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James Gettys
Birth: Aug. 14, 1759
Death: Mar. 13, 1815
Gettysburg
Adams County
Pennsylvania, USA

American Folk Figure. He was the founder and proprietor of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the town that lent it's name to the most famous military engagement in North America. After serving in the American Revolution as a soldier in the Pennsylvania Militia, he founded Gettysburg in 1786 on the family farm, a log home. His 116 acres, which today is around the town circle, was purchased from his father, who had 386 acres in the Marsh Creek Settlement, which was the town's original name. James Gettys then married Mary Todd, an ancestor of Mary Todd Lincoln. He served as sheriff, town clerk, road builder, state legislator tavern owner, and a Brigadier General of local militia until his death in 1815. The town he gave birth to would be the site of the most famous battle of the American Civil War on July 1 to 3, 1863. The original building which was his home succumbed to fire in 1880. (bio by: Frank P. Marrone Jr.) 
 
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  Mary Todd Gettys (1767 - 1815)*
 
 Children:
  Robert T Gettys (1809 - 1827)*
 
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Burial:
Evergreen Cemetery
Gettysburg
Adams County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Behind the Gatehouse
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Frank P. Marrone Jr.
Record added: Mar 23, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13714446
James Gettys
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