Tombstone Tuesday: Abigail Fritter Grigsby (and the case for proving her actual age)

AbigailFritterGrigsby_GraveAccording to her gravestone, Abigail Fritter Grigsby died on August 5, 1860 at the age of 102 years, 8 months and 11 days.  The picture I found at Find-A-Grave appears to be of the original gravestone.  That would mean she was born on November 25, 1757 if this calculation tool is correct.  The Find-A-Grave entry lists her birth date as November 11, 1764 and the death date as August 5, 1860.  Clearly, there is some sort of discrepancy, but this isn’t the only “twist” to Abigail’s story …. read on.

Under oath and by her mark (“X”), Abigail Grigsby swore to the following facts on August 10, 1840 before the Marion County (Indiana) Probate Court:

 

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7 Comments

  1. Hi Sharon – Abigail Grigsby is my 5x-great grandmother. I enjoyed your article very much….thanks!!

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    • Thanks for stopping by .. glad you enjoyed the article (I sure enjoyed researching and writing it!).

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  2. Sharon – Nancy and John Bingman were my 3x -great grandparents. While doing research on them I wondered whom Abigail Grigsby was and how she may have been related. Thank you for the information/research!

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    • You are so welcome! I enjoy writing this type of article and love it when it helps someone with their own family research. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  3. Great article, thanks! Abigail is my wife’s 5x great grandmother. In your research, did you come across a daughter of Abigail named Elizabeth?

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    • I don’t see anything in my notes about Elizabeth. Is she your wife’s ancestor too?

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      • Yes, and I believe she married George Tyree on 30 Sept 1811in Pittsylvania, Va
        Thnx again

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