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Jeanette Margaret Hart

Other Name:
Jennette Hart; Gennett Hart; Jeannette Hart
August 26, 1861
Home Town:
Saybrook, CT
Biographical Notes:
Jeanette Margaret Hart was the fourth of seven daughters of Elisha and Jeannette McCurdy Hart of Saybrook, Connecticut. In 1819 Jeanette travelled to Litchfield, Connecticut where she spent the year studying at Sarah Pierce's Female Academy.

Numerous stories abound about Hart's supposed affair with Simon Bolivar. Her older sister Ann married commodore Isaac Hull and the couple frequently hosted Ann's sisters on journeys abroad. When they went to South America in 1823, they brought younger sister Augusta. The Hull's were also accompanied by Heman Allen, who married sister Elizabeth and brought her to Chile where he served as minister. At the same time, Jeanette was attempting to regain her health by traveling to Nassau.

1826 newspaper accounts reported of meetings and ...
Additional Notes:
Primary sources for Jeanette Margaret Hart include an album of poetry, located in the Litchfield Female Academy collection, Series 2: Student Papers, Records, and Documents, Folder 55.

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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.
Jeanette Hart kept an Album while attending the Litchfield Female Academy (Litchfield Historical Society - Litchfield Female Academy collection).
Secondary Sources:
Hart, Jeanette M., Cora; or, The genius of America Philadelphia : E. Littell. 1828.

Hart, Jeanette M., Letters from the Bahama Islands, Philadelphia: H.C. Carey and I. Lea, 1827. Accessed at on November 7, 2023

Hart, Jannette M., Nahant : or "The floure of souvenance" Philadelphia: H.C. Carey and I. Lea, 1827. Accessed at on November ...

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