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Mary Jane Forman Seymour
September 15, 1807
Rutger Bleecker Miller (unknown)
Mary Jane Seymour Miller was born September 15, 1807 to Henry and Mary Forman Seymour of Utica, New York. In 1821 Mary travelled to Litchfield, Connecticut where she would briefly study at Sarah Pierce's Female Academy. On July 28, 1828 she wed Rutger Bleeker Miller. Rutger, from Utica as well, had studied at the Litchfield Law School and made his living as a lawyer and politician. Less than ten years after their marriage Mary passed away in 1837.
Her paternal grandfather Major Moses Seymour was a subscriber to the Litchfield Female Academy in 1798.
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.
CITATION OF ATTENDANCE:
1821 Litchfield Female Academy Catalog Winter Session (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. More Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1927).
Jacobus, Donald Lines, et al. A History of the Seymour Family. New Haven, CT: Tuttle, Morehouse and Taylor Co., 1939.
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