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Catherine Sickles Van Schaack

Other Name:
Catherine Sickles
February 6, 1804
Home Town:
Kinderhook, NY
David Van Schaack (1830)
Biographical Notes:
Catherine Sickles Van Schaack was born February 6, 1804 in Kinderhook, New York. In 1820 her parents, Jacob and Elsje Bronk Sickles, sent her to Litchfield, Connecticut where she studied at Sarah Pierce's Female Academy along with her sister Ann. Several years later in 1830 Catherine married businessman David Van Schaack of Kinderhook, New York, and the couple ahd three children. Catherine passed away in 1885.

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.
1820 Litchfield Female Academy Summer 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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