Posted By:Deb Dillon
Subject:John Sibley, Amite co., early 1800's
Post Date:December 19, 2001 at 22:21:51
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Forum:Amite County, MS Genealogy Forum
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I recently found a faded yellow newspaper, The New Orleans Times-Picayune, dated July 3, 1977, at my mother's house. This article was written about John Sibley by someone trying to find out information about him and it totally confused me. I am hoping that some of you can help figure this out. I have typed the body of the article exactly as written; the only exception is not including the name of the individual wanting to know if these two men are indeed one and the same.
"According to an old copy of the 'Dictionary of American Biography,' John Sibley was born on May 19, 1757 and died on April 8, 1837. He was a physician, Indian agent, Louisiana politician and planter, and was a descendant of John Sibley who came from England in 1629, settled in Salem, Mass.
The earlier Sibley was a son of Timothy and Ann (Waite) Sibley. He studied medicine under Dr. John Wilson of Hopkinton, Mass., served in the Revolutionary War as a surgeon's mate, and later practiced medicine at Great Barrington, Mass. He married Elizabeth Hopkins in 1780, established the Fayetteville Gazetter (in North Carolina) and in 1791, he married Mary White Winslow. (Elizabeth died in 1790.)
In 1802, he moved to Louisiana and in 1813, he married Eulalie Malique of Ecore Plantation, near Natchitoches. In 1828, he married Rebecca Ann Wall of Amite County, Miss., and at his death in 1845, the following children were heirs to his estate: John Sibley, Jr., William Sibley, Esther Ellzey, Polly Tompkins, Jane Day, and Ann Mc??? Another son who was named in his biography did not inherit any of the estate. This was George Champlain Sibley.
The writer would like to know if Dr. John Sibley, whose biography appears in the 'Dictionary of American Biography,' and the Dr. John Sibley in Amite County, Miss., the same individual? According to her records, the accounts vary slightly, but the dates and incidents uncovered are strong indications they are the same.
Her research shows he was born in 1758 in Virginia, moved at an early age to South Carolina where he enlisted in the Revolutionary War, fought in the Battle of Stone, captured in the siege of Charleston, and applied for pension in 1812 (or 1822). He received a pension in Amite County until his death in 1845."
I am hoping someone will know something about all this - I personally have had a difficult time trying to trace this particular line of Sibleys and have never seen this one with all these wives. Any thoughts?