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Alinda Adams Whiteside

Other Name:
Alinda Adams
Home Town:
Burlington, VT
Whiteside (1817 or 1818)
Biographical Notes:
Alinda Adams of Burlington, Vermont attended the Litchfield Female Academy from 1816 to 1817. In 1817 she became engaged to John Pierce Brace, and he traveled to Vermont to meet her family with Sarah Pierce and fellow teacher Louisa Wait. He described Alinda's father as a "drunken blacksmith" but that her siblings had "made themselves noted." Alinda's brother Charles opposed the engagment and Alinda was forced to end the affair. John was heartbroken and Alinda was sent to Montreal, Canada to visit her sister. It was there that she met and married Mr. Whiteside, a merchant for the Hudson Bay Company, in 1817 or 1818.

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.
1816 Litchfield Female Academy Catalog (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).

1817 Litchfield Female Academy Winter 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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