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Helen Mumford Vought

Other Name:
Helen Francis Mumford; Helen Francis Vought
August 17, 1795
December 6, 1877
Home Town:
Cayuga, NY
Later Residences:
John Vought (1817)
Biographical Notes:
Helen Mumford Vought of Cayuga, New York was born August 17, 1795. Between 1811 and 1814 it is believed that her parents, Thomas and Mary Smith Mumford, may have sent Helen to study at the Litchfield Female Academy as her siblings did. In 1817 Helen married John Vought, a doctor from New York. Little else is known about her life until her death on December 6, 1877.

Years at LFA:

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.
[We are currently working to update and confirm citations of attendance.]

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