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Polly Phelps Wilmot

Home Town:
Litchfield, CT
Caleb Croswell (unknown)
Walker Wilmot (unknown)
Biographical Notes:
Polly Phelps Wilmot was the daughter of John and Sally Shethar Phelps of Litchfield, Connecticut. Because Polly's sister Sarah had attended the Female Academy, and because they were a local family it is likely that she studied in Litchfield as well. During her life she married twice. First to Caleb Croswell, with whom she had one child. And second to Walker Wilmot, whom she had four children with.

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.
[We are currently working to update and confirm citations of attendance.]

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