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David Witherspoon

Birthplace: Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Death: Died in Pembroke, Robeson, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. John Knox Witherspoon, Signer of the "Declaration of Independence" and Elizabeth Witherspoon
Husband of Mary Whiting Witherspoon
Father of John Knox Witherspoon and John Godfrey Witherspoon
Brother of Anne Witherspoon Smith; Christian Witherspoon; James Witherspoon; Robert Witherspoon; Barbara Witherspoon and 6 others
Half brother of Mary Anne Woods and Frances Witherspoon

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About David Witherspoon

Info added per DAR's "Lineage Book of the Charter Members" by Mary S Lockwood and published 1895 states:

David Witherspoon,===Revolutionary War Veteran:

the second youngest son of Rev. Dr. John Witherspoon, signer of the Declaration of Independence, was a student, studying law, at the Hampden-Sidney Academy/College, Va., when he joined a militia company of Hampden-Sidney students enlisted by his father, as a lieutenant in that company. He was wounded at the battle of Germantown, recuperated at the winter camp at Valley Forge, Pa. residing at officer quarters nearby.

Eventually promoted to Major, he became secretary to the president of the Continental Congress, Samuel Huntington by 1780.

He returned to a professorship at Hampden-Sidney, married Mrs. Mary Nash, widow of Abner Nash, the Governor of North Carolina, and they settled at "Pembroke" near Newborn NC where he was a prominent member of the Newbern bar for many years.

Major Witherspoon and his wife hosted a reception for President George Washington when he visited New Bern NC while on his southern tour in 1791.

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David Witherspoon's Timeline

January 22, 1760
Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
September 1790
Age 30
Newberne, North Carolina
Age 35
December 6, 1801
Age 41
Pembroke, Robeson, North Carolina, United States