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Charlotte Atwater

September 1, 1804
March 10, 1876
Home Town:
New Haven, CT
John Knox Atwater (July 16, 1828)
Biographical Notes:
Charlotte Atwater of New Haven, Connecticut was born in 1804 to Abel Ward Atwater and Abiah Baldwin Atwater. She attended the Litchfield Female Academy in 1819. In 1928 she married John Knox Atwater of New Haven, Connecticut. Charlotte passed away on March 10, 1876.
Additional Notes:
Her son, Ensign Atwater, served in the United States Navy during the Civil War. He was aboard the Monitor when it was sunk, but his body was never recovered.

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.
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).
Secondary Sources:
Atwater, Francis. Atwater Genealogy. Meriden, CT: Journal Pub. Co., 1901.

New Haven Connecticut. Vital Records of New Haven, 1649 - 1850, Part 1. Connecticut Society of the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America, 1924.

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