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Samantha Biddix Bumgarner
Birth: Oct. 31, 1878
Dillsboro
Jackson County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Dec. 24, 1960
Dillsboro
Jackson County
North Carolina, USA

Samantha Bumgarner was born in 1878 in Dillsboro, North Carolina. Her father, Has Biddix, was a fiddle player of local renown, and by the time she was fifteen Samantha was playing banjo. Like Fiddlin' John Carson or Uncle Dave Macon, Samantha Bumgarner came to a career in music later in life, as commercial country music was just getting off the ground. She first recorded in 1924 with Eva Davis, and those early recordings were some of the first to feature five-string banjo. From 1928 to 1959, she participated in Bascom Lamar Lunsford's Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, which kept her in the public eye, and developed a following that included local players as well as folk scholars and performers such as Pete Seeger. By the time of her death in 1960, Samantha Bumgarner had achieved an iconic status in the folk and mountain music communities.  (bio by: George S. Ellington) 
 
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 Parents:
  Has Leander Biddix (1852 - 1930)
  Sarah Malinda Brown Biddix (1858 - 1937)
 
 Siblings:
  Dovie Biddix Parton (____ - 1931)*
  Samantha Biddix Bumgarner (1878 - 1960)
  Ella Biddix Extine (1884 - 1916)*
  John Henry Biddix (1889 - 1971)*
  William Walter Biddix (1895 - 1949)*
  Elsie Paul Biddix (1896 - 1978)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Franklin Cemetery
Dillsboro
Jackson County
North Carolina, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: George S. Ellington
Record added: Mar 24, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18579047
Samantha <i>Biddix</i> Bumgarner
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Samantha <i>Biddix</i> Bumgarner
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