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Sunday, May 02, 2010

Surname: Pettis

The Pettis surname is part of Rosmer Pettis Kerr's heritage. His third great-grandfather was:
  • Matthew Pettis, born in December 1746, probably in Richmond, Rhode Island. He died 2 May 1827 and is buried in Old Baker Cemetery, Hudson Falls, New York. Matthew's wife was Alice Auchmuty. They were my fifth great-grandparents.
  • William M. Pettis, born 21 February 1770 in Richmond, Rhode Island. He married Ruth Crandall before 1799. They had nine children. He died in November 1821 in Argyle Township, Washington County, New York. William and Ruth were my fourth great-grandparents.
  • Micajah Petit Pettis, born 9 July 1806 in New York. He married first Tryphena Sedgwick on 11 November 1830 in Gainsville, Wyoming County, New York. They had four children. Tryphena died in 1842, and Micajah next married Mary Margaret Maxfield. The family later moved to Illinois. Micajah died 13 August 1881 in Winnebago. Micajah and Tryphena were my third great-grandparents.
  • Darius J. Pettis, born about 17 September 1837 in Verona, Oneida County, New York. He married Kate Efner on 5 March 1860 in Lyndon, Wisconsin. They made their home in Winona, Minnesota, and had two daughters, one of whom died in childhood. Darius and Kate were my great-great grandparents.
  • Katharine E. Pettis, born 2 October 1864 in Winona. She married Milton E. Kerr on 15 December 1889 in Omaha, Nebraska. They had two sons. Kate died 11 June 1937 in Detroit, Michigan. Kate and Milton were my great-grandparents.
The following appears to be Matthew's ancestry but apparently his connection has not been fully documented:
  • John Petty, born about 1635-1640. He died in Springfield, Massachusetts 8 March 1680. He was married at Boston 30 May 1662 to Ann Canning. John and Ann are thought to be my ninth great-grandparents.
  • James Petty, born 25 March 1663 at Windsor, Connecticut. He died about 1713. He married Mary Lawton on 15 June 1683 at Springfield. James Petty and Mary Lawton are thought to be my eighth great-grandparents.
  • William Petty, born 30 October 1691 at Springfield. He died about 1747 in Richmond, Rhode Island. In 1709, he married Mary Winter at Weymouth, Massachusetts. William Petty and Mary Winter are thought to be my seventh great-grandparents.
  • William C. Pettis (Petty, Pettyes), born 24 June 1722. He married first Mary Kenyon at Bristol, Rhode Island on 14 July 1745; second, Thankful Coalgrove; third, Mary Johnson; fourth, Dorcas Braman. William C. Pettis and Mary Kenyon are thought to be my sixth great-grandparents.
  • Matthew Pettis, above, my fifth great-grandfather.
See William Delker's database at WorldConnect for more about the Pettis family. Although I don't always agree with his details, I greatly appreciate the way he's enriched the database with his extensive notes.

Curfman, Robert Joseph. The Petty-Pettis Genealogy: Descendants of John Petty of Springfield, Massachusetts, 1668. Kansas City, Mo: R.J. Curfman, 1974.

Pettys, Norman W. Descendants of John Petty ( -1680) and Ann (Canning) Petty of Springfield, Massachusetts. 1978.

Click on the pettis label below to see other posts pertaining to the Pettis family.


A rootdigger said...

Enriched the data base with his notes. That's a good one.

T.K. said...

It is good--really good! I so wish I had done the same right from the start!

Michelle Lamb said...

My grandma was born Mildred Maxine Pettis, May 28, 1920 in Osceola, Iowa. I haven't had much luck going past her parents, James and Dottie (Layton) Pettis. I know they have some Cherokee or Blackfeet Indian in the bloodline, we've been told of a Cook County, Ark, but I can't find this online..

TK said...

Hi, Michelle, thanks for your comment. As far as I know, the people you mentioned are not related to my Pettis line. I haven't seen their names before, and don't know of any Pettis in my line who went to Iowa or Arkansas. Have you searched on Ancestry? Someone has posted a tree with James and Dottie in it, and Ancestry has an Iowa Marriage Index which names their parents. If you don't have an Ancestry membership, your library may have one. Good luck in your hunting!

Michelle Lamb said...

That's probably my tree, where I'm running into a wall at them. I was told that some of the family went to Colorado, some stayed there, but a few came back east. I've been using the family tree site lately, it's free and I've found the Lamb family back to the 8th century, but no luck there with the Pettis/Layton/McVey families

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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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