Before My Time is about the ancestry and extended family of my four grandparents: John Samuel Krentz (Indiana/North Dakota), Margreta Tjode Hedwig (Gertie) Buss (North Dakota), Rosmer Pettis Kerr (Pennsylvania/Michigan), and Evelyn Elvina Hauer (Michigan). Archives, Labels (tags), and other links appear at the bottom of the page.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Portrait of Grace Pettis

Grace Pettis
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Among the effects of my grandfather, Rosmer Pettis Kerr, were these two photographs. The portrait above was identified as Grace Pettis. There is no additional information on the front of the photo except the name of the photographer, Armstrong of Rockford, Illinois. On the back, "Grace Pettis, cousin of Kate Kerr" is written in pencil at the top. In the lower left corner, barely visible, is the pencilled notation "Aunt Kate." This doesn't indicate any inconsistency, as Kate (nee Pettis) Kerr is the daughter of Kate (nee Efner) Pettis. I believe "Aunt Kate" may have been written by Grace herself, or perhaps her parent, to designate who was to receive this copy of the photo.

Grace was the daughter of Irving Sedgwick Pettis and his wife, Martha Ophelia Treat. Irving and Martha had four children: Edith Arabelle, Anna Grace (born about 1863), Howard Irving and Pearl.

Irving was a son of Micajah Pettis. Another son, Darius, was Rosmer's grandfather.

Irving lived in New York at the time of Grace's birth but moved to Geneseo, Henry County, Illinois before 1870 (Source: 1870 and 1880 census).

The photo below was identified this way: "Rufus and Grace at Highland Park, Ill. under trees in Edith and Henrik's yard. June 16, 1931." I assume this is Grace Pettis at the home of her sister, but I have no knowledge of anyone named Rufus. I have reason to believe Henrik was Edith's second husband, whose surname was Matthews, but haven't confirmed that yet.

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Rufus and Grace
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Some Descendants of William M. PETTIS

1 William M. PETTIS 1770 - 1821
. +Ruth CRANDALL 1771 - 1837
........ 2 Nathan Crandall PETTIS 1799 - 1849
........ 2 Bathsheba PETTIS 1800 -
........ 2 Abigail PETTIS 1802 - 1849
........ 2 Zina Hitchcock PETTIS 1804 -
........ 2 Micajah Petit PETTIS 1806 - 1881
............ +Tryphena SEDGWICK 1803 - 1842
................... 3 Irving Sedgwick PETTIS 1831 - 1903
....................... +Martha Ophelia TREAT 1834 -
.............................. 4 Edith Arabelle PETTIS 1857 - 1932
.................................. +Arthur Darwin JENKINS
.............................. 4 Anna Grace PETTIS 1862 - 1949
.............................. 4 Howard Irving PETTIS 1866 - 1932
.............................. 4 Pearl PETTIS 1871 - 1905
................... 3 Lewis M. PETTIS 1833 - 1917
....................... +Sarah Jane MANDEVILLE 1830 -
.............................. 4 Katherine M. PETTIS 1872 -
................... 3 Tryphena Angeline PETTIS 1836 - 1924
....................... +George WILCOX 1834 - 1920
.............................. 4 Howard P. WILCOX 1877 -
.............................. 4 May F. WILCOX 1868 -
................... 3 Darius J. PETTIS 1837 - 1883
....................... +Kate EFFNER 1841 - 1914
.............................. 4 Frankie PETTIS 1862 - 1867
.............................. 4 Katharine E. PETTIS 1864 - 1937
.................................. +Milton E. KERR 1863 - 1895
......................................... 5 Milton E. KERR 1891 - 1961
............................................. +Marie Clara LETTERER 1894 - 1958
......................................... 5 Rosmer Pettis KERR 1892 - 1969
............................................. +Evelyn Elvina HAUER 1894 - 1988
........ 2 David W. PETTIS 1808 -
........ 2 Sophia PETTIS 1810 -
........ 2 Desire PETTIS 1812 -
........ 2 Angeline B. PETTIS 1815 - 1893
............ +Francis Celey VOORHEES

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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