Evelyn Moten celebrated her 100th birthday on Sunday, with family and friends at First Mount Olive Baptist Church in Leesburg. She was born in Loudoun County to William and Mrs. Mary (Cox) Trammell. She also has one surviving sister, Lucinda Trammell, who is 96 and attended the birthday party.
She was a domestic worker and currently resides at Heritage Hall. As a young child and still today, Moten’s favorite hobbies include knitting, sewing and cooking.
She was baptized at the church in 1950 and serves as a deaconess. In 2006, Pastor Harold Stinger appointed her as Mother of the Church, an honorary role.
Moten’s husband James, daughter Josephine Morten Thornton and granddaughter Burnie have passed. She has three surviving grandchildren, Gloria, Judy and Steven and is a great-grandmother of eight.
Moten’s family roots in Loudoun County are documented as far back as 1852, when grandfather, Joseph Trammell, received his Freedom Papers from Loudoun County government. Those papers are displayed in the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture.