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Frances Wood Cowles

Other Name:
Frances Wolcott Wood
March 25, 1810
Home Town:
Stamford, CT
Sylvester Cowles (unknown)
Biographical Notes:
Frances Wood Cowles, daughter of Joseph and Frances Ellsworth Wood of Stamford, Connecticut, was born March 25, 1810. Frances's father Joseph, a lawyer, had graduated from Yale in 1801 and studied law in New Haven. Demonstrating his regard for education he sent Frances to Litchfield, Connecticu tin 1825 to study at Sarah Pierce's Female Academy. Sometime after completing her studies Frances married Sylvester Cowles, a mininster of Gowanda, New York.

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).

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