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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Benjamin Franklin Luntsford

My great grandmother, Noda Vesta Miller Lamb, had an older sister named Ora Katherine Miller  (DOB 6/28/1869 in Grassy Creek, Madison County, NC to Anderson "Ance" Miller and Cynthia Hickam; DOD 12/8/1935 in Hot Springs, Madison County, NC). Ora married Stephen Edward "Ed" Huff (DOB 6/1873 in TN; DOD 9/22/1941 in Hot Springs, Madison County, NC). They had 6 children of which 5 lived to adulthood: Melvin Thomas Huff (1889-1963), Maggie Pauline Huff (1893-1923), Claude Hiram Huff (1895-1954), Ethel Huff (1900-1900), Mattie Ray Huff (DOB 1902-1979), Swann Burnett Huff (1909-1989).

Mattie Ray Huff (DOB 9/1/1902 in Madison County, NC; DOD 12/30/1979 in Asheville, Buncombe County, NC) married Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Luntsford, the younger. Benjamin Franklin Luntsford was born 6/18/1898 in Jefferson City, Jefferson County, TN to Granville Eleazer "G.E." Luntsford and Roe Hale Carter.

Granville Eleazer Luntsford was born 6/5/1875 in TN to Benjamin Franklin Luntsford, the elder (DOB 3/29/1844 in VA; DOD 1/16/1897 in Jefferson County, TN) and Nancy Anna Kite (DOB Abt. 1845 in TN to Granville Kite and Ann Owens; DOD Between 1880-1889 in Jefferson County, TN). He married Roe H. Carter on 7/23/1893 in Jefferson County, TN.

Roe Carter was born 6/8/1879 in Jefferson County, TN to Alfred Abraham Carter (DOB 7/30/1824 in TN to Robert Enoch Carter and Lucretia Trecy Clayton; DOD 3/4/1904 in TN) and Nancy Catherine Malcolm (DOB 10/1/1847 in Blount County, TN  to Alexander Rogan Malcolm and Isabella Newman; DOD 6/9/1922 in Hot Springs, Madison County, NC).

Alfred Abraham Carter married 1st Mary Grant (DOB 9/24/1828 in TN; DOD 4/19/1875 in TN) on 2/10/1848 in Jefferson County, TN. They had Trece Adaline Carter (1849-1876), William H. Carter (1851-1878), James P. Carter (1852-1917), Julia Carter (1864-1934).

Alfred Carter had a daughter with Nancy Catherine Malcolm (DOB 10/1/1847 in Blount County, TN; DOD 6/9/1922 in Hot Springs, Madison County, NC). I could not find a marriage record but it's possible they were married. His first wife, Mary Grant, died in 1875 and he married Mary Lloyd in 1882. Nancy C. Malcom married Benjamin Franklin Luntsford in 1889. So they were both available at the time their daughter was born so they could have been married. But there was a lot of difference in their ages. Alfred was 55 years old and Nancy was 22 years old. They had Roe Hale Carter (DOB 6/8/1879 in Jefferson County, TN; DOD 7/28/1967 in TN).

Alfred A. Carter married 2nd Mary F. Lloyd (DOB 3/27/1849 in TN; DOD 6/1/1919 in Jefferson County, TN) on 3/26/1882 in TN. They had Myrtle Lee Carter (1882-1969).

Now, Nancy Catherine Malcom (DOB 10/1/1847 in Blount County, TN; DOD 6/9/1922 in Hot Springs, Madison County, NC) married Benjamin Franklin Luntsford, the elder (DOB 3/29/1844 in VA; DOD 1/16/1897 in Jefferson County, TN) on 6/6/1889 in Jefferson County, NC. They had two daughters, Margaret "Maggie" Neomia Luntsford McDaniel (DOB 6/29/1890 in Jefferson County, TN; DOD 8/14/1925 in Newport, Cocke County, TN) and Martha "Mattie" Massenia Luntsford German (DOB 1/27/1895 in Morristown, Hamblen County, TN; DOD 1951 in Oregon County, MO).

Let's go back to Benjamin Franklin Luntsford, the elder (DOB 3/29/1844 in VA; DOD 1/16/1897 in Jefferson County, TN). He married 1st Nancy Anna "Ann" Kite (DOB Abt. 1845 in TN; DOD Between 1880-1889 in Jefferson County, TN) on 11/6/1863 in Jefferson County, TN. They had John W. Luntsford (1865-1924)(Mary "Mamie" Louisa Gooch), Luther L. Luntsford (1867-1903)(Maude Montressor Manley), Ailcy E. Luntsford (1869- ? )(Joseph Clyde Gooch), Ann Virginia Luntsford (1872- ? ), Rosa Permelia Luntsford (1874 - ? ), Granville Eleazer Luntsford (1875-1921), Blanche Cornelia Luntsford (1879-1944)(Joseph Marion Johnson).

