Grandma Tucker (Elizabeth Correll Coble Tucker)
From the notebook of Lilly Carter Hoffman:
Buggies were scarce in those days and people who owned them were usually thought of as leaders in their respective communities. It has been said that when the first court was held in the new Stanly Court house in 1843 that there were only three buggies in the county and that they belonged to a Mr. Allen and a Mr. Hearne. My mother told me that her father, Charles Ephraim Coble, had a buggy when he was married to Elizabeth Correll April 14, 1859. She had a distinct recollection about this, due to the fact she recalled her father, Ephraim, taking her and her younger brother, Titus Augustus Coble, with him in the buggy to the bride's home in Davie Co. She lived with her parents on a farm located where the town of Cooleemee is now situated. The wedding did not take place at the bride's home. Ephraim Coble and Elizabeth Correll placed Titus between them and Elizabeth (Betty) in the foot of the buggy and drove back to Stanly County where they were married. To this union two children were born, Mary Lauretta, Feb. 6, 1860 and Ephraim J. Coble Dec. 5, 1861. There had been three children born to Ephraim and his first wife, Mary Ann Catherine Efird Coble. The first child Daniel C. was burned to death when the second child, Elizabeth (Betty) was one week old. His dress caught fire when he went to near the fire burning in the large fireplace. It must have been a terrible shock to the mother that her small boy died such a horrible death. I copied the following from the grave stone at St. Martin's cemetery, "Daniel C., son of Ephraim and MAC Coble- died August 31, 1853. Age 2 years-8 months and 15 days."
He was born Dec 12, 1850. The second child was Elizabeth Lavinia, born August 24, 1853( my mother), and the third was Titus Augustus born 1855 and was a little more than 67 years of age when he died Wed. Nov 22, 1922.
Charles Ephraim Coble died March 16 , 1862 at the age of 37. He had joined the Confederates and was training at Crawford's farm when he was sent home with the measles. Someone told him that his slaves were misbehaving, so he left his bed and went out to the slave quarters to correct the trouble. This proved fatal. He was buried beside his first wife in St. Martins. Her father and mother, Daniel and Lavinia Furr Efird are buried in the same plot.
Ephraim Coble's second wife, Elizabeth Correll later married Alfred Tucker and she is buried at St Martin's in the Tucker plot. She and Alfred Tucker had four children. He brought nine children (the tenth was married) with him to the Coble home.
Grandma Tucker (Elizabeth Correll Coble Tucker) as we always called her (and we loved her) became deaf and blind in her old age, and her hip was broken when she was past 70 years, but possessing an iron will and a courageous determination which brought her through many hardships during the Reconstruction days and later, she threw her crutches aside and walked without support. She attended church as long as she was able. She often said that while she could neither see nor hear that she could feel the pure atmosphere of worship. My grandparents on both sides of the family all died before I was born. We, Carter children loved her as only grandchildren can love good and devoted grandparents. She was our step grandmother, but she and our own dear mother were all they could be to us as we grew up. Our own father having died when we were small, we loved our mother and Grandma Tucker devotedly. We were thrilled beyond words when she visited us and our mother, and we delighted in making her comfortable and happy. After having lived a noble and wonderful life, she passed away in 1918.
Submitted By Jodie Gee