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Westward Expansion and Women Pioneers
(1818 - 1867)


Map of the United States (cropped), 1856
(Collection of Library of Congress Geography and Map Division)

As the United States expanded westward during the first half of the nineteenth century, residents of Cornwall, and other Connecticut towns, were lured to the frontier for a variety of reasons. Some sought to make fortunes, others were enticed by the promise of high quality farm land. Cornwall residents moved to Ohio, Kansas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, California and other states, successfully establishing themselves in new lands while staying in close contact with family who remained here.

The ruggedness of frontier life expanded the domain of women outside the home, helping with tasks and chores normally considered suitable only for men.






Cornwall Women of this Era

Harriet Gold Boudinot Eliza Northrup Dorman Mary Jane Stoddard Emmons Hannah Stoddard Haviland
Elizabeth Stoddard Huntington Patty Swift Lippincott Clara Stoddard Prentice Sarah Northrup Ridge


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