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Abigail Mitchell Brinsmade

Other Name:
Abigail Mitchell
July 11, 1796
April 26, 1835
Home Town:
Washington, CT
Later Residences:
Washington, CT
Daniel Elliot Brinsmade (September 9, 1819)
Biographical Notes:
Abigail Mitchell Brinsmade, daughter of Simeon and Esther Farrand Mitchell of Washington, Connecticut, was born July 11, 1796. In 1818 Abigial traveled to nearby Litchfield, Connecticut where she spent the year studying at Sarah Pierce's Female Academy. The following year, on Setpember 9, 1819 she wed Daniel Elliot Brinsmade, also of Washington. After their marriage the couple resided in their hometown, and had two children during their marriage. Abigail passed away in Washington April 26, 1835.

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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.
"Catalogue of the Ladies Academy in Litchfield" 1818 by J.A. Shepard (Litchfield Historical Society - Litchfield Female Academy collection).

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