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Mary Leonard Marsh

Other Name:
Mary Leonard
December 3, 1795
December 21, 1817
Home Town:
Lansingburg, NY
Charles Marsh, Jr. (November 27, 1816)
Biographical Notes:
Mary Leonard Marsh, daughter of Timothy and Mary Baldwin Leonard of Lansingburg, New York, was born December 3, 1795. From 1813-1814 Mary and her sister Caroline received formal educations in Litchfield, Connecticut at Sarah Pierce's Female Academy. Two years later she married Charles Marsh, Jr. on November 27, 1816. Charles, a lawyer originally from Woodstock, Vermont, had been a law student in Litchfield in 1813. Their marriage was cut short however, when Charles passed away in July 1817. Mary's death soon followed in December of that year.
"I perceive by this morning's paper that Mr. Marsh is married to Miss Mary Leonard; it gives me great pleasure, - for I esteem him from my own knowledge of his good qualities and her, from the high estimation in which she is held by others._"
Charles Greely Loring to Mary Pierce, December 11, 1816
Loring Family Correspondence, Litchfield Historical Society
Additional Notes:
Her maternal great grandfather was Reverend Timothy Collins, the first minister of the Congregational Church in Litchfield.

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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.
Mary is mentioned in a letter written by Julia Ann Crosby to Sarah and Hylah evier on October 22, 1813.

John Pierce Brace Journal, 1814 (Litchfield Historical Society - Litchfield Female Academy collection).

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