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Rhoda Wadsworth Clark

Other Name:
Rhoda Wadsworth
February 13, 1784
Home Town:
Litchfield, CT
Later Residences:
St. Mary's, GA
Archibald Bellinger Clark (September 1802)
Biographical Notes:
Rhoda Wadsworth Clark, daughter of Elijah and Rhoda Hopkins Clark of Litchfield, Connecticut, was born February 13, 1784. It is believed that in 1800 and 1802 Rhoda may have attended Sarah Pierce's Female Academy in her hometown. Her father was a subscriber to the Litchfield Female Academy, and likely would have sent his daughter to the school to receive an education. September of 1802 marked Rhoda's marriage to Archibald Bellinger Clark, a law school student who had studied in town two years earlier. During their marriage Rhoda and Archibald had two children that both went on to study at the Litchfield Female Academy as well.

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.]
Secondary Sources:
Connecticut Courant, September 7, 1830, Hartford, Connecticut.

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