Emmett Lundy

Emmett William Lundy (1864 - 1953)

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Emmett William Lundy
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Husband of — married 28 Mar 1886 [location unknown]
Died in Grayson County, Virginia, USAmap
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Married (2) 11 May 1928 Sarah Alice Edwards.

Emmett Lundy was a talented musician, well known in the area of Grayson County, Virginia where he was born and raised. Here is a quote from an article from "Old-Time Fiddlers Hall of Fame": "Emmett Lundy was born in Grayson County, Virginia on May 9, 1864, one of nine children of Churchwell and Caroline Ward Lundy. From family records, we know that the Lundys emigrated from England in 1687, settling first on Pennsylvania lands purchased from William Penn. Emmett's great-grandfather John Lundy moved to Grayson County around 1787 and acquired the land the family still holds near Dalhart, just south of the present town of Galax.

During Emmett's early years, the Virginia mountain area around his home was largely an agrarian, traditionally integrated frontier society. As a young man, Emmett became absorbed in the music which he heard around the community at dances, log rollings, pumpkin peelings and other excuses for having a little fiddle music. Evidently there may have been fiddlers in the Lundy family, but no one knows for sure. It's not really important to this story, for young Emmett's main musical influence came from outside his home. In his late teens, Lundy started the fiddle (the main instrument found here at this time), and immediately took up with an older fiddler named Green (for Greenberry) Leonard."

Though an excellent musician, Lundy never attempted to make a living with his fiddling. His music was an amusement. He invariably played the fiddle at night following supper, carrying on this practice even when he was very old. Lundy was primarily a farmer, but helped support his large family of 14 by blacksmithing, repairing watches and pulling teeth. A member of the Primitive Baptist church (a denomination which frowns upon the use of instruments), Emmett refused to believe that there was harm in his fiddling. Although some say that he himself never played for a dance, his music was in fact heard at various community events such as celebrations, school breakings, work gathering and fiddlers' contests. He is reputed to have won, some time in the early '20s, the first $10 gold piece ever presented at a Galax fiddlers' convention. We shouldn't think that old-time music was only played at social gatherings, for then, as now, musicians got together just to play some and perhaps to swap a few tunes. Though Emmett's music was individual in nature (he never regularly performed with a band), he played often with many of the musicians around his home. "[1]

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  1. http://www.oldtimemusic.com/FHOFLundy.html
  • Armstrong, William C., The Lundy Family and Their Descendants of Whatsoever Surname with a Biographical Sketch of Benjamin Lundy, (A.M.), Print, 1902, Online at Archive.Org
  • Lunday, Betty Petersen, “The Lundy Family and Their Descendants Book II, Print, 1993
  • Lunday, Betty Petersen, “Supplement to The Lundy Family and Their Descendants Book II, Print, 1995
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 29403891

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