Mary Pierce

d. 30 July 1741
     Mary Pierce was the daughter of John Pierce. Mary Pierce married James Skinner, son of Richard Skinner and Sarah Creecy, on 4 June 1736. Mary Pierce died on 30 July 1741.1

Citations

  1. [S27] William Wade Hinshaw Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Vol. I:Pg. 17.

John Pierce1

Child of John Pierce

Citations

  1. [S27] William Wade Hinshaw Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy.

Eliza Ann Carter

b. 31 December 1856
     Eliza Ann Carter was buried at Oak Grove Cemetery, Americus, GA. She was born on 31 December 1856 at Warren Co., GA.1 She was the daughter of Littleberry Walker Carter and Mary Ann Diligent Seals.2,1 Eliza Ann Carter married Neal A. Ray in 1876 at Sumpter Co., GA.

Citations

  1. [S157] James Earl Carter Jr., Wiley Carter, page 73.
  2. [S48] Kenneth H. Thomas Jr., "Carter-Gordy."

Neal A. Ray

d. 1936
     Neal A. Ray married Eliza Ann Carter, daughter of Littleberry Walker Carter and Mary Ann Diligent Seals, in 1876 at Sumpter Co., GA. Neal A. Ray died in 1936.

Nannie Bell Carter

b. 1866
     Lived in Griffin. Nannie Bell Carter was born in 1866 at Sumter Co., GA.1 She was the daughter of Littleberry Walker Carter and Mary Ann Diligent Seals.2

Citations

  1. [S157] James Earl Carter Jr., Wiley Carter, page 73.
  2. [S48] Kenneth H. Thomas Jr., "Carter-Gordy."

Lula Pratt

b. 1860, d. 1890
     Lula Pratt was born in 1860. She was the daughter of James E. Pratt and Sophronia Cowan. Lula Pratt died in 1890.

Cowan Pratt

b. 1858, d. 1918
     Cowan Pratt was born in 1858. Cowan Pratt was the child of James E. Pratt and Sophronia Cowan. Cowan Pratt died in 1918.

Carrie Pratt

b. 1870, d. 1933
     Married, no issue. Carrie Pratt was born in 1870. She was the daughter of James E. Pratt and Sophronia Cowan. Carrie Pratt died in 1933.

Jeff Pratt

     Jeff Pratt was the son of James E. Pratt and Sophronia Cowan. Jeff Pratt was buried at Tallahassee, FL.

Mary Pratt

b. 1874, d. 1947
     Mary Pratt was buried at Arlington, GA. She was born in 1874. She was the daughter of James E. Pratt and Sophronia Cowan. Mary Pratt died in 1947.

Helen Pratt

b. 1887
     Helen Pratt was born in 1887. She was the daughter of James E. Pratt and Sophronia Cowan.

Jack Linton Slappey

b. 13 March 1883, d. 25 September 1947
     Jack Linton Slappey was born on 13 March 1883.1 He married Ethel Carter, daughter of William Archibald Carter and Nina Pratt, in 1911. Jack Linton Slappey died on 25 September 1947 at age 64.1 He was buried at Lebanon Cemetery, Plains, GA.1

Child of Jack Linton Slappey and Ethel Carter

Citations

  1. [S807] Find A Grave, online http://www.findagrave.com, memorial # 35275925.

Linton Alton Slappey

b. 4 August 1912, d. 2 August 1982
     Linton Alton Slappey was born on 4 August 1912.1 He was the son of Jack Linton Slappey and Ethel Carter. Linton Alton Slappey died on 2 August 1982 at age 69.1 He was buried at Lebanon Cemetery, Plains, GA.1 Cordele, GA.

Citations

  1. [S807] Find A Grave, online http://www.findagrave.com, memorial # 35275927.

Annie Laurie Gay

b. 1895, d. 1940
     Annie Laurie Gay was born in 1895. She married William Alton Carter, son of William Archibald Carter and Nina Pratt, in 1916. Annie Laurie Gay died in 1940.

