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Anna Alston was of one of the many Alston families in Chatham County, NC and though she attended the Burwell School with Sally Alston they were not of the same immediate family. Like Sally Alston and Lavinia M. Alston (another Burwell girl), Anna Alston was a music scholar and may have attended the school specifically for that purpose .
Anna Alston was from a wealthy family in Chatham County, NC. While she attended the Burwell School to hone her skills in music, she often intimidated Nannie Burwell who taught music in the little Brick House. Nannie once confessed that she felt like bursting into tears after giving Anna a lesson. Anna and Sally Alston did not stay long at the Burwell School--a year or less. Used to life on the plantation, they may have found the schedule of the school too demanding and the arrangements too spartan for their liking.
At age eighteen, Anna married Joseph Taylor who was twenty-five, and became housewife to his farming. The Census of 1860 and 1880 listed no children. The Census of 1900, Chatham County, Cape Fear lists Joseph and Anna as boarders with J. Taylor; Joseph is listed as stock raiser. The 1910 Census, Chatham County, Haw River shows Joseph and Anna living with cousins John H and Aurelia Taylor; Joseph is retired. A year later, Joseph died. In 1915 Anna died of pneumonia at age of 73, widowed. She is buried with Joseph at Pittsboro United Methodist Church .
Anna and Sally Alston (of a different Alston family in Chatham County) did not stay at the school very long though. Perhaps they were used to life on the plantation and found the Burwell School too rigorous .