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Jane A. Orton


Gender:
Female
Born:
1808
Died:
March 6, 1825
Home Town:
Windfield, NY
Biographical Notes:
In 1822 Jane A. Orton of Windfield, New York attended the Litchfield Female Academy. She was the daughter of James and Electa Graves Orton of Winfield, New York. James Orton attended Dartmouth College, graduating in 1787. He married his wife Electra in Pittsfield, Massachusetts in 1792. He was appointed judge to the county courts. For a time he lived in Litchfield, New York, which had been settled by a number of residents of Litchfield, Connecticut. Her older sister Caroline attended the Litchfield Female Academy in 1819-1820. Both sisters died within a month and half of one another.

No other information is known about her identity at this time.

Education
Years at LFA:
1822


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:
1822 Litchfield Female Academy Catalogue published in The Litchfield Eagle on November 25, 1822 (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).

1822 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).

She is also mentioned in Mary L. Wilbor's 1822 Diary. (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).

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