John Witherspoon Pettigrew McGimsey

Brief Life History 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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Family Time Line

John Witherspoon Pettigrew McGimsey
1796–1874
Martha M Cooper Gillespie
1808–1884
Marriage: about 1830
Martha Elizabeth McGimsey
1832–1918
Eudora Adeline Mcgimsey
1836–1868
James Gillespie Mcgimsey
1836–1875
William Champe Mcgimsey
1839–

Sources (15)

  • John P Mc Gimpsey, "United States Census, 1860"
  • John W. McGimsey, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950"
  • John Witherspoon Pettigrew McGimsey, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)

1799 · Gold Nuggets Found

"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

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

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 Dhíomasaigh ‘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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