Child of Annie Laurie Gay and William Alton Carter

Donnel Earl Carter

b. 22 June 1917
     President, Lexington (Ky) Herald-Leader. Donnel Earl Carter was born on 22 June 1917 at Plains, Sumter Co., GA.1 He was the son of William Alton Carter and Annie Laurie Gay.

Citations

  1. [S157] James Earl Carter Jr., Wiley Carter, page 77.

Robert Stapleton

     Robert Stapleton married Ruth Carter, daughter of James Earl Carter Sr. and Bessie Lillian Gordy, in 1948.

Child of Robert Stapleton and Ruth Carter

Sybil Spires

b. 1939
     Sybil Spires was born in 1939. She married William Alton Carter III, son of James Earl Carter Sr. and Bessie Lillian Gordy, on 21 August 1955 at Plains Baptist Church, Plains, Sumter Co., GA.1,2,3

Citations

  1. [S826] Times Recorder, 23 August 1955.
  2. [S157] James Earl Carter Jr., Wiley Carter, page 83.
  3. [S824] Sumter County History, online http://sumtercountyhistory.com/marriage/MarrByHusb/…, Marriages, book 28, page 148; viewed 31 October 2017.

James Jackson Gordy1

b. 1863, d. 1948
     They moved to Richland, where he served as postmaster, Jim Jack was 3rd District Campaing manager for Tom Watson. James Jackson Gordy was buried at Harmony Cemetery, Richland, GA. He was born in 1863. He was the son of James Thomas Gordy and Harriett Emily Helms. James Jackson Gordy married Mary Ida Nicholson, daughter of Nathaniel Nunn Nicholson and Mary Elizabeth Dawson, on 6 September 1888 at Chattahoochee Co., GA.2 James Jackson Gordy died in 1948.

Children of James Jackson Gordy and Mary Ida Nicholson

Citations

  1. [S49] Kenneth H. Thomas Jr., "Carter-Gordy."
  2. [S676] Gary Boyd Roberts, Presidents 2009 Edition.

Mary Ida Nicholson

b. 10 February 1871, d. 16 May 1951
     Mary Ida Nicholson was buried at Harmony Cemetery, Richland, GA. She was born on 10 February 1871 at Chattahoochee Co., GA.1 She was the daughter of Nathaniel Nunn Nicholson and Mary Elizabeth Dawson. Mary Ida Nicholson married James Jackson Gordy, son of James Thomas Gordy and Harriett Emily Helms, on 6 September 1888 at Chattahoochee Co., GA.1 Mary Ida Nicholson died on 16 May 1951 at Chattanooga, Hamilton Co., TN, at age 80.1

Children of Mary Ida Nicholson and James Jackson Gordy

Citations

  1. [S676] Gary Boyd Roberts, Presidents 2009 Edition.

Susie E. Gordy

     Susie E. Gordy was the daughter of James Jackson Gordy and Mary Ida Nicholson. Susie E. Gordy was buried at Richland, GA.

Annie Lee Gordy

b. 1893, d. 1918
     Only son died young. Annie Lee Gordy was born in 1893. She was the daughter of James Jackson Gordy and Mary Ida Nicholson. Annie Lee Gordy died in 1918.

James Albert Gordy

     James Albert Gordy was the son of James Jackson Gordy and Mary Ida Nicholson. Died young.

Walter Lemuel Gordy

d. 1965
     Walter Lemuel Gordy was the son of James Jackson Gordy and Mary Ida Nicholson. Walter Lemuel Gordy was buried at Columbus, GA. He died in 1965.

James Jackson Gordy Junior

     James Jackson Gordy Junior was the son of James Jackson Gordy and Mary Ida Nicholson. James Jackson Gordy Junior and an unknown person were divorced. He was buried at Richland, GA. No issue.

Tom Watson Gordy

     Tom Watson Gordy was the son of James Jackson Gordy and Mary Ida Nicholson. Three children by first marriage live in Texas and Australia. The widow lives in Lake Mary, Fla.

