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Harriot Hale Pearce

Other Name:
Harriot S. Hale; Harriot S. Pierce
November 21, 1797
March 27, 1881
Home Town:
Sangersfield, NY
Andrew T. Pearce (1818)
Biographical Notes:
Harriot Hale Pearce, daughter of Justus and Lois Patrick Hale of Sangerfield, New York, was born November 21, 1797. In 1816 Harriot spent a year in Litchfield, Connecticut studying at Sarah Pierce's Female Academy. Two years after completing her studies she married Andrew T. Pearce of Little Compton, Rhode Island. In their seventh year of marriage Harriet and Andrew had one son, Wellington C. Pearce, born in 1825. After living a long life, Harriot passed away on March 27, 1881.

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.
1816 Litchfield Female Academy Catalog (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).

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