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Monday, December 12, 2016

Mystery Monday - Matthew Bascomb "Bass" Lunsford and Hettie Mae Holloway



Matthew Bascomb "Bass" Lunsford was born 1/5/1878 in Macon County, NC to John H. Lunsford and Mary Matilda Pendergrass. He married Hettie Mae Holloway (aka Hattie Mae Holloway). Hettie was born 5/7/1883 in Cherokee County, NC. They had 4 children:

1) Charlie Jefferson Lunsford, Sr. (DOB 5/13/1905 in Cherokee County, NC; DOD 7/7/1960 in Akron, Summit County, OH) married Cora Caroline Thomasson (DOB 3/18/1905 in Cherokee County, NC; DOD 1/18/2002 in Athens, Limestone County, AL). They had Charles Jefferson Lunsford, Jr., Thomas Matthew Lunsford, William Theodore Lunsford.

2) Florence Lunsford (DOB 9/28/1907 in NC; DOD 10/4/1995 in Gastonia, Gaston County, NC) married Harley Glenn Spivey (DOB 8/18/1908 in Clay County, NC; DOD 11/19/2006 in Gastonia, Gaston County, NC). They had Harley Ray Spivey, Sr., Viola Jane Spivey, Mary Lee Spivey.

3) Lenna Ann Lunsford (DOB 12/25/1908 in NC; DOD 2/10/1991 in Gastonia, Gaston County, NC) married Lawrence Spivey (DOB 8/5/1913 in Clay County, NC; DOD 10/30/1938 in Murphy, Cherokee County, NC). They had Willie Hayward Spivey.

4) Clifton Lunsford (DOB 7/29/1911 in NC, DOD 12/21/1973 in Gastonia, Gaston County, NC) married Lee Ellen Gregg (aka Lee Ellen Graig, Lee Ellen Grigg, Lee Ellen Gragg) (DOB 7/11/1916 in Cherokee County, NC; DOD 7/6/2003 in ? ). They had Harold D. Lunsford, Myrtle Lunsford.

1910 U.S. Census of Tomoela, Cherokee, North Carolina; Ancestry.com, Roll: T624_1103; Page: 21A; Enumeration District: 0039; FHL microfilm: 1375116, Family #10, Lines 42-47, "Math Lunsford"
Math Lunsford, Head, M(ale), W(hite), 31 yrs old (DOB 1879), 1st Marriage, Married 7 yrs (DOM 1903), Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farmer, Can read and write, Rents farm
Hettie Lunsford, Wife, F, W, 27 yrs old (DOB 1883), 1st Marriage, Married 7 yrs, 3 children with 3 still living, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Can read and write
Charlie Lunsford, Son, M, W, 4 yrs old (DOB 1906), Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Florence Lunsford, Daughter, F, W, 2 yrs old (DOB 1908), Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Lena Lunsford, Daughter, F, W, 1 yrs old (DOB 1909), Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC

1920 U.S. Census of Murphy, Cherokee, North Carolina; Ancestry.com, Roll: T625_1290; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 46; Image: 147, Family #104, Lines 93-100, "Math Lunsford"
Math Lunsford, Head, Owns farm, M(ale), W(hite), 44 yrs old (DOB 1876), Married, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in USA, Farmer
Hettie Lunsford, Wife, F, W, 36 yrs old (DOB 1884), Married, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Charlie Lunsford, Son, M, W, 14 yrs old (DOB 1906), Single, Does not attend school, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farm laborer on home farm
Florence Lunsford, Daughter, F, W, 12 yrs old (DOB 1908), Single, Attends school, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Linner Lunsford, Daughter, F, W, 10 yrs old (DOB 1910), Single, Attends school, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Clifton Lunsford, Son, M, W, 8 yrs old (DOB 1912), Single, Attends school, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC

1930 U.S. Census of Murphy, Cherokee County, North Carolina; Ancestry.com, Roll: 1681; Page: 13B; Enumeration District: 0004; Image: 321.0; FHL microfilm: 2341415, Family #238, Lines 57-63, "Bass B. Lunsford" (sic)
Bass B. Lunsford, Head, Rents farm, M(ale), W(hite), 56 yrs old (DOB 1874), Married at age 26 yrs old (DOM 1902), Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farmer
Hettie Lunsford, Wife, F, W, 47 yrs old (DOB 1883), Married at age 17 yrs old, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Charlie J. Lunsford, Son, M, W, 24 yrs old (DOB 1906), Single, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farm laborer
Florence Lunsford, Daughter, F, W, 22 yrs old (DOB 1908), Single, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Lenna Lunsford, Daughter, F, W, 21 yrs old (DOB 1909), Single, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Clifton Lunsford, Son, M, W, 18 yrs old, (DOB 1912), Single, Attends school, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Harley Spivey, Brother-in-law, M, W, 21 yrs old (DOB 1909), Married at age 20 yrs old (DOM 1929), Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farm laborer


