|Birth: ||Jun. 23, 1821|
|Death: ||Nov. 30, 1895|
From "Witherspoon Family History" by Evelyn Potter Park:
Drusilla, daughter of John and Margaret (Kennedy) Witherspoon, was born June 23, 1821 at Frankfort Springs, Pennsylvania. Died Nov. 30, 1895 at Tacoma, Washington. Died suddenly of a stroke. and was buried in the Tacoma Cemetery. She had lived at 4617 S. 46th Street, Tacoma. She married James Morehead in 1841, the son of Alexander Morehead and Nancy Agness Gibson, daughter of James Gibson. Drusilla was named for her mother's very dear friend, Drusilla Edgington.
Drusilla and James lived for a while in Hancock County, West Virginia and then in Steubenville, Ohio while James worked on building a bridge across the Ohio River. While they were there gold was discovered in California in 1849. James determined to seek his fortune there, and was elected Captain of a wagon train that crossed the plains to California in 1849. Drusilla and the children moved back to Frankfort Springs to live near her parents while James was gone. However James did not return, and they never lived together again. After her parents grew older and needed help with their care, she moved into her parents home. After both parents died she and the two youngest children went out to Illinois where her sister Mary lived and where her daughter Margaret Ann had gone to teach school and later married.
She and her son, Washington Worth Morehead, bought a little farm there in Mercer County, Illinois, but sold it in 1873 and moved to Clay County, Kansas. In 1890 her son sold that land and moved his family, including Drusilla, to Washington State.
Note from Darrell Brown:
The farm Drusilla bought in Illinois is shown on an 1874 plat man as having ten acres in the SE quarter of section 5 of Eliza townsh belonging to "D. M." It was just north of the farmland where the Miller Cemetery is located. Judging from the 1870 census (in which Drusilla and family are nowhere mentioned), Drusilla's daughter Margaret Ann and her family were living on this farm or somewhere near it. Later in 1870 Clemmie married John Reed, who lived on the farm next to them.
The farm Drusilla bought in Kansas was the SE quarter of section 4 of Garfield (Peach Grove) township in Clay county. Evidently Clemmie went with them, because her son Arthur was born in Kansas in Feb, 1874, but she came back that year to Illinois.
In 1874, Margaret Ann and family left Illinois and moved to Wise County, Texas, to live on the farm of her father, James Morehead, while Clemmie and her husband Joseph Reed remained on the farm in Illinois.
John Martin Witherspoon (1786 - 1867)
Margaret Kennedy Witherspoon (1794 - 1860)
James G. Morehead (1818 - 1875)
Margaret Ann Morehead Gross (1842 - 1881)*
Romana Jane Morehead (1844 - 1864)*
Mary Clementine Morehead Reed (1846 - 1901)*
Washington Worth Moorehead (1848 - 1916)*
William Witherspoon (1816 - 1878)*
Martha Witherspoon Stephens (1818 - 1887)*
Drusilla Edgington Witherspoon Morehead (1821 - 1895)
Calvin Witherspoon (1828 - 1848)*
Mary H. Witherspoon Huffman (1831 - 1905)*
Note: Drusilla died in Tacoma and is probably buried in a cemetery there, but her grave has not yet been identified.
Created by: Darrell Brown
Record added: Oct 09, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 98582833