Gerard Chittocque Brandon

1750 - 27 Jul 1823

Gerard Chittocque Brandon was born in 1750 in Fermangn, Donegal, Ireland, the son of Gerard Brandon and Margaret Lindsay.

A follower of the Irish nationalist rebel leader, Robert Emmet (who he named his son after), Gerard took his mother and escaped to France and then America after the failure of Emmet's cause. They settled in Charleston, South Carolina - following in the footsteps of Margaret's brother, William.

Gerard served under Colonel Washington's cavalry in the War of the Revolution under Francis Marion and fought in the Battle of Cowpens as well as the Battle of Kings Mountain.

In 1785 and in North Carolina, he married a woman from South Carolina, Dorothy Nugent, and they eventually settled in Adams County in what is now the state of Mississippi where they raised a large family - including son, Gerard Chittocque Brandon, who went on to become the state's 4th and 6th governor - and founded Selma Plantation.

Gerard and Dorothy had nine children: Mary Ann Brandon, Margaret Lindsay Brandon, Gerard Chittocque Brandon, Elizabeth Brandon, Matthew Nugent Brandon, Robert Emmet Brandon, Susannah Brandon, Sarah Brandon, and William Lindsay Brandon.

Gerard, along with his wife, is buried in Natchez City Cemtery.

1750 -Jul 23, 1823

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