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Elizabeth Seldon Eaton

Other Name:
Elizabeth Seldon; Elizabeth Spencer
April 18, 1796
Home Town:
Lyme, CT
Later Residences:
Rochester, NY
Fort Niagra, NY
Fort Gratiot, MI
Joseph Spencer (December 5, 1818)
Amos Beebe (April 21, 1831)
Biographical Notes:
Elizabeth Seldon Eaton attended the Litchfield Female Academy in 1817. Born on April 18, 1796, she was the daughter of Calvin and Phebe Ely Seldon of Lyme, Connecticut. On December 5, 1818 Elizabeth married Joseph Spencer, and the couple had one child during their marriage. After Joseph's death, she wed Amos Beebe of Rochester, New York. Elizabeth and Amos went on to have three children.

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.
1817 Litchfield Female Academy Winter Session Catalogue (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. More Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1927).

Elizabeth Seldon is mentioned as a fellow student by Fanny Lord in an interview given to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel in 1899 (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).

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