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Peter Gilstrap
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Birth: 1817
Wayne County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Sep. 2, 1872
Macon
Macon County
Missouri, USA

Son of
Bright Gilstrap and Selah Mumford
Husband of Amy Ann Mullinix

Father of
1. Mary Tranquilla Gilstrap
2. Tyra McCoyer Gilstrap
3. Bright Alexander Gilstrap
4. Lewis Granville Gilstrap
5. Daniel "Henry" Gilstrap
6. William Thomas Gilstrap
7. James "Martin" Gilstrap
8. Rebecca Almyra Gilstrap
9. George Allen Gilstrap

In the "History of Macon County, MO" (1987 p320-2) in the chapter, 'Gone to Missouri: The Pioneer Gilstraps' by William D GILSTRAP it says that "In the fall of 1837 Peter went off to war. He joined a regiment of half-wild frontiersman from the Booneville and Howard County area to go to Florida to fight against the Seminore Indians. Perhaps Peter and Amy's Cherokee blood made a difference."

1872 Macon County Newspaper: Peter Gilstrap killed by Isaac Summers. Gun shot to head on Monday 2 Sep 1872. Argument. HOMICIDE Peter Gilstrap killed by James Summers and Isaac Summers. Fatal Termination of a Feud. The Summers under arrest. Our community was startled Monday noon, by the announcement along the streets that a murder had been committed in one of our saloons. This report was found to be true upon investigation, and upon further inquiry, it was determined that one Peter Gilstrap, a citizen of Macon Co, was the victim. It seems the bitter feeling had existed between the decedent, Peter Gilstrap, and the family of Isaac Summers, two members of which Isaac Summers and James Summers are under arrest charged with the killing of Peter Gilstrap. The feeling dates back some three years or more, to the time when this Peter Gilstrap, who is now the victim, killed one John Penton, who was a nephew of Isaac Summers. At which time Mr. Isaac Summers expressed his opinion as to the criminality of Peter Gilstrap, which seems to have offended him, and that since that, this Peter Gilstrap has, we learn, at numerous times, made threats of taking the life of Isaac Summers. As near as we can learn, Peter Gilstrap was a man of very vindictive spirit, and had threatened the lives of several citizens, who were witnesses for the State at the time of his trial. This feeling culminated in a bloody encounter Monday noon. We give below the testimony of witnesses at the coroner's inquest. John Church being duly sworn, deposes and says: Pot Claybrook and Peter Gilstrap came together into my saloon, they called for a drink. I think had not yet drank it, when Isaac and James Summers came in. James Summers in a loud voice spoke to Peter Gilstrap and called him an old son of a b-h, momentarily after this, James Summers drew a revolver and shot at Gilstrap. I am not able to say if the first shot hit him. After the first shot, Gilstrap fell on his hands and knees on the floor, with a knife in his hands. After falling, Isaac Summers hit him several times with a stick. After this James Summers advanced within two or three feet of him, holding his revolver near Gilstrap's head, shooting him in the head, instantly killing him. I do not know when Peter Gilstrap drew his knife - the knife was open when I saw it. It was in the hands of Gilstrap as he fell -- Gilstrap did not seem excited when he came into the saloon. The Summers were excited when they came in. S.P. Claybrook's testimony is substantially the same as that of John Church. Notes courtesy of Calista Dunham: This is what the indictment said: That James Summers and Isaac Summers both of the county of Macon on the 2nd day of September A.D. 1872 with force and arms in and upon one Peter Gilstrap in the peace of said state then there being, feloniously, willfully, deliberately, premeditatedly and of their malice afore-thought did shoot Peter in the head with a pistol which said James Summers had in this right hand and with a leaden bullet. The case was sent to trial and the State called 24 witnesses and so did the defendants. The jury gave a verdict found them not guilty. 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Amy Ann Mullinix Gilstrap (1814 - 1909)*
 
 Children:
  Bright Alexander Gilstrap (1839 - 1915)*
  George Allen Gilstrap (1853 - 1934)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Antioch Cemetery
Bevier
Macon County
Missouri, USA
 
Created by: Marigay
Record added: Jul 06, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6577675
Peter Gilstrap
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Blessings to husband of Amy Ann MULLINIX, a 1st cousin 1x removed of Emma Jane VESTAL, wife of Daniel Sparks, a 2nd great grandfather
- Melissa OBrian
 Added: Aug. 26, 2013
Unknown we are to each other...but, today our lives have touched...as we visit one to another...know you are not forgotten or lost...
- Jayne Wright-Allison
 Added: Jun. 27, 2009

- Billye ( Applegate) Page
 Added: Jun. 25, 2009
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