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Olive Douglas Kinsman
October 4, 1800
June 24, 1835
George Swift (August 17, 1821)
Olive Kinsman Swift was born October 4, 1800 to John and Rebecca Perkins Kinsman of Lisbon, Connecticut. At age three, Olive accompanied her family to their new home in Kinsman, Ohio, a town named after her father who was an investor in Western Reserve lands. In 1812, she returned to Connecticut to attend Lydia Huntley's school in Norwich, Connecticut, later run by a Mrs. Sigourney. In 1818 and 1819, Olive received a formal education at Sarah Pierce's Female Academy in Litchfield, Connecticut. On August 17, 1821 she married George Swift, a fellow Connecticut native who had been come west after graduating from Yale and likely studying at the Litchfield Law School. During their marriage Olive and George had three children. Olive passed away in 1835.
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:
"Catalogue of the Ladies Academy in Litchfield" 1818 by J.A. Shepard (Litchfield Historical Society - Litchfield Female Academy Collection).
1819 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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