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Catherine Stoddard Skinner

Other Name:
Catherine E. Stoddard
September 18, 1807
Home Town:
Le Roy, NY
John Burr Skinner (1830)
Biographical Notes:
Catherine Stoddard Skinner was born September 18, 1807. In 1823 Catherine's parents, Richard and Martha Stoddard, sent her from her hometown of Le Roy, New York to Litchfield, Connecticut. In Litchfield Catherine briefly studied at Sarah Pierce's Female Academy. In 1830 she married John Burr Skinner of Williamstown, Massachusetts. John, a lawyer and judge, had received his legal at the Litchfield Law School in 1820. Three years after their marriage Catherine passed away.

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.
1823 Litchfield Female Academy Summer Session Catalogue (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. More Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1927).

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