Lydia Matilda Rash (Bumgarner)
|Birthplace:||Millers Creek, Wilkes, NC, USA|
|Death:||Died in Millers Creek, Wilkes, NC, USA|
|Place of Burial:||Martin Cemetary|
Daughter of Stephen Bumgarner and Rebecca Nichols
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About Lydia Rash (Bumgarner)
Name: Lydia Matilda Bumgarner
Birthdate: 11 Dec 1841
Birthplace: Millers Creek, Wilkes, NC
Death date: 30 Apr 1924
Death place: Millers Creek, Wilkes, NC
Father: Stephen Bumgarner
Mother: Rebecca Nichols
Siblings: James Linville Bumgarner, Simeon Nelson Bumgarner, Nancy Caroline Bumgarner, Wesley Levi Bumgarner, Stephen Alexander Bumgarner, Absalom Bobbitt Bumgarner, Fanny Rebecca Bumgarner, William Amon Bumgarner, Andrew Jackson Bumgarner
Spouse: Joseph Stephen Rash
Marriage: 12 Sep 1860
Children: Fannie Rebecca Rash, Wesley P Rash, Martha Jane Rash, Stephen Andrew Rash, Nancy Rash
Spouse: Berryman Fletcher
Marriage: about 1880?
LYDIA MATILDA BUMGARNER (11 Dec 1841/30 Apr 1924), fourth child of Stephen and Rebecca, was married 12 Sept 1860 to JOSEPH RASH (25 Aug 1838/22 Oct 1877).
Joseph was born in the Millers Creek community to John Warren and Velitia Bullis Rash. His grave is in the Stephen bumgarner Cemetery.
Joseph and Matilda built a large, handsome log house on land she recieved from her father. The huge logs were hand hewn, mortised, and pinned with wodden pins. The cracks were chinked with mud, making it very snug and windproof.
At thirty-nine, an early age for his long-lived family, Joseph died unexpectedly. His body was found in a fence corner after he failed to return from hunting rabbits. Relatives believed that his death was the result of a seizure. He was subject to seizures when he drank, and he had taken a bottle with him.
Matilda was thus left with three children to care for. The oldest, Becky, had been married ten months and was not in the home. The second child, Wesley, had died at age three. That left Martha, Stephen, and "Little Nancy," who was then six. Little Nancy lived to be nine, and died in the epidemic of 1879.
Matilda married a second time to BERRYMAN FLETCHER, a widower of Purlear. he moved to Millers Creek when they were married and lived there until his death. Also in the home was Matilda's granddaughter Candace Rash. She survived Matilda and inherited the original home place. Candace later had a small house built for her use, as the log house gradually deteriorated.
In her later years Matilda became widely known for her beautiful quilts. She made them in many intricate designs, stitching them all by hand. Some of them are still in the family, and are highly prized heirlooms.
One trait that her grandchildren remember was that she, like her sister-in-law Phoebe, smoked a pipe. Her method of lighting it was different. She lit it by the sun, using her eyeglasses to "draw the heat."
Matilda lived to be eighty-three. She was buried in the Martin Cemetery beside her second husband. (1)
A Genealogy of Stephen Bumgarner. Friend, Flora B. 1983. Biography of Lydia Matilda Bumgarner, p 153-4.
United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Seventh Census of the United States, 1850. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1850. M432, 1,009 rolls. Year: 1850; Census Place: , Wilkes, North Carolina; Roll: M432_649; Page: 262; Image: 26.
United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Eighth Census of the United States, 1860. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860. M653, 1,438 rolls.Year: 1860; Census Place: Upper Division, Wilkes, North Carolina; Roll: M653_918; Page: 141; Image: 283.
United States. Ninth Census of the United States, 1870. Washington, D.C. National Archives and Records Administration. M593, RG29, 1,761 rolls. Year: 1870; Census Place: Mulberry, Wilkes, North Carolina; Roll: M593_1165; Page: 336; Image: 673.
United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls. Year: 1900; Census Place: Reddies River, Wilkes, North Carolina; Roll: T623 1224; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 155.
United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1910. T624, 1,178 rolls. Year: 1910; Census Place: Reddies River, Wilkes, North Carolina; Roll: T624_1135; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 175; Image: 280.
United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1920. T625, 2,076 rolls. Year: 1920;Census Place: Reddies River, Wilkes, North Carolina; Roll: T625_1329; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 181; Image: 426.
Edmund West, comp.. Family Data Collection - Individual Records [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000. Birth year: 1841; Birth city: Millers Creek; Birth state: NC. Main Page
Lydia Rash (Bumgarner)'s Timeline
December 11, 1841
Millers Creek, Wilkes, NC, USA
Wilkes County, North Carolina, United States
May 29, 1869
Wilkes Co, NC
April 30, 1924
Millers Creek, Wilkes, NC, USA