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Elizabeth W. Cooke
Richard Wayne Stites (August 31, 1824)
Elizabeth Cooke Stites was the daughter of Amos and Sally Goodrich Cooke of Litchfield, Connecticut. While attending Sarah Pierce's Female Academy from 1819-1821, Elizabeth was good friends with Jane Lewis, Elizabeth (Betsey) Wolcott, and Mary Landon. John Pierce Brace referred to these four girls as "The Club". On August 31, 1824 she married Richard Wayne Stites, a lawyer and politician from Savannah, Georgia. Richard, like Elizabeth's brother Joseph, had studied at the Litchfield Law School. Elizabeth died in 1880.
"Married on the 31st ult. by the Rev. Dr. Beecher, Richard W. Stites Esq. of Savannah, Georgia, to Miss Elizabeth Cooke, of this place; step-daughter of the Hon. Frederick Wolcott."
Elizabeth Cooke Stites's mother Sally married Frederick Wolcott after the death of her husband Amos Cooke. Sally was Frederick's second wife, and they were married in 1815. Frederick's seven children also attended the Litchfield Female Academy.
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.
CITATION OF ATTENDANCE:
1819 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).
1820 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).
1820 Litchfield Female Academy Catalog Winter Session (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).
Marriage Notice, The American Eagle, Litchfield, Connecticut, September 6, 1824
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