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Margaret Masten

Margaret A. Boling (née Masten) (1846-?)

Margaret Masten graduated from the Institute in 1864.  A classmate of Elizabeth Handy, at the October graduation, Masten was awarded $5 for receiving an honorable mention for her “diligence and correct deportment.” One of seven children of James and Elizabeth Masten, Margaret and her sister Sarah were both attending school at the time of the 1860 census. In 1866, Masten contributed money to the Banneker Institute to support the institute’s lobbying for equal voting rights. Coppin gives her married name as Boling. The 1871 Annual Report of the ICY lists Masten as a teacher in Philadelphia. According to the 1880 census, Thomas Boling (34 yrs), a flour dealer, and Margaret (34 yrs) lived in Philadelphia’s 7th Ward with their seven year old daughter Mary. Thomas Boling was an 1864 graduate of the ICY.


“Annual Report of the Managers of the Institute for Colored Youth,” The Christian Recorder, October 8, 1864; 1860 Federal Census, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Roll: M653_1152; Page: 298; Image: 302; Family History Library Film: 805152; “Banneker Institute,” The Christian Recorder, April 28, 1866; Nineteenth Annual Report of the Board of Managers of the Institute for Colored Youth, Philadelphia, 1871; 1880 Federal Census, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Roll: 1170; Family History Film: 1255170; Page: 37D; Enumeration District: 116; Image: 0254.


Image: "Banneker Institute"

Source: The Christian Recorder, April 28, 1866

Born: 1846 - Philadelphia, PA

Died: ?

Graduated: 1864

School Teacher


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