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Mrs Celia Ann <I>Gallimore</I> Prim

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Mrs Celia Ann Gallimore Prim

  • Birth 11 Nov 1831 Silver Hill, Davidson County, North Carolina, USA
  • Death 28 Jun 1931 Davidson County, North Carolina, USA
  • Burial Southmont, Davidson County, North Carolina, USA
  • Plot Old Section; Row 6; Grave 12
  • Memorial ID 37267609

Wife of John Morgan Prim, Sr.
Daughter of Jesse Gallimore and Ruth Wright Gallimore

Inscription: "At Rest"


The following obituary was printed in The Dispatch, Lexington, North Carolina; Monday Feb. 22, 1932:

Mrs. Prim, Noted Woman Lived Almost A Century
(By C. B. Wall)

On the morning of November the 11, 1831, the sun slowly wended its way up the eastern skies, bedecking the earth with millions of diamonds, as it shed beautiful rays upon the dew-laden grasses which surrounded Slash Cottage, a home in which the bright smiles of a cooing baby girl were to soon be mingled with this golden sunshine for almost a century hence.
This home was near Silver Hill, which at that time was far famed as a mineral center. The wee one first to enter into life's journey on this bleak November day more than a century n the past, was Miss Celia A. Gallimore, daughter of the late Esquire Jesse Gallimore and Ruth Wright Gallimore.
Methinks I can see a smiling face, a dimpled cheek and hear a cooing voice in attempt at lisping the sweetest earthly name tongue ever uttered – Mother. Just a few short months and one can hear the patter of little feet as they trip lightly from early morning till the evening shades begin to lengthen, when sweet sleep begins to enshroud wee ones with a robe of restful slumber.

Educated in Lexington
This winsome lassie soon arrived at the age when an education was to be considered. While a girl in her teens she attended school in Lexington, which was then only a village (1849) where she was under the tutorship of Rev. Jesse Rankin, a Presbyterian minister and principal of a school. At that time Rev. Rankin was serving the church as pastor at Silver Hill and was very often accompanied on his way to and from his appointment by Miss Gallimore, who at an early age was much interested in the work of the Master, and enjoyed discoursing with the minister, who often spent the night in the home of her parents. While in the home of this highly cultured minister-educator, this young lady was priviledged to meet a brother of his, who with his wife, was then a missionary to India.

Marries Captain Prim
In a few years later after completing her education, she wed in 1854, married to Capt. John M. Prim of Wytheville, Virginia, a graduate of Emory and Henry college of that state. After their marriage, the resided in Captain Prim's native state for two years, after which they returned to the native home of the young bride at Silver Hill, where for sixty-two happy, blissful years they lived together at Contentna, their beautiful home, where Capt. Prim passed away seventeen years ago.
What can be more like entering the pearly gates than to enjoy the atmosphere of a Christian home where God is at all times preeminant, where the sweet spirit of harmony reigns supreme, yea, where Jesus dwells?
Mrs. Prim, who passed on to her blissful reward June the twenty-eighth, 1931, should she have been spared just four months and thirteen days, would have reached her one hundredth milestone in life's journey, the anniversary of her birthday being November the eleventh. Can we not say of her passing as the Master said on one occasion, "She is not dead, but sleepeth."

Beside the dead I knelt for prayer,
And felt a presence as I prayed,
Lo! It was Jesus standing there
He smiled: "Be not afraid."

"Lord, thou hast conquered death, we know;
Restore again to life," I said,
"this one who died an hour ago,"
He smiled: "She is not dead!"

"Asleep then, as thyself didst say;
Yet thou canst lift the lids that keep
Her prisoned eyes from ours away!"
He smiled: "She doth not sleep!"

"Nay then, tho' haply she do wake,
And look upon some fair dawn,
Restore her to our hearts that ache!"
He smiled: "She is not gone!"

"Alas! Too well we know our loss,
Nor hope again our joy to touch,
Until that stream of death we cross!"
He smiled: "there is no such!"

Yet, our beloved seem so far,
The while we yearn to feel them near,
Albeit with thee we trust they are,
He smiled: "And I am here.

"Dear Lord, how shall we know that they
Still walk unseen with us and thee,
Nor sleep, nor wander far away?"
He smiled: "Abide in me!"

There were born to this union six children: Miss Maggie Prim, Mrs. Myrtle B. Davis and Mr. Estelle Stoner, who preceded their sainted mother to the holy city a number of years ago. Albert Prim, High Point, N.C., John M. Prim, and Mrs. Will Johnson, Lexington, N.C., Rt. 6 who survive.
Mrs. Prim was the oldest member of Holloway's church and an active member of the Woman's Missionary society for a number of years. During the last few months of her sojourn on earth, as she appeared to become more and more submissive to His will, her beaming countenance reminded one very much of what we feel must be that possessed by the angelic host of heaven, so happy, so calm, so serene – a beautiful life.
We have in our possession an ancient book, which was once the property of this sainted lady, and prized very highly by her during her active Christian life. This antique volume entitled, "A Guide For Young Disciples," bears date of July 16, 1832, as the time of writing prefactory address to same. On the flyleaf is inscribed the following words, Celia A. Gallimore, Slash Cottage, Silver Hill. The book is in a good state of preservation, showing that it was much prized and carefully handled by its owner during her many years of study of this and many other ancient Christian volumes.
Also we have a copy of Jacob's Greek Grammar, which was once a text book in the late Esquire Jesse Gallimore, father of Mrs. Celia A. Gallimore Prim. This volume is in good condition and much prized.
The Saviour said, "By their works ye shall know them." Also the literature possessed and read by the sainted lady is an index to her Christian career during her sojourn here on earth.
How thankful we are for the exemplary life of the one gone before, as we feel it was as "A city set upon a hill, cannot be hid."

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  • Added: 19 May 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 37267609
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mrs Celia Ann Gallimore Prim (11 Nov 1831–28 Jun 1931), Find A Grave Memorial no. 37267609, citing Holloways Baptist Church Cemetery, Southmont, Davidson County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Shirley Gragg (contributor 46979665) .