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Melissa Light Meyer

Other Name:
Melissa Light; Melissa Meyers
February 19, 1831
Home Town:
Fishkill, NY
John R. Meyer/ Myers (1829 or 1830)
Biographical Notes:
In 1810 Melissa Light Meyer was born in Fishkill, New York to John and Elizabeth Graham Light. In 1826 Melissa was sent to Litchfield, Connecticut to be educated and spent the year studying at Sarah Pierce's Female Academy. Soon after completing her studies Melissa married John R. Meyer in 1829 and 1830. After their marriage the couple had two children. Melissa's life was cut short however when she passed away on February 19, 1831.

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.
1826 Litchfield Female Academy Catalogue (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).

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