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Charlotte Sheldon


Gender:
Female
Born:
1780
Died:
1840
Home Town:
Litchfield, CT
Biographical Notes:
In 1780 Charlotte Sheldon was born to Dr. Daniel Sheldon of Litchfield, Connecticut. Being a subscriber to Sarah Pierce's Female Academy it is not surprising that in 1796, and again in 1802 Dr. Sheldon had his daughter Charlotte educated at the school. Little else is known about Charlotte's life until her death in 1840.
Additional Notes:
Primary sources for Charlotte Sheldon include a diary and a letter, located in the Litchfield Female Academy collection, Series 2: Student Papers, Records, and Documents, Folders 84 and 85.

Education
Years at LFA:
1796,1802


Related Objects and Documents
In the Ledger:
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.
CITATION OF ATTENDANCE:
Charlotte kept a diary in 1796 while attending the Female Academy (Litchfield Historical Society - Litchfield Female Academy Collection).

1802 Litchfield Female Academy Catalog (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School Fro 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).

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