Descendants of John Lumsden
1. i. John Lumsden. John was the son of George Lumsden I, and the brother of George Lumsden, II who was also a Revolutionary War Soldier. He was born on 10 Nov 1758 in Hanover County, VA.
He married Elizabeth Eastland on the 8th of February, 1788 in Mecklenburg County, Virginia.
John was a Revolutionary War Soldier and Officer and applied for a pension in 1832 at 74 years old. From the Pension record, we know that he fought as a volunteer in the Virginia Regiment. He served as a Private and an Ensign in the 9th Regiment of Virginia. The pension also states that he fought in the battles of Monmouth, Camden and York Town.
In a sworn court statement July 18, 1832 in Cumberland County, North Carolina as included in the pension record it is stated that Lumsden made the following declaration. First, that he entered the army as a volunteer for 12 months in Valley Forge, NJ and was placed in the 9th Regiment of Virginia Troops, commanded by Col. Ball and Col. Parker. The officers of his Company were Capt. John Fontleroy who was killed at the battle of Monmouth in 1778. Second, John Lumsden served 5 months as a private in Col. Stevens regiment under Captain Stubblefield, and was with that regiment at the Battle of Camden. Lastly, he then served 3 months with the Commission of Ensign during which he served under Col. Samuel Pettis’ company, under Col. Winstons Virginia Regiment that and was at the Battle of Yorktown when Lord Cornwallis surrendered.
It states that he resided in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania at the time of his enlistment, but it has a question mark next to it. Through all the research I found, it seems to indicate that he was residing there for military service as a volunteer, as his birth is clearly given, by oath as Hanover County, VA in the year 1758. He died on 21 April 1843 in Fayetteville, NC. He is buried in Cross Creek Cemetery.
i. Alexander Lumsden. b.1790
ii. Joshua Eastland Lumsden. He was born on 7 Sept 1791 in Fayetteville, Cumberland County, NC. He married Mary Ann McDonald. They were married on 31 Oct 1816 in Cumberland County, NC. He died in 1877 and it is unclear where he is buried.
iii. Sarah E. Lumsden. She was born in 1796 in Louisa County, VA. I have found no record of a marriage. She died in Aug 1872 in Fayetteville, Cumberland County, NC.
iv. Helen Perdie Lumsden. She was born on 29 April 1805. She married Fountain Lain. They were married on 27 April 1822. She was the mother of 8 children: John Fountain Lain, William Asbury Lain, William Capers Lain, Benjamin Robinson Lain, Sarah Elizabeth Lain, Robert Morrison Lain, Helen Virginia Lain and Mary Stacey Lain. She died on 14 Feb 1874 in Fayetteville, Cumberland County, NC.
v. Francis Asbury Lumsden. He was born in 1808 in Fayetteville, Cumberland County, NC. He married Blanche Spedden and had a son, Frank and adopted daughter Emma. He was the co-founder of the New Orleans Times Picayune and he and his whole family died tragically in a boating accident on the schooner, The Lady Elgin, on Lake Michigan in 1860. Article in the Raleigh Weekly Standard, 12 Sept 1960.
2. ii. Joshua Eastland Lumsden (John Lumsden 1.i) He was born on 7 Sept 1791 in Fayetteville, Cumberland County, NC. He married Mary Ann McDonald. They were married on 31 Oct 1816 in Cumberland County, NC from North Carolina Marriage Bond Records. Census records show Joshua living in Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina from 1830-1850.
During the time he was in Raleigh, he started a private school for children, and he also tried to start a bath house, quoting “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”. He was a devout Methodist man, and a member of Edenton Street Church, as written in A Centennial of Methodism in North Carolina... edited by Reverend L.S. Burkhead in 1876. Page 111 states that Mr. Lumsden was also a local minister and that he moved from Raleigh. My grandfather’s notes (John Cooper Lumsden, Sr.) state that his church was Hayes Chapel Church near Garner, NC.
The 1870 U.S. Census shows, he moved in with his son and was living in Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina. I have his death recorded in 1877 but it is unclear where he was buried.
