Shoup, Elizabeth “Virginia” Clay

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Virginia C. Shoup, c. 1903

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Virginia C. Shoup Souvenir Card, 1903




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Virginia Shoup Morgan, c. 1897


Elizabeth Virginia Clay Shoup Morgan,
c. 1920s.

Elizabeth Virginia Clay Shoup Morgan, Maryfield Nursing Home, High Point, NC, November 15, 1961.













Class of 1897, 1903

Birth: Sep. 30, 1875, Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama, USA
Death: Jan. 26, 1964, Hickory, Catawba County, North Carolina, USA

John Buehler Shoup (1838 – 1910)
Catharine Louise Ziegler Shoup (1845 – 1908)

Jacob Levi Morgan (1872 – 1960)
President of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod and Ministerium of North Carolina 1919-1921
First president of the United Evangelical Lutheran Synod of North Carolina, 1921-1947

Gladys Morgan Happer (1904-1963)
Karl Ziegler Morgan (1907-1999)
Katherine Morgan Kirkman (1910-1985)
Lois Morgan Johnson (1917-  )

Ida Mae Shoup Willis (1868 – 1959)
Howard Stanley Buehler Shoup (1880 – 1966)
Ruth Mable Harriet Shoup Buckel (1884 – 1972)

Chestnut Hill Cemetery
Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina, USA

Source:, # 80054557.


Our Church Paper (New Market, VA), Vol. 31, No. 23, June 10, 1903, p. 2.

Marriage.—Another very pleasant marriage has just been celebrated at Mt. Pleasant, N. C., the high contracting parties being Rev. J. L. Morgan, the new pastor at Enochville, N. C., and Miss Virginia C. Shoup, for nine years connected with Mont Amoena Seminary as pupil and teacher. The happy event took place on Monday evening, May 25th, in Holy Trinity Lutheran church, the ceremony being performed by the bride’s father, Rev. J. B. Shoup of Fitzgerald, Ga. It is said to have been the most largely attended wedding ever held in the place. Eight young ladies, this year’s graduating class of Mont Amoena Seminary, attended the bride, and two of the groom’s classmates in the Theological Seminary were best men, while a classmate of the bride presided at the organ. These young people are quite popular, the bride alone receiving above one hundred presents, many very beautiful and quite valuable. The couple proceeded immediately to the parsonage at Enochville, N. C., where a most friendly reception was held for them next day, and many things helptul toward housekeeping were presented to them. — Visitor.


The High Point Enterprise (High Point, NC), January 27, 1964, p. 18.

Mrs. Jacob L. Morgan

SALISBURY – Mrs. Jacob L. Morgan, widow of Dr. J. L. Morgan, longtime president of the North Carolina Lutheran Synod and a leader in Lutheran Church affairs in her own right, died Sunday at 10:15 p.m. at the North Carolina Lutheran Home in Hickory. She was 88.

Mrs. Morgan’s death was unexpected, although she had been a patient at the home for about a year. Before that, she was a resident of Rt. 3, Salisbury, near Granite Quarry. She had bee ill for almost three years.

Born in Huntsville, Ala., she was the former Elizabeth Virginia Clay Shoup, daughter of the late Rev. John Buehler Shoup and Catherine Louisa Ziegler Shoup. She was a graduate of the Mont Emoena [Amoena] Seminary at Mount Pleasant and taught there for six hears before her marriage to Dr. Morgan on May 25, 1903. After their marriage, Dr. Morgan and his bride set up housekeeping at the parsonage of St. Enoch and Trinity churches, beginning a lifetime of service in the church. She worked with her husband while he served churches at Enochville, High Point, Mooresville, Landis, Liberty, Raleigh, Greensboro, Durham and Chapel Hill.

In 1919, Dr. Morgan was elected to the office of the full-time president of the North Carolina Lutheran Synod, and they moved from Raleigh to Salisbury. Mrs. Morgan served as president of the Lutheran Churchwomen of North Carolina from 1925 until 1928 when it was known as the Women’s Missionary Society of the United Evangelical Lutheran Synod of North Carolina, and served as its vice president before and after that time. She was also active in many other areas of church and civic work, including service on the Rowan County board of public welfare for many years. After Dr. Morgan’s retirement, they made their home on the Salisbury-Albemarle highway near Christiana Lutheran Church.

Dr. Morgan died on Dec. 27, 1960. Mrs. Morgan is survived by one son, Dr. Karl Z. Morgan of Oak Ridge, Tenn.; two daughters, Mrs. W. A . Johnson of West End and Mrs. O. Arthur Kirkman of High Point; one brother, Howard Shoup of Battleground, Wash.; one sister, Mrs. Ruth Buckel of Bittinger, Md.; 15 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Another daughter, Dr. Gladys Morgan Happer of Lenoir, was killed in an automobile accident last Thanksgiving.

Funeral will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Salisbury at 2 p.m. Wednesday by Rev. R. Douglas Fritts, pastor, Dr. F. L Conrad, former Synod president, and Rev. Wilford Lyerly, Synod secretary who will represent President George Whittesar. The body will remain at Powles Funeral Home at Rockwell until taken to the church for the service.