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Caroline Atwater Kirtland
April 1, 1795 or June 17, 1796
New Haven, CT
Jared Potter Kirtland (May 1814)
Caroline Atwater Kirtland, daughter of David Atwater and Charlotte Pond Atwater, attended Sarah Pierce's Litchfield Female Academy in 1814. Prior to attending the Female Academy, she attended the Reverend Claus Herrick's female school in New Haven, Connecticut in 1813. The next year she married Jared Potter Kirkland of Wallingford, Connecticut. Jared attended Yale Medical School in 1815, and was a noted naturalist. After their marriage Caroline and Jared moved to Ohio, where he served as the President of the Ohio State Medical Society, and raised their three children.
After her death, Caroline's husband, Jared Potter Kirtland was a founder of the Cleveland Academy of Natural Sciences (Forerunner of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History) and the Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
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:
"Rules of the School and Family" and Names of the Young Ladies belonging to Miss Pierce's School in the Summer of 1814 (Litchfield Historical Society - Litchfield Female Academy collection).
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