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Abigail Lyman Greene

Other Name:
Abigail Lyman
September 19, 1801
Home Town:
Norwich, MA
Later Residences:
William Greene (1817)
Biographical Notes:
Abigail Lyman Greene, daughter of Erastus and Abigail Bracket Lyman of Norwich, Massachusetts, was born September 19, 1801. In 1816 and 1817 she attended Sarah Pierce's Female Academy in Litchfield, Connecticut. After completing her studies in 1817 she married William Greene, a student at the Litchfield Law School. Abigail and William later lived in Ohio.
"Our coalition parties commenced last Friday week. They will be continued once a fortnight for three months. Their sociability contributes much to my enjoyment; and the exercise of dancing promotes my health."

Written to Abigail by William Greene, December 29, 1818
Box I, #90 RG Coll Cincinnati Historical Society

"The Gentlemen will have a grand ball here on the 22nd in honour of Washington's birth."

Written to Abigail by William Greene, February 16, 1819
Box I, #98

"My old friend Miss Flora C. has considerable talents -- but affectation spoils the whole. She is too aspiring in her disposition. She is constantly reaching after objects that are beyond the circle of her grasp; and imagining herself in a situation where her ambition would make ...
Additional Notes:
On July 13, 1820, William wrote to Abigail that Litchfield Law Student James Davis jilted Litchfield Female Academy student Amelia Peck from New Haven.

#168 GR Papers

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.
1816 Litchfield Female Academy Catalog (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The Univeristy Press, 1903).

1817 Litchfield Female Academy Winter Session Catalogue (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. More Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1927).
Secondary Sources:
Lesley, Susan I. Recollections of My Mother. Boston: Press of Geo. H. Ellis, 1886.

Butterfield, L.H., et al., ed. The book of Abigail and John : selected letters of the Adams family, 1762-1784. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1975.

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