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Frances Skinner Watson

Other Name:
Frances P. Skinner
August 18, 1808
Home Town:
Manchester, VT
Later Residences:
Winslow C. Watson (unknown)
Biographical Notes:
Frances Skinner Watson was born August 18. 1808. She was the daughter of Richard and Frances Pierpont Skinner of Manchester, Vermont. From 1822 through 1823 Frances was educated at Emma Willard's Troy Female Seminary in Troy, New York. In 1824 Frances's parents, who had both been educated in Litchfield, sent Frances to study at Sarah Pierce's Female Academy. After completing her studies in Litchfield Frances wed lawyer and politician Winslow C. Watson, and the couple had one child. Their marriage was cut short however, when Frances passed away in 1829.

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.
1824 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).

1825 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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