Martha Melvina Fair

Brief Life History of Martha Melvina

When Martha Melvina Fair was born on 16 January 1857, in Murphy, Cherokee, North Carolina, United States, her father, Price Fair, was 32 and her mother, Elvira Rogers, was 32. She married Gather Burgess Lovingood on 24 January 1874, in Cherokee, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 6 daughters. She lived in North Carolina, United States in 1870 and Cherokee, Swain, North Carolina, United States in 1920. She died on 27 January 1939, in Andrews, Cherokee, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Murphy Township, Cherokee, North Carolina, United States.

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Gather Burgess Lovingood
Martha Melvina Fair
Marriage: 24 January 1874
Callie Lovingood
Josephine Lovingood
Dorcas Lovingood
Mattie Lovingood
Rachel Lovingood
Napoleon Daley Lovingood
Robert T. Lovingood
William Oscar Lovingood
Pvt Benjamin Harrison Lovingood
Dovie Elizabeth Lovingood

Sources (50)

  • Viney M Lovingood, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Martha Fair, "Pennsylvania Births and Christenings, 1709-1950"
  • Melvina Furr, "North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 "

World Events (8)

1862 · Battle of Roanoke Island

On February 7, 1862, General Burnside's expedition started with the Battle of Roanoke Island. The battle was mostly fought by the Union and Confederate Navy's. This was a Union victory.


Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

Name Meaning

English: nickname meaning ‘handsome, beautiful, fair’, Middle English fair, fayr, Old English fæger. The word was also occasionally used as a personal name in Middle English, applied to both men and women.

Irish: translation into English of Gaelic fionn ‘fair’, which Woulfe describes as a ‘descriptive epithet that supplanted the real surname’, or a shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac F(h)inn, a variant of Mag Fhinn (see McGinn ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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