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Elsie Van Dyck DeWitt

Other Name:
Elsie Van Dyck
Home Town:
Coxsackie, NY
Later Residences:
New York, NY
Clinton DeWitt (October 1835)
Biographical Notes:
Elsie Van Dyck De Witt, daughter of Abraham and Catherine Bronk Van Dyck of Coxsackie, New York, was born in 1809. In 1825 she attended Sarah Pierce's Female Academy. After completing her studies in Litchfield she attended Emma Willard's Troy Female Seminary in Troy, New York in 1827. Eight years later, she was married to Clinton DeWitt, a lawyer of Coxsackie, New York. The couple had four children during their marriage.

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.
1825 Litchfield Female Academy Catalogue (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).

Letter, Litchfield, 5 September 1825, Elsie Van Dyck to Grandpa (Bronck Manuscript, Vedder Memorial Library, Greene County Historical Society).

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