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Velina Oakley Wilkinson

Other Name:
Velina Oakley
Home Town:
Poughkeepsie, NY
Gilbert Wilkinson (unknown)
Biographical Notes:
Velina Oakley Wilkinson of Poughkeepsie, New York was born in 1799 to Jesse and Jerusha Peters Oakley. In 1807 it is known that Velina traveled to Litchfield, Connecticut where she received a formal education at Sarah Pierce's Female Academy. Sometime after completing her studies Velina married a man named Gilbert Wilkinson.

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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.
Miss Oakley is mentioned in Sarah Beekman's May 17 - August journal of 1807 (Litchfield Historical Society - Litchfield Female Academy Collection).

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