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Amelia C. Ogden

Home Town:
Litchfield, CT
Biographical Notes:
Amelia Ogden is believed to have been the daughter of the unmarried Aaron Ogden and Eunice Edwards Pollock, a widow. Amelia was given her father's name and a financial legacy. Local lore indicates that she first lived with the family of an African American woman who helped her mother through childbirth in Philadelphia, and then on the farm of a German American family in Princeton. Around 1792, she was sent to Goshen, Connecticut to live with the reverend Asahel Hooker, whose wife was her double first cousin. In 1797, Amelia came to live with Sally Burr Reeve who was also her cousin. It is believed that she attended the Litchfield Female Academy while a resident of Litchfield. She went on to teach French at the school. It is thought that Amelia did not know of her familial connections to the ...
"Another inmate of this family was Miss Amelia Ogden, an orphan, who held the place of a daughter in the household. She was a lady of cultivated tastes and great enthusiasm in all her feelings and pursuits. Her flower-beds were a marvel of beauty and splendor to my youthful eyes, and exceeded any thing of the kind in that vicinity." Catharine Beecher, Autobiography, correspondence, etc., of Lyman Beecher, D.D Beecher, Lyman, 1864 Accessed at May 12, 2023

"Here let me offer a tribute to the friendship of Amelia C. Ogden, a young lady, who forms a part of the family. To a mind uncommonly ...

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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).

"Yards and Gardens of Old Litchfield", circa 1923 April 22-Nov 16" Thompson family papers, Box 3 Folder 35

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