Priscilla Decatur Twiggs

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Priscilla Decatur Twiggs (McKnight)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Death: Died in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Place of Burial: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Capt. James McKnight (USMC) and Anne Pine Hurst
Wife of Major Levi Twiggs (USMC)
Sister of Mary Hill McKnight; Anna Pine McKnight and Stephen Decatur McKnight
Half sister of Catharine Louisa Hurst and William Decatur Hurst, Lt.

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About Priscilla Decatur Twiggs

Priscilla Decatur (McKnight) Twiggs, born to James and Ann Pine (Decatur) McKnight. Married Levi Twiggs on November 12, 1822 in Brooklyn, Kings County New York. Mother of Anna McKnight, Augusta Chauncey, George Decatur, Julia Bruce, Mary Elizabeth,Louisa Eve, Coleman Emanuel, and Frederica Constantia.

1890-01-29; Paper: Philadelphia Inquirer:


Death of the Late Commodore Stephen Decatur's Adopted Daughter

Mrs. Priscilla Decatur Twiggs, widow of Major Levi Twiggs, daughter of Captain James McKnight, U. S. N., and niece and adopted daughter of the late Commodore Stephen Decatur, died yesterday in this city in her 89th year. Mrs. Twiggs was related to a number of distinguished people. Her daughters are Mrs. Edward Shippen and Mrs. Dr. Frank H. Getcheil.

Several of her male relatives lost their lives in the service of their country. Her father, Captain McKnight was killed in the service. Her husband was shot while leading on the marines in the attack on Chapaultepec. Her son, Lieutenant George Decatur Twiggs, was killed before his father in the attack on the batteries at Puento Nacional. Her uncle, Lieutenant James Decatur was shot before Tripoli by a Turk who had just surrendered his vessel, but his death was avenged by Stephen Decatur, who shot the Turk through the head.

Commodore Decatur, it will be remembered, was the second of the name. The first served in the Navy during the Revolution. Mrs. Twigg's uncle was killed by Commodore Barron, and Stephen Decatur, 3d, died after only recently losing his sight in the service from African fever."

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Priscilla Decatur Twiggs's Timeline

January 26, 1802
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
January 28, 1890
Age 88
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania