Catherine Stratton Ladd
1807: Parents, James Stratton and Ann Collins are married in Richmond, Virginia.
1808 October 28: Born in Richmond, Virginia.
1809 circa April: Father, James Stratton fell from a vessel and drowned.
1824: Met Marquis de Lafayette in Richmond, Virginia.
1828 November 19: Married George Williamson Livermore Ladd in Richmond County, Virginia.
1828 October 7: Husband, George W. L. Ladd, began portrait work in Charleston, S.C. for a season.
1829: Left Augusta, Georgia after fire burned city to return to South Carolina.
1833 January: Opened Rolesville Academy, Wake County, North Carolina.
1836 - 1839: Principal of Vineville Academy, Macon, Georgia.
1840 January: Opened Brattonsville Female Seminary, York County, S.C.
1841: Offered school in Winnsboro, S.C.
1845 January 2: Opened Feasterville Female Seminary. (reproduction at Historic Brattonsville)
1852: Opened Winnsboro Female Seminary, Fairfield County, S.C.
1856 May 21: Mother, Ann Collins Stratton, died in Winnsboro, S.C. at home of George W. L. Ladd,
1861: Closed Winnsboro Female Seminary due to the Civil War.
1864 July 14: Husband, George W. L. Ladd died.
1865 February 21: Home in Winnsboro, S.C. burned down by Sherman's troops.
1870: Reopened her boarding and day school for girls.
1880: Moved to "Buena Vista Plantation," Fairfield County, S.C.
1891 July 1: Became totally blind.
1970: Winnsboro Female Seminary building entered in National Register of Historic Places.
1979: South Carolina Highway Historical Marker erected in front of Winnsboro Female Seminary building.
(compiled from various sources including Biography section)
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