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Margaret M. Hopkins

Home Town:
Philadelphia, PA
Biographical Notes:
From 1816-1818 Margaret M. Hopkins of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania attended the Litchfield Female Academy. While studying in Litchfield, Margaret boarded at Miss Pierce's house.
Additional Notes:
In her November 11, 1899 reminisces, Fanny Lord wrote about Margaret missing Sarah Pierce's 9PM curfew on a night she attended a party at "Aunt Bull's."

"A law student of the party put back the hands of the clock so that when one of the number took Margaret back to Miss Pierce's where she boarded, the house was quite shut up. After knocking Miss Pierce came to the door in night-cap and gown, candle in hand! Some time after this occurrence, during her wedding journey, Margaret and her bridegroom met the young man, her escort, and they all had much amusement over their reminiscences of the encounter.

Emily Noyes Vanderpoel, Chronicles of a Pioneer School from 1792 to 1833: Being the History of Miss Sarah Pierce and her Litchfield School (1903) p. 289.

Years at LFA:
Room and Board:
Boarded at Sarah Pierce's house

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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.
"Catalogue of hte Ladies Academy in Litchfield" 1818 by J.A. Shepard (Litchfield Historical Society - Litchfield Female Academy collection).

Margaret Hopkins is mentioned in Charoline Chester's 1815 diary (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).

Margaret Hopkins is also mentioned in an interview Emily Noyes Vanderpoel did with Fanny Lord on November 11, 1899 (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).

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

1817 Litchfield Female ...

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