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Philip Battell

Birthplace: Norfolk, Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States
Death: December 01, 1897 (90)
Middlebury, Addison County, Vermont, United States
Place of Burial: Middlebury, Addison County, Vermont, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Battell, Esquire and Sarah Battell
Husband of Emma Hart Battell
Father of Emma Stewart and Joseph Battell
Brother of Joseph Battell; Sarah Battell; Irene Battell; Urania Battell; Anna Battell and 3 others

Managed by: Douglas Arthur Kellner
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About Philip Battell

Philip Battell

Battell was a descendant of Thomas Battelle who emigrated from England to Dedham, Massachusetts prior to 1648. His father was Joseph Battelle who settled in Norfolk, Connecticut in 1792 at the age of eighteen. Joseph Battelle became a successful merchant handling dairy products from local farms which he delivered to Hartford and New York City. He married Sarah Robbins, the daughter of Norfolk's Congregational Minister, the Rev. Ammi Ruhamah Robbins. They had four sons and five daughters.

Philip, the second of their nine children was born on November 28, 1807. He prepared for college in Lenox and Granville, Massachusetts and attended Yale for two years before enrolling in Middlebury College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1826. He also received a Master's Degree from Yale College in 1826. Battell also studied law with William G. Williams of North Hartford, Connecticut and attended law classes at Yale Law School. In 1828 he attended the Litchfield Law School and passed the bar there in 1829.

From 1829 to 1838, he practiced law in Norfolk, Connecticut and then moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he continued to practice law. He then moved to Middlebury, Vermont, where he resided at his wife's family homestead until his death.

On October 12, 1836, Battelle married Emma Hart Seymour, the namesake of Emma Hart Willard. She was the daughter of Litchfield Female Academy student Lucy Seymour (Case) and Litchfield Law School alumni U.S. Senator Horatio Seymour. Her brother, Ozias Seymour attended the Law School in 1821.

Philip Battelle died on December 1, 1897, a few days after his ninetieth birthday, in Middlebury, Vermont.
PHILIP BATTELL [Yale Class of 1826], son of Joseph and Sarah (Robbins) Battell. Born in Norfolk, Connecticut, November 28, 1807. Prepared for College in Lenox and Granville, Massachusetts. Entered from Yale. Studied law with William G. Williams, North Hartford, Connecticut, and at Yale Law School. Admitted to the bar, 1829. Lawyer, Connecticut, 1829-1833; Cleveland, Ohio, 1833-1838. Resided in Middlebury, 1838-1897. Married Emma Seymour, October 12, 1836.

Children: Emma [Mrs. John W. Stewart]; Joseph Battell, A.B., and Yale, 1826; A.M.

Died in Middlebury, Vermont on December 1, 1897. (from the Catalogue of the Officers and Students of Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont 1800-1900, compiled by Walter E. Howard & Charles E. Prentiss, published by Middlebury College, 1901)


Ninety and yet we never thought him old who knew him in that autumn of his youth,
the courteous heart, the spirit never cold to beauty or to truth.

And memory so recalls him not with tears but rather with rejoicing that he went
bearing beneath the burden of his years a soul so little bent.

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Philip Battell's Timeline

November 28, 1807
Norfolk, Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States
September 5, 1837
Middlebury, Addison County, Vermont, United States
December 1, 1897
Age 90
Middlebury, Addison County, Vermont, United States
December 3, 1897
Age 90
Middlebury Cemetery, Middlebury, Addison County, Vermont, United States