Lena Lunsford, married Lawrence Spivey on 12/5/1936 in Cherokee County, NC. Lawrence Spivey was born 8/5/1913 in Clay County, NC.

North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011
Name: Lena Lunsford
Gender: Female
Race: White
Age: 28
Birth Year: abt 1908
Marriage Date: 5 Dec 1936
Marriage Place: Cherokee, North Carolina, USA
Spouse: Laurance Spivey
Spouse Gender: Male
Spouse Race: White
Spouse Age: 23
Event Type: Marriage

They had 1 child:
Willie Hayward Spivey (DOB 1/26/1938 in Cherokee County, NC; DOD 5/28/2000 in Gastonia, Gaston County, NC) married Vickie.


Her brother, Charlies Jefferson Lunsford, married Cora Carolina Thomasson on 6/9/1933 in Cherokee County, NC.

NC Marriage Records, 1741-2011
Name: C J Lunsford
Gender: Male
Race: White
Age: 28
Birth Year: abt 1905
Marriage Date: 9 Jun 1933
Marriage Place: Cherokee, North Carolina, USA
Father: M B Lunsford
Mother: Hettie Lunsford
Spouse: Cora Thommason
Spouse Gender: Female
Spouse Race: White
Spouse Age: 27
Spouse Father: T J Thommason
Spouse Mother: Thommason
Event Type: Marriage

They had 3 children:
1) Charles Jefferson Lunsford, Jr. (DOB 9/1/1934 in Gaston County, NC; DOD 7/1/206 in Mount Pleasant, Charleston Couty, SC) married Beulah Lee Leppert Barnhart.

2) Thomas Matthew Lunsford (DOB 10/19/1935 in Gastonia, Gaston County, NC; DOD 7/24/1977 in Akron, Summit County, OH) married ? .

3) William Theodore Lunsford (DOB 4/17/1938 in Gaston County, NC; DOD 11/10/1993 in Siler City, Chatham County, NC) married ? .


Something happened. Charlie Lunsford shot and killed his brother-in-law, Lawrence Spivey. He claimed self defense. Here are the two articles in the newspaper that told the story. I couldn't find any more so he must not have been charged.

Asheville Citizen Times, Asheville, Buncombe County, NC, 11/1/1938, Pg 6, "Man Surrenders To Officers On Slaying Charge"
Murphy, Oct. 31-Charlie Lunsford, 34, who is alleged to have shot and killed Lawrence Spivey, 25, his brother in law, with a shotgun Sunday night is being held in the county jail here. Lunsford officers said surrendered to officers following the shooting. A preliminary hearing for Lunsford will be held within the next few days. Officers said that Lunsford got into an argument and that Lunsford shot Spivey when the latter advanced upon him with a knife. Spivey was shot in the side with a charge from a shotgun. Lunsford told officers he shot in self defense.

Asheville Citizen Times, Asheville, Buncombe County, NC, 4/11/1939, Pg 6, "Judge Nettles Continues Two Murder Cases"
Murphy, April 10 - Judge Zeb V. Nettles, of Asheville, presiding over Cherokee county superior court here Monday ordered postponed until the August term trial of the cases in which Charles Frazier, 34, of Andrews, and Charles Lunsford, of the Peachtree community of Cherokee county, are charged with murder... Lunsford's case was schedules to go on trial during the second week of court. Lunsford allegedly shot and killed his brother-in-law, Lawrence Spivey, 25, of the Peachtree community, on October 30, 1938, at Lunsford's home following a quarrel between the two. Lunsford said Spivey had used sharp words in speaking to his (Lunsford's) sister. Following the shooting, Lunsford gave himself up to Policeman Neil Snead in Murphy. The case was continued from the November term of court.

