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Julia Canfield Gager

September 30, 1811
Home Town:
Sharon, CT
Biographical Notes:
Julia Canfield Gager, daughter of doctor Samuel R. Gager and his wife Lucretia Gay Gager of Sharon, Connecticut, was born September 30, 1811. In 1826 at the age of fifteen Julia attended the Litchfield Female Academy. Little else is known about her life.

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.
1826 Litchfield Female Academy Catalogue (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1903).
Secondary Sources:
White, Lorraine Cook and Nancy E. Schott. The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records: Saybrook 1635-1850; Sharon 1739-1865. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2000.

Sedgwick, Charles Frederick. History of Sharon. Harlem Valley Times.

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