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Caroline Dutcher Sterling

Other Name:
Caroline Mary Dutcher
July 1, 1806
January 20, 1898
Home Town:
Canaan, CT
Later Residences:
Falls Village, CT
Salisbury, CT
Geneva, NY
Frederick Augustine Sterling (June 23, 1825)
Biographical Notes:
Caroline Dutcher Sterling was born on July 1, 1806 to Roeliff Dutcher and Lucinda Howe Dutcher of Canaan, Connecticut. Caroline attended the Litchfield Female Academy in 1821. She married Frederick Augustine Sterling of Salisbury, Connecticut on June 23, 1825. Caroline and Frederick had six children. The two later lived in Falls Village, Connecticut; Salisbury, Connecticut; and Geneva, New York. Caroline died on January 20, 1898.

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.
1821 Litchfield Female Academy Catalog Summer Session (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. More Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1927).

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