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Laura Elizabeth Mumford Ervin
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Birth: Dec. 22, 1839
Onslow County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Dec. 13, 1905
Onslow County
North Carolina, USA

Laura Elizabeth Mumford (Montford) was born 22 December 1839 to James Mumford and Ann Henderson. Laura's father died 5 December 1846, when she was not quite seven years old; her mother later married Elijah Murrill.

Laura married John Alford (Alfred) Ervin 20 December 1855, two days before their common birthday; four years apart. She was two days shy of her 16th birthday, very young, but not uncommon in the mid 1800s.

According to family stories, Laura's mother gave her two slaves as a wedding present when she was married in 1855 (not a proud family heritage but a common truth we must face). The slaves were "Aunt Mary" and her son, George. Aunt Mary was extremely superstitious. She would not sleep where moonlight could shine on her face. She would sleep with her head inside a closet to prevent any moonlight exposure. (NOTE: My research finds many superstitious beliefs related to moonlight shining on the face while asleep and have existed for generations: danger that you will die within that year, or will cause disturbing dreams/nightmares or cause madness; thus, the word lunacy). Our hope is that this family legend exists as an indication that they took real interest in the lives and beliefs of their slaves; perhaps it's longevity suggests our residual guilt regarding slavery. The fact remains, Aunt Mary is remembered.

John and Laura owned a good size farm or plantation. They gave each of their children acreage to build on. This area, about one mile west of Richlands, became known as Ervintown. The Abner Ervin Cemetery is still located in this area.

Laura died of cancer of the gall bladder on 12 December 1905, ten days before her 66th birthday. She is buried with the family in the Abner Ervin Cemetery near Richlands, Onslow County, North Carolina.

--Sources: Reamey Winn, Old Superstitions Online,; accessed online, add'l research, notes and transcription with some editing by Annie Duckett Hundley.
Family links: 
  Ann Henderson Mumford Murrill (1817 - 1895)
  John Alford Ervin (1835 - 1925)*
  Edward Averett Ervin (1857 - 1917)*
  Ella Nora Ervin Frazelle (1858 - 1937)*
  Nelson Peeler Ervin (1860 - 1940)*
  Lucian Hanks Ervin (1862 - 1924)*
  Anna Viola Ervin Barbee (1866 - 1939)*
  Abner Herman Ervin (1868 - 1939)*
  Oscar Berry Ervin (1872 - 1948)*
  Clarence Mumford Ervin (1874 - 1957)*
  Laura Southerland Ervin Thompson (1877 - 1956)*
  Emma Nichelson Ervin (1880 - 1975)*
  Laura Elizabeth Mumford Ervin (1839 - 1905)
  George Davis Murrill (1849 - 1921)*
  Lott B Murrill (1855 - 1919)*
*Calculated relationship
Abner Ervin Cemetery
Onslow County
North Carolina, USA
Maintained by: Annie Duckett Hundley
Originally Created by: William L Silliman
Record added: Mar 20, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 67164681
Laura Elizabeth <i>Mumford</i> Ervin
Added by: Annie Duckett Hundley
Laura Elizabeth <i>Mumford</i> Ervin
Added by: Annie Duckett Hundley
Laura Elizabeth <i>Mumford</i> Ervin
Added by: Reamey Winn
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Rest in peace
- Kathleen Pierce Bond
 Added: Nov. 8, 2016

- Annie Duckett Hundley
 Added: Mar. 22, 2011

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