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Martha Lyman Sheldon

Other Name:
Martha Lyman
Home Town:
Norwich, MA
George Sheldon (September 25, 1839)
Biographical Notes:
Martha Lyman Sheldon of Norwich, Massachusetts was born in 1815 to lawyer Sylvester Lyman and his wife Elizabeth. As a young woman in 1829 Martha travelled to Litchfield, Connecticut where she studied at Sarah Pierce's Female Academy. From 1835-1838 she taughter at Miss Martha (Margarette) Dwight's Gothic Seminary in Northampton, Massachusetts. On September 25, 1839 she was married to Rev. George Sheldon of Northampton. During their marriage the couple had six children.

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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.
1829 Litchfield Female Academy Summer Session Catalogue (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).

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