Pistol once owned by

President Andrew Jackson







This percussion pistol was made circa 1830. The piece is marked "J. Tarratt" "London."  It is missing some parts but is in good condition otherwise. Composed of wood, steel, brass, and silver plate. Intricate engraving. Octagonal barrel.



















When purchased several years ago, it was accompanied by documentation from 1939 that listed the line of ownership from Pres. Andrew Jackson to Robert Mullinix (1922-2001). The line of descent is as follows:


Pres. ANDREW JACKSON gave the pistol to his friend and neighbor  RICHARD WATKINS about 1830, who then gave it to his stepson, Gov. JAMES CHAMBERLAIN "Lean Jimmy" JONES. At some point, Gov. JONES passed the pistol to his half-sister AGNES WATKINS SAYLE HOLMES. She then passed it to her son JAMES WATKINS SAYLE who passed it to his son WILLIAM H. SAYLE. WILLIAM SAYLE passed it to his wifeís relative, ALVA L. CARTER. The CARTER family passed it to LEWIS M. MULLINIX who was a close friend of the CARTER family and owned a museum in Lookout Mountain, Tennessee.  He gave it to his son, ROBERT L. MULLINIX, and after many years, the pistol was purchased from Mr. MULLINIX by RALPH P. GANIS, a former Director of The Andrew Jackson Memorial Museum of the Waxhaws.

Catherine CHAPPELL
   b: Abt 1775 Amelia Co, VA-d: Sep 17, 1838 Wilson Co, TN?
   +Peter Piper JONES - married: Jul 27, 1791 Amelia Co, VA
   b: Abt 1776 Amelia Co, VA-d: Abt Aug 1813 Wilson Co, TN
Their son:
JAMES CHAMBERLAIN "Lean Jimmy" JONES (Governor of Tennessee)
   b: Apr 20, 1809 Davidson Co, TN-d: Oct 29, 1859 Memphis, Shelby Co, TN
   +Sarah Watson MUNFORD - married: Aug 27, 1829 Hunters Hill, Davidson Co, TN
   b: Jun 18, 1804 Mercer Co, KY-d: Aft 1870 Memphis, Shelby Co, TN

*2nd Husband of Catherine CHAPPELL:  
  +RICHARD WATKINS - married: Jan 11, 1815 Wilson Co, TN
   b: Mar 1, 1768 Poplar Hill, Prince Edward Co, VA-d: Aft 1830 Wilson Co, TN
Their daughter:
AGNES F. WATKINS b: Abt 1815-d: Aft 1896 Wilson Co, TN
   +William P SAYLE married: Jan 9, 1834 Wilson Co, TN
   b: Abt 1810 Robertson Co, TN-d: Oct 12, 1850 Yazoo City, Yazoo Co, MS
Their son:
   b: Abt 1836 Wilson Co, TN-d: Abt Dec 21, 1887 Alexandria, Dekalb Co, TN
   +Martha E "Patty" GRISSIM - married: Jul 4, 1858 Smith Co, TN
   b: Apr 11, 1842 TN-d: Jun 27, 1861
Their son:
   b: Abt. 1861 Wilson Co, TN-d: 1918 Smith Co, TN
.  +Virginia S. CARTER - married: Aug 31, 1881 Smith Co, TN
   b: Abt. 1862 TN-d: Bet. 1910-Jan 2 1951 Smith Co, TN
Relative of Virginia S. Carterís
LEWIS M. MULLINIX b: 1884 Walla Walla, Washington - d: 1967 Chattanooga, TN
ROBERT L. MULLINIX b:1922 Chattanooga, TN-d: 2001 St Petersburg, FL
RALPH P. GANIS - who sold it to a private collector.













Museum of the Waxhaws and Andrew Jackson Memorial
Andrew Jackson State Park in SC

 Official White House Biography of Andrew Jackson

 State Library of N.C. Biography of Andrew Jackson

    ANDREW JACKSON: A Quiet Presbyterian

 Site with numerous Andrew Jackson links




This page was created on Sept 19, 2003 by Julie Hampton Ganis
Updated September 22, 2009


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