OLD LADY WEATHERMAN
Graham Star Correspondent
a grave in the Carver Cemetery with an inscription on the
headstone that reads Old Lady Weatherman,
with no dates of birth and death or any other
information. I have
gone to this cemetery since I was a young child, at first
with my parents to visit the graves of relatives. Invariably, I would be
drawn to the Weatherman grave.
I would stand there and wonder who she was, and what
was her story? Now,
many years later with an avid curiosity, the internet,
the input of a relative, census records, and property
transfer records, the mystery may be solved.
account has it that there was an elderly lady who stayed
with folks in this area known only as Old Lady
she died, people were at a loss as to what to do. They didnt
really know who she was, or where any of her relatives
might be located. W.M.
(Dock) Carver owned the property that is now Carver Cemetery, and gave permission for her
to be buried there.
with Lucille Weathermon (note difference of spelling in
last name), provided much more information. Mrs. Weathermon said
that Old Lady Weatherman was her great aunt
and that her name was Catherine Carmilla, the wife of
James A. Weatherman. In
the process, I also learned a geography lesson. I always thought that
Weatherman Bald on the Cherokee County-Clay County line southeast of Andrews was
called that because of some old timer who was sort of a
weather forecaster. In
fact, the mountain which rises 4,980 feet in elevation
was named for Lucilles great grandfather, Henry
Weatherman, who fought in the Civil War.
Weathermans first came to North Carolina in 1786, and settled in Surry County.
The 1900 Census for Graham County shows a Weatherman living
here: In the household of
Elmore Howell and Catherine Bailey Howell a Cornelia
(Camilla?) Weatherman, age 84, grandmother is listed. Other records show her
being born June, 1815, and the date of death as best as
we can determine was probably 1902 at age 87. There are no other
records of any other Weathermans living in Graham County.
land records show Elmore Howell, one of the first
delegates of Atoah Freewill Baptist Church , and his wife Sousand
(Susan?) Weatherman Bailey buying fifty acres of land on
West Buffalo for $300 from Thomas Carver and his wife,
Edie Carver. The date
of the deed is September 26, 1900.
This was the people Old Lady Weatherman
was with in the 1900 Graham County Census. The land was described as adjoining
the property of Samuel Lovin, Gugs, Lankford, and others. Another deed dated
September 27, 1905 lists Elmore Howell, wife Myra Howell,
S.E. Bailey of Spavinaw Indian Territory, John Hill and
wife Hettie Hill, H.F. Lovin 4 ¾ acres of land on West
Buffalo for $20. Still
another deed dated December 15, 1910 by Elmore Howell and
wife Elmira Howell, S.E. Bailey of Mayes County, Oklahoma
Amanda Jane Crisp $225 for 50 acres of land on
this helps tie the Howell family and Old Lady
Weatherman to the West
Buffalo area. Lucille Weathermon
said that Ron and Nancy Johnson were very helpful in
helping her obtain some of this information.
not known who Catherine Carmilla, Old Lady
Weatherman was staying with when she died. It is possible that
she died before the rest of the Weathermans moved to Oklahoma.
It seems unlikely that they would have moved off and
left her at her advanced age.
There may have only been an unmarked stone on her
grave at first, with the present one being added later. When someone asked
who was buried there the reply Old Lady
the rest of her family gone, that is all they would have
known to put on the stone.
It may have taken a century since her death; 1902-2002
to solve the mystery of who she was, but I think we now
Weatherman is in the process of having the rest of her
name and date of birth and death added to her headstone.