22 January 1811 (Schlesinger Library - Beecher-Stowe Collection).

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