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Caulkins, Frances Manwaring (1795–1869)

Caulkins, Frances Manwaring (1795–1869)

American historian. Born April 26, 1795, in New London, Connecticut; died Feb 3, 1869, in New London; dau. of Joshua (died on a trading voyage before her birth) and Fanny (Manwaring) Caulkins (remarried 1807); never married; no children.

Ran girls' school in Norwichtown, Connecticut (1820–29, 1832–34); prepared widely printed inspirational tracts for American Tract Society in NY (1830s–40s); authored 6 Bible studies volumes for children (late 1850s) and verse; published History of Norwich (1845), which she rewrote for 2nd edition (1866), and History of New London (1852); became 1st woman elected to Massachusetts Historical Society (1849); served as secretary of Ladies' Seaman's Friend Society, New London, CT, for 20 years.

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