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Charlotte Phelps Cowles

Other Name:
Charlotte Phelps
April 10, 1809
Home Town:
Farmington, CT
George Deming Cowles (September 29, 1831)
Biographical Notes:
Charlotte Phelps Cowles, daughter of Noah Loomis Phelps and Jemima Stedman Phelps of Farmington, Connecticut, was born April 10, 1809. In 1825 and 1826 Charlotte studied at the Litchfield Female Academy, and five her later married George Deming Cowles of Farmington. George had served in the Connecticut Militia prior to their marriage, and later worked as a druggist and postmaster. During their marriage Charlotte and George had seven children.

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.
1826 Litchfield Female Academy Catalogue (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).

"Copy of Rules" of the Litchfield Female Academy written by Charlotte Phelps (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).
Secondary Sources:
Phelps, Oliver Seymour and Andrew Tinkey Servin. The Phelps Family of America and Their English Ancestors. Pittsfield, MA: Eagle Publishing Co., 1899.

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