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Catherine Pruyn Van Valkenburgh

Other Name:
Catherine Pruyn
May 22, 1803
Home Town:
Kinderhook, NY
Harmon Pruyn Van Valkenburgh (August 18, 1829)
Biographical Notes:
Catherine Pruyn Van Valkenburgh was born on May 22, 1803 to David and Maria Van Vleck Pruyn of Kinderhook, New York. In 1826 she travelled to Litchfield, Connecticut where she briefly studied at Sarah Pierce's Female Academy. On August 18, 1829 Catherine married Harmon Pruyn Van Valkenburgh and the couple had nine 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).

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