Monday, October 19, 2009


Lowe Cemetery, Rutherford, Tennessee Calvin C. Lowe and Lucinda

For a slightly better look at this tombstone see FindaGrave. There is an error on FindaGrave. Lucy was not a Jacobs. Calvin Lowe married first Elizabeth Kelton who died in 1863. He then married Elizabeth Jacobs who died about 1890. He married Lucinda (Lucy) Elizabeth Pearcy Elam the 20 May 1891 in Rutherford County. She is pictured with him and found with him in the 1900 Census, Rutherford, Tennessee. This tombstone (1903)could not be Elizabeth Jacobs because of the documented marriage date for Calvin and Lucinda in 1891.

Friday, October 16, 2009

A New Beginning

This is my first attempt at blogging. I hope to keep a log of my "aha" moments in family history research to share with my colleagues and family. The reality is that I need this journal so that I can remember my own "aha" moments!



Just a week ago, I revisted a letter I received from a possible distant cousin on our Elam line. He stated that his great aunt Neva Elam named her grandmother as "...Mary Lue or Lucindia...grandma Elam was a Piercey. She married a Low or Lowe after grandpa Elam died."



I located a Lucy Lowe in 1900 in Rutherford County Tennessee. A Lowe family history in the Rutherford County, Tennessee: History and Families (Paducah Kentucky, 2002), states that C.C. Lowe married Lucy Elam, a widow with three children. This profile perfectly fits our grandmother Lucinda E. Piercy Elam.

When I located Lucy and C. C. Lowe's headstones on findagrave.com, and the birth year on the tombstone was the same year we found in the 1850 census for our granmother Lucinda, I felt we had finally found what happened our Lucinda after Eli Elam died.