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Clarina Taylor Merwin

Other Name:
Clarina Bradely Taylor
September 13, 1788
February 15, 1859
Home Town:
Danbury, CT
Later Residences:
New Haven, CT
Samuel Merwin (October 27, 1805)
Biographical Notes:
Clarina Taylor Merwin of Danbury, Connecticut was born September 13, 1788. It is believed that prior to 1805 her parents, Timothy and Elizabeth Cook Taylor, may have sent Clarina to Litchfield, Connecticut at attend Sarah Pierce's Female Academy. On October 27, 1805 she married Rev. Samuel Merwin of Milford, Connecticut. After their marriage Samuel and Clarina resided in New Haven, Connecticut and had seven children. Clarina passed away on February 15, 1859.

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.
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