NC Death Certificate #92, Registration District #2002, Certificate #6, Lawrence Spivey, DOD 10/30/1938 in Murphy, Cherokee County, NC
Male, White, Married to Lena Lunsford Spivey, DOB 8/5/1913 in Clay County, NC, 25 yrs old
Occupation: W.P.A.
Father: Brab Spivey, born in Clay County, NC
Mother: Savannah Manis, born in Clay County, NC
Informant: Lenna Spivey, Marble, NC
DOD 10/30/1938 at 5:00pm
Cause of death: Gun shot wound had before I saw him
Homicide on 10/30/1938 in Murphy at home
Shot gun ? into heart
Buried 11/1/1938 in Peachtree

1940 U.S. Census of Murphy, Cherokee, North Carolina; Roll: T627_2889; Page: 12A; Enumeration District: 20-7, Family #176, Lines 5-9, "Charlie Lunsford"
Charlie Lunsford, Head, Owns home valued at $100, M(ale), W(hite), 35 yrs old (DOB 1905), Married, Attended school thru 7th grade, Born in NC, Lived in Gastonia, Gaston County, NC in 1935, Laborer in Firestone Cotton Mill
Cora Lunsford, Wife, F, W, 35 yrs old (DOB 1905), Married, Attended high school 3 yrs, Born in NC, Lived in Gastonia, Gaston County, NC in 1935
C.J. Lunsford, Son, M, W, 6 yrs old (DOB 1934), Single, Does not attend school, Born in NC
Thomas M. Lunsford, Son, M, W, 5 yrs old (DOB 1935), Single, Born in NC
Billy Ted Lunsford, Son, M, W, 2 yrs old (DOB 1938), Born in NC


North Carolina World War II Draft Registration Cards; Record Group: RG 147, Records of the Selective Service System, 1926-1975; Box: 228, Serial #221, Order #2459, Charlie Jefferson Lunsford, DOB 5/13/1906
Serial #221, Charlie Jefferson Lunsford, Order #2459
322 South King St, Gastonia, Gaston, NC
penciled in: Rt 1, Box 55, Murphy, NC
35 yrs old, DOB 5/13/1905 in Cherokee County, NC
Name of Person Who Will Always Know Your Address: Mrs. Cora Lunsford (wife), Route 1, Box 55, Murphy, Cherokee County, NC
Employer: Mr. Woodham - overseer
Firestone Mill, Gastonia, Gaston County, NC
White, 5'11", 160 lbs, Brown Eyes, Black Hair, Bald, Dark Complexion
Signed by him 10/16/1940 in Gastonia, Gaston County, NC


1940 U.S. Census of Murphy, Cherokee, North Carolina; Roll: T627_2889; Page: 16A; Enumeration District: 20-7, Family #241, Lines 13-16, "M.B. Lunsford"
M.B. Lunsford, Head, Rents home $5, M(ale), W(hite), 66 yrs old (DOB 1874), Married, Attended school thru 6th grade, Born in NC, Lived in the same place in 1935, Laborer on farm
Hettie Lunsford, Wife, F, W, 55 yrs old (DOB 1885), Married, Attended school thru 3rd grade, Born in NC, Lived in the same place in 1935
Lenna Spivie (sic), Daughter, F, W, 30 yrs old (DOB 1910), Widowed, Attended school thru 7th grade, Born in NC, Lived in same place in 1935, Cook, Cooking ?
Havord Spivie (sic, Hayward Spivey), Grandson, M, W, 2 yrs old (DOB 1938), Born in NC



Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1932, 1938-2007
Birth Date 1905
Gender Male
Race White
Death Date 7 Jul 1960
Hospital of Death Public - Other
Death Place Akron, Summit, Ohio, USA
Certificate 53482
Age at Death 55
Certifier Coroner
Autopsy Yes, used for certification
Marital Status Married
Census Tract 0000
Probate search Charley J Lunsford - 1960


FindaGrave.com
Charles "Charlie" Jefferson Lunsford
Birth: May 13, 1905
Cherokee County
North Carolina, USA
Death: unknown, USA
Husband of Cora Thomasson
Family links:
Parents:
Matthew Bascomb Lunsford (1878 - 1947)
Hettie Mae Holloway Lunsford (1883 - 1964)
Spouse:
Cora Caroline Thomasson Nichols (1905 - 2002)
Children:
Charles Jefferson Lunsford (1934 - 2006)
Thomas Matthew Lunsford (1935 - 1977)
William Theodore Lunsford (1938 - 1993)
Siblings:
Charles Jefferson Lunsford (1905 - ____)
Florence Lunsford Spivey (1907 - 1995)
Lena Lunsford Sylvester (1908 - 1991)
Clifton Lunsford (1911 - 1973)
Burial:
Valley River Cemetery
Andrews
Cherokee County
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Our Whitaker Families
Record added: Aug 27, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 57802765

