Lillian Carter was born 15 August 1898 in Richland, Stewart County, Georgia, United States to James Jackson Gordy (1853-1948) and Mary Ida Nicholson (1871-1951) and died 30 October 1983 in Americus, Sumter County, Georgia, United States of unspecified causes. She married James Earl Carter (1894-1953) 27 September 1923 in Plains, Sumter County, Georgia, United States.

Commonly called "Miss Lillian," she is best known as the mother of former U.S. President, Jimmy Carter (1924), for her contribution to nursing in the state of Georgia and as a Peace Corps volunteer in India. She and her husband James Earl Carter (1894-1953), in addition to the former President, were the parents of Gloria Carter Spann, evangelist Ruth Carter Stapleton and Billy Carter.


Offspring of James Earl Carter and Bessie Lillian Gordy (1898-1983)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Jimmy Carter (1924) 1 October 1924 Plains, Sumter County, Georgia, United States Eleanor Rosalynn Smith (1927)

Gloria Carter (1926-1990)
Ruth Carter (1929-1983)
William Alton Carter (1937-1988)


Five Generation Pedigree
Great grandparents
2nd Great grandparents
Bessie Lillian Gordy James Jackson Gordy (1853-1948) James Thomas Gordy
Wilson Gordy
Peter Gordy, III
Ruth Wilson
Mary J. Scott
John R. Scott
Rebecca Radney
Harriet Emily Helms (1836-1884) Pamly Uriah Helms
George Helms
Sarah Preslar
Elizabeth Fisher
William Fisher
Nancy Phillips
Mary Ida Nicholson
Nathaniel Nunn Nicholson
John Nicholson
James Nicholson
Lillis McAdoo Jack
Frances Nunn
John Nunn
Eliza Pratt
Mary Elizabeth Dawson (1836-1909) Malekiah Dawson Jonathan Dawson
Repsana "Repsy" Nicholson
Mary Marcus Brown Hollinger Brown
Sarah Cassandra Marcus

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