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 James Gettys

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James Gettys

  • Birth 14 Aug 1759
  • Death 13 Mar 1815 Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Plot Behind the Gatehouse
  • Memorial ID 13714446

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.

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  • Created by: Frank P. Marrone Jr.
  • Added: 23 Mar 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13714446
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Gettys (14 Aug 1759–13 Mar 1815), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13714446, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Frank P. Marrone Jr. (contributor 46545383) .