He and his only wife, Mary had 6 children to the best of my knowledge:
i. Alexander McDee Lumsden. b.1826 in North Carolina. He married Lucy Tunstall. They were married in 1844 per US Marriage Bond records. He and Lucy had 6 children: Betty V. Lumsden, George Brooke Lumsden, Jesse Cox Lumsden, Mary E. Lumsden, Sarah R. Lumsden and Frank Aubrey Lumsden. In 1870 he was living in New Orleans. He died on 21 Oct 1874 in Baldwin County, Alabama.
ii. James Lumsden. B. 1827, in North Carolina. US Census Records show James living in Wake County in 1850, and in Wilmington, NC in 1870. His death date is unknown.
iii. Sarah Ann Lumsden. She was born in either 1821 or 1831. I have conflicting information. She was married to Robert Flndlater and had one son, John. She died in 1851.
iv. John Cooper Stedman Lumsden. He was born on 16 Apr 1832 in North Carolina. It is unclear whether he was born in Cumberland or Wake County. He married Mary Jane Hayes. They were married on 13 Jan 1853. He typically went by JCS or Stedman Lumsden. He died in Raleigh, Wake County in 1901.
v. Joshua Lane Lumsden. He was born in 1835 in North Carolina. The 1850 Census shows him living in Raleigh. He married Margaret Daly O’Hanlon in 1859 per a DAR application 72614. The 1860 Census shows the couple living in Richland, South Carolina. He and Margaret had four children: Maria Ann Lumsden, Martha H Lumsden, Mary McD Lumsden and M. O’Hanlon Lumsden. He was a Quarter-Master Sergeant in the Confederate Army. He died in 1905 and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Saint Augustine Florida per the US Veterans Gravesites.
vi. Drury L. Lumsden. He was born in 1842 per the 1850 US Census. There is a 1900 Census showing a Drurrg Lumsden (perhaps it was transcribed incorrectly), that shows him living in Baltimore Maryland. It also shows he was born in NC, as were his parents.
3. iv. John Cooper Stedman Lumsden. JCS was born on 16 April 1832. John was the son of Joshua Eastland Lumsden and Mary Ann McDonald. At the age of 19, JCS is living as a boarder, in Raleigh in the house of Jacob Haughawaut (sp?) who was a tinner (per the 1850 US Census). This is where JCS picked up his trade. It is unclear why he was not living with his father, Joshua, as some of his older brothers are still living at home.
He married Mary Jane Hayes on 13 Jan 1853 in Wake County, at the age of 20, per North Carolina Marriage Bonds. He and Mary Jane had several children:
i. Francis (Frank) H. Lumsden. He was born on 14 August 1853 in St. Louis, MO per his NC Death Certificate. He married Martha Brown. He died on 22 Jan 1932 per the NC Death Certificate.
ii. Charles Finch Lumsden. He was born on 4 April 1855 in Raleigh, North Carolina. He married Martha Henry Thomason. They were married in 1877. Our family calls her Little Mama. He and Martha had 9 children: John Cooper Stedman, William, Mary Elizabeth (Lydie), Charles, Martha (Mattie), Samuel Taylor, Bernard Burpee, William, Bessie and Elsie Lumsden. He lived in Raleigh his whole life and died on 31 Dec 1910 per the NC Death Certificate.
iii. William Lumsden. He was born in 1857 per the 1880 US Census. I have no other data for him
iv. Robert Edward Lumsden. He was born on 6 Jan 1858 in Raleigh, North Carolina. He married Minnie Fisher Harton. They were married in about 1880, but I only have census records. He and Minnie had 5 children: Robert L., Minnie R., Clarence H., Ruby W. and Mamie H. He typically went by R.E and was employed in the family business. He lived in Raleigh until his death 13 April 1930.
v. Blanch Lumsden. She was born on 10 Oct. 1861 in Raleigh, North Carolina. At the age of 18 she was married to Luther White in 1879. They had several children: Willam Capers, Bessie H., Louise and George L. Blanch died on 21 May 1947. My grandfather (John Cooper Lumsden Sr.) added that the Whites had 2 ice cream shops- one in Raleigh and one in Wilmington. When John traveled with his father, Samuel Taylor Lumsden (Pop), he would stop in for free cones!
