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Emily Lester Smith

Other Name:
Emily Malvina Lester
Home Town:
Groton, CT
Later Residences:
Rochester, NY
Elijah Frederick Smith (December 28, 1825)
Biographical Notes:
Emily Lester Smith was the daughter of Henry and Rebecca Barber Lester of Groton, Connecticut. In 1823 Emily travelled from her hometown to Litchfield, Connecticut where she studied at Sarah Pierce's Female Academy. Two year later she married Elijah Frederick Smith of Groton on December 28, 1825. They had seven children, and resided in Rochester, New York. Emily passed away in 1864.

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.
1823 Litchfield Female Academy Summer Session Catalogue (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. More Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1927).
Secondary Sources:
White, Lorraine Cook. The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records: Griswold 1815-1848; Groton 1704-1853. Genealogical Publishing Co., 2000.

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