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Martha Frances Mebane


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At a Glance

Information in the Book of Girls is erroneous: Martha Frances was not the daughter of Lt. Gov. Giles Mebane; she is not among his children listed in the census reports, and her age is wrong to be his child. Martha was a charter member of Mebane Presbyterian Church, 1868, along with her mother, her brother Dr. Benjamin F. Mebane and his wife Fannie, and her sister Bettie Ann.


Martha Frances Mebane was a member of an extensive family of Mebane, Holt, and Yancey forebears and cousins who gave their names to many towns and sites in Orange, Alamance, and Caswell counties. In 1868 she was a charter member of the Mebane Presbyterian Church near the Bingham School. She inherited a good amount of property from her fatherís estate; the will includes the caveat that if Martha Frances were never to marry, her brothers would inherit her share after her death. Mary Frances was listed as a teacher in Greensboro on the 1880 census, living with relatives including her brother Cornelius and his wife Julia Sloan and their five children, the youngest being twins. She is also listed under Corneliusís family in the 1900 census. More research needs to be done to determine where she taught [1].

Biographical Data

Martha was called Mattie.

Important Dates

Martha Frances Mebane was born on February 19, 1837, in Orange County, NC. [2]She died on March 6, 1909, and was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Greensboro, NC.

Places of Residence

  • Mebane, between 1837 and er 1868. Mebane was orginally all in Orange County, NC. In 1849 the new county of Alamance was formed. Most of the town of Mebane is now in Alamance County; however, the far eastern edge is in Orange County.
  • Hillsborough, NC, from 1850.
  • Greensboro, NC, between 1880 and 1909. Lived with her brother Cornelius Mebane and his weife Julia Paisley Sloan Mebane and their son Robert Sloan Mebane and his wife Cora Alice Holt Mebane [3].

Schools Attended




  1. 24, October 1894, Item #5280 in the Mebane and Faucette family papers, Southern Historical Collection, UNC
  2. US GenWebs Archives; NC.
  3. United States Census of 1880.