Sarah <I>Dabney</I> Eggleston

Sarah Dabney Eggleston

Raymond, Hinds County, Mississippi, USA
Death 15 May 1927 (aged 88)
Sewanee, Franklin County, Tennessee, USA
Burial North Carrollton, Carroll County, Mississippi, USA
Memorial ID 185904876 · View Source
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President of the Mississippi Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy.
In 1860, she and her husband lived in Mobile, Alabama where he was editor of the Mobile Register.
Civic minded ladies from the different Protestant denomination churches in Mobile served in overseeing various committees addressing the needs of the Protestant Orphan Asylum on Dauphin Street in the 1850s-70s. The orphanage was begun after the devastating yellow fever epidemic of 1853 left so many orphans in the city.
Abstracts of the Orphan Asylum minutes show Mrs. Eggleston and others served on the employee committee including Miss Augusta Evans (the famous 19th century authoress), Margaret Langdon Buck, Phebe Ann Perine Tuthill, Maria Hall Hellen, Anna Mortimer Gascoigne Fosdick and others often found leading civic projects of the city, and who served without financial compensation; not employees of the orphanage themselves.

Mobile Protestant Orphan Asylum Minutes:
p.155: DECEMBER 10TH, 1867
The standing committees for the next three months were: Supplies: Mrs. Tuthill, Mrs. Oliver and Mrs. Hellen, Mrs. Barnes. Children: Mrs. Battelle, Mrs. Fosdick, Mrs. Morris, and Mrs. Eggleston. Employees: Mrs. Holt, Mrs. Buck, Mrs. Porter and Mrs. Hammond. Repairs: Mrs. Wheeler, Mrs. Miller, Mrs. Ketchum and Miss A. Evans.
p.156: MARCH 3RD, 1868
The monthly meeting of the Board was held at the Asylum. Present Miss Evans, Mrs. Wheeler, Miller, Hellen, Oliver, Porter, Holt, Barnes, Morris, Battelle and Ketchum. …
p.157: Standing Committee on Supplies for the next three months is Mrs. Fosdick, Tuthill, Oliver and Buck; Children, Mrs. Battelle, Holt, Hammond and Porter; on Employees Mrs. Morris, Eggleston, Hellen and Barnes; on Repairs Mrs. Miller, Wheeler, Ketchum and Miss Evans.

Augusta Evans and Margaret Langdon Buck were known friends of Miss Frank Crawford (later Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt) but whose name does not appear in these abstracts. Mrs. Vanderbilt persuaded her husband to build a university at Mobile, but those plans were shelved when a yellow fever epidemic broke out and it was decided that Vanderbilt University would be built in the Tennessee foothills instead. Common practice of Alabama's and Mississippi's affluent or leisure class was to summer in the mountains and avoid possible malaria and yellow fever outbreaks.
The Egglestons moved back to Mississippi from Mobile but spent summer months in Sewanee, Tennessee also.
In 1892, she and her sisters Susan and Leila Dabney "rented a house in Sewanee in which they kept boarding students." In 1894, they built "Gladstone Cottage" on Oklahoma Avenue. Bishop Quintard visited there often. (See "The Southern Lady and the British Prime Minister" by Jill Carpenter, Keystone: Newsletter of the Sewanee Trust, Nov 2006, pp.3-4 .)

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 185904876
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sarah Dabney Eggleston (4 Nov 1838–15 May 1927), Find a Grave Memorial no. 185904876, citing Evergreen Cemetery, North Carrollton, Carroll County, Mississippi, USA ; Maintained by Ray Isbell (contributor 47188697) .