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Other legacies of like kind with the above received during this
period were one of six hundred dollars from Miss May Powell, and
another of sixty-four acres of land valued at six hundred dollars from
Miss Angelina White. The total of such gifts are now more than
$25,000. So far as is known no other legacies have been received by
the Board since it was removed from Wake Forest to Raleigh.
In the appendix which follows are given the names of all bene-
ficiaries of the Board from its organization in 1862 to July 1, 1915.
These beneficiaries number 660; for each is given first the year of his
admission as a beneficiary, and also indication of the degree he won,
if any, and date. The number of individual graduates is 324, of whom
31 obtained the degree of Master of Arts; 279 that of Bachelor of
Arts; 21 that of Bachelor of Literature; 6 that of Bachelor of Science;
3 that of Bachelor of Philosophy; 2 that of Bachelor of Laws; the total
of all degrees was 343, which exceeds by 19 the number of
individuals who won them, since several took more than one degree-
15 both the degree of Master of Arts and that of Bachelor of Arts, and
2 the three degrees of Master of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor
of Laws. It is to be observed that 49 per cent of all the beneficiaries
won degrees, which is larger by half than the general average for all
college matriculates of that period. It is to be further observed that
very few of the 660 beneficiaries were aided by the Board during all
their college course. Several were aided only
seventy-five years ago. She was the daughter of Hon. Bartlett Yancey who died
when she was only two years old. . . . His daughter, Mrs. Swepson, inherited the
forceful character of her distinguished father, and her versatile gifts made her a
commanding figure in every circle of life. Mrs. Swepson was converted at the age
of fifteen; was united in marriage to George W. Swepson in her seventeenth year,
and was a devoted wife, praying for 38 years for her husband's conversion, which
occurred two years before his death. This devoted Christian woman, whose every
confidence was shared by her pastor (Dr. Skinner), had the business gifts of a
masculine mind united to the womanly traits of a well-disciplined intellect. She
gave freely of her consecrated wealth for a period of forty years, and left in her will
about forty-five thousand dollars to the Baptists of the State." T. E. Skinner, once
her pastor, in obituary article in Annual of Baptist State Convention for 1901. See
also editorial article in Biblical Recorder of May 22, 1901, and appreciation by Dr.
C. E. Taylor in same paper for May 29, 1901.
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