Mary Elizabeth Lee/Died On 100th Birthday
Died at age 100
Mary Elizabeth Lee, 1868-1968; born and died November 30, one hundred years old. That was forty-three years ago. I walked here in this graveyard, such a beautiful place and near the park and was amazed to come across someone dying on their hundredth birthday. I wondered if she really did? Did they even have proof back then or could someone just say what they wanted to? If so, why would they? I have known of others to die on their birthday, do they just give it their all to reach a certain point before they give up the ghost? Would it be so terrible trying to reach a certain age and failing that the living would give that one last wish? Well; I just wonder.
Mary Elizabeth is in the Lee plot, but some, like the one beside her, is a Johnson Lee, her sister-in-law most probably. Meaning Mary probably was never married. There were no Lee children buried nearby or anywhere I could see. I started stopping by to see her every time I went to the park, then I started giving her flowers. When I thought I may have to move back north to take care of my Dad I told her goodbye and I probably wouldn’t see her again, but something whispered in my ear that I would, I would be back. Could it be? I hoped so.
Long past due
I could imagine since Lee (Lee Jeans) was big near here for so long surely this was her family but researched proved that originated in Kansas. I was so sure and now there was nothing for me to go on. The Boones turned out to be the Boones of Daniel Boone but poor Mary Elizabeth had to have a past, I just wanted to find it.
She was born three years after the Civil War; I am assuming in North Carolina. There would have been much plunder and destroying by the north, possibly she had a family that had got back on their feet or one of the lucky that had not had all burned and destroyed. It being one of the nicer private family plots in the center of the graveyard, with a huge Lee plaque in the middle about eight feet high and three or four across which has shown no wear in all the years I have visited there, with a soldier here and there many yards from her, it would tell me when she died at least there was money in the family. There had been a hundred years to get to that point too though making it one hundred and three years since the War Between the States when she died.
Flowers on the wall
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What Mary was born into.
North Carolina perhaps gave and suffered more for the Southern cause than any other Confederate state. Our state supplied about one-seventh of the soldiers, even though it had only one-ninth of the population of the Confederacy. Most of the 125,000 North Carolinians sent to war were volunteers. This number was larger than the voting population of the entire state. More than 40,000 North Carolina soldiers lost their lives in the Civil War. http://www.wnchistory.org/educationalprograms_10_502016470.pdf
The sweet old south
This graveyard is a big beautiful one down a street, leading from a main street with many beautiful historic homes with individual styles on both sides of the road. This reminds me somewhat of Charleston, South Carolina. These were the well to do on this one street and on a street over is the only one like them. Were the others destroyed on that street? Huge yards are around all these houses actually, being more beautiful than Charleston to me and beautiful magnolias everywhere, camellia bushes also and crepe myrtles. I for some reason believe she lived in one of those homes.
I believe the woman buried beside her, living to an old age also, although not to one hundred as Mary Elizabeth, was her sister-in-law, being a Johnson Lee, they are close in age so it is not her mother and her brother is not buried there, this sister-in-law’s husband. I somehow feel she was called Mary Elizabeth, not just Mary.
With these houses being so huge it could be Mary’s brother and wife lived there too and possible that brother and husband was killed off somewhere and apparently there were no children, so could it be he died at a young age leaving his wife with the Lee family? I can see the two sharing a life together, possibly scrubbing clothes together, tending a garden, walking up the street together on Sundays to the huge old church there.
Buried beside sister Alice
Tribute to Elizabeth
Did they sit around a fireplace on chilly nights? Did neither want nor look for love? I keep searching for anything to give me an answer to these two women buried side by side. I know they shared a life, as they now lay side by side sharing death. How exactly or for how long I can do no more than guess. Bibles were mainly the place to find information of that time, there was very little record keeping.
I found a tape from decades ago of this town and the one next to it, one of the first movie cameras a man passing through had and covered these two towns and some of the people, but that only covered people about my parents age, possible a little older but no insight on Mary Elizabeth.
I will keep searching though. For many years we have been friends. I know she wants me to know, especially with me being the only living soul on earth who even cares.
* I found Elizabeth's story! Click link below to find out!
- Mary Elizabeth Lee / New Information
I found a picture and information at a library about a woman who had died over 40 years ago on her hundredth birthday. I had done one article on her with the mystery wondering about a dead woman I had befriended. This article tells about that and inc
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