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Eliza Nash Willard

Other Name:
Eliza Nash
February 7, 1786
Home Town:
Great Barrington, MA
Titus B. Willard (1805)
Biographical Notes:
Born February 7, 1786, Eliza Nash Willard was the daughter of Josiah and Rhoda Noble Nash. In 1803 Eliza traveled from her hometown of Great Barrington, Massachusetts to Litchfield, Connecticut where she attended the Litchfield Female Academy. In 1805 she married Titus B. Willard, and the couple had four children during their marriage.

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.
Lucy Sheldon mention's being introduced to Eliza by her brother Losson/Lonson in her 1803 diary (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).

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