|Birth: ||Apr. 12, 1761|
New Jersey, USA
|Death: ||Nov. 1, 1864|
She died on the 1 of November 1864, and was, consequently, one hundred and three years old on the 12th of April last. Her husband, Leonard Fite was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, and fought through that struggle as a private. Mr. and Mrs. Fite emigrated to Tennessee from North Carolina, and settled here when this place was known as Nash's Lick. In those days Mrs. Fite of ten assisted in moulding bullets while her husband and others belonging to the "settlement" were defending themselves against the attacks of the Indians. Mrs. Fite has lived with her third child, Jacob Fite, in Wilson County, for a number of years, her husband having died many years since, in Smith County. On the twelfth of April, 1861, a large number of her descendants met at the house of Jacob Fite and celebrated the one hundredth anniversary of her birthday. At that time she had eleven children living — her oldest (a son) being eighty years old, and her youngest (a daughter) fifty-nine; seventy-six grandchildren, three hundred and five great-grand-children, seventy-one great-great-grandchildren, and two great-great-great-grandchildren ; in all, four hundred and fifty-four living descendants. At the time of her death her grandchildren of the fifth generation had increased to twenty-one. Mrs. Fite was a remarkable woman, and actively participated in the exciting struggles incident to the early settlement of this State. She retained a vivid recollection of the revolutionary struggles, as well as those which resulted in the establishment of the white settlements in Tennessee. Her memory was clear, and her health good almost to the hour of her death. Indeed, it may be truthfully said that she lived until 'the delicate machine' was entirely worn out, and 'the wheels of weary life at last stood still.' "
At the celebration of her one hundredth birthday the tables were run the length of the dining room, out across the porch and down on the lawn under the trees. "Granny Fite" was seated at the head of the table in the dining-room, and her descendants were placed according to descent, the small children being seated at the far end of the table under the trees. Soon after this reunion Margareth fell and broke her hip; but in spite of this accident, she lived nearly four years longer. At the time of her death she had been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church fifty years; she lies buried near Lebanon, in Wilson County, Tennessee, in the burying ground of her son Jacob Fite, in whose home she died.
From: The Adams Sentinel, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 22 Nov 1864, Lauceston Examiner, 14 March 1865, p 2, reprinted from the Nashville Dispatch, Nov 10, 1864 and also from the "Fite Families in the United States."
Leonard Fite (1760 - 1842)
Jacob Fite (1786 - 1870)*
Leonard Fite (1789 - 1873)*
Joseph Fite (1790 - 1876)*
Sarah Fite West (1801 - 1891)*
Margaret Peggy Fite Avant (1805 - 1891)*
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Originally Created by: Heritage Files
Record added: Sep 10, 2007
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