Chowan Baptist Female Institute

Murfreesboro, North Carolina
1870 photo of 1851 building


School now co-ed and known as Chowan University

1848 Founders:
Dr. Godwin Cotten Moore 1806-1880
Abner J Perry 1809-1866,
W W Mitchell 1810-1897
Washington Mitchell
Dr Samuel J Wheeler 1810-1879
Rev. James Delke 1793-1862
Rev Quinton Trotman
Rev Amos J Battle

1853 First Graduate: Ann James Ward (Moore)

1920 another graduate: Ola Parker (Moore)

1950 another graduate: John Raynor Moore Jr.
also his wife, Cecile Harris

1957 yet another graduate: Sally Parker Moore (Koestler)

1974 and another: James Elliott Moore

50th Reunion of the Class of 1957 – 12 May 2007



the stairs up to the 3rd-floor dorm of the girls
when we were there


Wesleyan Female College
Murfreesboro, NC ca 1870 photo of 1853 building


built in 1853 next door to Chowan Baptist Female Institute
Pictured is the first building that burned in 1877,
and the Methodists rebuilt 1881. The school burned again in 1893.
Arson is suspected.

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  1. Do the early records of the school show that Lemuel S. Rice taught there? He came to NC from Maine, married a lady from Bertie County, taught at Columbia School in Tyrrell County. In the 1870 Census he was living in Wayne County. Any information you have I would appreciate your sharing with me. I am a descendant of Lemuel S. Rice.

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