Lou Ellen Rich

13 December 1885–6 December 1971 (Age 86)
Caldwell, North Carolina, United States

The Life of Lou Ellen

Lou Ellen Rich was born on 13 December 1885, in Caldwell, North Carolina, United States as the daughter of John Calvin Rich and Caroline Rich. She married Jiles Finley Tolbert on 26 May 1901, in Caldwell, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Globe, Caldwell, North Carolina, United States in 1920 and Globe Township, Caldwell, North Carolina, United States in 1940. She died on 6 December 1971, in Caldwell, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Collettsville, Caldwell, North Carolina, United States.

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Family Time Line

Jiles Finley Tolbert
Lou Ellen Rich
Marriage: 26 May 1901
Exie Irene Tolbert
Emma Darthulia Tolbert
Jerold Frank "Jiles" Tolbert Sr
Hettie Tolbert
Jessie Allen Tolbert
Marshall Zeb Tolbert
Nellie Tolbert
Floy Helen Tolbert
William Avery Tolbert
Joseph Daniel Tolbert

Spouse and Children

26 May 1901
Caldwell, North Carolina, United States



    Emma Darthulia Tolbert


    Jerold Frank "Jiles" Tolbert Sr


    Hettie Tolbert


    Jessie Allen Tolbert


+5 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    John Calvin Rich


    Caroline Rich




World Events (8)


Age 1

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1897 · First Bill for Women Suffrage

Age 12

In 1897, Senator J.L. Hyatt introduced the woman suffrage bill in North Carolina. The bill did not make it past the committee.
1908 · The Bureau of Investigation is formed

Age 23

Known as the National Bureau of Criminal Identification, The Bureau of Investigation helped agencies across the country identify different criminals. President Roosevelt instructed that there be an autonomous investigative service that would report only to the Attorney General.

Name Meaning

1 English: nickname for a wealthy man (or perhaps in some cases an ironic nickname for a pauper), from Middle English, Old French riche ‘rich’, ‘wealthy’ (of Germanic origin, akin to Germanic rīc ‘power(ful)’).2 English: from a medieval personal name, a short form of Richard , or less commonly of some other compound name with this first element.3 English: habitational name from the lost village of Riche in Lincolnshire, apparently so named from an Old English element ric ‘stream’ or, here, ‘drainage channel’. Some early forms of the surname, such as Ricardus de la riche (Hampshire 1200 ) and Alexander atte Riche (Sussex 1296) probably derive from minor places named with this element in southern counties, as for example Glynde Reach in Sussex.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Lou Ellen Tolbert in household of Finley Tolbert, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Luelen Tolbert in household of Finley J Tolbert, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Louis Tolbert in household of Finley J Tolbert, "United States Census, 1910"

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