Crabtree, Julia Ethelyn

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Julia Ethelyn Crabtree, c. 1910.

Faculty: Elocution, Expression, and English Literature, 1910-1911.

Birth: Mar. 19, 1884, Durham County, North Carolina, USA
Death: May 23, 1968, North Carolina, USA

Spouse: George Franklin McAllister (1874 – 1937)
Married: 25 Jun 1913, Salem, Roanoke County, Virginia

Virginia Shirley McAllister Smith (1914-1997)
Grady Franklin McAllister (1916-1925)
Elizabeth Katherine “Betty Kate” McAllister Boozer (1918-2009))
Carolyn Crabtree McAllister Moose (1921 – 2015)
Thomas Caswell McAllister (1923 – 1944)

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery
Mount Pleasant, Cabarrus County, North Carolina, USA

Source:, # 13023945.

From Clarence E. Horton, Jr., and Kathryn L Bridges, eds. Piedmont Neighbors: Historical Sketches of Cabarrus, Stanly, and Southern Rowan Counties from the Pages of Progress Magazine. Concord, NC: Historic Cabarrus, 1999, 241-242:

Uncle George (Colonel McAllister) gave Helen a job in the mess hall of Mount Pleasant Collegiate Institute at $5.00 per month. She got up each morning at 5 o’clock, walked to the college, set the breakfast table, and helped with the meal. As there was no organist at the college, Helen also played two hymns for the morning chapel and walked back to Mont Amoena for her first class. It seems Colonel McAllister was “seeing” Miss Crabtree at Mont Amoena. She came from Virginia to teach elocution at the  school. Helen’s books carried many little notes back and forth and she was paid an extra nickel if she picked a bouquet of violets on the way back and slipped them to Miss Crabtree. The two teachers later married…


The Lutheran Orphanage arrived in Salem, Roanoke, Virginia in May of 1896, occupying a brick home on five acres at the corner of present-day Florida Avenue and Boulevard. The orphanage eventually bought the former Hotel Salem on College Avenue (shown here), which it occupied from 1900 until 1927. Ethelyn Crabtree was a teacher at the orphanage with fellow Mont Amoena alum Dora Barrier in the 1910 Census. Ethelyn served on the faculty of Mont Amoena in the 1910-1911 school year and married Mount Pleasant Collegiate Institute principal George McAllister in 1913.

Photo: Virginia Room of the Roanoke VA Public Library


Winfield Scott Downs, Encyclopedia of American Biography, Vol. 11 (American Historical Society:1940), p. 474.

At Salem, Virginia, on June 25, 1913, Professor George Franklin McAllister married Julia Ethelyn Crabtree, daughter of Professor John Thomas and Mrs. Kate (Shirey) Crabtree, of that city. Her father was an outstanding educator. He was a professor of Latin and Greek at Roanoke College, Salem, Virginia, for twenty years, and for the last nineteen years of his life was superintendent of the Lutherans Orphans’ Home, at Salem, where he died, November 4, 1922. His wife also was a teacher, and both were members of some of the fine old families of the South. Mrs. McAllister was graduated from Roanoke College in 1904, and for a time taught in Mont Amoena Seminary for Girls, at Mount Pleasant, North Carolina. She is an admired and active figure in the church, civic and social circles, a valued contributor to the cultural life of Mount Pleasant. Professor and Mrs. McAllister were the parents of five children: 1. Virginia Shirey, a graduate of Mount Pleasant Collegiate Institute and Newberry College, South Carolina. 2. Grady Franklin McAllister, who lost his life by accident at Mount Pleasant, December 8, 1925. 3. Elizabeth Kate, who attended Peace Institute at Raleigh, North Carolina, and is now an undergraduate at Newberry College. 4. Caroline Crabtree, a student at Newberry College. 5. Thomas Caswell McAllister, a student in the local high school.