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Elizabeth Charlotte "Lizzie" Stice

Also Known As: "Lottie Grant"
Birthplace: Monroe, Iowa
Death: August 17, 1899 (50)
Batavia, Branch, Michigan
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Peter James Stice, Sr. and Malinda Stice
Wife of David Parker; Frank M. Whitlock and James Alfred Love
Mother of William Henry Parker; William Whitlock; Grace Whitlock; Peter 'Barney' T. Whitlock and Charles E. Love
Sister of Peter J Stice, Jr.; Hannah Maria Hunsaker; Amanda Jane Stice; Kathrine Rocket and Elizabeth Charlotte Elmore
Half sister of Shelby Stice; Jesse Stice; Matilda Purvis; Malinda Phelps; Leodica Susan Hunsaker and 6 others

Managed by: Gwyneth McNeil
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About Lottie Grant

Obituary/death notice, 18 Aug 1899 "Courier" of Coldwater, Michigan; text:

   " Mrs. Frank Whitlock of Batavia township died at her home Wednesday, of dropsy.  She was probably largest woman in the United States and weighed 650 pounds at the time of her death.  She was born in British Columbia 45 years ago and since she was 14 years of age has been on exhibition in many of the largest shows in the country.  She traveled with Barnum's a number of years.  About two years ago she was taken ill and since that time has lived in Batavia.  She has been married three times and a husband and four children survive her.  Burrows & Harris, undertakers, of this city, ordered a casket for her 6 feet long, 3 feet 4 inches wide and 2 feet 3 inches deep.  The funeral was held yesterday afternoon."



Email correspondant Kaye Harwell whose 2005 email address is kayeandjayATmsnDOTcom

   She supplied photos and letter from the Hertzberg Circus Colection & Museum of San Antonio, Texas which indicates that they find no evidence supporting the idea that she was connectd with Barnum's ans she is not listed in their route books, but that she could have been with a smaller show or only active for a year or two.

Nebraska Historical Society:>

A Circus Wedding

   Readers of the Seward Reporter on August 9, 1883, learned of a recent wedding in the community in which the bride and groom were not area residents, but members of a traveling circus then performing in Seward. "Last Sunday evening nearly all of the employes [sic] of S. H. Barrett & Co.'s show were at the Grand Central Hotel," said the Reporter, "to witness an event which is a novelty in circus performances-the wedding of Mr. Frank Whitlock, one of the attaches of the circus, and Miss Lottie Grant, the fat woman.
   "Landlord Underhill gave the party the use of his dining-room for the ceremony, and the circus people filled it to overflowing. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. T. L. Sexton, after which the happy couple received the congratulations of their friends, refreshments were served, and a merry time generally was enjoyed.
   "The bride and groom received many handsome and valuable presents, among which were a diamond ring, an engraved gold ring, a gold locket, a fine photograph album, an autograph album, a dressing case, several articles of silverware, and a large number of smaller articles. Accompanying the gifts was a letter of congratulation from the members of the company.
   "The bride is an attractive feature of the show, being remarkable for her size. She is 27 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall; and weighs 593 pounds weight. He is a fine-looking young man, and is spoken of very highly by his associates. He is superintendent of the annex or side-show department. The bride is said to be quite wealthy, although probably she is hardly worth her weight in gold."
   The groom, Frank Whitlock, listed in contemporary entertainment publications as a "museum ticket agent" and "side show talker," was probably not as well known as his new wife. Elizabeth Charlotte Stice Whitlock, who used "Lottie Grant" as a stage name, was a well-known circus fat lady, who traveled with several different shows during the 1880s and 1890s. Her circus career did not prevent her from marrying three times and giving birth to several children.
   "Such a wedding seldom takes place," concluded the Seward Reporter, "and while the bridegroom has certainly assumed a 'heavy' responsibility, he has also secured a wife who is able to protect and defend him. May their shadow never grow less."
   (August 2006)
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Lottie Grant's Timeline

May 12, 1849
Monroe, Iowa
October 15, 1873
Portland, Oregon
November 14, 1875
August 26, 1885
Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana
August 17, 1899
Age 50
Batavia, Branch, Michigan