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Charlotte Landon Livingston

Other Name:
Charlotte Landon
June 16, 1798
May 19, 1868
Home Town:
Litchfield, CT
Later Residences:
Rochester, NY
Newark, NJ
James Kane Livingston (November 20, 1820)
Biographical Notes:
Charlotte Landon Livingston, daughter of John Russel Landon and his wife Anna, was born June 16, 1798. It is believed that around 1811 Charlotte attended Sarah Pierce's Female Academy in her hometown of Litchfield, Conncticut. On November 20, 1820 she married James Kane Livingston, a former Litchfield Law School student from Schenectady, New York. During their marriage James worked as a lawyer. The couple later resided in Rochester, New York and Newark, New Jersey, and had six children. While living in Rochester Charlotte was President of the Rochester Charitable Society in 1827 and a member of the Orphan Asylum Association. She passed away on May 19, 1868.
"Mr. John Stirling . . . Says J.K. Livingston & Charlotte Landon are to be married this evening." - George Cutler, November 20, 1820 (Litchfield Historical Society - George Younglove Cutler Album, 1819-1820).

"Walter S. Franklin Esq. says there was kissing done at Charlotte Landon's wedding - singular for so stiff & prudish a place as L--- (Litchfield)" - George Cutler, November 24, 1820 (Litchfield Historical Society - George Younglove Cutler Album, 1829-1820).

On August 7, 1826, after visiting Mary Peck, who was to be married in the fall, Ann Elizabeth Landon and Charlotte [Landon] Livingston wrote to Mary F. Beecher:

“Mansfield has been sick with a fever but is recovering fast.”

In that same letter, they wrote of Elizabeth Wolcott's (upcoming?) ...
Additional Notes:
Her maternal grandfather was Rev. Judah Champion, minister of Litchfield Congregational Church during the Revolutionary War.

Charlotte's husband James was the cousin of fellow Litchfield Law School students Henry and Walter Livingston -- sons of Henry Walter and Mary Masters (Allen) Livingston, whose family founded Allentown, PA. The cousins lived on the "Manor" or "The Hill" in Livingston, New York -- a station referred to as the closest thing to "aristocracy in the US."

James' cousins both had ill-fated engagements to Litchfield Female Academy students that were broken off because their fiancées didn't meet the Livingston family's standards of wealth and social status. When James became engaged to Charlotte, it was anticipated that she would suffer the same rejection.

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Years at LFA:

Profession / Service
Social Activist
Benevolent and Charitable Organizations:
Rochester Charitable Society; Orphan Asylum Association

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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.
[We are currently working to update and confirm citations of attendance.]

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