vi. Emma Lumsden. She was born 28 April 1864 in Raleigh NC. She married George Flemming and died on 24 October 1947 in Ashville NC per the NC death Certificate.
vii. Ella Lumsden. She was born in September 1866. The 1900 Census record states she was married to M J Bernard in 1890. MJ and Ella had four daughters: Kathleen, Louise W., Madge, and Nell G. All census records show Ella living in Raleigh for her lifetime. I haven’t been able to find a death certificate as of this date.
viii. Lonnie Lumsden. He was born in 1869 in Raleigh, NC. Per the 1900 US Census, he married Lucy Nottingham in 1893. They had 4 children, Donovan B., Lonnie H. and 2 other sons, but the 1910 Census makes their names almost illegible. My grandfather remembered that he had a metal shop near the RR bridge on Morgan Street.
JCS was one of the founding members that incorporated the “Seton Gales Lodge, number 64, Independent Order of Odd Fellows” in 1853. This is a fraternal society that began in 18th Century England organized for the purpose of giving aid to those in need without recognition and pursuing projects for the benefits of all mankind He was a member of the Edenton Street United Methodist Church and his name appears in the membership directory in 1888.
He seems to be influential in Raleigh, and he appears in the book, Historical Raleigh – from its Foundation in 1792.
JCS was also the State Auditor for North Carolina, was on the Board of Aldermen of Raleigh, and appears in several publications which can be easily researched with Google books. I have received a scan of JCS with his family. This image was taken from the original photo, and on the back were the names of people pictured.
2nd row: Lonnie, Ella L. Bernard, Charlie Lumsden, Emma L. Flemming, Frank
1st row: R.E., Mary Hayes Lumsden, JCS Lumsden, Blanche L. White
4. ii. Charles Finch Lumsden. Charles was born on 4 April 1855. The 1860 Census names him as Charlie. In 1877 he married Martha Henry Thomason (little Mama). Charles was a tax collector, and a very much liked man around town. He was an original member of the Carolina Country Club. He and Martha had 9 children
i. John Cooper Stedman Lumsden. He was born in January 1878. He had a very colorful life and went to New York as an inventor. He shot a Broker named Suynam, and there is extensive information regarding his trial in the New York Times. The mayor of Raleigh, the police chief and the Governor all sent their condolences and served as character witnesses. He did eventually get out of his sentence on a technicality, and served in WWI. He was married to Caroline Miller, per information in the NYTimes, but he did not have children. He was shot down by the Bosch in a dogfight and received the Croix de Guerre. My father, John Cooper Lumsden Jr. has the original medal, and my uncle, James Douglas Lumsden has the original Certificate. His death was on 28 July 1918. He was a Second Lieutenant in the 12th Aero Squadron, US Army and he is buried in Oise-Aisne Cemetery, Plot B, Row 8, Grave 27 per the WWI Honor Roll. Per my grandfather, John Cooper Lumsden Sr., the pilot of the plane lived, returned to the US and corresponded with Little Mama. He also noted that his wife visited the grave in France.
ii. Minnie Womack Lumsden. She was born on 12 May 1879 and died on 15 May 1879. She is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh, NC.
iii. Mary Elizabeth “Lydie” Lumsden. She was born on 7 Aug 1880 in Raleigh, NC. She married Cecil Holloway. My grandfather notes that she lived at 2108 Fairview Rd. They had four daughters Helen Elizabeth, Mary Cecil, Edith E. and Dorothy Francis. She died 1 May 1956 in Raleigh, NC.
iv. Emma Lewis Lumsden. – She was born on 23 October 1882 and died on 5 Jan 1885 per Oakwood Cemetery records. My grandfather noted that she died very young of scarlet fever.
v. Charles Lumsden. From the 1900 Census, I have his birth in Raleigh in Sept 1883. I have not found any additional information, except that my grandfather notes that he was a loner and lived in Florida for as long as he could remember.
