John Witherspoon Pettigrew McGimsey

27 May 1796–28 December 1874 (Age 78)
Morganton, Burke, North Carolina, United States

The Life of John Witherspoon Pettigrew

When John Witherspoon Pettigrew McGimsey was born on 27 May 1796, in Morganton, Burke, North Carolina, United States, his father, John William McGimpsey JR, was 42 and his mother, Flora Witherspoon, was 40. He married Rowena Caroline Jossey on 8 November 1821, in Maury, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. He lived in Louisiana, United States in 1870. He died on 28 December 1874, in Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States.

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John Witherspoon Pettigrew McGimsey
Rowena Caroline Jossey
Marriage: 8 November 1821
John W. P. Mcgimsey
Mary Flora Mcgimsey
Rowena Caroline Mcgimsey
Sara Christiana Mcgimsey

Spouse and Children

8 November 1821
Maury, Tennessee, United States


    John W. P. Mcgimsey


    Mary Flora Mcgimsey


    Rowena Caroline Mcgimsey


    Sara Christiana Mcgimsey


Parents and Siblings

    John William McGimpsey JR


    Flora Witherspoon




World Events (8)

1799 · Gold Nuggets Found

Age 3

"In 1799, in Little Meadow Creak located in Cabarrus County, North Carolina a large yellow """"rock"""" was found by Conrad Reed. A few years later it was determined that the """"rock"""" was a gold nugget."
1807 · Louisiana is Divided into 19 Parishes

Age 11

Louisiana was divided into 19 parishes (rather than counties or boroughs) on March 31, 1807. Currently, there are 64 parishes in Louisiana.
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 23

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Díomasaigh ‘son of Díomasach’, a byname meaning ‘proud’, ‘haughty’, from díomas ‘pride’. Compare Dempsey .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • John P Mc Gimpsey, "United States Census, 1860"
  • John W P Mcgimsey, "United States Census, 1870"
  • John W McGimsey, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950"

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