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Thomas Means

September 28, 1812
July 1, 1876
Home Town:
Beaufort, SC
Later Residences:
Beaufort, SC
Ann Hanckel Means (May 24, 1837)
Biographical Notes:
Thomas Means, born September 28, 1812, was the son of Robert and Mary Barnwell Means of Beaufort, South Carolina. In 1822 Thomas travelled to Litchfield, Connecticut where he studied at Sarah Pierce's Female Academy with his three sisters. Thomas later married Ann Hanckel Means on May 24, 1837, and the couple had one child.

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.
1822 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).

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