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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Tombstone of Micajah P. Pettis

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JULY 5, 1806 - 13 AUG. 1881
APR. 9, 1820 - 10 JAN. 1895

On 8 August 1881, Mrs. M. Pettis purchased a gravesite (Sec. 7, N half of lot 44) in Winnebago Cemetery, Winnebago County, Illinois. Her husband Micajah Petit Pettis, my third great-grandfather, died five days later at the age of 75, and was buried there.

Micajah's first wife was Tryphena Sedgwick, daughter of Elijah Sedgwick and Tryphena Parker. She had died in February 1842 at age 38, and was buried in Lowell Cemetery, Westmoreland, Oneida County, New York. Her mother had died only a month earlier and was also buried at Lowell Cemetery. Micajah was left with four young children 4-10 years old.

Mrs. M. Pettis, nee Mary Margaret Maxfield, was Micajah's second wife. They were married in New York and later relocated to Illinois. They had no children of their own, but took in a foster daughter who moved with them to Illinois.

In June of 1884, a few years after Micajah's death, Mary married George Butcher. Although George was almost five years older than she, he outlived her by more than fifteen years. She died at the age of 75, like Micajah, and was buried with him. Nothing on the gravestone indicates that she had remarried.

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I believe I've marked the actual stone on the map above. It's oriented such that when you stand facing it, you are looking toward Westfield Road.

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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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