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Mary Brainard Gardiner


Gender:
Female
Born:
December 4, 1809
Died:
February 22, 1833
Home Town:
Gardiner's Island, NY
Later Residences:
Troy, NY
Columbia, SC
Biographical Notes:
Mary Brainard Gardiner, daughter of John Lyon Gardiner and Sarah Griswold Gardiner, was born on December 4, 1809. From 1823 through 1825 Mary attended Sarah Pierce's Female Academy in Litchfield, Connecticut. After attending the Female Academy, Mary became a teacher at Miss Willard's school in Troy, New York. She died in Columbia, South Carolina where, according to her obituary, she had gone for the benefit of her health.

Education
Years at LFA:
1823-1825

Profession / Service
Profession:
Educator

Related Objects and Documents
In the Ledger:
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.
CITATION OF ATTENDANCE:
Mary wrote an inscprtion and signed her name "M.B. Gardiner" in Jane M. Seymour's Album (Litchfield Historical Society - Litchfield Female Academy collection).

1823 Litchfield Female Academy Summer Session Catalogue (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. More Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1927).

1824 Litchfield Female Academy Winter Session Catalogue (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. More Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1927).

1824 Litchfield Female Academy Summer Session Catalogue (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. More Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1927).

1825 Litchfield Female Academy Catalogue ...
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Secondary Sources:
New York Spectator-Extra New York, New York, March 6, 1833, Page 3

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