This is a photo of my great-grandmother's birthday gathering in 1935. She was born Esther, but never went by that name, signing her name as Hettie, a nickname for Esther.
The six surviving (out of ten) children all attended. My grandfather, Ralph Sidney Underwod is on the far right. Next to him is his brother, Matthew David Underwood, the "Uncle Math" of a previous picture I shared here.
Hettie was a brother to Confederate veteran John M. Lawing, who died at home on sick furlough in 1863 of a severe illness. Another brother, Confederate veteran William Pinckney Lawing, was killed at the Battle of Jones Farm, 30 September 1964, at the Siege of Petersburg. A brother-in-law, Confederate veteran Larkin Hipp, survived the war.
Hettie's husband was Confederate veteran Jacob Sidney Underwood, who joined his two brothers in Co. C., 10th NC Artillery, wounded at the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse.
My mother remembers her grandmother as stern and hard working. After her husband died, Hettie took care of her mentally handicapped son, my Uncle Math, for 13 years while he helped to keep the farm going.
I guess you could say that Hettie's husband "married up," as she inherited nearly all her mother's estate at age 17. Jacob and Hettie lived in Gaston County on land that was 1/12 part of his inheritance, but he sold his interest to a brother and moved across the River to Paw Creek where Hettie's land was. Jacob built her a home in 1900, the home where they both died. The home was finally torn down about 2014 to make way for a new nursing home.
Hettie, I believe, was a marvelous and strong woman, surviving the Civil War and all those difficult years that followed. She was esteemed in her community, and I honor the remembrance of her.
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