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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

The Family of Micajah Pettis

Mr. and Mrs. Micajah Pettis

The date and place of the photograph above are unknown. Micajah's first wife, Tryphena Sedgwick, died in 1842 at about 39 years of age, so my best guess is that he appears here with his second wife, Mary Margaret Maxfield.

Husband: Micajah Petit PETTIS
Born: 9 July 1806 in Argyle, Washington County, New York
Father: William M. PETTIS
Mother: Ruth CRANDALL
Died: 13 August 1881 in Winnebago, Winnebago County, Illinois

First Wife: Tryphena SEDGWICK
Born: 1803 in New York
Father: Elijah SEDGWICK
Mother: Tryphena PARKER
Married: 1830 in New York
Died: 8 February 1842 in Oneida County, New York
Burial: Westmoreland, Oneida County, New York


1 Name: Irving Sedgwick PETTIS
Born: 25 October 1831 in New York
Married: 5 February 1856 in New York
Spouse: Martha Ophelia TREAT
Died: 7 August 1903 in Geneseo, Henry County, Illinois

2 Name: Lewis M. PETTIS
Born: July 1833 in New York
Married: 18 March 1861 in Winnebago County, Illinois
Spouse: Sarah Jane MANDEVILLE
Died: 30 April 1919 in Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois

3 Name: Tryphena Angeline PETTIS
Born: 30 November 1836 in New York
Married: 6 July 1865 in Lyndon, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin by Ezekiel T. Efner
Spouse: George WILCOX
Died: January 1924

4 Name: Darius J. PETTIS
Born: About 17 September 1837 in Verona, Oneida County, New York
Married: 5 March 1860 in Lyndon, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Spouse: Kate EFNER
Died: About 1883 in Montana


Second Wife: Mary Margaret MAXFIELD
Born: 09 Apr 1820 in Pitston, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania
Married: Bet. 1842 - 1849 in New York
Died: 10 Jan 1895 in Winnebago, Winnebago County, Illinois
Father: John MAXFIELD
Mother: Catherine GARDNER
Other Spouses: George BUTCHER


1 Name: Mary A. Pettis (a foster child)
Born: About 1849 in New York
Died: After 1936 in Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois
Married: 5 Dec 1871 in Winnebago, Winnebago County, Illinois
Spouse: Henry H. MILLER

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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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