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Oliver
Cromwell
Loftin

(1861 - 1930)

James
Franklin
Loftin

(1827 - 1864)

Thomas
Loftin

(1798 - 185?)

James
Loftin

(1768 - 1836)

John
Loftin

(1740 - 1793)

Cornelius
Loftin III

(1714 - 1785)

Cornelius
Loftin II

(1675 - 1735)

Cornelius
Loftin I

(1648 - 1735)

Leonard
"Laughton"
Loftin

(1610 - 1678)

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Oliver
Cromwell's
SIBLINGS:

Harriet
Jone
Loftin

(1849 - 1908)

William Alexander
Loftin

(1851 - 1939)

James
Edmund
Loftin

(1853 - 1925)

Mary
Frances
Loftin

(1855 - 19??)

Alonzo
Loftin

(1857 - 1???)

Washington
Lafayette
Loftin

(1859 - 1932)
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Oliver Cromwell Loftin

 
 

Born: 15 Dec 1861, Catawba County, NC

Died: 02 Apr 1930, Lincoln County, NC

 
 
Oliver Cromwell Loftin was the sixth child born to James Franklin Loftin and Frances "Franky" Elizabeth FisherCrom*, as he was called by family and friends, was born 15 Dec 1861 in Catawba County, North Carolina. 
   

* When I was a little boy, my Dad (Sam Loftin) told me about his Grandfather William Alexander Loftin (who Sam said family and friends called Alec), Washington Lafayette Loftin (who Sam said was called Fate), and Oliver Cromwell Loftin (who Sam said the family called Crom).

   
 
 
Crom's siblings were Harriett Jone Loftin, William Alexander Loftin, James Edmund Loftin, Mary Frances Loftin, Alonzo Loftin (not to be confused with Alonzo Lester Loftin or Alonzo Kelly Loftin) and Washington Lafayette Loftin.
 
 
 
Crom's father, James Franklin Loftin, was killed-in-action in 1864 during the Civil War.  Crom would have been 3 years old at the time.  According to the 1870 Catawba County Census, Crom (Oliver) was 9 years old and living with his mother and siblings in the Hamilton Township of Catawba Station.
 

1870 Catawba County, North Carolina Census

 
Last Name First Name Age Sex Race Occupation Real Estate Value Personal Estate Value 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  

 

 
 
According to the 1880 Catawba County Census, Crom (listed as Oliver C. D.) was 17 years old and still living at home with his 52 year old mother, Frances Elizabeth, and 20 year old brother, Washington Lafayette Loftin.  Crom's occupation was listed as working on the family farm.  His elder brother, William Alexander Loftin, had married Laura Cranford and they lived nearby with their young family.
 

1880 Catawba County, North Carolina 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
                   
Loftin William A. W M 28   Married Farmer   NC
----- Laura R. W F 24 Wife Married     NC
  Alonzo F. W M 4 Son Single     NC
  Franes J. W F 1 Daughter Single     NC
 
 
 
Crom married Willie Jane Isabel "Belle" Moore on 02 Mar 1882 in Catawba Township.  Belle was born in Feb 1865.  Their marriage produced at least six children.  The family resided in Lincoln County.*
 

Oliver Cromwell Loftin & Belle Moore's Marriage License

 
 

 

Children of Oliver Cromwell Loftin and Willie Jane Isabel "Belle" Moore
Name Birth Date Death Date Spouse
Franklin Cleveland Loftin 31 Aug 1883
Lincoln Co, NC
03 Sep 1947
Lincoln Co, NC
Ellie Tressley Homesley
m. 16 Nov 1913
Dessie Dakota Loftin 07 Feb 1884
Lincoln Co, NC
10 Nov 1962
Cherryville
Gaston Co, NC
Charles Lee Allran
m. 23 Apr 1905
William "Willie" C. Loftin 10 Aug 1888
Lincoln Co, NC
01 Dec 1964
Burton Hills, Gastonia
Gaston CO, NC
Dovie Marie Berrier
m. 25 Dec 1908
Mary Mollie Loftin 01 Oct 1891
Lincoln Co, NC
03 Nov 1939
Lincolnton
Lincoln Co, NC
(In a hospital fire)
Roscoe Erastus "Pete" Huffstetler
25 Oct 1913
Bidwell Loftin 07 Feb 1894
Lincoln Co, NC
10 Aug 1918
WWI in Belgium
(Never Married)
Roy Braxton Loftin 03 Jan 1896
Lincoln Co, NC
24 Apr 1960
Lincolnton
Lincoln Co, NC
(1) Edna May Withers
m. 04 Nov 1922
(2)Flossie Lillie Rhyne
m. 26 Dec 1925
Maude Grigg Loftin Abt. 1903 Aft. 1973
Charlotte
Mecklenburg Co, NC
Arthur Wilburn Smith
m. 01 Oct 1921
   

* Names from the 1900 & 1910  Lincoln County, North Carolina Census

   
 
 
 
According to the 1900 Lincoln County Census, Oliver Cromwell Loftin & Bell were living in Lincolnton Township with their 6 children.  Crom (Oliver) worked as a farmer.  Dessie, Frank and Willie were working at a local Cotton Mill.  Frank (age 14) and Willie (age 11) could not read or write.
 

