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Anna Judson Female Institute

Vista K. McCroskey General Entry

Anna Judson Female Institute opened at Starrville in northern Smith County in 1860. The school, founded by the Bethel Baptist Church, had forty-three students that year. Levi Wilcoxen served as principal of the literary department, and Sallie A. McGilvary, his cousin, assisted him. J. B. Norman was principal of the music department. The school failed during the Civil War, but perhaps not before 1864.

Vicki Betts, Smith County, Texas, in the Civil War (Tyler, Texas: Smith County Historical Society, 1978). Donald W. Whisenhunt, comp., Chronological History of Smith County (Tyler, Texas: Smith County Historical Society, 1983).


  • Education
  • Defunct Elementary and Secondary Schools
  • Religion
  • Baptist
  • Women

Time Periods:

  • Civil War

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Vista K. McCroskey, “Anna Judson Female Institute,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed March 01, 2021,

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