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Flora Catlin

Other Name:
Flora Caitlin
August 11, 1794
November 2, 1878
Home Town:
Litchfield, CT
Biographical Notes:
Flora Catlin was born on August 11, 1794 to Litchfield innkeeper Grove Catlin and his wife Hannah Phelps Catlin.

Flora attended the Litchfield Female Academy between 1808-1809 and, later, taught drawing there in 1830.

John Pierce Brace tutored Flora and his family boarded her in the winter of 1831.
She later lived with her brother in Hartford and worked at the Hartford Female Seminary from 1831-42. Flora died in 1878.
Additional Notes:
John Pierce Brace wrote of Flora Catlin, "daughter of Mr. Grove Catlin, who kept the leading tavern in Litchfield for many years. He was a remarkably fleshy man. She was about my age, perhaps a little younger. I do not remember much of her until I left college. I then found her sharing with Harriet Talmadge [sic] the credit of being the belle of Litchfield. She was a very graceful beautiful and gay girl, a first rate dancer and dressed with a great deal of taste. She was engaged once, but the gentleman very dishonorably deserted her, and she always refused all offers after that. When she became religious she became one of the most interesting young ladies of my acquaintance. For several years, I taught her in the evenings, Latin, Arithmetic etc. She was then Drawing Teacher in our School. In ...

Years at LFA:
Room and Board:
Boarded at the Pierce house.

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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.
John Pierce Brace, "History of My Poetry Vol. 1" (Litchfield Historical Society - Litchfield Female Academy collection).

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