Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 09: BIOGRAPHY – Staff
Charles F. Nesbitt – Teacher, 1922-1924
Cutshin and Big Laurel Schools
Charles Franklin Nesbitt (c. 1897-1976)

Big Laurel. Kendall Bassett Photograph Album, c. 1928-29. [pmss_bas093.jpg]

TAGS: Charles F. Nesbitt, Dr. Charles Franklin Nesbitt, Big Laurel Medical Settlement, Wofford College, Emory University, University of Chicago, Millsaps College, Charles Burns Nesbitt, Ethel de Long Zande, Aileene Lewis Nesbitt


Teacher at Cutshin and Big Laurel Schools, 1922-1924

Charles F. Nesbitt arrived at Big Laurel Medical Settlement in the summer of 1923, to board there while he taught at the nearby Big Laurel school for the next 6 1/2 months. This was his second summer teaching for Pine Mountain Settlement School.

Soon after receiving an A.B. from Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina, in 1922, he was attending the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. In May of 1923, when his financial situation required that he put his own education on hold, he contacted Mrs. Ethel de Long Zande, the co-director of Pine Mountain Settlement School that oversaw Big Laurel, about the possibility of another teaching position. He was acquainted with Pine Mountain, having taught at the Cutshin school the summer before. Zande hired him to teach at Big Laurel from July until December 1923. He planned to return the next year.

CHARLES F. NESBITT: Marriage to Aileen Lewis

In the meantime, in September of 1923, Ethel Zande was looking for a “general worker” to assist the current Big Laurel Medical Settlement staff in various ways and eventually hired Miss Aileene Lewis from Louisville, Kentucky.

Miss Lewis left her secretarial position at the Louisville Conference Epworth League and came to Pine Mountain in early October 1923 and, soon after, met Charles Nesbitt.

Charles returned in 1924 to teach for another term after which he and Aileene left Big Laurel Medical Settlement in February 1925. Their marriage occurred during this period of time. They were in Louisville, Kentucky, when they received a letter from Ethel Zande on February 9, 1925, expressing “great appreciation of the work you have done at Big Laurel in the last two years. Zande invited Nesbitt to return for a visit at Big Laurel, “for I know this will be a memorable two years in your life and that you will really prize the relationships you established.”

CHARLES F. NESBITT: After Pine Mountain

By the time of the 1930 U.S. Census, Charles and Aileene were living in Jackson, Mississippi, where Charles was teaching classes at Millsaps College. Mississippi was also where their son, Charles Burns Nesbitt, was born on May 7, 1932. (He was later known as The Rev. C. Burns Nesbitt. He died in 1999.) Charles went on to earn a B.Div., M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

In 1939, Charles joined the religion department at Wofford College, the year he completed his doctorate. At Wofford, he prepared a generation of students to become Methodist ministers. During his tenure, he was a chairman of the Department of Religion and a John M. Reeves Professor of Religion Emeritus. As a member of Phi Beta Kappa, he was an officer of the southern section of the Society of Biblical Literature at Duke University. He retired from his Wofford College position in 1966.


Charles Franklin Nesbitt was born c. 1897 in Laurens, South Carolina, to Harve Nesbitt, a farmer, and Elizabeth Nesbitt. He had one younger sister, Blanche, and three younger brothers, Grady, Ernest and Harry.

Dr. Nesbitt died on December 24, 1976, in Spartanburg, South Carolina. His wife, Aileene Lewis Nesbitt died in 1990.


See Also:
CHARLES F. NESBITT Correspondence

AILEENE LEWIS NESBITT Correspondence 1923-1925



Charles F. Nesbitt

Alt. Title

Dr. Charles Franklin Nesbitt




Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY

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Ann Angel Eberhardt ; Helen Hayes Wykle ;

Subject Keyword

Charles F. Nesbitt ; Dr. Charles Franklin Nesbitt ; Pine Mountain Settlement School ; Big Laurel Medical Settlement ; Wofford College ; Emory University,University of Chicago ; Millsaps College ; Charles Burns Nesbitt ; Ethel de Long Zande ; Aileene Lewis Nesbitt ; 

Subject LCSH

Nesbitt, Charles F., — c. 1897-1976.
Aileene Lewis Nesbitt, — c. 1898-1990.
Charles Burns Nesbitt, — 1932-1999.
Pine Mountain Settlement School (Pine Mountain, Ky.) — History.
Harlan County (Ky.) — History.
Education — Kentucky — Harlan County.
Rural schools — Kentucky — History.
Schools — Appalachian Region, Southern.


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Series 09: Biography – Staff




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Coverage Temporal

1897 – 1999

Coverage Spatial

Pine Mountain, KY ; Harlan County, KY ;

Spartanburg, SC ; Louisville, KY ; Nashville, TN, Chicago, IL ; Jackson, MS ; Atlanta, GA ; Laurens, SC ; Gilley, KY ; 


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Core documents, correspondence, writings, and administrative papers of Charles F. Nesbitt ; clippings, photographs, books by or about Charles F. Nesbitt ;




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All Internet resources were accessed 2020-08-17.

AILEENE LEWIS NESBITT Correspondence and AILEENE LEWIS NESBITT Biography.” Series 09: Biography – Staff. Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Papers. Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY. Internet resource.

Welcome Little Son.” Clarion-Ledger, May 9, 1932, Jackson, MS, page 3. Internet resource.

Papers of Charles Franklin Nesbitt, 1922-1969.” Archives, Sandor Texzler Library, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC. Internet resource.

 “United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch ( Charles Nesbitt, Ward 2, Spartanburg, Spartanburg Township, Spartanburg, South Carolina. (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.) Internet resource.

“United States Census, 1930,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002).

“United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch (, (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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