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Caroline Merwin Sanford

Other Name:
Caroline F. Merwin
December 15, 1800
January 20, 1824
Home Town:
New Milford, CT
David Curtis Sanford (September 1, 1822)
Biographical Notes:
Caroline Merwin Sanford of New Milford, Connecticut was born December 15, 1800. In 1816 Caroline's parents, Orange and Tryphena Warner Merwin, had Caroline educated at the Litchfield Female Academy. Several years later she married lawyer and politician David Curtis Sanford on September 1, 1822. Caroline passed away two years later on January 20, 1824.

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.
1816 Litchfield Female Academy Catalog (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).
Secondary Sources:
Sanford, Carlton E. Thomas Sanford, Emigrant to New England. Higginson Book Company, 1991.

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