Who was Elsie Caroline Duncan Hurt?

Elsie Caroline Duncan was born on March 1, 1853 in Hardin County, Tennessee. She was a daughter of Joseph Duncan and his second wife, Harriet. She was the twelfth of her father’s nineteen children and fourth of the seven with Harriet.

In the 1860s, her father owned about 1,500 acres of land in several tracts near the Tennessee River in West Tennessee, including the area  now known as Duncan Field in the Shiloh National Military Park.

In 1870, she was married to Major Branch Tanner Hurt of Petersburg, Virginia, at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis. During the Civil War, her husband had served in General Robert E. Lee’s army of Northern VA. They lived in Courtland, Mississippi, where Major Hurt operated a mercantile business.

Various sources report that Elsie and her husband had either nine or ten children. Obituaries in both the Memphis Commercial-Appeal and Memphis Press-Scimitar list seven of them as surviving her:
• Mrs. Ada V. Wells of Courtland, Mississippi.
• Albert W. Hurt of New Orleans.
• Mrs. Daisy H. Trezevant of Los Angeles.
• Everett R. Hurt of Gaithersburg, Maryland
• Lloyd L. Hurt of Las Cruces, New Mexico.
• Miss Mary Hurt of Memphis.
• Oscar H. Hurt of Memphis.

Other sources list three additional children:
• Edgar Clarence Hurt
• Minnie Viola Hurt
•Victor Charles Hurt

Major Hurt died in 1890. Elsie moved to Memphis about 1900. She died in 1943 and was buried beside her husband in the Batesville, Mississippi, Cemetery.

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Published on September 8, 2009 at 1:58 am  Leave a Comment  

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