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Appleton Downer

October 13, 1786
April 1833
Home Town:
Preston, CT
Later Residences:
Zainesville, OH
Juliette Rathbone Downer (1815)
Biographical Notes:
Appleton Downes was the son of Dr. Avery and Abigail Mott Downs. In 1815, he married Juliette Rathbone, the daughter of John Rathbone of New York City. They had four children. Downes moved his family to Zainesville, OH in 1818 where he practiced law. He died there in 1833.

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Other Education:
Graduated from Brown Univeristy around 1810.

Profession / Service

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.
Baldwin, Roger Sherman. "Notes on law taken from the lectures of the Honble. Tapping Reeve and James Gould, esquire … at the Litchfield Law School, 1812-1813." Rare Book Collection, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale University.; Bond, William Key. "Lecture"

Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1811, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.
Secondary Sources:
Downer, David R. The Downers of America. Newark, NJ: 1900.; White, Lorraine Cook and Marsha Wilson Carbaugh. The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records: Preston 1687-1850. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2000.

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