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Rachel Van Deusen Benton


Other Name:
Rachel Van Deusen
Gender:
Female
Born:
November 2, 1803
Died:
Unknown
Home Town:
Livingston, NY
Marriage(s):
Lewis Benton (September 11, 1822)
Biographical Notes:
Rachel Van Deusen Benton, daughter of Johannes and Lana Fonda Van Deusen of Livingston, New York, was born on November 2, 1803. In 1816 Rachel spent a year studying at Sarah Pierce's Female Academy in Litchfield, Connecticut. Six yeras after completing her studies she wed Lewis Benton on September 11, 1822. Nothing more is known about Rachel's life.

Education
Years at LFA:
1816

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

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