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February 2, 1877
Sewell Harding (November 2, 1820)
Eliza Wheeler Harding was the daughter of Lewis and Betsey Richardson Wheeler. As the second of ten children born to a farming family, Eliza grew up in Medway, Massachusetts. In 1818 Eliza attended Sarah Pierce's Female Academy in Litchfield, Connecticut. On November 2, 1820 she married Reverend Sewell Harding, also of Medway. Eliza Wheeler Harding passed away on February 2, 1877.
Her daughter, Harriet Harding Williams, ABFFM missionary, died in Mosul in 1859. Another daughter, Eliza Harding Walker, established the Walker School for Missionary Children in Auburndale, MA.
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.
CITATION OF ATTENDANCE:
"Catalogue of the Ladies Academy in Litchfield" 1818 by J.A. Shepard (Litchfield Historical Society - Litchfield Female Academy Collection).
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