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James Kilbourn

May 27, 1816
Home Town:
Litchfield, CT
Later Residences:
Bridgewater, CT
Middle Haddam, CT
Amelia Kellogg Kilbourn (December 12, 1838)
Biographical Notes:
James Kilbourn, son of Whitman and Thalia Osborn Kilbourn, was born May 27, 1816. In 1831 James attended Sarah Pierce's Female Academy in his hometown of Litchfield, Connecticut. He later studied at Yale for two years as a non-graduate, and graduated from the Yale Divinity School in 1843. On December 12, 1838 he had married Amelia Kellogg Kilbourn. During their marriage James and Amelia resided in Bridewater and Middle Haddam, Connecticut and had four children.

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He studied at Yale for two years as a non-graduate, and graduated from the Yale Divinity School in 1843.

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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.
1831 Litchfield Female Academy Winter Session Catalogue (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).

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