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Mary Hastings Bardwell

Other Name:
Mary Hastings
May 14, 1864
Home Town:
Hatfield, MA
Chester Bardwell (August 28, 1817)
Biographical Notes:
Mary Hastings Bardwell was born in 1794 to Doctor John Hastings and his wife Sybil Dickinson Hastings of Hatfield, Massachusetts. In 1811 Mary traveled to Litchfield, Connecticut where she attended Sarah Pierce's Female Academy. On August 28, 1817 she married Chester Bardwell, a doctor of Heath, Massachusetts. Little else is known about Mary's life until her death on May 14, 1864.

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.
List of students kept by Hylah Bevier in her 1811 edition of "Universal History" (Locust Grove Estate).

1811 List of Subscribers, in Ist Vol. "Universal History" (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 To 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).

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