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Sarah A. Billingsley (née Stevens) (1841-1927)

Sarah Stevens graduated in October 1860 at age 20. By 1862, the Institute Managers reported that Sarah was "engaged at present in a Small Dry Goods Store with her sister." Stevens served on the executive council of the Institute for Colored Youth’s Association of Alumni. Octavius Catto was president and Estellena Johnson was Vice President.  Stevens married Henry Billingsley, a tailor and a porter, on March 26, 1863. By 1871 the couple had moved to Maryland, where she was teaching. Billingsley died in 1882, leaving Sarah a widow. She eventually found her way back to Philadelphia. Sarah Stevens Billingsley died September 1927 and was buried at Eden Cemetery. 


Sources: 

Objects of the Institute for Colored Youth, with a list of the officers and students, and the annual report of the Board of Managers, for the year 1862, Philadelphia, C. Sherman, Printers, 1862; Board of Managers of The Institute for Colored Youth, Objects of the Institute for Colored Youth, with a list of the officers and students, and the nineteenth annual report of the Board of Managers, for the year 1871, Philadelphia, 1871; 1860 Federal Census, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Roll: M653_1158; Page: 99; Image: 103, Ancestry.com; Family History Library Film: 805158; “Notice,” The Christian Recorder, September 28, 1861; Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V26T-R68 : accessed 18 Sep 2014), Henry C Billingsley and Sarah Stevens, 26 Mar 1863; citing Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; FHL microfilm 1765018; Mrs. Sarah A. Billingsley (Mrs. Sarah A. Stevens), Death Certificate, September 2, 1927, Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1944 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014;  Henry C.  Billingsley, Death Certificate, December 12, 1882, Ancestry.com. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates Index, 1803-1915 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

 

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Sarah Billingsley Death Certificate, 1927, Ancestry.com.jpg{'<br/>'}

Images: Sarah A. Stevens, 1860 Census; Sarah A. Billingsley Death Certificate

Source: Ancestry.com

Born: July 1841-Philadelphia, PA

Died: September 1927-Philadelphia, PA

Graduated: 1860 (October)

Career: 
Storekeeper



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