Locust Grove Class in 1860

Census records indicate 112 households and 601 people lived in Pocopson Township in 1860. In January of that year, Locust Grove School had 36 students enrolled. Attendance was variable though, because there were no mandatory attendance laws; some days during the month, 15 students attended school, while other days, there were 32 students in class. The average attendance during the month was 26 students. There were eight white female students, six African American male students, and 22 white male students. The attendance book this year does not record ages. It does record parents’ occupations; fifteen fathers were farmers, six were laborers, one was a shoemaker, and one was a blacksmith.