Letha Elizabeth Gandy

Letha Elizabeth Gandy

Female 1873 - 1959  (86 years)

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  • Name Letha Elizabeth Gandy  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Born 25 Sep 1873  Gandy Bend, Lavaca, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Gender Female 
    Census 23 Jun 1900  Jackson, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address Dec 1959  El Campo, Wharton, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    302 S. Mechanic Street 
    Died 27 Dec 1959  El Campo, Wharton, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 11
    Buried 28 Dec 1959  Gandy Bend, Lavaca, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Gandy Cemetery
    Person ID I7864  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 9 Mar 2020 

    Father Barnabas Pipkin Gandy,   b. 22 Jul 1831, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jun 1914, Morales, Jackson, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Mary Elizabeth Allen 
    Family ID F3661  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Addison Lysander Lincecum,   b. 8 Apr 1874, Long Point, Washington, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1965, Lavaca, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 24 Oct 1897  Lavaca, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 12, 13
    Children 
     1. Barnabas Gandy Lincecum,   b. 29 Aug 1900, Lavaca, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1999, Jackson, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 99 years)  [natural]
     2. Ruth Elizabeth Lincecum,   b. 28 Aug 1903, Morales, Jackson, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 May 1982, Houston, Harris, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     3. Addison Turney Lincecum,   b. 19 Feb 1913, El Campo, Wharton, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Nov 1989, Freeport, Brazoria, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 9 Mar 2020 
    Family ID F2768  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 24 Oct 1897 - Lavaca, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 23 Jun 1900 - Jackson, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAddress - 302 S. Mechanic Street - Dec 1959 - El Campo, Wharton, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 27 Dec 1959 - El Campo, Wharton, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Photos
    Mrs. A. L. Lincecum, abt 1913
    Mrs. A. L. Lincecum, abt 1913
    The Houston Post. (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 28, Ed. 1 Sunday, September 14, 1913, newspaper, September 14, 1913; Houston, Texas.

    Documents
    Letha Elizabeth Lincecum Death Certificate
    Letha Elizabeth Lincecum Death Certificate

  • Notes 
    • "Doctor Lincecum married October 24, 1897, Miss Letha Gandy. Mrs. Lincecum is a Texas author, has been an investigator and writer on historical topics, and many of her writings have been published and have secured for her special recognition and honors from the university and other institutions. Her great-grandfather, John Gandy, of North Carolina, was a soldier in the American Revolution. Her parents were Barnabas P. and Mary (Allen) Gandy, her father a native of Alabama and her mother of Mississippi. Doctor and Mrs. Lincecum have three children, Barney, Ruth and Addison, Jr. Barney of Houston. Ruth is the wife of Ray Hilton, a chemist at Houston, and they have a daughter, Dorothy and son, Addison III. Addison, Jr. is a pupil in the public schools at Washington, DC." [Source: Texas Under Many Flags by Clarence Wharton. American Historical Society, 1930. Page 124.]

    • Lampasas Leader (Texas)
      Friday, 3 December 1897 - pg. [via Portal to Texas History - https://texashistory.unt.edu/]
      Marriages

      LINCECUM - GANDY. -- Lampasas has captured another prize. Dr. Ad. L. Lincecum and Miss Letha Gandy of Hallettsville, Lavaca county, were happily married, and arrived in this city last Saturday.

      And thus it is that Lampasas has added another bright star in her constellation of fair daughters.

      The bride is of one of the oldest and most highly respected families, and a young lady of culture and refinement.

      The groom is the son of Dr. L. G. Lincecum and is well known to everybody, having lived in Lampasas since early childhood. He is a promising young physician, and all Lampasas has a warm welcome for the young couple -- the groom to his old and the bride to her new home.

      For the present they are domiciled at the groom's father's residence on West Third street.

    • Letha was the last Gandy to live in the house at Gandy Bend.

      Following from 23 April 1972 Victoria Advocate (Texas):
      Gandy Bend Landmark by Sidney R. Weisiger
      ...In 1849 Daniel Gandy, a married man, began construction on a small square frame home which was to have four rooms and a hall or breeze way through the center...

      Daniel was doing pretty good on the building. The walls, roof, floors and studs for walls were in place; however, no ceiling had been put up.

      At this stage of construction Daniel's wife passed away causing her husband much grief and suffering. After the death of the wife, no more work was done on the inside of the house by Daniel...

      On down through the years none of the Gandy family ever added to or finished the home until 1962, when Barney Lincecum, the son of Letha Gandy and her husband Dr. Addison L. Lincecum of El Campo, got married and decided to wind up the job.

