Fisher, Dora Esther “Essie”

Essie Fisher, c. 1892.

Attended as Student
Faculty 1892-1894

Birth: 10 Jan 1867, Rowan County, North Carolina, USA
Death: 3 Mar 1947, Cabarrus County, North Carolina, USA

Ephraim Lewis Fisher (1834-1912)
Martha Elizabeth Ludwig Fisher (1838-1907)

Bettie F. Fisher Walter (1863-1917)

Spouse: John Alexander Blackwelder (1866-1935)
Marriage: 5 Jan 1897, Cabarrus County, North Carolina

Ruth Blackwelder (1901-1988)
Mary Elizabeth Blackwelder King (1906-1988)

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery, Kannapolis, Cabarrus County, North Carolina, USA

Source:, # 42789537.


The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), 4 Mar 1947, 10.

Funeral Rites For Mrs. John A. Blackwelder Of Concord Set For Today

CONCORD, March 3 – Mrs. Essie Fisher Blackwelder, widow of John A. Blackwelder and member of a distinguished Cabarrus family, died in Cabarrus hospital early today after and illness of 10 days. Death was due to a heart malady and complications. Funeral services will be held at St. James’ Lutheran church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Burial will be in the family plot at Trinity Lutheran church in No. 4 township. Mrs. Blackwelder was born January 10, 1867, at the old Fisher homestead in Cabarrus county, the youngest child of the late Ephriam Lewis Fisher and Martha Ludwig Fisher. She was a great-great-granddaughter of Adolphus Nussman, first Lutheran preacher in North Carolina, and his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Rintleman Nussman. She attended Mont Amoena seminary at Mount Pleasant and was graduated with distinction from Lutherville seminary in Lutherville, Md., in 1889. For several years she taught in the public schools of Cabarrus county, in Professor Peter Wright’s academy and in Mont Amoena seminary, being an exceptionally fine Latin scholar.

She declined an offer of a teaching position at old Elizabeth college in Charlotte to marry John Alexander Blackwelder January 5, 1897. For 16 years the Blackwelders made their home in Newberry, S. C. Since 1913, the family has lived in Concord. Mrs. Blackwelder is survived by three children, Mrs. E. Ray King of Concord, Miss Ruth Blackwelder, professor of history at Lenoir Rhyne college, Hickory, and Dr. Oscar Fisher Blackwelder, pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Washington, D. C.