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Charlotte Maria Smith

Home Town:
Cambridge, NY
Biographical Notes:
Charlotte Maria Smith of Cambridge, New York arrived in Litchfield, Connecticut in 1816 to attend Sarah Pierce's Female Academy. On May 24 she left her uncle's home in Washington (presumably Connecticut), and arrived in Litchfield later that day, where she settled in at the Beecher home to board while attending the Female Academy. By the time Charlotte attended the Female Academy her father had passed away, and her mother was raising Charlotte and her siblings alone.
"I was very happy to hear from home and to hear that my Mothers health was better. O that it may please the Lord to spare her life to rear her orphan children. ... I have yet six weeks to remain in Litchfield it appears at present to be a long time but I am confident it will pass away long ere I am aware of it. I should be pleased to spend the winter in Litchfield but affection for my only surviving Parent call me home." - Charlotte Smith (Charlotte Smith diary, 1816)

Years at LFA:
Room and Board:
The Beecher House

Related Objects and Documents
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.
Charlotte Maria Smith kept a journal while attending the Litchfield Female Academy in 1816 (Connecticut Historical Society).

1816 Litchfield Female Academy Catalog (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).

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