A smile hath passed which filled our home with light. A soul whose beauty made that smile so bright.
— epitaph on Elizabeth’s tombstone
Elizabeth Obanon (O’Banion?) / Cleveland was born 20 November 1829, possibly in Georgia, to Mary (maiden name unknown) Obanon Cleveland. The 1850 Washington County, Texas Federal census suggests Elizabeth was born an Obanon / Obanion. Mother Mary married J. M. Cleveland about 1844.
Using this record, as well as the 1860 Washington County, Texas Federal census, Elizabeth had brothers named Benjamin and John, and a sister named Martha. Her half-brothers were William, Joseph, and Leander. In fact, brother Benjamin (with surname Obanion) was just “two doors down” from Elizabeth Lincecum in 1860. Separately, the rest of the siblings – at home with Mary – were all listed with the surname Cleveland.
Elizabeth (indexed as a Cleveland) married Lachaon Joseph Lincecum February 1852 in Washington County, Texas. They went on to have 9 or 10 children: Lycurgus, George Durham, Mary E., Val Dies, Sallie, Lachaon Joseph Jr., Edna Katherine, Leolia Gideon, Lucullus Garland, and (possibly) Anna.
Elizabeth died 10 July 1899 in Gonzales, Texas. She was laid to rest at Gonzales Masonic Cemetery, under the tombstone pictured at top. Photo credit to Cindy S. Munson (2011) via FindAGrave – permission for use granted in her bio.
- Census: 3 October 1850 / Washington County, Texas
- Census: 12 June 1860 / Long Point, Washington County, Texas
- Occupation: September 1870 / Keeping House in Washington County, Texas
- Census: 28 September 1870 / Burton, Washington County, Texas
- Occupation: June 1880 / Keeping House in Williamson County, Texas
- Census: 3 June 1880 / Williamson County, Texas
Death notice from The Daily Express (San Antonio, Texas) dated 12 July 1899:
MRS. L. J. LINCECUM
Gonzales, Tex., July 11 — Died at her home in Gonzales, Tex., on Monday, July 10, 1899, at 9 p. m., Mrs. L. J. Lincecum, aged 69 years, 7 months and 12 days. The interment will be held at the Masonic cemetery at 4 o’clock this evening.
Visit Elizabeth O’Banion Lincecum’s page at the Lincecum Lineage database.
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