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Esther Kissam McMurray

Other Name:
Esther Kissam
ca. 1793
Home Town:
New York, NY
William McMurray (November 19, 1811)
Biographical Notes:
Esther Kissam McMurray, daughter of Peter Rutgers Kissam and his wife Deborah, was born around the year 1793. In 1806 Esther travelled from her hometown of New York, New York to Litchfield, Connecticut where she spent two years studying at the Litchfield Female Academy. Four years after completing her studies she married Rev. William McMurray of Salem, New York on November 19, 1811. The couple had eleven children during their marriage. In 1842 Esther passed away.

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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.
John Pierce Brace, "History of My Poetry Vol. I" (Litchfield Historical Socieyt - Litchfield Female Academy collection).

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