Carrie Pugh French (1888-1923)

The Pugh Family, Portsmouth, Virginia, 1900 Federal Census. Ancestry.com

Drops Dead While Visiting Dressmaker – Mrs. Carrie French Suddenly Collapses While out in Company With Her Husband


While visiting a dressmaker not far from her home in company with her husband, Mrs. Carrie French, a young and popular woman, of this city collapses and died suddenly Thursday evening, October 2. Her death caused sad shock to this community. Mrs. French was a woman much beloved and of an excellent womanly and Christian character.

Funeral services were held over her remains at the First Baptist Church, Friday at 3 o’clock, Rev. J. A. Harrell officiating. The deceased leaves to mourn their loss a husband, Mr. Hezekiah French, a father, Mr. John Pugh; mother, Mrs. Hester Pugh; sister, Mrs. Julie Prince, of Baltimore; brother, Mr. John Pugh, Jr.; a niece, Miss Delcenia Pugh, of Baltimore and one daughter, Anna French. At the funeral service, Miss Agnes Tharpe sang a solo. The late Mrs. French was a member of The Ladies Aid Society, Pilgrim Travelers and Abyssinians. The funeral was largely attended and interment in the family plot in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, October 13, 1923

Mrs. Carrie Pugh French was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, to parents (John) Henry Pugh of Halifax County, North Carolina, and Hester Burkett of Suffolk, Virginia. She was the wife of Hezekiah French of Southampton County, Virginia. The couple married on February 22, 1915, in Suffolk, Virginia. Carrie’s brother John Henry Pugh, mother Hester Burkett Pugh, and father, Henry E. Pugh, are all interred in Oak Lawn Cemetery. The Pugh Family headstones have not yet been found in Oak Lawn Cemetery.


The Historic Oak Lawn Cemetery Foundation

Preserving African American History of Suffolk, Virginia with Integrity

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