BRASHEAR ACADEMY

 
 
 

 

BRASHEAR ACADEMY

 

According to Henry S. Brashear in The Brashear-Brashears Family, Eden Brashear, in his will recorded in Claiborne County, Mississippi, left a sum of money to establish Brashear Academy at Port Gibson. He is buried on the bluff at Grand Gulf, and a handsome monument is erected to his memory there.

 

Mrs. Katie M. Headly in her Claiborne County, Mississippi: The Promised Land, states that “Among the schools to open in Port Gibson in the 1850’s was the Brashear Female Academy, which was erected in 1857.” A Miss Marvin served as the first principal, and the school continued  until the Civil War.

 

From the Weekly Southern Reveille, June 13, 1857:

 

Brashear Female Academy

Miss M. Marvin, Principal

Miss S. M. Warner, Assistant Teacher in English, Latin, Drawing, Painting, etc.

Miss M. Shalk, Teacher in Music, French, German and Spanish

 

Miss Marvin takes this method of informing the public that the next session of her school will commence on Wednesday the 1st of October in the above named academy, which is now in the course of erection in the rear of the Presbyterian Church.

 

The  principal finds it necessary to open a house for the accommodation of herself and teachers, which will enable her to board a limited number of pupils.  The scholastic year will be divided into sessions of twenty weeks each. Instructions will be given in English, German, Spanish, and the Latin Language.  Music upon Piano, Guitar, Organ, also Drawing, Painting, and Needlework taught.

                                                                                    Port Gibson, Aug. 17, 1856

 


1860 U. S. CENSUS – CLAIBORNE COUNTY , MISSISSIPPI

FACULTY AND STUDENTS BOARDING AT BRASHEAR ACADEMY

Aug. 3, 1860, Port Gibson, Mississippi, Roll 580. pages 505-506

NAME

Occupation

Age

Place of Birth

Sex

Geo. G. Butler

Teacher

32

Pennsylvania

M

A. J. Butler

Teacher

29

Dist. of Columbia

F

E. J. Fitzhugh

Teacher

25

England

M

E. A. Fitzhugh

Teacher

22

England

F

A. Schiverdeman

Teacher

30

Switzerland

F

K. Watroos

Teacher

22

Ohio

F

A. Montmercy

Teacher

45

England

F

A. Butler

 

16

Virginia

F

E. H. Butler

 

12

Virginia

F

M. E. Brown

 

17

Louisiana

F

E. J. Hubbard

 

13

Mississippi

F

S. A. McRae

 

17

Louisiana

F

Irene McRae

 

13

Louisiana

F

Kate McNeill

 

12

Mississippi

F

E. M. Merit

 

17

Mississippi

F

A. S. Newell

 

18

Louisiana

F

L. A. Newell

 

10

Louisiana

F

M. E. Stansbery

 

15

Mississippi

F

J. N. Tompkins

 

12

Mississippi

F

Ella Bland

 

17

Mississippi

F

F. A. Beck

 

16

Mississippi

F

E. Davenport

 

17

Mississippi

F

A. M. Davenport

 

15

Mississippi

F

Eveline Muir

 

10

Mississippi

F

L. H. Wade

 

12

Mississippi

F

Ellie A. Young

 

13

Mississippi

F

Submitted by Sue B. Moore, sbmoore@swbell.net

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