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George Pollock Devereux

May 13, 1837
Home Town:
New Bern, NC
Later Residences:
Raleigh, NC
Stratford, CT
Sarah Johnson Devereux (June 13, 1827)
Biographical Notes:
George Pollock Devereux was the son of John and Frances (Pollock) Devereux and the great grandson of Rev. Jonathan Edwards. He was born in New Bern, NC but spent his youth in Stratford, CT. After attending the Litchfield Law School, Devereux practiced law for three years with his Uncle George Pollock. He went abroad with Pollock on a European tour. Devereux married his second cousin, Sarah Elizabeth Johnson, the daughter of Judge Samuel William Johnson and the sister of fellow Law School student Edward Johnson.

Devereux spent his life as a planter rather than as a lawyer. He and his wife resided on their Runiroi plantation near Raleigh, NC (part of his inheritance from the Pollock estate, located along the Roanoke River) and spent their summers in Stratford, CT. Always of delicate ...
Additional Notes:
Financially supported aunt Amelia C. Ogden (LFA 1797) living unmarried in Litchfield until the advent of Civil War.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale Collge in 1815.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Agriculture
Admitted To Bar:

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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.
Houghton, Josiah. "LLS Law Notebook 1817-1818." Litchfield Law School Collection, Series 1, Subseries 1, Litchfield Historical Society. Available online at
Secondary Sources:
Crabtree, Beth G. & James W. Patton, eds. Journal of a Secesh Lady: The Diary of Catherine Ann Devereux Edmondston, 1860-1866. Division of Archives and History, Department of Cultural Resources, 1979.

Patton, James W. "Serious Reading in Halifax County, 1860-65," North Carolina Historical Review 42. 1965.

Dictionary of North Carolina Biography. University of North Carolina Press, 1986.

Dexter, Franklin bowditch. Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College with Annals of College History, Vol. 6. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1912.

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