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Catharine Staples Goddard

Other Name:
Catharine Susan Staples
January 1, 1804
August 5, 1875
Home Town:
New Haven, CT
George Goddard (unknown)
Biographical Notes:
Catharine Staples Goddard of New Haven, Connecticut was born January 1, 1804. The daughter of lawyer Seth Perkins Staples, and his wife Catherine Wales Staples, Catharine attended the Litchfield Female Academy in 1816. While studying in Litchfield she possibly boarded at Mrs. Smith's house. She later married George Goddard, and passed away on August 5, 1875.

Years at LFA:
Room and Board:
Possibly boarded with Mrs. Smith

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.
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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