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 .
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 .