William M LOVIN Mini tree diagram
Elizabeth C ADAMS

Elizabeth C ADAMS4,1,2,5,3

29th Sep 18631,2,3 - 21st Jan 19451,2

Life History

29th Sep 1863

Born in Cherokee County, North Carolina.1,2,3

12th Jun 1881

Married William M LOVIN in Graham County, North Carolina.3

21st Jan 1945

Died in Madisonville, Monroe, Tennessee.1,2

Myocarditis with Cardiac Failure for 6 weeks, due to Terminal Hypertension for many years

23rd Jan 1945

Buried in Sunset Cemetery, Madisonville, Monroe County, Tennessee.1,2


  • Several redords are found to document facts of Betty's and here husband's life.  In personal correspondence, their granddaughter reported their marriage date.

    North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979
    Wm Lovin, Age 21 (b abt 1860)
    Elizabeth Adams, Age 18 (b abt 1863)
    License issue 30 May 1881
    Marriage 12 June 1881 Graham, North Caroiina, United States
    Ceremony by T J Cooper, Minister, in the home of John Adams (father of the bride)
    Witnesses Elizabeth Deaver, Leney Davis
    Recorded Graham County Marriage Book
    North Carolina Archives Microfilm 1903

    The North Carolina marriage record has the date reported by their granddaughter.  This matches the number of years married reported on the 1900 census.  But her birth year reported in that census is 1869, as Virginia also reports above, which could not fit.  However, the age reported on her marriage record is 18, which makes birth about 1863, five years earlier than reported on the 1900 census and on her death certificate.  The birth date is likely wrong.  It is not uncommon for later recall by family members reports birth dates later than the actual case.

    At any rate, given the facts recorded in North Carolina Marriage records, we should accept that record's report of age, and resulting likely birth year, over the very often incorrect 1900 cnesus, and the fallible recall of her husband almost a century later.  In regard to Bettie's marriag eand related family matters, her granddaughter comments:

    "Regarding the marriage age of my grandmother, Bettie Adams Lovin, we've noted that and are not sure of dates since records differ and were not great in some families in the US during those days. Have seen a different date some time ago but just coming back to research genealogy, so for now ok with 12 yrs. My mother made the claims that
    1) she (my mother Juanita Lovin Perkins) was the youngest of 14 children of William and Bettie's children;
    2) that she herself was 16 when she married; and
    3) that my grandmother, Bettie, was part Cherokee but my DNA does not show any Native American heritage, although a grandson has a small amount of Native Indian heritage."
    --  Virginia Baxt, Ancestry Messaging to Orville Boyd Jenkins, 3 October 2019

    U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
    Awk Lovin
    White Male
    Birth 5 Jan 1880 Graham County, North Carolina
    Father Will Lovin
    Mother Elizabeth Adams
    SSN 408229887
    Nov 1939 Name listed as AWK LOVIN

    Tennessee Certificate of Death
    Elizabeth C Lovin
    Age 75 years, 3 months, 22 days
    Birth 29 September 1869 Graham County, Tennessee
    Married Housewife
    Husband William Lovin
    Father John Adams, born Graham County, North Carolina
    Mother Martha Crisp, born Graham County, North Carolina
    Informant William Lovin, Madisonville, Tennessee
    Death 21 January 1945 At home, Madisonville, Monroe County, Tennessee
    Cause of Death Myocarditis with Cardiac Failure for 6 weeks, due to Terminal Hypertension for many years
    Burial 23 January 1945 Sunset Cemetery, Monroe County, Tennessee, by Bierley Funeral Home, Madisonville, Tennessee
    Filed 25 January 1945

    The birth date reported on Betty's death certificate, and thus used on her grave has the year as 1869.  But with the age 18 reported on her marriage record, she would have been born in 1863.  If she had been born in 1869, she would have been only 12 in 1881 when she married.

    Elizabeth C “Betty” Adams Lovin
    Birth 29 Sep 1869 Cherokee County, North Carolina, USA
    Death 21 Jan 1945 (aged 75) Madisonville, Monroe County, Tennessee, USA
    Burial Sunset Cemetery, Madisonville, Monroe County, Tennessee

    John Posey Adams 1846-1930
    Mary Martha Crisp Adams 1848-1901

    Spouse William M Lovin 1859-1946

    Margaret Adams Lovin 1869-1887 (m. 1885)
    Mary Arizona Adams Crisp 1875-1948
    Pearley Adams 1879-1946 (m. 1902)
    Victoria Adams Stewart 1882-1927
    William Alexander Adams 1884-1970
    Kora Adams 1886-1887

    Half Siblings:
    Ader Adams 1903-1903
    Ed John Adams 1906-1965

    Awk Lovin 1881-1961
    Joe Lovin 1884-1962
    Ida Lovin Phillips 1888-1955
    Onley Lovin 1898-1928
    Gordon William Lovin 1904-1946

    Maintained by Carol Adams Hays, Originally Created by Joy  29 Apr 2010
    --  Find A Grave Memorial 51786471, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/51786471/elizabeth-c_-lovin

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