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Amelia C. Ogden

Home Town:
Litchfield, CT
Biographical Notes:
Amelia Ogden was the illegitimate daughter of Aaron Ogden. She was given her father's name and a financial legacy and then sent to live with relatives. In 1797, Amelia came to live with Sally Burr Reeve who was her cousin. It is believed that she attended the Litchfield Female Academy while a resident of Litchfield, and she eventually taught French at the school. During her time as a student Amelia was courted by several of the law students but never married. She remained at the Reeve house after the death of Sally and Tapping Reeve and acted as a companion to Judge Reeve's second wife. At her death, Amelia inherited the Reeve house where she lived until her own death in 1866. She was finanicially supported by her Devereux nephews, who attended the Law School and lived in South Carolina, until the Civil War when correspondence between the north and south stopped.

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In the Ledger:
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.
She is listed as the French teacher on the 1830 Catalogue of the Litchfield Female Academy (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. More Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1927).
Secondary Sources:
"Aaron Burr, " Evening Post (ca. 1874) photocopy (Litchfield Historical Society - Reeve Collection).

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