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Thomas Dewitt

  • Birth 1791 Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 12 Mar 1879 Murraysville, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA
  • Burial Murraysville, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA
  • Memorial ID 35203684

Thomas Dewitt's parents were:

John Witt / Dewitt
1758 – 1820

Nancy Elizabeth Culbertson
1770 – 1841

As of December 2013, current DNA based research on this family has proven that this family descends from the Witt family of Massachusetts. Claims of descendancy from NY Dutch DeWitt or Virginia DeWitt families has also been proven incorrect.

Thomas' father John Witt/Dewitt arrived in what is known as Muses Bottom, Jackson County, WV (then Mason Co, VA) in 1807. The family remained on that property, later expanded to over 100 acres, downriver from Murraysville, and upriver from Ravenswood, WV through about 1924. (See attached maps.) On that property was created a cemetery to which this memorial is connected.

Thomas' gravestone shows that he died 3/16/1879, age 90y, but the Jackson County, WV Death Register shows Thomas Dewitt died 3/12/1879, 88 years, d Muses Bottom.

Another long term DeWitt family historian Betty Briggs thinks that it may have taken two years to produce his impressive tombstone and the dates may have gotten mixed up.

If this is true, then Thomas would have been born in mid to late 1791 which makes sense since his father John was listed with no children in the Westmoreland Co, PA 1790 census which was collected on 14 Apr 1791!

There is another grave site listed for Thomas. I have not been able to make contact with the person who listed Thomas so I have added him again so that I can add accurate and current information about him and his family.

NOTE2: There are several more photos and maps uploaded to this memorial. They may be accessed via the link found below the bottom image on this page. Click on "Click here to view all images..."

Thomas was married to Magdalene Buffington (1797-~1886). Magdalena's parents were Joel Buffington and Elizaeth Logan. We do not know where she was buried. She died in Murraysville, Jackson Co, WV which is a few miles from this cemetery so she may have been buried with her husband without any marker. Actually she my have simply passed in her home which was built on the land surrounding this cemetery. Sometimes the farm was claimed to be in the Muses Bottom postal/polling area or Murraysville.

Thomas is recorded having received a Virginia Land Grant in 1844 for 105 acres at Muses Bottom. It is assumed it was the land which surrounded this cemetery which is on the north end of Muses Bottom along the Ohio River on the WV side.

Magdalene and Thomas's children were:

Nancy DeWitt
1814 – 1857 (MO)
m. Simon Lauck

Joel DeWitt
1816 – 1890 (MO)
m. Rachel Mairs

Margaret Lydia Dewitt (MO)
1819 – 1890
m. Daniel Rowland

John Dewitt
1823 – 1849 (VA)
m. Mary Romaine

Culberson Dewitt
1827 – 1844 (VA)

Alexander C Dewitt
1827 – 1874 (WVA)
m. Miriam Carney

Zadock Hannibow (Hannibal?) Dewitt
~1830 – after 1859 (VA?)
m. Amanda Campbell

Thomas Buffington DeWitt Sr.
1832 – 1891 (CA)
m1. Frances Carney
m2. Madlain McCullough

Henry Sherman DeWitt
1837 – 1910 (MO)
m. Minerva Jane Milhoan

Lucinda Dewitt
1837 – 1870 (WVA)

Phoebe Ann DeWitt
1842 – 1911 (WVA)
m. John Boles Larkin

I have been trying to find all of the graves of their children. See links below.

Memorials have been created for the two listed immediately below, but the locations of their burials is unknown.

Nancy (1814-1857) died in Carroll Co, MO and married Simon Lauck

Zadock Hannibow (Hannibal?) (~1830-after 1859?) who married Amanda Campbell in 1850.

  • Created by: D DeWitt
  • Added: 26 Mar 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 35203684
  • D DeWitt
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Dewitt (1791–12 Mar 1879), Find A Grave Memorial no. 35203684, citing DeWitt Cemetery, Murraysville, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA ; Maintained by D DeWitt (contributor 47056960) .