August 12, 2013
More than 100 people gathered last week to celebrate 100 years since their family home was constructed.
The Underwood family met July 28 for a special reunion in honor of their family’s longstanding home - the Underwood House.
More than 100 family members attended. Roughly 92 are shown in the article’s photo.
Dennis Martin and his wife Sandy have owned the home for 30 years. The two hosted the event with Donna Tucker of Lake Norman.
Martin said the reunion was the first for the Underwood family since 1999. Family members came from all over the state, Virginia, South Carolina, Florida, California and other states to attend.
The log building was built in July of 1913 and constructed to show the logs on the inside but not the outside.
“It was built around 1913,” Martin said. “Some people say 1912 but we went with 1913, the later date, because there’s some evidence on a front step and also it has a hand-dug well had some cement around it. Both of them had the date 1913 on them.”
Martin said he thinks it is the second oldest house in Jonesville. It was built by P.H. and Carrie Underwood and is located between Bridge Street and Williams Street on East Main Street.
Carrie Underwood’s tombstone is actually built into the house.
Carrie died prior to P.H. Underwood. When he was buried later they removed the single tombstone for Carrie and replaced it with a double stone for the couple.
“She was buried in Sunrise Cemetery in Jonesville,” Martin said. “They brought her stone and turned it upside down and used it as a step onto the side porch for years and years. I never heard anybody say anything about what that was other than it was a step on the porch.”
“When we bought the house I had to clean up around there and start fixing the house to make it livable. I turned that over and there was her tombstone,” Martin said.
Martin took the original, single tombstone out of the steps and built it into the home’s rock column at the end of the sidewalk.
Carrie Underwood’s father lived behind the home in an older house long since torn down. Martin said J.A. Mock was the first dentist in the area and drove a horse and buggy around to various patients. He would stay the night and pull teeth, then be paid in corn mill or other goods in place of currency.
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