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Martha Ventress McLeod Matthews
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Birth: Oct. 10, 1901
Richmond County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jan. 31, 1984
Mecklenburg County
North Carolina, USA

Martha was the daughter of farmer and merchant Alexander Calhoun McLeod and his second wife, Della Lorena Manning. She was born in 1901 in Richmond County just before the family moved to Buie, Robeson County, in 1902. When she was 4-years old, her mother passed away shortly after giving birth. Her father married Kate Terry who became her step-mother. Martha was the 7th of eleven children. She had two brothers, Norman Carroll and Leonard Adell, and eight half-brothers and sisters.

Martha attended school at Philadelphus School near Buie and later graduated from North Carolina College for Women in Greensboro NC. She became a school teacher at the Rowland School. The 1930 US Federal Census shows her as a boarder in the household of the large Stuart (sic) family in Gaddy, Robeson County, which is near Rowland. She was working as a public school teacher. Maps of the era show a Stewart Crossroads between the towns of Rowland and Gaddysville.

When she married in 1931 at age 29, Martha moved to Charlotte with her husband, William Clyde Matthews. They purchased a home at 2600 Palm Avenue, which at that time was on the outskirts of town. They also owned an adjoining lot where Martha maintained a large vegetable garden. In his later years, Bill was owner of the Johnston Furniture Store. They had no children.

Martha appears to have been named after her mother's younger sister, Martha Ventress "Pattie" Manning, who lived with the family prior to her own marriage in 1902.


Death Certificate Information from

Name Martha McLeod Matthews
Event Type Death
Event Date 31 Jan 1984
Event Place Charlotte, Mecklenburg, NC
Birth Year 1901
Burial Date 02 Feb 1984
Burial Place Charlotte, Mecklenburg, NC
Cemetery Sharon Memorial Park
Funeral Home
Residence Place Charlotte, Mecklenburg, NC
Address 3600 Shamrock Drive
Gender Female
Age 82
Marital Status Widowed
Race (Original) White
Occupation Co-Owner - Furniture
Birth Date 10 Oct 1901
Birthplace Richmond, North Carolina
Father's Name Alexander C. McLeod
Father's Birthplace
Mother's Name Della Manning
Mother's Birthplace
Spouse's Name
Informant's Name
Reference ID c n 002851
GS Film number 1984998
Family links: 
  Alexander Calhoun McLeod (1858 - 1944)
  Della Lorena Manning McLeod (1876 - 1906)
  William Clyde Matthews (1881 - 1973)
  Bessie Anna McLeod Holderfield (1887 - 1986)**
  Lillie Mae McLeod Britt (1889 - 1972)**
  Edith Henrietta McLeod Smithey (1891 - 1977)**
  John Alexander McLeod (1893 - 1968)**
  James Rufus McLeod (1895 - 1957)**
  Norman Carroll McLeod (1898 - 1962)*
  Martha Ventress McLeod Matthews (1901 - 1984)
  Leonard Adell McLeod (1906 - 1969)*
  Archie Hilburn McLeod (1908 - 1972)**
  Mary Elizabeth McLeod Harwood (1913 - 1997)**
  Laura Terry McLeod Maliawski (1916 - 2010)**
*Calculated relationship
Sharon Memorial Park
Mecklenburg County
North Carolina, USA
Plot: Section 3 Plot 157
Created by: Jo Terry ღ
Record added: Jun 13, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38303195
Martha Ventress <i>McLeod</i> Matthews
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Martha Ventress <i>McLeod</i> Matthews
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Martha Ventress <i>McLeod</i> Matthews
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- Jo Terry ღ
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- Jo Terry ღ
 Added: Dec. 25, 2012
Your home always had lovely white covers on all its beds. I have one of those covers in my master bedroom today. It's at least 60 years old and showing no signs of wear. Love, your niece
- Jo Terry ღ
 Added: Aug. 11, 2012
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