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Sarah May Wright

Other Name:
Sarah Sumner May
April 13, 1800
May 26, 1875
Home Town:
Woodstock, CT
Phineas Wright (unknown)
Biographical Notes:
Sarah May Wright, daughter of Caleb and Isabel Chandler May, was born April 13, 1800 in Woodstock, Connecticut. In 1820 she attended Sarah Pierce's Female Academy in Litchfield, and later married a man named Phineas Wright. The couple had at least one daughter during their marriage. Sarah passed away on May 26, 1875 and is burired in Putnam, Connecticut along with her husband.

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.
1820 Litchfield Female Academy Summer Session Catalogue (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. More Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1927).
Secondary Sources:
May, Samuel, comp. Descendants of John May of Roxbury, MA. 1878.

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