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Frances Elizabeth Fisher

 
 

Born: 08 Aug 1826, Lincoln County, NC
Died:  24 Jun 1918, Catawba County, NC

 
 
Frances Elizabeth Fisher was the first child born to Reuben & Mary Fisher.  She was born 08 Aug 1826 in Lincoln/Catawba County. 
                                       
Elizabeth married James Franklin Loftin on 13 Aug 1847 in Catawba County.  Franklin was the son of Thomas Loftin and Sally Lavinia Beatty.
                                       
                                       
After their marriage, Franklin and Elizabeth had seven children:
 
Children of James Franklin Loftin and Frances Elizabeth Fisher
Name Birth Date Death Date Spouse
Harriet Jone Loftin 11 Aug 1849 13 Dec 1908 Gilbert A. McKinnis
William Alexander Loftin 26 Oct 1851 11 June 1939 1) Laura W. Cranford
2) Amanda Wanetta Beatty
James Edmund Loftin 1853 16 Nov 1925 1) Rebecca Jane McKinsey
2) Mary Fannie (Unknown)
Mary Frances Loftin 30 Nov 1855 08 May 1936 Jacob Francis Drum
Alonzo Loftin 1857   (died in infancy)
Washington Lafayette Loftin 20 Jun 1859 18 May 1932 Margaret Jane Lackey
Oliver Cromwell Loftin Dec 1861 02 Apr 1930 1) Belle Moore
2) Zettie Rachel McAlister
 
 

1860 Catawba County Census

 
First Name Last Name Age Sex Occupation Real
Estate
Value
Personal
Estate
Value
Birth Attended
School
Can't
Read or
Write
Franklin Loftin 36 M Farmer $600 $210 NC    
Elizabeth " 36 F       "   X
Harriett " 11 F       " X  
Alexander " 9 M       " X  
James " 7 M       "    
Mary " 5 F       "    
Alonzo " 3 M       "    
Lafayette " 1 M       "    
 
The 1860 Census lists Franklin & Elizabeth's ages as 36.  According to the Census, Elizabeth couldn’t read or write.
 
James Franklin enlisted and entered the Civil War as part of the Confederacy on 03 Mar 1862 as a Private at the age of 35/36.  He was killed in action near Drewry’s Bluff, VA., on 16 July 1864.
 

    

 
A widow at the age of 40, Elizabeth continued to run the farm with the help of her children.
 
 

1870 Catawba County Census

 
Last Name First Name Age Sex Race Occupation Real
Estate
Personal
Estate
Birth Can't
Write
Loftin Elizabeth 42 F W Keeping
House
$400 $150 NC  
------ Alexander 18 M W Farm Laborer     NC  
------ James 16 M W Farm Laborer     NC  
------ Mary 15 F W at Home     NC  
------ Lafayette 13 M W at Home     NC X
------ Oliver 9 M W       NC  
 
The Real Estate Value of the family farm had decreased from $600 to $400.  Five of Elizabeth's children were still living on the family farm.
 
 

1880 Catawba County Census

 
Last Name First Name Race Sex Age Relation S/M/W Occupation Attended
School
Birth
Loftin Elizabeth W F 52   Widow Farmer   NC
----- Washington L. W M 20 Son Single Work on Farm   NC
----- Oliver C. D. W M 17 Son Single Work on Farm X NC
 
By 1880, only Washington Lafayette and Oliver Cromwell continued to live on the family farm with Elizabeth.
 
 

1900 Catawba County Census

 
Last Name First Name Relation Race Sex Birth
Month
Birth
Year
Age S/M/W Birth Occupation Can't
Read or
Write
McKinnis Gilbert Head W M Feb 1940 60 Married NC Farmer  
----- Harriet Wife W F Jan 1949 51 Married NC    
----- June Son W M Dec 1886 13 Single NC Farm laborer  
----- Annie Daughter W F July 1892 7 Single NC    
                       
Loftin Elizabeth Head W F Aug 1830 69 Widow NC   X
                       
Loftin Alexander Head W M Oct 1851 49 Married NC Farmer  
----- Laura Wife W F Jan 1855 45 Married NC    
----- Lee Son W M Jun 1884 15 Single NC Farm Laborer  
----- Garland Son W M May 1887 13 Single NC Farm Laborer  
----- Pearl Daughter W F Jul 1890 9 Single NC    
----- Cordie Daughter W F Aug 1894 5 Single NC    
 
By 1900, Elizabeth was living on the farm by herself.  Her daughter, Harriett, and son, Alexander, were living nearby.  Elizabeth's birth month & year are listed as Aug 1830.  She was actually born Aug 1826.  Her age was listed as 69, but she was actually 73.
 
 

 

1910 Catawba County Census

 
Last Name First Name Relation Sex Race Age S/M/W Kids
Born
Kids
Living
Birth
Place
Occup. Can
Read &
Write
Loftin Elizabeth Head F W 83 W 7 5 NC None Yes
----- James E. Son M W 56 M2     NC Farm
Laborer
Yes
----- Fannie D-in-law F W 56 M2 11 5 NC Home
Farm
No
 
By 1910, Elizabeth's son James and his second wife, Fannie, were living with her.  Elizabeth's age was listed as 83.  Whether she could read or write is still unsure since the data changed from census to census.
 
 
Lois Virginia Loftin Mundy was born 13 Dec 1908.  She recalls her Great Grandmother Frances Elizabeth from when she was a little girl.  Lois says that she remember how much Elizabeth enjoyed smoking her pipe.
 
 
Elizabeth died 24 Jun 1918 at the age of 90 in Catawba County, NC, from cholera morbus.  The term cholera morbus was used in the 19th and early 20th centuries to describe both nonepidemic cholera and other gastrointestinal diseases.  Dr. Fred Long was the attending physician.  She was buried at Center Methodist Church.
 
 

Frances Elizabeth Fisher's Death Certificate

 
 
 

LOFTIN
-----------
J. Franklin
Loftin
Died
Drewry Bluff
May 1864
----------
His Wife
F. Elizabeth
Fisher
Aug. 8, 1826
June 24, 1918

The tombstone gives James Franklin's death date as May 1864.
 
                                       
                                       
                                       
                                       
                                       
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