|Birth: ||Sep. 16, 1831|
|Death: ||Feb. 2, 1912|
Nathaniel Hutchison McGirk was born September 16, 1831 in Franklin, Howard Co., Missouri, the youngest son of John Webster McGirk and Mary Alexander McGirk. John Webster McGirk passed away on April 5, 1844 when Nathaniel was only 12 years old.
Nathaniel Hutchison McGirk attended the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, St. Louis Co., Missouri, graduating in 1858. In the 1860 Census of Howard County, Missouri Nathaniel Hutchison McGirk was living in the household of N.M. Bonham, age 41, and also a physician, in Boonslick Township. One can assume that young Dr. N. H. McGirk was serving as an intern under the good Dr. Bonham.
Nathaniel Hutchison McGirk married Nancy Jane Burrus on October 2, 1860 in Howard Co., Missouri. Nancy Jane Burrus was born September 8, 1841 in Howard Co., Missouri, the 6th child of the nine children of James Madison Burrus and Sally Hughes Burrus. They were wed by N. M. Bonham. Dr. Bonham was an almost life-long member of the church, and was ordained and officiated as a member of the gospel in the Cumberland Presbyterian denomination. He was ordained by the Salt River Presbytery in 1848.
Dr. N. H. McGirk served in Searcy's Battalion Missouri Sharp Shooters as a Confederate Surgeon during the Civil War. He was a prisoner of war kept in prison in New Orleans, Louisiana and released on June 7, 1865.
Dr. N.H. McGirk left his wife, Nancy Jane Burrus, and son, Nathaniel Hutchison McGirk, Jr., with the family of Nancy's brother, William Harrison Burrus, on June 11, 1868 and went to Venezuela, South America. Dr. N.H. McGirk returned December 12, 1868. On May 6, 1870 Dr. N.H. McGirk, wife Nancy, and son Nat, left Howard County, Missouri with a group of home seekers for South America. The group included: Mr. Sam Burriss and his wife, Ellen, and son Leonidas; Mr. John George (son of Prudence Alexander McGirk and nephew to N. H. McGirk); Mr. James Carter; Mrs. Patterson an her daughter, Dora; Dr. Wearing, Mr. Tabler; and Mr. Hugee. In New York the sailing vessel "Angustura" was chartered and on June 24, 1870, landing in Venezuela, South America near the city of Bolivar.
After remaining in Bolivar City a few days, the party (excluding Mrs. Paterson and her daughter) went down the Orinoco River 75 miles to Salto Las Babas, remaining there 2 days and nights before starting on to the gold mines. On the Caroni river they stayed, intending to go to land granted by President Guzman Blas to the Cumberland Church through N.H. McGirk.
In September of 1871, Dr. N.H. McGirk went to the island of Trinidad and became vaccinating physician under Dr. Knaggs, physician for Queen Victoria of England in Trinidad. The McGirk family lived on Pembroke and St. James until October of 1878, when Dr. N.H. McGirk lost his position and went to work for the gold mines in Venezuela.
Dr. N.H. McGirk then moved on to San Diego, California and began practicing medicine. Dr. N.H. McGirk had contracted consumption (TB) during his Civil War service; hence his southerly travels. In California he began to cough again, so he sold out and came to San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas. He met a Dr. Hardie of Pleasanton who sold his practice to Dr. N.H. McGirk sometime about 1890.
Nancy Jane Burrus McGirk (1841 - 1905)*
Nathaniel Hutchison McGirk (1864 - 1895)*
Pleasanton City Cemetery
Created by: Evelyn Harrison
Record added: Sep 05, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11686960
Great great grandfather|
Long gone, but not forgotten.
Added: Sep. 5, 2005