1880 U.S. Census of District 1, Jefferson County, Tennessee; Roll: 1264; Page: 379A; Enumeration District: 169, "B.F. Luntsford"
B.F. Luntsford, W(hite), M(ale), 36 yrs old (DOB 1844), Head, Married, Miller, Born in VA, Father born in MO, Mother born in NC
Nancy A. Luntsford (Nancy Ann Kite Luntsford), W, F, 36 yrs old (DOB 1844), Wife, Married, Keeping house, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN
John W. Luntsford, W, M, 14 yrs old (DOB 1866), Son, Single, At home, Born in TN, Father born in VA, Mother born in TN
Luther Luntsford, W, M, 12 yrs old (DOB 1868), Son, Single, At home, Born in TN, Father born in VA, Mother born in TN
Ailcy E. Luntsford, W, F, 11 yrs old (DOB 1869), Son, Single, At home, Born in TN, Father born in VA, Mother born in TN
Annie V. Luntsford, W, F, 8 yrs old (DOB 1872), Daughter, Single, At home, Born in TN, Father born in VA, Mother born in TN
Rosa P. Luntsford, W, F, 6 yrs old (DOB 1874), Daughter, Single, At home, Born in TN, Father born in VA, Mother born in TN
Granville E. Luntsford, W, M, 5 yrs old (DOB 1875), Son, Single, At home, Born in TN, Father born in VA, Mother born in TN
Blanche E. Luntsford, W, F, 2 yrs old (DOB 1878), Daughter, Single, At home, Born in TN, Father born in VA, Mother born in TN
Marget A. Luntsford, W, F, 22 yrs old (DOB 1858), Sister, Single, Keeping house, Born in TN, Father born in VA, Mother born in TN

Benjamin F. Luntsford, the elder, married 2nd Nancy Katherine Malcomb (DOB 10/1/1847 in Blount County, TN; DOD 6/9/1922 in Hot Springs, Madison County, NC) on 6/9/1889 in Jefferson County, TN. They had two daughters, Margaret "Maggie" Neomia Luntsford McDaniel(DOB 6/29/1890 in Jefferson County, TN; DOD 8/14/1925 in Newport, Cocke County, TN) and Martha "Mattie" Massenia Luntsford German (DOB 1/27/1895 in Morristown, Hamblen County, TN; DOD 1951 in Oregon County, MO).

Now we are back to Granville Eleazer Luntsford (DOB 6/5/1875 in TN). He married Roe Hale Carter on 7/23/1893 in Jefferson County, TN. They had Robert L. Luntsford (DOB 12/1895 in Jefferson County, TN; DOD 11/14/1901 in Jefferson County, TN) and Benjamin Franklin Luntsford, the younger (DOB 6/18/1898 in Jefferson City, Jefferson County, TN; DOD 10/23/1951 in Hot Springs, Madison County, NC).

Alfred Abraham Carter
..married 1st Mary Grant
..had child with Nancy Catherine Malcolm... they had Roe Hale Carter
..married 2nd Mary F. Lloyd

Benjamin Franklin Luntsford, the elder
..married 1st Nancy Ann Kite... they had Granville Eleazer Luntsford
..married 2nd Nancy Catherine Malcolm (same as the woman above)

Granville Eleazer Luntsford and Roe Hale Carter were then married 7/23/1893, had two children and divorced before 1900. Looks almost incestuous but not! LOL!

1900 U.S. Census of Civil District 15, Jefferson County, Tennessee; Page: 12; Enumeration District: 0046; FHL microfilm: 1241580, "Mary Caldwell"
Mary Caldwell, Head, W(hite), F(emale), Born Feb, 1829, 72 yrs old Widowed, 0 children, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN, Boardinghouse keeper, Can read and write, Owns home free of mortgage
Sallie Read, Servant, W, F, Born Feb, 1884, 16 yrs old, Single, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN, Housekeeper, Can read and write
Granville Lunsford (sic), Boarder, W, M, Born Apr, 1875, 25 yrs old, Single, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN, Miller, Can read and write
Fain Yost, Boarder, W, M, Born Mar, 1882, 18 yrs old, Single, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN, Telegraph operator, Can read and write

He was one of two boarders, notice the other boarder was a telegraph operator. I couldn't find Granville E. Luntsford in the 1910 U.S. Census but in the 1920 U.S. Census, Luntsford was working as a telegraph operator.