Cora Caroline Thomasson Lunsford Nichols
Birth: Mar. 18, 1905
Cherokee County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jan. 18, 2002
Athens
Limestone County
Alabama, USA
Twin sister to Ora Augusta Thomasson
Family links:
Parents:
Thomas Jackson Thomasson (1870 - 1968)
Exie Ann Johnson Thomasson (1877 - 1955)
Spouses:
Chauncey Truman Nichols (1907 - 1975)
Charles Jefferson Lunsford (1905 - ____)
Children:
Charles Jefferson Lunsford (1934 - 2006)
Thomas Matthew Lunsford (1935 - 1977)
William Theodore Lunsford (1938 - 1993)
Siblings:
Zora Jane Thomasson Gregory (1896 - 1983)
Thomas Fulton Thomasson (1898 - 1983)
John Henry Thomasson (1901 - 1975)
William Floid Thomasson (1902 - 1918)
Ora Augusta Thomasson Lunsford (1905 - 1991)
Thomas Jackson Thomasson (1916 - 1986)
Burial:
Valleytown Cemetery
Andrews
Cherokee County
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Chuck Garland
Record added: Jan 10, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 23886266

Obituary
Cora Lunsford Nichols, 96 of Andrews died Friday, January 18, 2002 in Athens, Alabama.

A native of Cherokee County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Jackson "TJ" and Exie Ann Johnson Thomasson and the wife of the late Charles "Charlie" Jefferson Lunsford and Chauncey T. Nichols.

She was a homemaker and had been an employee of Owenby Manufacturing. She was a member of the Andrews First Baptist Church.

Surviving are a daughter, Frances Ann Lunsford, Nelson of Athens, Alabama; a son, C. J. Lunsford of Awendaw, South Carolina; and six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held January 21, 2002 in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home in Andrews with the Rev. Ron McClure officiating. Burial was in the Valleytown cemetery. Pallbearers were David Young, Chuck Grant, Chuck Duncan, Eddie Lunsford, Bennie Lunsford and Bill Lunsford, Jr.

The family request memorials be made to the Valleytown Cemetery Fund, c/o Town Hall, P. O. Box 1210, Andrews, NC 28901.

Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews was in charge of all arrangements.

Information sent in by Our Whitaker Families,
Source-The Andrews Journal, 2002


Lena Lunsford Spivey married again. She married a Sylvester and she died 2/10/1991 in Gastonia, Gaston County, NC.

U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
Name: Lena A. Sylvester
SSN: 239-20-****
Last Residence:
28056 Gastonia, Gaston, North Carolina, USA
BORN: 25 Dec 1908
Died: 10 Feb 1991
State (Year) SSN issued: North Carolina (Before 1951)


U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
Name: Lena Ann Spivey
[Lena A Sylvester]
[Lena Ann Lunsford]
SSN: 23920****
Gender: Female
Race: White
Birth Date: 25 Dec 1908
Birth Place: Murphy Chero, North Carolina
[Murphy Chero|]
Death Date: 10 Feb 1991
Father: Math Lunsford
Mother: Hettie Holloway
Claim Date: 20 Nov 1972
Type of Claim: Duplicate SSN - change or replacement.
Notes: Feb 1957: Name listed as LENA ANN SPIVEY; 17 Nov 1972: Name listed as LENA A SYLVESTER


FindaGrave.com
Lena Lunsford Spivey Sylvester
Birth: Dec. 25, 1908
Cherokee County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Feb. 10, 1991
Gastonia
Gaston County
North Carolina, USA
Lena was the daughter of Matthew and Hettie Holloway Lunsford.
Source-NC Death Certificate
Family links:
Parents:
Matthew Bascomb Lunsford (1878 - 1947)
Hettie Mae Holloway Lunsford (1883 - 1964)
Siblings:
Charles Jefferson Lunsford (1905 - ____)
Florence Lunsford Spivey (1907 - 1995)
Clifton Lunsford (1911 - 1973)
Burial:
Armstrong Cemetery
Gastonia
Gaston County
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Our Whitaker Families
Record added: Nov 01, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 100020941

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