Isenhour, Jessie Ruth

Jessie Ruth Isenhour Corl, undated.

Class of 1927

Birth: 19 Jul 1909, Cabarrus County, North Carolina
Death: 11 Oct 1998, Cabarrus County, North Carolina

James Calvin Isenhour (1876-1915)
Lucy Adeline Lentz Isenhour (1881-1970)

Doris Thelma Isenhour Melchor (1906-1982)
Egbert Glen Isenhour (1911-1982)

Ira Alexander Corl (1902-1972), married 5 Oct 1933
Rev. Walter Nicholas Yount, Sr. (1905-1996), married 11 Oct 1986

Larry Dan Corl

Saint Stephens Lutheran Church Cemetery
Gold Hill Township, Cabarrus County, North Carolina

Source:, #29776096; Cabarrus County Register of Deeds,


Courtesy of Ben Callahan.

Jessie Ruth Isenhour was born in Township #7, Cabarrus Co. NC on 19 Jul 1909, the daughter of James C. Isenhour and Lucy Adeline Lentz. Through her mother’s family she was the ggg-grand-daughter of Rev. Adolphus Nussman.

Jesse attended the Nussman School, a one-room schoolhouse in Township #7, and she graduated from Mont Amoena Female Seminary in Mt. Pleasant, NC in 1927. Jessie taught school at the Nussman School in 1927-1927, the year before it was closed.  She proceeded to receive a teaching certificate from Appalachian State Teacher’s College in Boone, NC and taught elementary school in Rowan County for 35 years.

Jesse married Ira Alexander Corl  in Cabarrus Co. NC on 5 Oct 1933. She and Ira had one son, Larry Dan Corl.

Ira Corl died in 1972 and Jessie married Rev. Walter N. Yount in Cabarrus County in 1996.  Rev. Yount graduated from Mt. Pleasant Collegiate Institute in 1926.

“Miss Jessie” was a lifelong member of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Cabarrus County.  Her great-grand-father, Solomon Nussman, was one of the founders of the church and her Isenhour ancestors were members of the first congregation in 1837.

At the time of her death on 11 Oct 2007 (age 98), she was the oldest living member of the St. Stephen’s congregation. Jessie and her first husband, Ira Corl, are buried at the St. Stephen’s Cemetery.