vi. Martha “Mattie” Lumsden. She was born on 23 July 1887 in Raleigh. She married Thurman Vickers and they had five children: John, Thurman Lumsden Bee, Mary, Laurence Hill and Ann. Per the NC Death Certificate, she died on 3 May 1982 in Morehead City, NC at the age of 94.
vii. Samuel “Sam” Taylor Lumsden. He was born on 14 Nov 1889 in Raleigh, NC. He married Margaret Palmer Betts on 17 Dec 1918 per NC marriage records. He and Margaret had one stillborn child, and my grandfather, John Cooper Lumsden. He died on 25 August 1985 at 95 years old.
viii. Bernard Burpee Lumsden. He was born on 4 Sept 1891. From my grandfather’s notes, he married a girl named Louise Bernard who lived next door but they separated and he lived with his mother on Hillsborough St. His death Certificate shows that he was an accountant, divorced and died on 15 Feb. 1940. He had no children.
ix. William (Bill) Bishop Lumsden. He was born on 5 March 1894 according to his WWI and WWII draft records. I cannot find a marriage license, but my grandfather’s notes state that he was married and divorced and had one daughter. He lived on Canterbury Road in Raleigh, and worked for CP&L. He also stated that he moved to Virginia Beach, VA where he and his wife had a real estate business. His WWII draft registration does state that he was living in Norfolk at that time.
x. Irwin Douglas Lumsden. He was born on 28 Nov 1896 and died 9 January 1897 per his headstone. He is buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh, NC.
xi. Bessie Lumsden. She was born in November 1897. She married Hubert Holding and had one son, Hubert Holding. From my grandfather’s note, she married three times. She had a second husband, with the last name Kuykendahl and had a daughter, Daisy. Her third husband’s name was Waymond Price, with no children. She died in Raleigh on 24 Sept 1964, and her deceased husband Waymond is on the death certificate.
xii. Elsie Lumsden. She was born on 18 July 1900 in Raleigh. She married J. Ivan “Clen” Clendenin. She had two daughters, Jane Gwen, and Betsy Anne. Per my grandfather’s notes, she lived on Vance Street. Per my grandfather, she remarried once after Clen died; however, her second marriage was annulled and her death certificate states J. Ivan as her husband. She died on 1 Sept 1959.
5. v. Samuel Taylor Lumsden. Samuel “Sam” was born on 14 Nov 1889 in Raleigh, NC. I have a memory of going to visit “Pop” and his wife Margaret Palmer Betts “Granny” at their house on Fairview Road when I was really young. I was told to be very quiet, and Pop would show me his wind up toys. My father has a few of these. He was married on 17 Dec 1918 per NC marriage records. Sam met Margaret when he rode his motorcycle to deliver telegrams. He later worked for Seaboard Railroad through the depression and supported his mother in law and sister in law. He and Margaret had one stillborn child, and my grandfather, John Cooper Lumsden. He died on 25 August 1985 at 95 years old.
i. John Cooper Lumsden. John was born on March 12, 1923 in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was married to Anne Juella Hale and they had three children: Katherine Taylor Lumsden, John Cooper Lumsden, Jr., and James Douglas Lumsden. Anne Hale died in 1976 unexpectedly. John then married Ann Geile Lumsden who had 2 children from a previous marriage, Julie and Robert “Bobby” Geile. After Anne Geile’s death, John married Betsy Anne Bradshaw Lumsden. John died on 3 August 2001.
6. i. John Cooper Lumsden “John was born on March 12, 1923, the only son of the late Margaret Betts and Samuel Taylor Lumsden. He was predeceased by his first wife, Anne Juella Hale and his second wife, Ann Whitaker Geile. In WWII he served in the Pacific Theater in the US Army Air Force as a navigator with the rank of 1st Lieutenant and was awarded the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross performing night raids over Japan in the B-29 Super fortress. After the War, he returned to NC State College where he graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He was recalled to active duty to instruct radar navigation / bombing at Randolph AFB during the Korean War.
