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Susan Nye Hutchison

Other Name:
Susan Nye
Home Town:
Amenia, NY
Later Residences:
Raleigh, NC
Augusta, GA
Adam Hutchison (February 10, 1825)
Biographical Notes:
Susan Nye Hutchinson of Amenia, New York was the daughter of Silvenus and Silvenia Nye. It is believed that Susan may have recieved a formal education at the Litchfield Female Academy like her sister Amanda. In 1815, she left her family's home in Amenia, NY to travel to North Carolina where she began her career in teaching at the Raleigh Female Academy. In 1823 she traveled to Georgia with her sister Amanda. She met and married Adam Hutchison, a widower with three children, and opened "Miss Hutchison's School" in 1827. The two had financial struggles throughout their marriage, and Susan's diary indicates that Adam also struggled with managing anger. In 1830, she traveled north to Amenia where she left her sister Amanda and her two eldest sons. She returned to Augusta to Susan's ability to earn ...

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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.
[We are currently working to update and confirm citations of attendance.]
Secondary Sources:
Tolley, Kim Heading South to Teach: The World of Susan Nye Hutchison, 1815-1845, University of North Carolina Press, 2015.

Hutchison, Susan Davis Nye African repository and colonial journal, "Mrs. Hutchinson's [sic] Letter," American Colonization Society, Volume XII, No 5., 1836. Accessed at April 7, 2017.

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