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Abiel Child

November 6, 1799
July 4, 1857
Later Residences:
Wallingford, VT
Woodstock, CT
Suffield, CT
Henrietta Hall Child (February 18, 1826 or 1827)
Biographical Notes:
Abiel Child was the son of Deacon Charles and Eliza (May) Child. After attending the law school, Child was admitted to the bar in Windham County, CT in 1823. He married Henrietta Hall, the daughter of Dickerman and Hannah (Bishop) Hall of Wallingford, CT. They lived in Wallingford, VT, Woodstock, CT and Suffield, CT. They had four children.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Brown University in 1820.

Profession / Service
Admitted To Bar:
Windham County, CT in 1823

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.
Litchfield Eagle, October 7, 1822; Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), 18.
Secondary Sources:
Bowen, Clarence Winthrop. History of Woodstock, Connecticut, Vol. 3. Plimpton Press, 1930.

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