Following this service, he returned to the NC Division of Health Services retiring as head of the Occupational Health Branch. He then started and was a Senior Vice President of Ennis, Lumsden, Boylston & Associates, an industrial health and safety consulting firm in Chapel Hill. He was the co-inventor of the Lumsden-Lynch Vertical Elutriator for measuring dust particles in industrial settings which was adopted as the Federal Standard. Because of his expertise, he was made an Adjunct Professor at NC State, UNC and Duke University.
He served on the State Board of Refrigeration Examiners from 1958-1978, on the Governor's Occupational Health Committee under Governors Sanford, Moore and Scott, and the NC Department of Labor State Advisory Council on Occupational Safety & Health from1984-1992, received the Carl V. Reynolds Award of the NC Public Health Association in 1970, was honored as Tar Heel of the Week by The News and Observer in 1977, was a Life Member of the NC Society of Engineers and an Emeritus Member of the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene, American Industrial Hygiene Association and the American Conference of Industrial Hygienists, a member of The Stag Club, and a faithful member of Hayes Barton United Methodist Church and the Wesleyan Sunday School Class. By those who knew and loved him, he was known as a soft spoken, generous, gentle and caring man, always willing to help a friend or stranger.” From his obituary in the Raleigh-Times Observer, which he read and completed the crossword daily…
John had three children with his first wife, Anne Juella Hale:
i. Katherine Taylor Lumsden. She was born on 14 March 1947 in Raleigh, North Carolina. She married Charles Hinton Silver and they had three children: Anne Cameron Silver, Charles Hinton Silver, and Jonas Johnston Carr Silver. She currently resides in Raleigh.
ii. John Cooper Lumsden, Jr. He was born on 22 December 1949 in Raleigh, North Carolina. He married Diane Jean Harrison on 10 June 1972 in Raleigh. They had three children: Anne Marie Lumsden, John Cooper Lumsden, III, and Samuel Taylor Lumsden. He currently resides in Houston, Texas.
iii. James Douglas Lumsden. He was born in Raleigh, North Carolina. He married Edythe Poyner and they had one daughter, Florence Chan Lumsden. He is currently residing in Raleigh.
His second wife Ann Geile, had two children from a previous marriage, Julie Geile Brim, and Robert “Bobby” Geile. Betsy Anne Bradshaw Lumsden is his third wife, and is still living in Raleigh.
7. i. Katherine Taylor Lumsden
“Kay” was born in Rex Hospital in Raleigh, NC 14 March 1947. She traveled to Seguin, Texas with the family for the Korean War period and then returned to Raleigh where she lived until she moved to Chapel Hill, NC to attend college. Education in Raleigh was at Mrs. Ligon’s kindergarten; Underwood and Aldert Root elementary schools; Josephus Daniels Jr. High; and N.B. Broughton HS. She was a member of the first freshman class of general college women at UNC Chapel Hill. She graduated in 1970 with a BS in Mathematics and later returned to UNC to obtain teacher certification in middle school math.
She married Charles Hinton Silver, Jr. in 1968 and returned to UNC to graduate while her husband was serving as a Marine pilot in Viet Nam. She and Charles lived in California for ten years, where their first two children were born. They returned to Raleigh in 1980. Except for an 8-year period working with her brother Jim, she has taught for Wake County Public Schools from 1990 to present (2010).
Married to Charles Hinton Silver, Jr., 21 December 1968. Divorced in 1998. They had three children:
i. Anne Cameron Silver. She was born on 17 February 1976 in Newport Beach, California. She graduated from University of California Berkeley in biology and dance. She is a partner with Perrine Investments in Virginia Beach, VA. She is married to Erik Svejda and has one child, Katherine Margaret Svejda, born November 15, 2006
ii. Charles Hinton Silver, III. He was born on 26 March 1978 in Newport Beach, California. He is an Assistant Cruise Director with Carnival Cruise Lines. When not at sea, he resides in Raleigh NC.
iii. Jonas Johnston Carr Silver. He was born 26 July 1980 in Raleigh, North Carolina. He graduated from UNC-Greensboro, and is currently working with Capstone Bank in Raleigh. He is married to Maiya Newstead and has one child, Natalie Tate Silver, born 5 January 2005.
