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Martha Valleau Rathbone

Other Name:
Martha Ming Valleau
October 3, 1793
November 26, 1846
Home Town:
New York, NY
Biographical Notes:
Martha Valleay Rathbone, daughter of William and Eleanor Henneson Valleau of New York City, was born October 3, 1793. From 1808-1809 it is believed that Martha may have attended Sarah Pierce's Female Academy in Litchfield, Connecticut. On October 3, 1810 Martha married William Palmer Rathbone of Stonington, Connecticut, and the couple had ten children. On November 26, 1846 Martha passed away.

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.
[We are currently working to update and confirm citations of attendance.]

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