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Esther Marsh Loomis

Other Name:
Esther Marsh
March 17, 1792
March 28, 1883
Home Town:
New Hartford, CT
Luther Loomis (July 8, 1819)
Biographical Notes:
Esther Marsh Loomis of New Hartford, Connecticut was born March 17, 1791. In 1811 her parents, Ashbel and Abigail Ward Marsh, may have sent her to Litchfield, Connecticut to be educated at Sarah Pierce's Female Academy. On July 8, 1819 Esther married Luther Loomis, also of New Hartford, and the couple had five children. Esther passed away on March 28, 1883.
Additional Notes:
Esther Marsh Loomis of New Hartford, Connecticut is listed as a subscriber to Sarah Pierce's text "Universal History" in 1811. It is known that not all subscribers necessarily attended the school. Until a solid citation of attendance can be found Esther will be considered a possible student.

-1811 List of Subscribers in Ist Vol. "Universal History" (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 To 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).

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.]

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