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Mary Sherrill Dwight


Other Name:
Mary Sherrill
Gender:
Female
Born:
May 19, 1801
Died:
October 1839
Home Town:
Richmond, MA
Later Residences:
Cornwall, CT
NY
Marriage(s):
Edwin Welles Dwight (April 24, 1821)
Biographical Notes:
From 1814-1816 Mary Sherrill Dwight of Richmond, Massachusetts attended the Litchfield Female Academy. Born May 19, 1801 Mary was the daughter of Henry and Lois Chidsey Sherrill. On April 24, 1821 she married Edwin Welles Dwight, a minister from Stockbridge, Massachusetts. During their marriage Mary and Edwin resided in Cornwall, Connecticut and the state of New York, and had seven children. Mary passed away in October of 1839.

Education
Years at LFA:
1814-1816

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 inscription and signed her name in Elizabeth Caltin's 1813-1815 memory book (Litchfield Historical Society - Litchfield Female Academy collection).

"Rules of the School and Family" and Names of the Young Ladies belonging to Miss Pierce's School in the Summer of 1814 (Litchfield Historical Society - Litchfield Female Academy collectoin).

1816 Litchfield Female Academy Catalog (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chroniclces of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).

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