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Mary Lyman Collins

Other Name:
Mary Lyman
June 27, 1787
May 8, 1879
Home Town:
Goshen, CT
Later Residences:
Blandford, MA
Hartford, CT
Amos Morris Collins (April 30, 1811)
Biographical Notes:
Mary Lyman Collins, daughter of Moses Lyman, Jr. of Goshen, Connecticut and his wife Ruth Collins Lyman, was born on June 27, 1787. Prior to 1811 Mary attended the Litchfield Female Academy, and on April 30, 1811 she wed Amos Morris Collins, a businessman and politician of Litchfield, Connecticut. Like her husband, Mary took her role in society very seriously, and was a founder and Secretary of the Hartford Maternal Association, taught bible class, did mission work in Hartford, worked in jails, visted insane retreats, helped with relief work during the Civil War, and was a founder and President of the Hartford Widows Society. During their marriage Mary and Amos resided in Blandford, Massachusetts and Hartford, Connecticut and had eight children. Mary passed way on may 8, 1879.

Years at LFA:

Profession / Service
Social Activist
Benevolent and Charitable Organizations:
Hartford Maternal Association; Hartford Widows Society

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.
[We are currently working to update and confirm citations of attendance.]
Secondary Sources:
Collins, Clarance Lyman. Collins Memorial. Private Printing, 1959.

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