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Elizabeth Spivey

Female 1795 - 1858  (63 years)


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  • Name Elizabeth Spivey 
    Born 1795  Probably Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 22 Mar 1858  Sonora, Tuolumne, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Some histories show Elizabeth Spivey's parents as John Spivey (born about 1778, Pennsylvania) and Jane Vinnedge (born about 1778, Pennsylvania). I've yet to see any definitive records documenting this connection and do not assume it to be accurate.

      Most records show John and Jane being married in 1796 (both at age 18), yet Elizabeth was certainly born in 1795 or early 1796. An 1860 census record in Hanover, Butler, Ohio shows a Jane Spivey (supposedly Elizabeth's mother) with a birth year of 1786, making her parentage to Elizabeth (born 1795) nine years later impossible.

      We do know, however, that Elizabeth's last name was Spivey and that John and Jane Spivey lived in the same county in Ohio where Jacob Garrigus lived and where Jacob and Elizabeth were married. In fact, John Spivey appears just 7 lines below the Jacob and Elizabeth Garrigus household on the 1820 census. A John Vinnedge appears on the next page.

      Additionally, Jacob and Elizabeth's daughter, Charlotte Garrigus married an Elias Moudy, Jr. in 1852. Elias Moudy's mother is a Jane Spivey, daughter of James Spivey and Jane Vinnedge Spivey. In other words, if Elizabeth Spivey?s father is James Spivey, then Charlotte and Elias were cousins - not entirely impossible, though this does further discount Elizabeth?s parentage.

      However, Jacob and Elizabeth's marriage in 1813 was performed by Justice of the Peace John Vinnedge Esquire (likely the same listed on the 1820 census noted above). If Elizabeth's mother (or a sister?) was actually Jane Vinnedge, this man may have been her great uncle(?) - one anecdotal piece of evidence suggesting Elizabeth's parentage.

      Despite all of this anecdotal evidence, I believe it a stretch to certifiably attribute Elizabeth to John Spivey and Jane Vinnedge Spivey. Indeed much evidence discounts this possibility. I think it more likely that Elizabeth Spivey Garrigus is the niece to this couple.
    • Elizabeth's son Finley and daughter Julia Ann Garrigus Knapp both state on the 1880 census that their mother was born in Virginia. Elizabeth's daughter Jane listed her mother's birthplace as Virginia on the 1910 census, but Ohio on the 1900 census.

      Considering that there is virtually no evidence of her birth in Ohio, a birth place of Virginia is most likely. This lends further speculation to her parentage being John Spivey and Jane Vinnedge
    • Jacob Garrigus died at around age 46, leaving Elizabeth with many young children. There were guardianship hearings for the young children in Butler County in 1840 (4 years after Jacob's death). The records of these hearings are where most details about the children come from. It is unclear why guardianship was discussed, but this does suggest that perhaps Elizabeth had died or abandoned them. Elizabeth is unheard of again until her death March 22, 1858 in Sonora, CA.
    • I was quite puzzled by Elizabeth's death being in Sonora, Tuolumne, California, especially after having no other known records for her for the previous several years, and also because there were no other known family members or activities in Sonora at the time.

      However, further research shows her son Finley Garrigus living in Sonora just a few years before Elizabeth's death in 1885 (his daughter Lucy Elizabeth Garrigus was born there in 1883). It's very likely that Elizabeth was living with her son at the time of her death.
    • There's no direct birth record for Elizabeth and no records that definitively identify her age. However, one can deduce a birth year of 1895 or perhaps 1896. On the 1820 census, Elizabeth is listed as under 26, making a birth year of no earlier than 1895. She was married in November 1813, probably at age 17 or perhaps 18.

      Note that Elizabeth had 4 children by 1820.
    Person ID I22  Smith/Park
    Last Modified 20 Jan 2010 

    Family Jacob Garrigus,   b. 25 Aug 1790, Morris, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1836, Butler, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years) 
    Married 25 Nov 1813  Butler, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Jane Garrigus,   b. 03 Oct 1823, Hamilton, Butler, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Jul 1915, Benton, Knox, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
    Last Modified 20 Sep 2009 
    Family ID F8  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsMarried - 25 Nov 1813 - Butler, Ohio Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 22 Mar 1858 - Sonora, Tuolumne, California Link to Google Earth
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