Jacob Underwood

Jacob Sidney Underwood (1846 - 1923)

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Jacob Sidney "Sid" Underwood
Born in Gaston County, North Carolinamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Mecklenburg County, North Carolinamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Mecklenburg County, North Carolinamap
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Image: Civil_War_Flags-2.gif Pvt., Co. C, 10th NC Artillery, Army of Northern Virginia, from the Wilderness to Appomattox, wounded at Spotsylvania Courthouse. His son, Ralph, remembers rubbing his fingers along the battle scar on the line of the part of his hair.

Jacob moved to Mecklenburg County in 1900 and helped to build the George James Luther Neal house in 1901, as well as several homes in Mt. Holly.

He dug many of the graves at Robin S. McGee Cemetery for which he was allowed to be buried there. His house stood in the Paw Creek section of Mecklenburg County for over 100 years until torn down about 2014.

Obituary from The Charlotte (North Carolina) Observer, March 6, 1923:


J. S. Underwood, a well known and influential resident of Paw Creek, died Sunday night at his home, at about 9 o'clock, after a period of declining health. Mr. Underwood was 77 years of age, having been born November 4, 1846.

He is survived by his widow, who was Miss Hattie [sic: Hettie)] Lawing, and six children. The children are Mrs. E. C. Tesh, Mrs. E. H. Holler, and Jacob Underwood of Charlotte; Mrs. Edward Johnson, of Stanley, and Robert [sic: Ralph] and Matthew Underwood of Paw Creek.

The funeral services were conducted at the residence yesterday afternoon, burial following in McGee Cemetery.

Mr. Underwood was highly respected in his community. He was a veteran of the civil war, having enlisted at the age of 17 years. He was a consistant member of the Baptist church.

Gaston County, North Carolina, Deed Book ?, p. 176:

Deed J. S. Underwood & wife to J. R. Underwood

State of North Carolina} Gaston County} This Deed, made this the fourth day of January 1886 by J. S. Underwood and wife H. C. of Gaston County; and State of North Carolina to Jedon R. Underwood of Gaston County, and State of North Carolina Witnesseth:

That said J. S. Underwood and wife H. C. in consideration of Eighty five Dollars, to them paid by Jedon R. Underwood the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, have bargained and sold, and by these presents do bargain sell and convey to said Jedon R. Underwood his heirs and assigns, a tract of land in Gaston County, State of North Carolina adjoining the lands of John Farrar, J. H. Connell, Aaron Jenkins, M. R. Armstrong, R. T. C_____ and the Mountain Island Manufacturing Company and ___ bounded as follows, viz: Beginning at a stone Farrar's corner and runs N 80 1/2 W 82 poles to a stone another of Farrar's corner thence N 21 1/2 E 18 poles to a Post Oak Stump Connells and Jenkins corner, thence S 69 E 133 poles to a stone thence S 37 W 173 poles to the beginning. This Deed only conveys the said J. S. Underwoods interest in the above described tract of land: Which he inherited from his Father the late Jacob Underwood deceased, the said interest being one twelfth part of the whole tract, which according the old Deed contains 123 acres but the above boundary only contains 113 14/16 Acres.

To Have and to Hold the aforesaid tract (including the right of Dower of said ____ covers) and all privileges and appurtenances thereto belonging to the said Jedon Underwood his heirs and assigns forever, to his only use and behoof. And the said J. S. Underwood and wife H. C. covenant that they are seized of said premises in fee, and have right to convey the same in fee simple that the same are free from all incumbrances, and that they will warrant and defend the said title to the same against the claims of all persons whatsoever.

In Testimony Whereof, the said J. S. Underwood and wife H. C. have hereunto set their hands and seals, the day and year above written.

J. S. Underwood (seal) H. C. Underwood (seal)

North Carolina] Gaston County}

I, J. M. McIntosh J.P. do hereby certify that J. S. Underwood and H. C. Underwood his wife, personally appeared before me this day, and acknowledged the due execution of the annexed Deed of Conveyance; And the said H. C. Underwood being by me privately examined, separate and apart from her said husband, touching her voluntary execution of the same, doth state that she signed the same freely and voluntarily; without fear or compulsion of her said husband, as of any other person, and that she doth still voluntarily accent thereto.

This 4th day of January 1886

J. N. McIntosh Justice of the Peace

Will of Jacob Sidney Underwood, recorded: Book S, page 368, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina:


I, J. S. Underwood, of the County and State aforesaid, bring of sound mind and memory, but considering the uncertainty of my earthly existence do make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say: (1) That my executor hereinafter mentioned shall provide for my body a decent burial suitable to the wishes of my relatives and friends and pay all funeral expenses together with my just debts howsoever and to whomsoever owing out of the moneys that may first come into his hands as a part or parcel of my estate. (2) I give and devise to my beloved wife, Hettie, all my household and kitchen furniture to use and do with as she wishes and if any of said furniture remains after her death the same I will to my son Ralph Underwood. (3) I give and devise to my son, Ralph Underwood my land and premises on which I now live, together with all my personal prop'ty of whatever it may consist at my death, except my household and kitchen furniture which I have already disposed of, provided he, my son Ralph, will take care and provide the necessary food, raiment and attention that my wife, Hettie, and myself will need during our natural lives. Also, I will and devise that my son, Ralph Underwood will look after and care for my son, Matthew, and that he [Matthew] have a maintenance from my estate during his natural life. (4) and lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my son Ralph Underwood lawful executor to all intents and purposes to execute this my last will and testament according to the true intent and meaning of the same and every part and clause thereof, hereby revoking and declaring utterly void all other wills and testaments by me heretofore made.

In witness whereof, I, the said J. S. Underwood do hereunto set my hand and seal, this 8th day of May, 1914.

J. S. Underwood (seal)

Signed, sealed and published and declared by the said J. S. Underwood to be his last will and testament in the presence of us, who at his request and in his presence do subscribe our names as witnesses thereto.

W. B. Rutledge W. T. Johnson

In the 1870 census for Gaston County, none of Sidney's children were listed as having attended school during the census year. The same was the case in the 1880 Gaston County census.


  • Gravestone record at Robin S. McGee Cemetery, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, [1]
  • 1920 Federal Census of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, [2]
  • North Carolina death certificate, [3]
  • Confederate military archives,
  • North Carolina Confederate pension records.

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Sid and Hettie Underwood
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