7. ii. John Cooper Lumsden, Jr.
“Johnny” was born in Rex Hospital in Raleigh, NC December 22, 1949. He traveled to Sequin Texas with the family for the Korean War period and then returned to Raleigh where he lived until he graduated from NC State University in 1972. Education in Raleigh was Mrs. Ligon’s kindergarten; Underwood and Aldert Root elementary schools; Josephus Daniels Jr. High; and N.B. Broughton HS. He was the third generation Lumsden to graduate from NC State and his great uncle JCS Lumsden’s name is found in the bell tower of the school as it is a memorial to those killed in WWI that attended the school.
Following graduation he entered the US Navy and was commissioned an Ensign at Naval Station Newport, RI. Completing flight training in January 1974 he began a career as a naval aviator in Bermuda, then aboard the USS Enterprise as an S-3A carrier pilot, followed by a tour as aT-2C flight instructor, and then as Executive Officer of a DC-9 squadron during Operation Desert Storm.
When not on active duty he was a Continental Airlines pilot flying and instructing on the DC-9 and B-737 aircraft.
Married to Diane Jean Harrison July 10, 1972 they have had three children:
iv. Anne Marie Lumsden. (author) She was born on 8 June, 1976 in San Diego, California. She graduated from Texas A&M University, and went on to receive a M. Arch from Arizona State University. She married Neil Carter Ellis on September 18, 2004. They have two children: Josephine “Josie” Breck Ellis (b. 24 March 2005) and James Carter Ellis (b. 17 July 2008). She is a practicing Architect and resides in Birmingham, Alabama
v. John Cooper Lumsden, III. He was born on 27 November 1979 in Denver, Colorado. He graduated from Texas A&M University. He is a firefighter and EMT at Station 19, and serves as the EMS Director for the City of Manville. He currently resides in Houston, Texas.
vi. Samuel Taylor Lumsden. “Taylor” was born on 12 July 1984 in Jacksonville, Florida. He graduated from the University of North Texas, and currently a photographer for the FOX news station. He is residing in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
7.iii. James Douglas Lumsden
“Jimbo” was born in Rex Hospital in Raleigh, NC 28 July 1953, 35 years to the day following the death of John Cooper Stedman Lumsden in air combat over France. He attended the Root, Daniels and Broughton schools in Raleigh and started as a linebacker and fullback for Broughton HS’s 4A state championship team in 1971. He graduated in 1975 from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in history. In the fall of 1976, he moved to Miami, Florida to study jazz piano with Vince Lawrence and study music at the University of Miami (Fla.).
From 1977 to 1979 worked in NC state government in the Department of Administration. In 1979 he entered the MBA program at the Kenan Flagler Business School. At graduation he secured a position in general corporate finance with Kidder, Peabody & Co. Incorporated, becoming the first UNC MBA (and not JD/MBA) to be hired out directly of the program by a “bulge bracket” NYC investment banking firm. From 1981 to 1985 he worked on Wall Street with Kidder and also with Merrill Lynch Capital Markets. In 1986 he returned to North Carolina and set up a private equity investment management business.
He was active in local and national businesses, serving on the boards of many public and private companies. He also was active in non-profit areas, in particular the arts, and was active with many non-profit organizations, including the Raleigh Arts Commission (Chairman), the NC Museum of Art Foundation (Chairman). He was the founding Chairman of the critically-acclaimed North Carolina Opera Company.
Jimbo married his high school friend Edythe Mary Poyner, also of Raleigh, in 1981 and they had one child, Florence Chan Lumsden, born on September 30th 1988. Jimbo and Edythe were divorced in 1998 but remained on good terms. He also married Melissa Helen Hill of Asheville on July 22, 2001. but this marriage also ended in divorce. Jim and Melissa did not have any children.
Married to Edythe Mary Poyner 11 July 1981. Divorced in 1998. They had one child:
vii. Florence Chan Lumsden. Born on 30 September 1988, Raleigh, NC. She graduated from Cathedral High School in Raleigh and went on to attend American University in Washington, DC.
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