More Tragedy for the Gingery Family

8 Aug

I have featured stories about two of the Gingery brothers, Roger and Henry, on the blog before related to the mob action taken against the family following the deaths of W.D. Turner and Marvin Durham who were taking Reuben Gingery to be vaccinated. I’ve since discovered a new story related to the Gingery family based on search terms used in search engines that lead readers to this website.

Dupuy Gingery was born about 1888 to Tom and Julia Gingery. At the time of the mob action he would have been around 11 years old. At this age he would have seen two of his brothers, Reuben and Frank, hung and his other two brothers Roger and Henry vanish. Later in this year his other brothers (more research is needed to fully confirm that they belonged to the same household), Thomas (14) and Jessie (13), were both in jail in Lauderdale County, Tennessee. Using available records it appears that Dupuy might have had a bit of a rough childhood. The 1900 US Census lists him as being a day laborer while his neighbors his age are listed as school students. This is easy to understand given the fact that all the men in his family with the exception of his younger brother John were gone.

On January 15, 1911 Dupuy married Linnie Taylor. Linnie Taylor was the daughter of William Taylor. On Dupuy’s WWI draft card he indicated that he was working as a farmer on William Taylor’s land and that he and Linnie had 2 children under the age of 12. Using the records I can see that after this things took a turn for the worse.

On July 4, 1917 according to the cause of death on his death certificate Dupuy shot and killed his wife Linnie and then shot and killed himself. He was 29 years old. She was only 22.

On the 1920 census his children, Roger and Marvin, are listed under the household of his father in law William Taylor. Their names are listed as Roger Gingery Taylor and Marvin Gingery Taylor. It appears as if maybe Dupuy named his son Roger after his older brother who had vanished following the mob incident.

When I heard of this incident I was saddened. Dupuy and Linnie were both so young and they left behind 2 young boys. In addition this family had already experienced so much tragedy.

– Tiffany

– Sources: Tennessee Marriage Records, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 US Census Records, Tennessee Death and Burial records


12 Responses to “More Tragedy for the Gingery Family”

  1. Lesley Hayes September 13, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    I am a descendent of the Gingery family.

    • Tiffany September 17, 2013 at 9:51 am #

      Thanks for commenting. I’m glad to have finally met someone who is a part of that family because I have been intrigued by their story every since I first heard it years ago. If you have any stories to share, please feel free to email me at tiffany (remove the space between “tiffany” and “@”.

    • Jamie June 19, 2017 at 7:35 pm #

      Hi Lesley Hayes! SO am I. Please email me at Johnnie Gingery/Woodard, Henry’s daughter is my great-grandmother.

  2. Margarette October 16, 2013 at 6:32 am #

    Linnie was my dad’s sister…William Taylor was my grandfather…

    • Tiffany October 16, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

      Thanks for commenting. Do you know more about this story that you would like to share?

  3. Margarette Taylor October 18, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

    I have been searching for information about my Aunt Lennie…When I was a child I was told that her husband hit her in the head with an axe and the baby was still nursing…My grandfather shot him…The white people hated the Gingery family so much that they asked my grandfather did he want them to go ahead and kill the two small boys…My grandfather said no that these were his grand children…

    • Tiffany October 28, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

      Thanks for commenting again. I have been doing some more digging into the Gingery family. Hopefully I will have enough info for a post on them soon.

  4. Margarette Taylor October 18, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

    Aunt Lennie had a twin sister named Aunt Mattie…

  5. Lesley H -D April 27, 2015 at 12:28 pm #

    This is my family and it is a sad history…

    • Tiffany April 27, 2015 at 10:25 pm #

      Thanks for commenting. If you’d like to share any more information about your family and this story I’d be happy to post it.


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