Meigs (Meiggs) Family History and Genealogy


Theresa Charlotte (Meigs) Pope

Theresa Charlotte Meigs (#367) was born on September 15, 1798, the first child of John (#194) and Parthenia (Clendinen) Meigs. "After the death of her father in 1807, she and her brother, Return Jonathan [#368], lived with an uncle, James Lamme, of Bourbon, Kentucky, and his wife, Cynthia, who was the sister of Parthenia (Clendinen) Meigs. Parthenia subsequently married Andrew Bryan. [Parthenia] died in 1839.

"Theresa received some education. She became an avid reader and loved to write letters, according to her daughter, Mary Mahala Elizabeth Pope Ewing, who passed the stories on to her own children.

"On 24 March, 1829, in Athens, McMinn, Tennessee, she married Fielding Pope, the son of Thomas Pope and Christian (Kitty) Johnson. Fielding was born 24 November, 1800, in Goochland County, Virginia. After the death of Fielding's mother and his father's re-marriage, the Pope family moved to Knox County, Kentucky, about 1811.

"Theresa Charlotte was the second wife of Fielding Pope, his first wife being Eliza Craig whom he married 30 January, 1823, in Whitley County, Kentucky. Eliza Craig Pope died in Athens and is buried at Mars Hill.

"The children of Fielding Pope and Theresa Charlotte Meigs were:

A. Cynthia Elizabeth Pope who was born 3 March, 1830, at Athens , Tennessee; died 21 November 1848 at Maryville, Tennessee and is buried in New Providence Presbyterian Church Cemetery. She was married to Jesse George Wallace, a prominent lawyer of Maryville. Cynthia and Jesse had on child: Fielding Pope Wallace who was born 10 December, 1848, and died 4 January, 1849.

B. Theresa Charlotte Pope who was born 27 July, 1832, at Athens, Tennessee: died 5 September, 1852, at Adairsville, Georgia, and is also buried in the New Providence Presbyterian Church Cemetery. She married Robert S. Patton who was a merchant. They had one child, Julia Eva, who was born 18 August, 18522, in Adairsville, Georgia.

C. Parthenia Clendinen Pope was born 2 December, 1843, at Maryville, Tennessee; died 29 June, 1852, and is buried in the Church Cemetery with her sisters and mother.

D. Mary Elizabeth Mahala Pope who was born 12 July, 1837, in Maryville, Tennessee and died in Cisco, Texas. She wed William Dudley Ewing, MD and 12 February, 1857, at Maryville, Tennessee.

E. Fielding Meigs Pope who was born 17 April, 1841, at Maryville, Tennessee; he died 21 July, 1864, at a hospital in Marion, Virginia. He never married.

F. Return Jonathan Pope who was born 28 July, 1844, at Maryville, Tennessee. He was married twice; his first wife was Fannie Crow whom he married 25 April, 1873 at La Grange, Texas. She died 20 March 1879 at Jonesboro, Texas. After the death of Fannie, R.J. married Annie Crow, the sister of Fannie on 22 October, 1879 in La Grange, Texas.

"Theresa Charlotte Meigs died 24 May 1856 in the 58th year of her life and is buried in New Providence Presbyterian Church Cemetery."1

1. This sketch was written by Margaret Hetzel of Las Cruces, NM, a descendant of Theresa. She gives the following sources: "The Meigs Family," Joe Vincent Meigs; "The Hamlin Family," H. Andrews; New Providence Presbyterian Church archives; and the personal recollections of William Fielding Pope, great-great-grandson of Theresa Charlotte (Meigs) Pope.


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