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John Wells

June 19, 1799
Home Town:
New Milford, CT
Jane Vanderburgh Wells (February 1830)
Biographical Notes:
John Wells was the youngest of nine children. When he was twelve the family moved to Litchfield, Connecticut where his father was a clothier. The family was financially well founded, which allowed the Wells children to receive the best education offered in the intellectual town. John Wells traveled Augusta, Georgia, but did not favor Southern living and moved back North to New York City. There he conducted in the dry good business.

A few years later John moved back to Connecticut in Stamford, where he met his eventual wife, Jane Vanderburgh. The two were married and traveled West to prospect new land and opportunity. The family settled near Port Huron where John continued in the dry good business until he was appointed Custom House Officer. John sold his store and established a ...

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.
History of St. Clair County,Michigan,(Chicago: Western History Co., 1883).

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