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Elizabeth Bloodgood Root

Other Name:
Elizabeth Bloodgood
February 28, 1891
Home Town:
Albany, NY
Later Residences:
New Hartford, NY
Philander Sheldon Root (1836)
Biographical Notes:
Elizabeth Bloodgood Root, daugher of Lynott Bloodgood and Ruth Dakin Bloodgood, was born in Albany, New York in 1808. In the summer of 1828 Elizabeth attended Sarah Pierce's Female Academy in Litchfield, Connecticut, and in 1836 she married Philander Sheldon Root. Orifinally from Vernon, New York, Philander worked as a lawyer and politican. He and Elizabeth resided in New Hartford, New York and had three children. Elizabeth passed away on February 28, 1891.

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.
1828 Litchfield Female Academy Summer Session Catalogue (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).

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