1900 Lincoln County, North Carolina Census

 
Last Name First Name Relation Sex Birth Mth Year Age Yrs.
Md.
#
Kids
Occupation Read Write
Loftin Oliver C. Head M Dec 1861 38 18   Farmer Yes Yes
------- Belle Wife F Feb 1865 35 18 6   Yes Yes
------- Dessie Daughter F Feb 1883 17     R?? -
Cotton Mill
Yes Yes
------- Frank Son M Aug 1885 14     Spinner -
Cotton Mill
No No
------- Willie Son M Aug 1888 11     Spinner -
Cotton Mill
NO No
------- Mollie Daughter F Oct 1890 9          
------- Bidwell Son M Feb 1893 7          
------- Roy Son M Jan 1896 4          
 
 
 
Crom's wife, Belle, died 08 Mar 1906.
 
 
The 1910 Census shows the family living on Long Shoal Road North in Lincoln County.  Oliver Cromwell's name is listed as "Crum" and he was 46 years old.  Those living in the family home were Franklin (age 23), William (age 21) and his wife Davia, Molly (age 18), Bidwell (age 16) and Maude (age 7).  The Census shows Crom as being a widower.
 

1910 Lincoln County, North Carolina Census

 
Last Name First Name Relation Sex Race Age S/Md
/Wd
Yrs.
Md.
#
Kids
Kids
Living
Occup Read Write
Loftin Crum Head M W 46 Wd       Farmer Yes Yes
------- Franklin C. Son M W 23 S       Farm
Laborer
Yes Yes
------- William C. Son M W 21 Md 2     Salesman
General
Store
Yes Yes
------- Davia Daughter-
In-Law
F W 21 Md 2 1 1   Yes Yes
------- Molly Daughter F W 18 S       Cotton Mill Yes Yes
------- Bidwell Son M W 16 S       Cotton Mill Yes Yes
------- Roy Son M W 14 S       Farm
Laborer
Yes Yes
------- Maud G. Daughter F W 7 S            
 
 
 
Oliver Cromwell Loftin married Rachel Luzetta "Zettie" Abernathy (McAlister) between 1910 and 1911.  Zettie was a widow when she married Crom and she brought five children with her from her previous marriage to Wade H. McAlister. They were: Eva, Lucy, Ada, Ervin, and Birdie.  They identified their family as "his, hers and ours".
 
 

Oliver Cromwell Loftin with his second wife,
Rachael Luzetta "Zettie" Abernathy (McAlister) around 1917

Eva McAlister, Birdie McAlister, Bidwell Loftin, Roy Loftin, Maude Loftin, Lucy McAlister
Ervin McAlister, Oliver Cromwell Loftin holding Mabel Loftin, Zettie holding Ada Loftin, Ada McAlister, Ruth Loftin
 

[Thanks to Cecelia H. Burr for sharing this photo of Oliver Cromwell Loftin and his family]

 
 
 
The 1920 Lincoln County Census shows that Crom's son, Roy, age 24, was still living in the family home.  There were five additional Loftin children who were the prodigy of Crom and Zettie. They were: Ruth Louise, Philetus Mable, Gladys Reaves and Oliver Clemet.  The four oldest children that were living in the home worked at the cotton mill.  Crom's age was listed as 57 and he was still working as a farmer.
 

1920 Lincoln County, North Carolina Census

 
Last Name First Name Relation Sex Race Age Md. Read Write Birth Occupation
Loftin Oliver Cromwell Head M W 57 M Yes Yes NC Farmer
------- Zettie Rachel Wife F W 41 M Yes Yes NC  
------- Roy Son M W 24 S Yes Yes NC Speeder
Cotton Mill
------- Maude Grigg Daughter F W 17 S Yes Yes NC Spinner
Cotton Mill
------- Ruth Louise Daughter F W 8 S     NC  
------- Philetus/Fletus Daughter F W 6 S     NC  
------- Gladdis Daughter F W 4 6/12 S     NC  
------- Oliver Clemet Son M W 9/12 S     NC  
McAlister Lucy Step -
Daughter
F W 18 S Yes Yes NC Spinner
Cotton Mill
------- Ada Step -
Daughter
F W 16 S Yes Yes NC Spinner
Cotton Mill
------- Ervin Step -
Son
M W 14 S Yes Yes NC  
------- Bertie Step - Daughter F W 12 S Yes Yes NC  
 
 
 
