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Elizabeth Swan Sedgwick

Other Name:
Betsey Swan
February 6, 1807
Home Town:
Sharon, CT
Charles Frederick Sedgwick (October 15, 1821)
Biographical Notes:
Elizabeth Swan Sedgwick, born February 6, 1807, was the daughter of Cyrus H. and Rachel Gould Swan of Sharon, Connecticut. In 1819 Elizabeth attended Sarah Pierce's Female Academy in Litchfield, Connecticut. Two years later Elizabeth married Charles Frederick Sedgwick. During their marriage Charles was a lawyer, educator and politician, and the couple had ten children. Elizabeth passed away in 1894.

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.
1819 Litchfield Female Academy Winter Session Catalogue (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. More Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1927).

Emily Noyes Vanderpoel interviewed Elizabeth Swan Sedgwick's daughter, Mrs. Caroline Sedgwick Knight for Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. in 1902 (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School Fro 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).

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