1920 U.S. Census of Corning, Clay County, Arkansas; Roll: T625_57; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 16, "W.M. Stephens"
W.M. Stephens, Head, Owns home free of mortgage, M(ale), W(hite), 49 yrs old, Married, Can read and write, Born in AR, Father born in TN, Mother born in USA, Proprietor hotel
Mrs. Jennie Stephens, Wife, F, W, 46 yrs old, Married, Can read and write, Born in IN, Father born in VA, Mother born in IN
James Stephens, Son, M, W, 23 yrs old, Single, Can read and write, Born in AR, Father born in AR, Mother born in IN, Driver Taxi
G.E. Luntsford, Boarder, M, W, 43 yrs old (DOB 1877), Single, Can read and write, Born in TN, Father born in VA, Mother born in VA, Operator telegraph

MO Death Certificate #33844, Registration District #791, 1003, Registered #9656, Granville E. Luntsford, DOD 12/7/1921 in St. Louis City Hospital, St. Louis, St. Louise County, MO
Usual residence: New Lindell Hotel, St. Louis, St. Louis County, MO
Male, White, Widower (sic), DOB 4/5/1875 in Jefferson County, TN, 46 yrs old
Occupation: R.R. Telegrapher for Missouri Pac Railroad
Father: B.F. Luntsford, born in VA
Mother: Anna Kite, born in Jefferson County, TN
Informant: H.J. Mohler, 802 Pontiac Bldg, St. Louis, MO
DOD 12/7/1921 at 12:20pm
Cause of death: Hemorrhage due to knife wound of wrist self inflicted
Suicide
Buried: 12/12/1921 in Rutledge, TN

St. Louis Post Dispatch, St. Louis, MO, 12/8/1921, Pg 41
Cuts Wrists; Dies In Hospital
George E. Luntsford (sic), 46 yrs old, a telegrapher employed by the Missouri Pacific Railroad in the Carondelet Tower at Davis Street, died at the city hospital late yesterday from self-inflicted cuts on the wrists. He told hospital attendants that he was tired of life.
Luntsford was found bleeding from the wrists in his room at the New Lindell Hotel, Sixth Street and Lucas Avenue, with an open pocket knife at his side. N.S. Morgan, secretary of the Missouri Pacific Division of the Order of Railroad Telegraphers, said Luntsford had been despondent for some time because of disappointment in failing to sell an invention to pick up and discharge mail from rapidly moving trains, said to be an improvement over the method now in use.

FindAGrave.com
Granville Eleazer Luntsford
BIRTH 5 Jun 1875
DEATH 7 Dec 1921 (aged 46)
BURIAL Rutledge Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Rutledge, Grainger County, Tennessee, USA
MEMORIAL ID 66263747

Roe Carter married George Washington Massengill (DOB 2/11/1878 in Jefferson County, TN; DOD 2/24/1943 in Jefferson County, TN). Roe Hale Carter Luntsford Massengill died 7/28/1967 in TN.

TN Death Certificate #2813, Registered #1, Registration District #461, George Washington Massengill, DOD 2/24/1943 in Jefferson City, Jefferson County, TN
White, Male, Married to Mrs. Roe Massengill, DOB 2/1/1878 in Jefferson County, TN, 65 yrs old Occupation: Farmer
Father: William Massengill, born in Jefferson County, TN
Mother: Mary Jane Gibbons, born in Jefferson County, TN
Informant: Mrs. Roe Massengill, R #2, Jefferson City, TN
DOD 2/24/1943 at 1pm
Cause of death: Tuberculosis and pneumonia (bronchial)
Buried: 2/26/1943 in Mt. Pleasant, Jefferson City, TN

FindAGrave.com
Roe H. Massengill
BIRTH 8 Jun 1879
DEATH 28 Jul 1967 (aged 88)
BURIAL Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church Cemetery, Talbott, Jefferson County, Tennessee, USA
MEMORIAL ID 59169367

Benjamin Franklin Luntsford, the younger, married Mattie Ray Huff (DOB 9/1/1902 in Madison County, NC to Stephen Edward Huff and Ora Katherine Miller; DOD 12/30/1979 in Asheville, Buncombe County, NC). They had two children:

1) Huffman Benjamin Luntsford, Sr. (DOB 11/23/1922 in Madison County, NC; DOD 10/26/2006 in Pensacola, Escambia County, FL) married Nettie Rebecca Harrison (DOB 8/17/1925 in ? ; DOD 8/23/2011 in Pensacola, Escambia County, FL). They had Huffman Benjamin "Benny" Lunstford, Jr.

2) Bernice Luntsford (DOB 1/26/1925 in NC; DOD 3/2/2016 in Hot Springs, Madison County, NC) married James Cecil Wright (DOB 4/26/1921 in Runion, Madison County, NC; DOD 5/1976 in Asheville, Buncombe County, NC). They had Elizabeth Wright.

