Fisher, James Henry Cornelius


J. H. C. Fisher, c. 1890s.

J. H. C. Fisher, undated.

Fisher, J. H. C.1896,1924, crop1000

J. H. C. Fisher, c. 1920s.












Birth: March 30, 1859, Rowan County, N.C.
Death: Apr. 10, 1933, Cabarrus County, North Carolina, USA

Peter Alexander Fisher
Camilla Elizabeth Brown Fisher.

Sibling: Reverend Charles Lee Thornton Fisher

Spouse: Leah Jeanette Blackwelder Fisher; 1897 in Mt. Pleasant, N.C.

Katherine Brown Fisher Barrier (1899 – 1977)
Amy Louise Fisher Barrier (1901 – 1990)
Mary Virginia Fisher (1903 – 1978)
Henry Lee Fisher (1909 – 1971)

Education: North Carolina College, Gettysburg A.B. 1887; Gettysburg Seminary, 1890.

License/Ordination: Licensed 1889 and ordained 1890 by Maryland Synod.

New Bethel, Stanly County, 1893-94;
Luther’s, Rowan County, 1894-96;
Immanuel, Rowan County, 1900-02;
Prosperity, Cabarrus County, 1900-19;
supply, St. Andrew, Concord, 1914;
Mt. Hermon-Cold Water,
Cabarrus County, 1925-30;
supply, Mt. Gilead, Cabarrus County, 1926-32.

Principal, Preparatory Department, North Carolina College, five years.
Principal, Mont Amoena Seminary, 1902-14, 1921-27.
Retired at Mt. Pleasant, N.C.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery
Mount Pleasant, Cabarrus County, North Carolina, USA

Source: Lutheran Church in America North Carolina. “Life Sketches of Lutheran Ministers : North Carolina and Tennessee Synods, 1773-1965,” 1966.


Church News, undated clipping, c. 1920. Courtesy of Laurie Fisher, granddaughter of Hilbert A. Fisher and Ethel Cobb Fisher. The clipping was in a book titled Household Discoveries and Mrs. Curtis’s Cook Book, which was a wedding gift presented by Edgar W. Fisher to Hilbert and Ethel on their wedding day, 27 Jun 1916.

Who’s Who
Widely and fondly known in the South as “Professor Fisher.” Of his sixty-one years  he has liberally given thirty-one to the service of our beloved Church in her educational institutions at Mt. Pleasant, N. C. Professor Fisher graduated from Pennsylvania College with the class of ’87; Gettysburg Seminary, ’90; received A. M., 1890. Before going to college he taught for three years in Franklin Academy, near Salisbury, N. C. After finishing the seminary he was principal of the Preparatory Department of North Carolina college for five years. For the last twenty-six years he has been connected with Mont Amoena Seminary, eleven of which he was principal. His name is on the diplomas of 250 of her graduates, and his fine Christian spirit of  service is in the hearts of them all. Many of these graduates are leaders in the work of the Church in the South. By his sacrificing services the present new building of the seminary is a reality, and he earnestly gave of his efforts and means to raise the $150,000 which the Collegiate Institute and Mont Amoena are asking the North Carolina Synod for. While Professor Fisher has never served as regular pastor, he has repeatedly preached in forty-nine of the churches of the North Carolina Synod and in twenty-six in other Synods North and South. His work has been in the main educational, but never education for itself. The Church of Christ as preached by the Lutheran faith has bee in his eye, and this Church he has richly served through his students in Mont Amoena. Their noble lives are to his honor.

Charlotte Observer (North Carolina), Tuesday, April 11, 1933, page 1

Dr. J. C. H. Fisher Passes at Mount Pleasant; Hold Funeral Rites Wednesday

Special to the Charlotte Observer
MT. PLEASANT, April 10. – Dr. J. C. H. Fisher, 74, former president of Mont Amoena girls’ seminary here, died at 11:35 p’clock tonight after a lingering illness. His death was attributed to a combination of pneumonia and a heart ailment.

Dr. Fisher retired as president of Mont Amoena several years ago and he had served as pastor of Mt. Gilead church until a few months ago.

He was educated at the old North Carolina college, now Mount Pleasant Collegiate Institute, and at Gettysburg college and seminary in Pennsylvania. He joined the faculty of the North Carolina college in 1889 and later was connected with old Elizabeth college at Charlotte, which his brother, Dr. C. L. T. Fisher, was vice president. This latter now resides at Lynchburg, Virginia.

In addition to his brother, Dr. Fisher is survived by his wife, three daughters and one son. Among his other survivors is Dr. R. L. Patterson of Charlotte, a brother-in-law.

The funeral service will be conducted at 3 o’clock Wednesday afternoon at Mt. Pleasant Lutheran church.



From Our Church Paper (New Market, VA), Vol. 25, No. 32, August 11, 1897, p. 2.


At Holy Trinity church, In Mt. Pleasant, N. C., at 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon, in the presence of a number of friends and relatives of the contracting parties, Prof. J. H. C. Fisher and Miss Leah Blackwelder were joined together in the holy bonds of matrimony. Rev. H. N. Miller, assisted by Rev. R. L. Patterson, performed the ceremony in a very impressive manner.

Immediately after the marriage the happy couple and invited guests repaired to the residence of the bride’s father, Mr. G. W. Blackwelder, where the wedding- dinner was served.

Tbe following gentlemen acted ae ushers: W. W. J. Ritchie, of Salisbury; Ed. Fulenwider, of Monroe; Theo. Parker,of Gibsonville,and Rev. H. A. McCullough, of Conoord.

The happy couple, accompanied by Rev. and Mrs. H. N. Miller, left on the 7.30 north-bound train last evening for Nashville to take in the sights at the Centennial Exposition.

The bride is art teacher in Mont Amoena, possessing a cultivated mind and many beautiful traits of character, which place her high in the esteem of her acquaintances.

The groom is well known as a successful educator who is at present Vice Principal and Professor of Languages in Mt. Amoena Seminary at Mt. Pleasant.—Daily Conoord Standard of July 24th.


From Our Church Paper (New Market, VA), Vol. 30, No. 19, May 14, 1902, p. 3.

Rev. J. H.C. Fisher has accepted the presidency of Mont Amoena Seminary, Mt. Pleasant, N. C., and will take charge at the close of the present session. Prof. Fisher has been connected with the institution for a number of years, filling the office of vice president, and is an able and successful teacher. Mont Amoena Seminary was never in a more prosperous condition