Emily Frances Gordy

b. 1912, d. 2 December 2006
     Emily Frances Gordy was born in 1912. She was the daughter of James Jackson Gordy and Mary Ida Nicholson. Emily Frances Gordy married William Jasper Dolvin. Emily Frances Gordy married Hubert Visscher in 1992. Emily Frances Gordy died on 2 December 2006 at Roswell, GA.

Imagine if she'd had political aspirations of her own. If Emily Dolvin, Jimmy Carter's celebrated "Aunt Sissy," actually had run for office instead of merely helping her nephew become president of the United States.
"She could've been elected to anything herself," said her daughter, Mary Lee Bagwell of Kingsport, Tenn. Instead, her mother used her considerable charm, grit and talents to turn the 1976 presidential campaign in Carter's favor before resuming her favorite role: Roswell civic leader and volunteer extraordinaire.

Emily Gordy Dolvin, 94, died of congestive heart failure Saturday at her Roswell residence. The memorial service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Roswell Presbyterian Church. Roswell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The service will surely celebrate a remarkably well-lived life.

"Throughout her long life, my Aunt Sissy demonstrated an intense desire to improve her own life and the lives of those around her," Carter, who last visited his aunt on Friday, said in a statement. "Overcoming all obstacles, she was able to stretch her own heart and mind to encompass a wide array of friends and acquaintances, to seek new adventures, and to achieve challenging goals with quiet grace. She was living proof that there was absolutely no limit on what a determined and charming Southern woman can do. She has always been an inspiration to me."

On the presidential campaign trail, Dolvin — the sister of Carter's mother, Lillian Gordy Carter — was a trailblazer of sorts.

Dolvin's papers on her nephew's campaigns are archived at the Carter Center and report that when he'd been governor only six months, Carter confided that he was going to run for president. He was relatively unknown outside Georgia politics and was often referred to as "Jimmy Who?"

"She was able to take on an entire state, even those in which I had very little natural support, and to convert enough doubtful voters to give me a victory," Carter said. "Her most notable such triumph was the state of Maine, where she spent the final weeks of the 1976 presidential election and, almost single-handedly, delivered the electoral votes to me."

"It was her effervescent personality and her love of people," Bagwell said of her mother's effectiveness on the political stump. "They felt comfortable with her. She was a natural speaker. She loved Jimmy, his goals and ideals, and it showed in her speeches."

Maine, which Dolvin visited three times and where she concluded the '76 campaign, was one of nearly 40 states in which she campaigned. She stumped stylishly, gleefully telling The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 1990:
"I once had a reporter in New Jersey interview me when I was campaigning for Jimmy. He didn't seem to know where to start and finally confessed that I had blown his whole story. He told me he had expected a little old
lady with a cane, tight curls and a hat clapped on her head."

Instead, the reporter found a woman who'd already made her mark in Roswell for a quarter-century and would for another 25 years.

"Her whole life has been volunteering. That was just a sideline, that she just happened to be related to Jimmy," Bagwell said, chuckling. "All the rewards and awards had nothing to do with Jimmy. Nothing.

"Rather than working a full-time job or something, this was her life: volunteering, all the time," she said. "I call it her 'in service to others.' "

The youngest of nine children, Dolvin was formerly a teacher married to William Jasper Dolvin, who died in 1974 and for whom Dolvin Elementary School in Alpharetta is named. She married Hubert "Hu" Visscher in 1992, and he died in 2005.

Historic preservation. Charity fund-raising and service. Youth and recreational activities. Civic and cultural conscience. Hospital volunteer. All that constituted just part of Dolvin's résumé and garnered her multiple civic awards.

For years, she was the director of volunteers at the Carter Center, where she was in charge of more than 100 volunteers.

"She was always involved in something," said another daughter, Midge Schultz of Dacula.

Just three weeks ago, her daughter said, she was still in charge of the historical markers in Roswell and trying to locate information on a historical house.

Additional survivors include six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.