      Barney and his wife Mary covered the old wall studs, put up ceilings and added a bath and plumbing. The interior was painted in two tones, blue or pink.

      Asbestos siding was put on the outside and a metal roof covering laid over the old shingle roof.

      It didn't take too long to finish this home. From the time it was started, just 113 years elasped, or from 1849 to 1962.

    • Per her certificate, Letha's cause of death was "arteriosclerostic heart disease."

      On Letha's tombstone is a symbol for the Order of the Eastern Star, an appendant body of the Masonic Fraternity.

      Per Wikipedia, "The emblem of the Order is a five-pointed star with the white ray of the star pointing downwards towards the manger. The meaning of the letters FATAL surrounding the center pentagon in the emblem is only revealed to members of the Order. In the Chapter room, the downward-pointing white ray points to the West. The character-building lessons taught in the Order are stories inspired by Biblical figures:

      - Adah (Jephthah's daughter, from the Book of Judges). In Eastern Star, Adah is represented by the color blue and a sword and veil. Adah represents the virtue of obedience to duty.
      - Ruth, the widow from the Book of Ruth. In Eastern Star, Ruth is represented by the color yellow and a sheaf of barley. Ruth represents the virtue of religious principles.
      - Esther, the wife from the Book of Esther. In Eastern Star, Esther is represented by the color white and a crown and scepter. Esther represents the virtue of loyalty.
      - Martha, sister of Mary and Lazarus, from the Gospel of Luke and the Gospel of John. In Eastern Star, Martha is represented by the color green and a broken column. Martha represents the virtue of endurance in trial.
      - Electa (the "elect lady" from II John), the mother. In Eastern Star, Electa is represented by the color red and a chalice. Electa represents the virtue of endurance of persecution."

      See also: Women's Relief Corps, Order of the Eastern Star, & Mother Enterprise

      See also: Maybe Letha Gandy Lincecum Wasn't a Daughter of the American Revolution?



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  • Sources 
    1. [S222] Lineages, Inc., comp. GENE POOL INDIVIDUAL RECORDS. [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000.

    2. [S218] Lavaca Obituaries.
      [Lavaca County, Texas] Book 2, pg. 22

    3. [S356] 1920 Census of United States, Texas, Wharton; Online Images, ED 170, Sheet 10A, line 10.

    4. [S543] 1940 Census of United States, Texas, Wharton, El Campo, Population Schedule; Online Images, ED #241-15, Sheet No. 34B, dwelling 737, Dr. A. L. Lincecum household, accessed 9 July 2013.
      Lists Letha (b. abt 1875, TX) as wife and Barnett as son

    5. [S575] Weisiger, Sidney R., “Vignettes of Old Victoria: Gandy Bend Landmark” (online archive), Names of interest: Daniel Gandy, Letha Gandy (his daughter), Dr. Addison L. Lincecum (her husband), Barney Lincecum (their son), and Mary (Barney's wife).

    6. [S677] Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1935, Image of certificate of birth (1903) and ammendment (1966) for Ruth Lincecum / Ruth Elizabeth Lincecum, b. 28 August 1903; citing Texas State Registrar Office, Austin.

    7. [S290] Tombstone.
      Gandy Cemetery, Gandy Bend, Lavaca County, Texas

    8. [S674] 1910 Census of United States, Texas, Wharton, Precint No. 5, Town of El Campo, population Schedule; Online Images, E. D. No. 168, Sheet No. 11B, Dwelling 208, Family 248, Addison L. Lincecum household, Accessed June 2016.
      Includes wife Letha; son Barnebas G.; and daughter Ruth

    9. [S679] 1900 Census of United States, Texas, Jackson, Precint No. 4, population Schedule; Online Images, E. D. No. 60, Sheet No. 11B, Dwelling & Family 156, A. L. Lincecum household, Accessed June 2016.
      Includes wife Letha

    10. [S712] 1880 Census of United States, Texas, Lavaca, Precint No. 5, population Schedule; Online Images, E. D. No. 81st, page no. 5, dwelling 44, family 49, Barnabas Gandy household, accessed 5 July 2016, National Archives and Records Administration credited.
      Includes wife Helena; sons Daniel and Orlando; daughters Letha and Mary; sister Beatrice; and brother Sandy

    11. [S290] Tombstone.
      Gandy Cemetery, Gandy Bend, Lavaca County, Texas


    12. [S311] Texas Under Many Flags, By Clarence Wharton. Published 1930 by American Historical Society. Page 124.

    13. [S680] Texas County Marriage Index, 1837-1977, Image of entry for A. L. Lincecum & Letha E. Gandy, 24 Oct 1897.