Biographical Sketches 509
zagged back and forth from the mountains to the seaboard, laboring
for the cause of Missions, the Convention, and eventually for our
College.... There were two horses, both white; but then, after saying
this much, all similarity ceased. Old ‘Tom' was high, long and raw-
boned, with white mane and tail, while ‘Dick" was short and more
compact, with black mane and tail, and altogether the better-looking
horse. After serving their master well, they were brought to Wake
Forest, where they still worked faithfully in the farm for several
During these earlier years of her life we may well know that the
education of her daughter was not neglected by her parents. Indeed, it
would have been impossible to have lived in daily association with
her mother and not have received instruction and training such as it is
seldom the privilege of children to enjoy.
In February, 1834, Wake Forest College began its career under the
name of Wake Forest Institute. The father being president, and the
mother hardly less interested than the father in everything pertaining
to the institution, it is not surprising that the daughter should have
been regarded as a part of the very life of the infant College, and
should have easily found her way to the favor and affection of all
connected with it.1
Nor is it strange that, when she reached the proper age, and had
been prepared for it by faithful instruction at home, she should have
been accorded access to the courses of instruction then offered by the
College. Availing herself of this privilege, her prudent mother being
her almost constant chaperon, she succeeded in acquiring such an
education as well fitted her for the place she so long filled in the
social life of the College community.
In no event of her life was the divine favor more clearly manifested
than in that of her marriage on November 5, 1844, to Mr. John
Marchant Brewer, who was a native of Nansemond County, Virginia,
and had received his education at Wake Forest.... Ten children were
born in the home, one of whom died in infancy. The others, five sons
and four daughters, survive their sainted mother. Hardly less marked
than in her marriage were the evidences of the divine favor in the
One aspect of this "favor and affection" is indicated by the following from an
article by Mr. Aaron G. Headen of Chatham County, a student of the first year,
1831-35, in the Wake Forest Student, XXI, 85ff.: "There were about seventy
students, and Dr. Wait, of blessed memory, was our faithful and honored
president.... He had one child, a pretty daughter, and being always susceptible to
female charms, I fell desperately in love with her, but both being so young I
suppose it was what you term ‘puppy love,' and ended with
our separation."
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