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Emma Willard (1787-1870), 4th cousin 7x removed

 

Emma Willard (born Emma Hart) is remembered for her trailblazing efforts on behalf of women’s education.  The sixteenth of seventeen children, she was fortunate to have a father who believed in educating his daughters as well as his sons.  She attended local schools and then began teaching near her home in 1804.  In 1807, Emma Willard went to Middlebury, Vermont, to run a female academy there.  Two years later she married a local doctor, John Willard.  She retired from teaching, and then, in 1814, she opened a girls’ school in her home to help with family finances.  A few years later, she wrote A Plan for Improving Female Education, a widely admired and influential proposal intended to win public support for girls’ schools.  She advocated equal education for young women through the academy level and revolutionized education by envisioning a world where girls had the same educational opportunities as their brothers.  In 1819, with the encouragement of Governor DeWitt Clinton, Emma Willard moved to New York and opened a school in Waterford.  After two years there, she moved to Troy, where she opened the Troy Female Seminary.  In 1895 it was renamed The Emma Willard School, in her honor.  During her lifetime, the school was a for-profit institution, and Emma Willard became financially successful, both from the profits of her school and her writing.  Her extensive writings included works on education, as well as books on history, geography, biology, astronomy and poetry.  Our mother is a graduate of the Emma Willard School (Class of 1958).

 

Emma Hart (1787 – 1870), 4th cousin 7x removed – Samuel Hart (1738 – 1813) – Samuel Hart (1692 – 1751) – John Hart (1655 – 1714) – John Hart (1627 – 1666) – Stephen Hart (1603 – 1683) – Thomas Hart (1640 – 1726) – Mary Hart (1666 – 1752) – John Newell (1692 – 1777) – Elizabeth Newell (1721 – 1791) – Elizabeth Clark (1758 – 1840) – Betsy Andrews (1783 – 1856) – David Handley (1809 – 1895) – Elizabeth Handley (1835 – 1917) – Florence Henderson (1869 – 1956) – Florence Eugenie Watkins (1903 – 1985) – Penelope Jane Walholm (1939 – ) – Tor Martin (Majerus) Hylbom

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Emma Hart (1787 – 1870), 5th cousin 7x removed – Samuel Hart (1738 – 1813) – Mary Hooker (1700 – 1780) – Abigail Stanley (1669 – 1746) – John Stanley (1624 – 1706) – John Stanley ( – 1634) – John Stanley (1572 – ) – Timothy Stanley (1604 – 1648) – Elizabeth Stanley (1635 – 1693) – Sarah Sension (1659 – 1714) – Joseph Keeler (1683 – 1757) – Lot Keeler (1720 – 1765) – David Keeler (1746 – 1812) – David Keeler (1771 – 1846) – Sophronia Keeler (1804 – 1879) – William Benson Watkins (1836 – 1898) – Paul Watkins (1864 – 1931) – Florence Eugenie Watkins (1903 – 1985) – Penelope Jane Walholm (1939 – ) – Tor Martin (Majerus) Hylbom

 

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