Re: Arnaud/Armand Preot m Elizabeth A Hammatt 1829-1892
Anna Amelia Hammatt was the daughter of Aruaud Eduard Preot and Elizabeth Anne Hammatte.The following article is from - 1870-1873 Roanoke Female College but there are a few errors in it.
"Arnaud Eduard Preot was born in Lile, France, and educated in Paris.Preot came to America in 1837 where he spent some years in NY and PA.He taught at Walkhill Academy in PA before moving to Petersburg, Virginia, to serve as professor of music and languages at Southworth College.Preot spoke four or five languages.While in Petersburg, Arnaud Preot married Elizabeth Anne Hammatt of Chesterfield County in 1848, and they eventually had nine children, tow of whom died in early infancy.Elizabeth evidently was a music student of Preot.
In the early 1850's they moved to Buckingham County, Vir. , where he served as music professor at Female Collegiate Institute, Virginia's first college for women, and they stayed until it faltered at the beginning of the Civil War.In 1861 they moved to Farmville where he served as professor of music and languages for one year, and Mrs. Preot taught music and French there.In 1862 he becomes the president of Farmville Female College (now Longwood College), and office he held until 1869.
The Preots moved to Danville, Va in 1869 where he spent one year as professor at the Methodist school, Danville Female College (later Stratford College) that closed temporarily at the end of that year.
For the next three years Arnaud Preot and his wife served on the faculty of the Baptist school, Roanoke Female College.He taught music (piano, organ and guitar) and French.Mrs. Preot served as an assistant in themusic and French departments, while both served as principals of the Domestic Department.In 1870 Preot agreed to join Lake and Hume as a third co-principal.Preot served as the principal of the modern languages and music departments.This lasted only through the 1871-1872 session.
Unfortunately, Preot remains more notable in death than life.In 1873 he had an accident and died the night before commencement.For his poor health, Preot was accustomed to taking a little beer for its medicinal effect.Just before graduation, a keg of Preot's beer exploded in his face and he died shortly thereafter.Mrs. Preot moved backto Petersburg after his death.
Arnaud E. Preot died on June 19, 1873, in Danville and was buried here for a short time.His body was later moved to the Old Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg to be beside his wife, who died there in 1892.College records show that in the early 1890's, five of their daughters returned to Danville and attended various grades in school here:Nora deSaunier, Blanche Elizabeth, Annie, Aimee and Arnette Preot."