Patrick and all -
I'm copying the below info about LaGrange Female College that you found, to
our Poythress List of subscribers, since you only sent it to me, so it will
be find-able later by anyone interested.
I'm glad you are continuing to search for info on Sarah Ann Simpson, who
came at age 15 from England to America with her family, and who married in
about 1851 or so, Russell King Poythress in LaGrange, Troup County, Georgia
[son of Joseph A Poythress & Mary King].
The below info you found about what is now a college, and in the 1800s
began as LaGrange Female Academy, certainly fits with Sarah Simpson having
come south to Georgia from Philadelphia to be Music Teacher at this school,
of which the above-mentioned Joseph Poythress was one of the founders.
I hope you will share with our entire Poythress List, in an email, a
summary from your collected info on Sarah.
I just realized that I should also share with you, in case you have not
seen it, the below 1880 Census of Troup County, Georgia, entry for the
household of Russell Poythress. You and I have noted that Sarah's 1900
Census entry, in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, with their son Joseph
listed Sarah as "widowed." As I earlier noted, I have not found any
indication of when Russell had died or was buried. But it is interesting
to see that in 1880, Russell identified himself to the Census taker as
"widowed." Of course, we must keep in mind that divorce, and/or desertion
of a spouse, were both very much frowned down upon, so it would have been
far more acceptable to be identified as a widow or a widower. Interesting
that both Russell and his brother William B, are listed as widowers. I have
not found any indication of a marriage, or the death or burial, for William
Family Search indexes Russel Poythress' household as number 3847, in
Harrisonville, Troup Co, GA, from FHL Film 1254167, National Archives Film
T9-0167 Page 543A:
- Russel POYTHRESS, (Relationship to head-of-household) Self, M(ale),
W(idowed), W(hite), age 57, b.GA, Fa b.GA, Mo b.GA;
- Charley POYTHRESS, Son, M(ale), S(ingle), W(hite), age 26, b.GA, Fa
b.GA, Mo b.GA
- William B POYTHRESS, (relationship to head of hh) Other [note: this is
his brother], M(ale), W(idowed), W(hite), age 61, b.GA, Fa b.GA, Mo b.GA
Patrick Vaughan wrote on 21 Feb 2014:
There is a digital image of the LaGrange Female College 'Catalogue' for
It shows that the Music Faculty in that year was composed of 6 staff.
Music clearly was a big thing in that community (training for leading
church choirs etc.).
It's 40 years later that Sarah's first arrival in LaGrange, but probably
does represent what she may have been doing professionally c.1870.
There is also an earlier Catalogue from 1881/2 - which I found later. 4
Faculty in the Music Dept - 3 of them women.