David Hasten Upshaw

1794–1848 (Age 54)
Elbert, Georgia, United States

The Life of David Hasten

When David Hasten Upshaw was born in 1794, in Elbert, Georgia, United States, his father, Forrester Upshaw, was 22 and his mother, Ann Faulkner, was 23. He married Clarecy Whitsell on 23 November 1817, in Oglethorpe, Georgia, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He died on 29 October 1848, in Coweta, Georgia, United States, at the age of 54.

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David Hasten Upshaw
Clarecy Whitsell
Marriage: 23 November 1817
George F Upshaw

Spouse & Children

23 November 1817
Oglethorpe, Georgia, United States


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  • George F Upshaw


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World Events (8)

1794 · Creating the Eleventh Amendment

Age 0

The Eleventh Amendment restricts the ability of any people to start a lawsuit against the states in federal court.
1795 · Yazoo Land Fraud

Age 1

As Georgia had been weakened during the Revolutionary War, it was unable to defend its Yazoo lands, or land west of the Yazoo River. Thirty-five million acres were sold to four companies for $500,000 as Governor George Mathews signed the Yazoo Act on January 7, 1795. Angry Georgians protested in the streets as they felt bribery and corruption were involved and the sale was far below market value. The legislation tried to rescind the Yazoo Act, but much of the land had been sold to third parties. The issue made its way to the United States Supreme Court and it was determined that rescinding the law was an unconstitutional infringement on a legal contract. The government took full possession of the territory by 1814 and awarded its claimants over $4,000,000.
1811 · The Savannah Riots

Age 17

A barroom brawl in Savannah on Tuesday, November 12, 1811, had international impact. An American seaman boasted of having joined the crew of a French vessel, likely named La Vengeance. Others became upset at the idea of the American joining a foreign nation and a brawl erupted. The county coroner asked for peace but was beaten with clubs. A second clash occurred the following day when French sailors attacked five American seaman. A day after the second attack, twenty French sailors attacked six Americans. Four of them escaped but two were beaten and stabbed. Jacob Taylor died on the scene and a rigger named Collins died the following day. By Friday, a full scale riot erupted when the French crewmen arrested on murder charges were released. Many were arrested and French ships La Vengeance and La Franchise were burned. In the end, the incident caused disruptions in French-American relations and affected shipping and trade.

Name Meaning

English (East Anglia): probably a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place named with Old English upp ‘up(per)’ + sc(e)aga ‘copse’, or a topographic name with the same meaning.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Edmonds in entry for George F Upshaw and Frances E Edwards, "Georgia, County Marriages, 1785-1950"
  • Haston Upshaw, "Georgia, Elbert County Records, 1790-2002"
  • Hasting Upshaw in entry for Marshall E Upshaw, "Georgia, Fulton County Records from the Atlanta History Center, 1827-1955"

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