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"Real Daughter"

Dorothy Q Chapter, NSDAR



Elvira Layton Mortimer was born in Kentucky July 26, 1832, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Famous Mortimer. She married William Allen Layne August 17, 1854 Parke County, Indiana. He was born April 26, 1825, Shelby County, Kentucky and died Montgomery County Indiana four days before Christmas in 1893. He appointed his beloved wife, Elvira executor of his estate. She died August 24, 1907 and the Laynes are buried in Old Hickory Cemetery in Brown township, Montgomery County, Indiana.

Their children:

1) Mary E. Layne, b. 1855 d. Sept 15, 1856 buried with parents.

2) Nancy J. Layne, b. about 1857 Montgomery County, married Daniel Warbritton, Jan 5, 1888 and died March 13, 1904 in Montgomery County.

3) Preston Minter Layne "Minter", b. about 1858.

4) Elisha Famous Layne, b. about 1861.

5) Sarah C. Layne, b. about 1863 ? (according to will)

6) Harriet Frances, "Fanny", b. about 1865, married James T. Layne Sept 1, 1889 (Montgomery County)

7) William Curtis Layne, b. March 31, 1867, d. April 25, 1889 buried with parents

8) Samuel Monroe Layne, b. Sept 17, 1868, d. Nov 2, 1890 buried with parents

Sources : Will Book 4, pg. 25

Oct. 24, 1890

William A. Layne, gives to wife, Elvira his real estate in Twp. 17, Rg 5, Sec 14 Brown Township. To children: Elisha F, Preston M, Joseph A and Samuel M

three children shall have their father's part

Abigail, Fanny and Stelly Mintor Lain, their mother being Sarah C. Nancy Layne Warbitton and Faney W. Layne also mentioned.

Probate Box 179

William A. Layne - Elvira, administrator. Frank Mason and Elisha L. Layne signed appraisal. Notice dated 13 Jan 1894

$3008 William A. had borrowed from a Mrs. Sarah C. Layne

Nancy J. Warbition had a horse of hers

asked $100 for that

$125 for his monument

States he died, "21 Dec 1893"

1860 Census

#1150 Union Twp, William A. 35 Farmer $2400/1000 b. Ky

Elvira L. 28 b. Ky Children: (all b. Indiana)

Nancy J. 3 ; Preston M 2; Joseph A 11/12

1870 Census

#132 Union Twp., William Layne 45 Farmer $3000 Real Estate $1500 Personal Property b. Ky.

Elvira 37 b. Ky (all children b. Indiana)

Nancy 13; Preston 12; Joseph 9; Elisha 7; Fanny 4; William 3; Samuel 2.

Article from Crawfordsville Journal


Dorothy Q chapter, D.A.R. unveiled an official bronze marker bearing their insignia and the legend, "Real Daughter, in memory of Mrs. Elvira Layton Mortimer Layne," at the old Indian Creek Cemtery, commonly known as Old Hickory, Sunday, July 3 at 3 p.m. The program was as follows:




Rev. J.F. Clearwaters, Secretary-Treasurer of the Indiana G.A.R.


Mrs. Charles W. Ross, State Regent

History of Mrs. Layne and her father, Francis Mortimer, by a niece - Mrs. Arlie Thompson

Unveiling by a granddaughter - Mrs. Verna Swank

Real Daughters and Dedication

Mrs. James M. Waugh, Regent Dorothy Q Chapter

Flag Salute - Assembly


Rev. Clearwaters

Sketch of Mrs. Layne

Elvira Layton Mortimer was born in Fleming County, Ky., July 22, 1832, the daughter of Famous and Mary Blue Mortimer. She married William A. Layne August 11, 1850. They were the parents of eleven children: Mary Elizabeth, Nancy Jane, Preston Minter, Joseph Allen, Elisha Famous, Harry Francis, Margaret Elmore, Fannie Woodson, William Curtis, Samuel Monroe, Laura Josephine. Only two survive, Joseph, living near Linnsburg and Preston M. of Rockville. There are 13 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Mrs. Layne became a member of Dorothy Q chapter in 1905 and died on August 24, 1907.

Her father, Famous Mortimer, was born in Louden County, Va., in 1763, and was the son of Famous and Isabel Sebastian Mortimer. He married Mary Blue Oct. 13, 1816 in Fleming County, Ky. He voluntarily enlisted Sept 1, 1781, from the colony of Virginia for 3 years service in the War for Independence and at its close had been on duty as a private for two years and six months. He lived in Louden Co, Va for six years after the surrender of Cornwallis and then moved to Fleming County, Ky., where he died April 10, 1850.

The gold spoon, presented to Mrs. Layne by the National Society D.A.R., was given to Mrs. Velma Swank, a granddaugther.

This chapter now has placed an official marker on the grave of its two real daughters, Mrs. Lucinda Hardee McMullen, buried at Oak Hill was thus honored June 14, 1924. The term Real Daughter, applies to daughters of Revolutionary Soldiers who became members of chapters. A similar marker can be purchased for daughters of Revolutionary soldiers who died previous to organization of DAR or who were allied with the organization.

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