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Sybil Sears Hamlin

Other Name:
Sybil Sears; Sybil Blackman
September 22, 1813
July 15, 1870
Home Town:
Sharon, CT
Later Residences:
East Bloomfield, NY
Henry W. Blackman (unknown)
Henry William Hamlin (October 5, 1841)
Biographical Notes:
Sybil Sears Hamlin, daughter of John and Almira Gould Sears of Sharon, Connecticut, was born September 22, 1813. In 1828 and 1830 she studied at Sarah Pierce's Female Academy in Litchfield, Connecticut. Sybil married twice during her life. First to Henry W. Blackman. After his death she was remarried to Henry William Hamlin of East Bloomfield, New York. She had six children, and passed away on July 15, 1870.

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.
"Catalogue of the Litchfield Academy ... 1830" (Litchfield Historical Society - Litchfield Female Academy collection).

Sybil wrote an inscription and signed her name "S.B. Sears" in Catherine Williams's 1830 album while attending the Litchfield Female Academy (Litchfield Female Academy - Litchfield Female Academy collection).

1828 Litchfield Female Academy Summer Session Catalogue (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).

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