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Mary Sperry Brackett

October 23, 1808
November 30, 1845
Home Town:
Plattsburgh, NY
Later Residences:
Plattsburgh, NY
New York, NY
Josiah Brackett (February 20, 1828)
Biographical Notes:
Mary Sperry was the daughter of Anson Joseph Sperry, a prominent lawyer, and Luna Peet Sperry of Plattsburgh, New York. Mary attended the Litchfield Female Academy from 1822 to 1823, and in 1828 married Josiah Brackett, a businessman running a wholesale bakery business. During their marriage Mary and Josiah had five children. Upon her husband's death she moved to New York City with three children and opened a select school, which she taught until six months before she died.
Her tombstone reads,
"Mary S
Widow of
Josiah Brackett
died Nov 30, 1845
AE 37 yrs 1 mo & 7 days.
No more shall her countenance beaming so bright
With a smile lighted up by affections pure ray
Render even life's burdens a source of delight
And the evening of life as resplendent as day"
West Meetinghouse Cemetery, New Milford, Connecticut

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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.
1822 Litchfield Female Academy Catalogue published in The Litchfield Eagle on November 25, 1822 (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 To 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).

1823 Litchfield Female Academy Summer Session Catalogue (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. More Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 To 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1927).

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