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Jeanette Humphreys Canfield

Other Name:
Jeanette Humphreys
January 12, 1807
Home Town:
Derby, CT
Later Residences:
New York, NY
Cleveland, OH
Stockbridge, MA
Horace Canfield (September 22, 1825)
Biographical Notes:
Jeanette Humphreys Canfield was the daughter of John and Sarah Curtiss Humphreys of Derby, Connecticut. Born on January 12, 1807, Jeanette received her formal education at the Litchfield Female Academy in 1822. Three yeras after completing her studies she married Horace Canfield of Salisbury, Connecticut. During their marriage Horace and Jeanette lived in New York City, where their first three children were born, and later relocated to Cleveland, Ohio where they would have two more children. After the death of her husband in 1866, Jeanette moved to Stockbridge, Massachusetts where she spent her last years living with her son, Horace J. Canfield.

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.
1822 Litchfield Female Academy Catalogue published in The Litchfield Eagle on November 25, 1822 (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 To 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).

She is mentioned in Mary L. Wilbor's 1822 Diary (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 To 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).
Secondary Sources:
White, Lorraine Cook. The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records: Danbury 1685-1847; Darien 1820-1851; Derby 1655-1852. Genealogical Publishing Co., 1997.

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