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Mary Gross Hopkins
March 7, 1814
February 12, 1895
John Zacheus Goodrich (April 1858)
Mary Hopkins Goodrich of Stockbridge, Massachusetts attended the Litchfield Female Academy in 1827. Born March 7, 1814 Mary Hopkins Goodrich was the daughter of businessman John Sergeant Hopkins and his wife Lucinda. In 1815 both of Mary's parents died within a few days of other other. Subsequently, she and her sisters moved in with the family of their uncle, Archibald Hopkins, a farmer in Stockbridge. In 1827 Mary, along with her sister Lucinda, attended Sarah Pierce's Female Academy in Litchfield, Connecticut. In 1853 Mary founded in Stockbridge the Laurel Hill Association, first Village Improvement Society in the United States. Five years later, in April of 1858, she married politician John Zacheus Goodrich. While the marriage was Mary's first, it was John's second. Mary passed away on February 12, 1895.
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.
CITATION OF ATTENDANCE:
1827 Litchfield Female Academy Winter Session Catalogue (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. More Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1927).
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