Children of Rachel Luzetta Abernathy and Wade McAlister
Name Birth Date Death Date Spouse
Eva Lue McAlister 19 Mar 1899
Lincoln Co, NC
31 Oct 1970
Charlotte,
Mecklenburg Co, NC
Conny Jacop Schronce
Lucy Virginia McAlister 24 Aug 1901
Lincoln Co, NC
17 Nov 1981
Lincolnton,
Lincoln Co, NC
Grier George Whitesides
m. 07 Aug 1926
Ada McAlister 10 Mar 1903
NC
31 Mar 1987
Lincolnton,
Lincoln Co, NC
Cliven U. Hall
m. 24 Dec 1928
Ervin Ernest McAlister 03 Jul 1905
Lincoln Co, NC
04 Aug 1981
Lincolnton,
Lincoln Co, NC
Edna W. Kiser
m. 22 May 1926
Bertie McAlister 03 Jul 1907
Lincoln Co, NC
07 Jul 1982
Lincolnton,
Lincoln Co, NC
William E. Bynum
 
 

 

Children of Oliver Cromwell Loftin and Rachel Luzetta Abernathy McAlister
Name Birth Date Death Date Spouse
Ruth Louise Loftin 20 Jul 1911
Lincoln Co, NC
15 Dec 1993
Lincolnton,
Lincoln Co, NC
Earl Edward Rhyne
Philetus Mabel Loftin 11 Oct 1913
Lincoln Co, NC
25 Apr 1992
Lincolnton,
Lincoln Co, NC
Floyd Jennings Carpenter
m. 14 Feb 1946
Lincoln Co, NC
Gladys Reaves Loftin 29 Oct 1916
Lincoln Co, NC
04 Oct 1997
Hickory,
Catawba Co, NC
Marshall Pressley Hudspeth
m. 24 Mar 1934
Oliver Clemet Loftin 12 Sep 1919
Lincoln Co, NC
21 Mar 1998
Lincolnton,
Lincoln Co, NC
Ruth Rhyne
 
 
 
By 1930, Roy, Maude and Ruth Loftin had left the family home - as well as Lucy and Ervin McAlister.  The children still living in the home were Ada and Bertie McAlister, as well as Fletus, Gladys and OliverCrom's age was listed as 68 and Zettie was 51.  T
 

1930 Catawba County, North Carolina Census

 
Last Name First Name Relation Home
Value
Sex Race Age Md. Age
1st
Mrg.
Read
Write
Birth Occupation
Loftin Oliver C. Head $4000 M   68 M 19 Yes NC None
----- Zettie Wife II   F   51 M 19 Yes NC None
McAlister Ada Step -
Daughter
  F   27 S   Yes NC Spinner
Cotton Mill
------- Bertie Step -
Daughter
  F   23 S   Yes NC Spinner
Cotton Mill
Loftin Fletus Daughter   F   16 S   Yes NC Spooler
Cotton Mill
------- Gladys Daughter   F   13 S   Yes NC  
------- Oliver Son   M   10 S   Yes NC  
 
 
 
Oliver Cromwell Loftin died 2 Apr 1930 in Lincoln County, North Carolina at the age of 69 from pneumonia.

 

Oliver Cromwell Loftin's Death Certificate

 
 
 
Zettie died11 Dec 1960 at the age of 82.  The Death Certificate lists her name as "Rachel Luzettie Loftin" and her parents as David L. Abernathy and Sarah Jane Helderman.  She is listed as "Widowed" and her first husband Wade McAlister is listed.

 

Rachel Luzettie Abernathy McAlister Loftin's Death Certificate

 
 

Crum and Belle were buried at Pisgah Methodist Church in Lincoln County, NC

 

 
 

Zettie was also buried at Pisgah Methodist Church in Lincoln County, NC

 
 
 
 
 

THEIR CHILDREN

 

Bidwell Loftin

 

Bidwell Loftin died 10 Aug 1918 during World War I in Belgium at the age of 24.

 

Bidwell Loftin

 
 
 
Dessie Dakota Loftin
 

 
 
 
Frank Cleveland Loftin
 

 
 
 
Mary Molly Loftin
 

      

 

Mary Mollie Loftin and her husband Roscoe E. "Pete" Huffstetler

 

 

 
According to Cecelia Burr, "My grandmother, daughter of Oliver and 'Belle', was Mary 'Mollie' Loftin Huffstetler.  She was married to Roscoe E. Huffstetler.  Grandmother Mollie died in 1939 in a hospital fire in Lincolnton (may have been Reeves Hospital).  She was seriously burned and died within a day or two.  She was supposed to come home the night of the fire, but it was November and icy.  It was decided she should stay overnight.
 

 
 
 
Oliver Clement Loftin
 

 
 
 
Roy Braxton Loftin
 

 

Roy was buried at Pisgah Methodist Church in Lincoln County, NC

 
 
 
William C. Loftin
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

SOURCES

 

A special thanks to Cecelia H. Burr for sharing the photo of Oliver Cromwell Loftin and his family
You can contact Cecelia at ciaburr@carolina.rr.com

 

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