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Melissa Hays Higley

Other Name:
Melissa Hayes; Melissa Hays
October 26, 1783
May 16, 1856
Home Town:
Granby, CT
Later Residences:
Granby, CT
Silas Higley (December 30, 1804)
Biographical Notes:
Melissa Hays Higley was born on October 26, 1783 to Seth and Mehetable Topping Hays of Granby, Connecticut. As a young girl she attended a one room school house near her home in Granby. In 1802 Melissa was sent to Litchfield, Connecticut, along with her two sisters, to study at Sarah Pierce's Female Academy. Two years after completing her studies she married Silas Higley, a lawyer of Granby, and the copule had four children. Melissa passed away on May 16, 1856.

Years at LFA:
Other Education:
Melissa attended a one room schoolhouse prior to studying at the Litchfield Female Academy.

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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.
Melissa is listed as a felow student in Maryan Bacon's 1802 Journal (Litchfield Historical Society - Litchfield Female Academy collection).

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