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Mary Virginia Wade (1843 - 1863)

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Mary Virginia (Jennie) "Ginnie" Wade
Born in Gettysburg, Adams, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
Daughter of and
Died in Gettysburg, Adams, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 2 Sep 2017
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Mary was born May 21,1843 in Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania

In 1850 at the age of 6,Virginia Wade was living in Gettysburg, Adams, Pennsylvania whare her father worked as a tailor.[1]

James Wade M 36 Virginia
Mary Wade F 25 Pennsylvania
Georgeanna Wade F 8 Pennsylvania
John Wade M 3 Pennsylvania
Virginia Wade F 6 Pennsylvania

In 1860 at the age of 17,Mary V Wade was living in Gettysburg, Adams, Pennsylvania[2]

Mary A Wade F 36 Pennsylvania
Georgiana Wade F 19 Pennsylvania
Mary V Wade F 17 Pennsylvania
Samuel Wade M 9 Pennsylvania
Harry Wade M 5 Pennsylvania
Sarah Little F 9 Pennsylvania
Augustus Little M 7 Pennsylvania

She passed away in 1863 and was buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in the town of Gettysburg, Adams, Pennsylvania[3].


Find a Grave #1064 Mary Virginia "Jennie" Wade b May 21, 1843 Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania; d Jul. 3, 1863 Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania; bur. Evergreen Cemetery, Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania

Parents: James Wade (1814 - 1872) & Mary Ann Filby Wade (1820 - 1892)

Siblings: Georgeanna Wade McClellan (1841 - 1927), John James Wade (1846 - 1925), Samuel Swan Wade (1850 - 1935), Harry Marion Wade (1855 - 1906)

Civil War Figure.

Born Mary Virginia Wade, she was known by her family and contemporaries as merely "Jennie". The three day Civil War battle of Gettysburg began on 1 July, 1863 and fearing the effects of it, Jennie sought haven at the home of of her married sister, Georgia Wade McClellan.

In a short time, the locality of the McClellan home became a battlefield with Union and Confederate forces frequently dueling within sight of it. Throughout this ordeal, Jennie repeatedly offered comfort in the way of foodstuff and water to the Union soldiers who were fighting the Confederates nearby.

The twenty-year old fell dead after a rifle ball penetrated the home's doors on the morning of 3 July and struck her while she was purportedly preparing bread dough. At the cessation of the fighting, on the 4 July, she was buried in her sister's garden. In January 1864, her remains were re-located to a cemetery "near the German Reform Church" in Gettysburg. A later re-interment in the Evergreen Cemetery occurred in November 1865.

Within this burial ground is another tragic story intertwined with her own - that of Corporal Johnston Hastings Skelly. He was a friend, beau and presumed fiancé of Jennie's; he died on 12 July, 1863 of wounds received in a Virginia battle and the pair are now buried close to one another. The two died without knowing each other's fate.

bio by: Stonewall

  1. "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Virginia Wade in household of James Wade, Gettysburgh, Adams, Pennsylvania, United States; citing family 397, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. "United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 26 July 2017), Mary V Wade in entry for Mary A Wade, 1860.
  3. "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2015), Mary Virginia Wade, 1863; Burial, Gettysburg, Adams, Pennsylvania, United States of America, Evergreen Cemetery; citing record ID 1064, Find a Grave,

Jenny Wade of Gettysburg By Mary Henderson Eastman [1]

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