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Laurilla Aleroyla Smith

Home Town:
Glastonbury, CT
Biographical Notes:
Laurilla Aleroyla Smith, daughter of Zepaniah Hollister Smith and Hannah Hickox Smith, was born in 1789. In 1802 Laurilla travelled from her hometown of Glastonbury, Connecticut to Litchfield to study at Sarah Pierce's Female Academy. Several years later in 1823 she taught French at the Troy Female Seminary. Laurilla passed away in 1857.
Additional Notes:
Her sisters Julia and Abby were involved with the suffrage movement in Connecticut.

Her mother was educated by Reverend Benedict of Woodbury who taught her French, Latin, Hebrew, Italian, math and astronomy.

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In the Ledger:
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.
Maryann Bacon lists "Two Miss Smiths" as fellow students in her 1802 Journal (Litchfield Historical Society - Litchfield Female Academy Collection).

1802 Litchfield Female Academy Catalog (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).
Secondary Sources:
Shaw, Susan J. A Religious History of Julia Evelina Smith's 1876 Translation of the Holy Bible. Drew University, 1991.

Smith, Laurilla Aleroyla. "The Bloody Banner." Freedom's Gift: or Sentiments of the Free. Hartford, CT: S.S. Cowles, 1840.

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