Nancy Underwood

Brief Life History of Nancy

When Nancy Underwood was born on 3 February 1794, in Virginia, United States, her father, Daniel Underwood, was 24 and her mother, Susannah Bowker, was 22. She married Elijah E Gillenwater on 3 August 1820, in Franklin, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Tazewell, Tazewell, Virginia, United States in 1850. She died after 1880, in Tazewell, Virginia, United States.

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Elijah E Gillenwater
Nancy Underwood
Marriage: 3 August 1820
Joseph Gillenwater
Leander Gillenwater
Alexander Gillenwater
Shelah Gillenwater
Joshua Gillenwaters
Elizabeth Gillenwaters
William Gillenwaters
James Marion Gillenwater
Samuel Gillenwater
Mary Ann Gillenwater
Lucretia Gillenwaters

Sources (23)

  • Nancy Gillenwater in household of Dempsey Smith, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Nancy Gillenwaters, "Virginia, Library of Virginia State Archive, Births, Marriages, and Deaths 1853-1900"
  • Death Record Mary Ann Gillenwaters

World Events (8)

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

1812 · Monumental Church Built

The Monumental Church was built between 1812-1814 on the sight where the Richmond Theatre fire had taken place. It is a monument to those that died in the fire.

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

English: topographic name for someone who lived below a wood on a hillside, from Middle English under + wude, wode ‘wood’, or a habitational name for someone from any place so named.

History: Joseph Underwood emigrated from England to Watertown, MA, in 1637. William Underwood came from England to Concord, MA, before 1640, later settling in Chelmsford, MA. In VA, the name was established by Thomas William Underwood, who came from Norfolk, England, in 1675.

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

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