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Joseph Tyler Allyn

May 1795
July 9, 1862
Home Town:
Montgomery, MD
Later Residences:
Norfolk, VA
Elizabeth Avery Allyn (1822 Apr 25)
Biographical Notes:
Joseph Tyler Allyn was the son of David Allyn and Desire Tyler. He attended the Litchfield Law School in 1821, and that same year he married Elizabeth Avery of Montgomery, Massachusetts. The Allyns moved to Norfolk, Virginia where Joseph was a hardware merchant and a Director of the Franklin Savings Bank. He was also a member of the Norfolk City Council. Although they resided in the South, Joseph bought his wife's family home in Montgomery, Massachusetts and used it as a summer home. Joseph died in Norfolk, Virginia on July 9, 1862.

Years at LLS:

Profession / Service
Business; Political Office
Local Posts:
City Council (Norfolk, VA)

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.
Litchfield Eagle, October 7, 1822.; Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), 18.
Secondary Sources:
New Connecticut: an autobiographical poem By Amos Bronson Alcott, edited by Franklin Benjamin Sanborn, Boston: Roberts Brothers 1887 contains accounts of doing business with Allyn. Alcott lost a significant amount of property by going into debt to Allyn.

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