Malissa Davis Underwood

The following obituary was published in the Carter County Herald issue of March 22, 1934.


"Malissa, daughter of David and Alice Kilgore Davis, was born in Scott County Virginia, February 20, 1842; 
died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mallie Fultz, of Carter, Ky., March 15, 1934, at the age of 92 years and twenty-five days. 
She had been more or less feeble for the past three years. A few weeks ago she contracted a heavy cold, which developed into pneumonia 
and lived but a few days.

Grandma Underwood was of direct Scotch ancestry. Her parents were of the Douglas-Kilgore family, who obtained a family charter from the English king 
to emigrate to America. The intermediate members of the Kilgore family settled in what is now known as Virginia. At the age of eleven years, she came, 
with her parents to Carter County Kentucky, where she remained until her death. She was united in marriage to Elverton W. Underwood of Carter County in 1861.
To this union was born 7 children, two dying in infancy. Three preceded her in death. They were Mrs. Jennie Jacobs, Mrs. Mary Fultz and W. C. Underwood. 

Her husband passed on in the year 1879. (He was killed in the Underwood-Holbrook War. Marv Hall's note).

As a young girl, she united with the Baptist Church and from that time lived a devoted Christian life. 
The fullness of that Christian soul impressed all of those with whom she came in contact. She had great strength and courage, 
and carried on under great difficulties.

She leaves to mourn her passing two daughters, Mrs. Mallie Fultz, of Carter, and Mrs. Martha Gilbert of Soldier; 
nineteen living grandchildren, fifty-five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; 
also three sisters, Mrs. Winnie Danner of Greenup, Ky., Mrs. Martha Fultz and Mrs. Polly Danner of Wesleyville, 
and a host of relatives and friends to whom we wish to say 'her soul is not dead, but sleepeth.' 

Funeral services were conducted at Bethel Church Friday, with Rev. Outland, of the Olive Hill Baptist Church officiating. 
Interment followed in the Bethel Cemetery."

Submitted by: Sherry Lowe

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