Georgia, World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919
Name: Benjamin F Luntsford
Gender: Male
Birth Date: abt 1899
Birth Place: Jefferson City, Tenn
Enlistment Date: 2 Jan 1917
Age at Enlistment: 18
Residence Place: Fayetteville, Georgia
Card Type: Army Statement of Service Card
Box Title: WWI Statement of Service Summary Cards, CLM-411







According to the 1940 U.S. Census Benjamin Franklin Luntsford and family were living on Lawson Street, Hot Springs, NC. In these maps you will see that he lived very close to Spring Creek.




Spring Creek goes through "downtown" Hot Springs to empty into the French Broad River. Hot Springs "downtown" is sort of pinched in between the two waterways. This old building with the riverside porch is a restaurant with rooms to let upstairs. Spring Creek Tavern. It's obviously an old building and has been sort of the center of the tiny town for as long as I've been going up there. I've eaten in the restaurant. These photos are what I found online. I didn't take them. Is it possible that, in 1951, this was Luntsford's Cafe? He would have lived within walking distance to it. Was he on his way home or to work when he fell in the creek? Anyway, it's interesting to speculate. If you know, contact me at Mom25dogs@gmail.com.


NC Death Certificate #23793, Registration District 58-30, Benjamin Franklin Luntsford, DOD 10/23/1951 in Spring Creek, Hot Springs, Madison County, NC
Usual residence: Hot Springs, Madison County, NC
Male, White, Married, DOB 1/18/1898 in TN, 53 yrs old
Occupation: Owned restaurant
Father: G.E. Luntsford, Mother: Roe Carter, Informant: Mrs. B.F. Luntsford, Hot Springs, NC
World War I Veteran
DOD 10/23/1951
Cause of death: Drowned, instant death, from falling into Spring Creek near Hot Springs, NC
Accident, walking on edge of bank
Buried 10/26/1941 in Fairview, Hot Springs, Madison County, NC

Asheville Citizen Times, Asheville, NC, 10/25/1951, Pg 17
Cafe Manager Is Drowned In Spring Creek
Hot Springs - The body of Benjamin Franklin Luntsford, 53, owner and manager of the Luntsford Cafe here, was found Wednesday about 2:30 p.m. in Spring Creek.
Coroner Frank Fisher of Madison County attributed death to accidental drowning and said no inquest would be held.
Luntsford had been missing from his home here since Tuesday morning. He apparently fell down an embankment into the creek, Coroner Fisher said. The body was found by neighbors searching for the missing man.
Assisting in the investigation were Sheriff E.Y. Ponder, Deputy Sheriff W.C. Rector, State Highway Patrolman G.O. Blakemore and Policeman Roy Henderson of Hot Springs.
Luntsford was a member of the Hot Springs Civic Club, a World War I veteran, a native of Tennessee, and member of American Legion Post No. 392 of Hot Springs.
Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Mattie Ray Huff Luntsford; a daughter, Mrs. J.C. Wright of Hot Springs; a son, Huffman of Hot Springs; the mother, Mrs. Roe Massengill of Talbot, TN.
Two half sisters, Mrs. J.L. Birchfield of Talbot, TN, and Mrs. Charles Walker of Jefferson City, TN, and a half brother, Bill Massengil of Talbot, TN.
The body was taken to the Brown Funeral Home in Newport, TN and funeral arrangements will be announced later.



It's sad that father and son died tragically. I wonder why Granville Luntsford and Roe Carter divorced after having 2 children? Did his divorce and the death of his first son, little Robert L. Luntsford, add to his depression? As far as I know he didn't remarry but Roe married and had another family. Did that bother him? According to the newspaper, he was "despondent for some time because of disappointment in failing to sell an invention to pick up and discharge mail from rapidly moving trains, said to be an improvement over the method now in use."

Then Benjamin Franklin Luntsford, the younger, son of Granville Luntsford and Roe Carter, came from a broken home. He lost his older brother in 1901. In the 1910 U.S. Census he was living with his paternal grandmother. I could not find him in the 1920 and 1930 U.S. Census. I don't know where he was living. He was a WWI veteran who served during the Great War and re-enlisted after his first honorable discharge. No telling what he saw in the War. In 1951, he had lost his father to suicide. His grandparents, his aunts and uncles had all died. His mother was still alive as were a hand full of half siblings. He was married and had two grown children. He owned a cafe. Then he falls into the creek near his house and drowns. The creek doesn't look that deep. What happened? Did he stumble, fall, hit his head and drown? Had he been drinking? His death certificate said it was an accidental drowning. But could it have been murder or suicide? I guess I'll never know. But it's a sad ending.

That's one thing about genealogy. You learn facts but not always the full story. What really goes on in a family. Secrets, feelings, cause and effect... these are things that can evade a genealogist who just sees the statistics. I really enjoy the newspapers when I can find something in them because it will have more details that help fill in. But, not everything was in the newspaper and not every newspaper is online yet.

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