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Dr Mary Turpin Martin Sloop
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Birth: Mar. 9, 1873
Davidson
Mecklenburg County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jan. 13, 1962
Crossnore
Avery County
North Carolina, USA

Medical Doctor, Educator, Author, Presbyterian Missionary, founder of The Crossnore Academy, 1951 Mother of the year. Co-founder of the Sloop Hospital (later the Sloop Medical Center at the Charles A. Cannon, Jr. Memorial Hospital), Founder of Crossnore Handcrafter Guild. Dr. Mary Martin Sloop was the daughter of Col. William Martin, professor of Chemistry at Davidson College. Her brother, William Martin, Jr. would become the President of Davidson College. Dr. Sloop was a graduate of the Statesville Female College and the Pennsylvania Women's College of Medicine. She also attended Davidson College. In 1909 she married Dr. Eustace Sloop, whom she had met while a student at Davidson College. With her husband she became a medical missionary to Avery County in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Settling first in the mining community of Plumtree their medical practice soon spread over a large isolated region of the mountains. By 1910 they relocated to a more central location in the small village of Crossnore. To combat the lack of education in the mountain community she began the Crossnore Academy, a residential school for local children. In order to support the students she joined with the Daughters of The American Revolution to fund the school. She would also co-found The Crossnore Presbyterian Church. She became a nationally known speaker and advocate for the needs of this remote area. U.S. Highway 221 is named the Dr. Mary Martin Sloop Highway in recognition of her efforts. In 1951 she was selected as The American Mother of the Year. While she had only two children, Emma (Mrs. Fink) and William Martin Sloop, DDS., both of whom would join her as Doctors in the Crossnore Community, thousands of mountain children considered her a mother. In 2009 she was recognized as one of the fifty most influential persons in the history of Western North Carolina.
Bio by Robert C. Peurifoy

Source: Sloop, Mary Martin: Miracle of the Hills
 
 
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 Parents:
  William Joseph Martin (1830 - 1896)
  Letitia Coddington Costin Martin (1841 - 1901)
 
 Spouse:
  Eustace Henry Sloop (1878 - 1961)
 
 Children:
  Emma Beattie Sloop Fink (1909 - 2001)*
  William Martin Sloop (1912 - 1994)*
 
 Siblings:
  William Joseph Martin (1863 - 1943)*
  Miles Costin Martin (1866 - 1935)*
  Charles Wood Martin (1869 - 1872)*
  Mary Turpin Martin Sloop (1873 - 1962)
  Ruth Foster Martin (1874 - 1877)*
  Frank Blake Martin (1874 - 1883)*
  Lucy Battle Martin Currie (1876 - 1967)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Crossnore Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Crossnore
Avery County
North Carolina, USA
 
Created by: Robert C. Peurifoy
Record added: Apr 13, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35819651
Dr Mary Turpin <i>Martin</i> Sloop
Added by: Robert C. Peurifoy
 
Dr Mary Turpin <i>Martin</i> Sloop
Added by: Robert C. Peurifoy
 
Dr Mary Turpin <i>Martin</i> Sloop
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Mary Margaret thank you for providing a place for my brother and I to stay in 1943..44..Thank you for your example and the Christian education you provided in establishing Crossnor..
- Sallie Covolo
 Added: Jun. 30, 2016
MARY, THE WORLD NEEDS MORE WOMEN LIKE YOU. YOU HAD A WONDERFUL GIFT FOR MAKING LIFE BETTER FOR MANY CHILDREN, AND THEIR FAMILIES ALSO.YOU TAUGHT THEM HOW TO EARN A LIVING, BY MAKING ARTS AND CRAFTS TO SELL, SUCH AS QUILTS AND RUGS. I UNDERSTAND MANY OF TH...(Read more)
- Barbara Hunnicutt Edwards
 Added: Jun. 8, 2013

- Lance
 Added: Jan. 26, 2013
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