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Ellen McAlphin, daughter of Angus and Sarah Rucker McAlphin was born on August 14, 1856 at the Hermitage Planation along the Savannah River. Shew grew to be a charitable person, giving of herself to others. This was seen in her work with the Savannah Society where she organized and served as President of the Port Sewing Society for fifty-fur years. She was instrumental in the formation of the local chapter of the YWCA and served as its first president for more than five years after which she was made honorary president for life. She was an active member of the Independent Presbyterian Church where she served in the Women's Auxiliary and the Ladies Foreign Mission Society.
Mullis, Dee, "A Biography of Ellen McAlphin" (1993). Savannah Biographies. 212.