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John Bartholomew Downman


Gender:
Male
Born:
May 7, 1793
Died:
November 23, 1859
Home Town:
Lancaster County, VA
Marriage(s):
Harriot Jane Downman (January 11, 1816)
Biographical Notes:
John Bartholomew Downman was the son of Raliegh William and Priscilla (Chinn) Downman. His fellow Litchfield Law School student, Roger Sherman Baldwin, described him as a "cynic" in his list of law school students. Downman worked as a farmer for most of his life. He died in Fauquier County, VA.

Education
Years at LLS:
1813
Other Education:
Graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1813.

Profession / Service
Profession:
Agriculture

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:
Baldwin, Roger Sherman. "Notes on law taken from the lectures of the Honble. Tapping Reeve and James Gould, esquire … at the Litchfield Law School, 1812-1813." Rare Book Collection, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Univeristy.; Ledger. "Journals of the B

Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1814, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, Litchfield Historical Society

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