James G. Birney and His Times

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CHAPTER III. INFANCY AND YOUTH. 1792-1808. James Gillespie Birney was born, February 4, 1792, at Danville. After the death of his mother, he and his sister were placed under the care of Mrs. Doyle, the oldest sister of his father....
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CHAPTER III. INFANCY AND YOUTH. 1792-1808. James Gillespie Birney was born, February 4, 1792, at Danville. After the death of his mother, he and his sister were placed under the care of Mrs. Doyle, the oldest sister of his father. She was a widow and childless, and, at the request of her brother, came from Ireland to take charge of his two children and preside over his household—duties for which an affectionate nature, sound sense, good education, agreeable manners, and fervent piety peculiarly qualified her. She continued to perform them until the children were grown and until the second marriage of her brother. His house was her home until her decease, about the year 1834. Her nephew could not have been dearer to her if he had been her own son; and he returned her affection. Whenever he was at Wood- lawn, he passed much of his time with her. During his residence in Alabama he wrote to her regularly and frequently ; and when the writer was sent, in 1828, to Woodlawn on a long visit it was strictly enjoined on him to do all in his power to amuse and make her happy. Dear old lady ! how vividly I remember her venerable figure, with the shawl, spectacles, knitting, and prayer-book ! The boy grew up among numerous relatives and connections. " His father's married sisters, Mrs. Gillespie andMrs. Whelan, with their husbands and children, migrated from Ireland and settled near Danville, about 1795. These families were intelligent and in good circumstances. Mr. Gillespie bought a valuable farm about a mile from Danville, and Mr. Whelan another, four miles distant, and extending to the precipitous bluffs and romantic scenery of Dick's River. The relatives on the mother's side greatly exceeded in numbers those on the father's. There were two uncles and five aunts, all of whom...
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  • ISBN-13: 9780795066344
  • Publisher: New Library Press LLC
  • Publication date: 5/31/2012
  • Pages: 443
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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CHAPTER III. INFANCY AND YOUTH. 1792-1808. James Gillespie Birney was born, February 4, 1792, at Danville. After the death of his mother, he and his sister were placed under the care of Mrs. Doyle, the oldest sister of his father. She was a widow and childless, and, at the request of her brother, came from Ireland to take charge of his two children and preside over his household—duties for which an affectionate nature, sound sense, good education, agreeable manners, and fervent piety peculiarly qualified her. She continued to perform them until the children were grown and until the second marriage of her brother. His house was her home until her decease, about the year 1834. Her nephew could not have been dearer to her if he had been her own son; and he returned her affection. Whenever he was at Wood- lawn, he passed much of his time with her. During his residence in Alabama he wrote to her regularly and frequently ; and when the writer was sent, in 1828, to Woodlawn on a long visit it was strictly enjoined on him to do all in his power to amuse and make her happy. Dear old lady ! how vividly I remember her venerable figure, with the shawl, spectacles, knitting, and prayer-book ! The boy grew up among numerous relatives and connections. " His father's married sisters, Mrs. Gillespie andMrs. Whelan, with their husbands and children, migrated from Ireland and settled near Danville, about 1795. These families were intelligent and in good circumstances. Mr. Gillespie bought a valuable farm about a mile from Danville, and Mr. Whelan another, four miles distant, and extending to the precipitous bluffs and romantic scenery of Dick's River. The relatives on the mother's side greatlyexceeded in numbers those on the father's. There were two uncles and five aunts, all of whom...
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