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Harriet McNeil Burchard

Other Name:
Harriet McNeil
May 30, 1845
Home Town:
Paris, NY
Later Residences:
Augusta, NY
Paris, NY
Ely Burchard (April 4, 1821)
Biographical Notes:
Harriet McNeil Burchard, daughter of Henry and Margaret Simmons McNeil, was born in 1797 in Paris, New York. As a teenager Harriet attended Sarah Pierce's Female Academy in Litchfield, Connecticut from 1814-1816. On April 4, 1821 she wed ely Burchard, a minister in Augusta, New York. After their marriage the couple resided in Augusta. In 1827 Ely began teaching at the Classical School in the village of Paris Hill, and he later served as the first teacher at a school in Sangerfield, New York. Ely and Harriet had four children, all of which were born in Paris, New York.
"In the afternoon Miss McNeal visited Miss Beecher and just at sun-down she invited me to take a walk with her and Miss Beecher on Prospect Hill; we had a very pleasnt walk indeed. When we arrived at the top of the hill Miss McNeal said that she always liked to look at that little cottage under the hill; it looked so rustic and retired, to which Miss Beecher replied taht she thought it was more pleasant to look at than to live in, a very true observation I think. After a stay of some minutes we concluded to go home. It was quite cool and we had no shawls with us." - Eliza Ogden's 1816-1818 Diary (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 To 1833. Cambridge, MA: The Uiversity Press, 1903).

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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.
A "Miss McNeil" is listed as a cast member in a handwritten copy of the play "Two Cousins" by Sarah Pierce. This likely referes to Harriet McNeil Burchard (Litchfield Historical Society - Litchfield Female Academy collection).

Eliza Ogden's 1816-1818 Diary (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 To 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).

"Rules for the School and Family" and Names of the Young Ladies belonging to Miss Pierce's School in the Summer of 1814 (Archives, Litchfield Historical Society).

1816 Litchfield Female Academy Catalog (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chroicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 To 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).
Secondary Sources:
Dexter, Franklin Bowditch. Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College with Annals of College History, Vol. 6. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1912.

Jones, Pomroy. Annals and Recollections of Oneida County. Rome: Published by the Author, 1851.

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