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1.1. Michael Hugh COOLEY 1.2. Lonnie Rae COOLEY
2ND GENERATION
2. Allison Claude COOLEY 3. Billie Dell HOGUE
3RD GENERATION
4. McCabe COOLEY 5. Marie Henrietta HENNEQUIN 6. Hugh Wallace HOGUE 7. Birdie Nina MCDOWELL
4TH GENERATION
8. Joseph William COOLEY 9. Araminta D JOHNSON 10. Louis Francois HENNEQUIN 11. Marguerite STEWARD 12. Robert Irwin HOGUE 13. Nancy Joanna FOSTER 14. William Ellis MCDOWELL 15. Euphemia Ruth ASHENHURST
5TH GENERATION
16. Greenbury COOLEY 17. Amelia Mohler PETTIT 18. Wesley Phillip JOHNSON 19. Susan Isabel FISK 20. Louis HENNEQUIN 21. Maria Theresa DRAVIGNEY 22. John Joseph STORDEUR 23. Stephany LAURENT 24. John HOGUE 25. Ann R SIMPSON 26. John A FOSTER 27. Martha Jane STRUTHERS 28. William Erwin MCDOWELL 29. Maria HART 30. Oliver Taylor ASHENHURST 31. Sara Eva SOUTHERN
6TH GENERATION
32. David COOLEY 33. Laurinda AIKEN 34. Joseph PETTET 35. Elizabeth MOHLER 36. Elijah JOHNSON 37. Anna Jane FOSTER 38. Edward Curtis FISK 39. Arminta D WOOD 40. Xavier HANNEQUIN 41. Marie Magdeleine BELOT 42. Pierre Joseph DRAVIGNEY 43. Marie Therese GILBERT 44. Joseph STORDEUR 45. Marie Therese HUENS 46. Jean Baptiste LAURENT 47. Jeaninne VANDERMEULEN 48. James HOGUE 49. Margaret IRWIN 50. Isaac SIMPSON 51. Elizabeth RICHARDSON 52. Samuel FOSTER 53. Nancy ____ 54. James STRUTHERS 55. Elizabeth SAVILLE 56. John MCDOWELL 57. Anna CURRY 58. Joseph HART Sr 59. Susan PICKENS 60. Oliver ASHENHURST 61. Euphemia BISHOP 62. Charles William SOUTHERN 63. Ruth Ruema HOOVER
7TH GENERATION
64. John COOLEY 65. Sela WRIGHT 66. William AKINS 67. Rebecca MCCLINTICK 73. Ruth ____ ? 76. John R FISK 77. Mahala KEMP 78. John WOOD 79. Charity CORSON 80. Claude HENNEQUIN 81. Marie JUILLARD 82. Jean BELOT 83. Jeanne HUOT 85. Jeanne Claude DRAVIGNEY 86. Josph GILBERT 87. Agathe LANGARD 88. Mathieu STORDEUR 89. Marie SNAPS 90. John Joseph HUENS 102. Matthew RICHARDSON 103. Ann STOCKTON 104. James Couples FOSTER 105. Jane MORROW 108. William STRUTHERS 109. Janet LINDSAY 110. Robert SAVILLE 111. Deborah ____ 112. John MCDOWELL 113. Jane ERWIN 116. Edward HART 117. Nancy Ann STOUT 118. John PICKENS 120. William ASHENHURST 121. Nancy ASHENHURST 122. Peter BISHOP 123. Elizabeth MYERS 124. John SOUTHERN 125. Elizabeth DUNCAN 126. John HOOVER? 127. unknown
8TH GENERATION
128. Edward COOLEY 129. Martha RAPER 130. William WRIGHT 131. Martha MORGAN 132. William EAKIN 133. Mary WALLACE 134. John MCCLINTICK 135. Mary Jane MCDOWELL 152. Richard FISK 154. William KEMP 155. Sukey DAMANT 158. Eli CORSON 159. Christianna THOMPSON 204. Matthew Richardson Sr 206. Richard Witham STOCKTON 207. Mary Ann HATFIELD 210. Samuel ? MORROW ? 218. James LINDSAY 219. Margaret WATSON 220. Samuel SAVILLE 221. Ann BOOTH 224. John MCDOWELL 225. Esther HARRISON 226. William ERWIN 227. Mary ERWIN 228. Dr Robert CURRY 229. Ann CURRY 232. John HART Signer 233. Deborah SCUDDER 234. St Leger Codd STOUT 235. Susannah SIMPSON 244. Peter BISHOP 245. Margaret 246. Christopher MYERS 247. Pheamey 248. William SOUTHERN 249. Magdelaine FORD 250. Charles DUNCAN 251. Margaret KIRK 252. Michael Hoover Sr 253. Mary Jones 252->255. unknown
9TH GENERATION
256. John COOLEY 257. poss Sarah MATTHEWS 258. Thomas RAPER 259. Martha HAM 260. Richard WRIGHT Sr 103 261. Ann 262. James MORGAN 263. Mary DAVIS 268. William MCCLINTICK 316. Jacob CORSON Jr 317. Charity STILLWELL 318. Benajah TOMSON 319. Prudence ELDREDGE 412. Samuel STOCKTON 413. Rachel STOUT 414. Joseph HATFIELD 415. Phoebe CLARK 442. Robert BOOTH 443. Ann GASTON 452. John ERWIN 453. Jane WILLIAMS 454. Francis ERWIN 455. Jane CURRY 456. William CURRY 457. Sarah YOUNG 458. John YOUNG 459. Elizabeth KINGDOM 464. Capt Edward HART 465. Martha FURMAN 466. Richard Betts SCUDDER Jr 468. James STOUT 469. Mary Ann CODD 496. John SOUTHERN ? 497. Margaret KIDD ? 500. Charles DUNCAN 502. John KIRK Sr 503. Margaret BROOKS 504. Sebastian HOOVER 505. Catherine MEULLER 514. James MATTHEWS Sr ? 520. Philbert WRIGHT 521. Esther BECRAFT 504->517. unknown
10TH GENERATION
518->823. unknown 632. Jacob CORSON Sr 633. Naomi 634. Nicholas STILLWELL 635. Sara HAND 824. Richard STOCKTON 825. Susannah WITHAM 826. Col Joseph STOUT 827. Ruth BRYMSON 828. Abraham HATFIELD 829. Phoebe OGDEN 830. John CLARK 904. Edward ERWIN 905. Frances FRANCIS 908. see 904 909. see 905 910. William CURRY 911. Sally YOUNG 914. John YOUNG 920. See 914 928. John HART 2nd 929. Mary HUNT 930. Josiah FURMAN 2nd 931. Sarah STRICKLAND 932. Richard Betts SCUDDER Sr 933. Hannah REEDER 936. see 826 937. see 827 938. Capt St Leger CODD 939. Mary HANSON 992. John SOUTHERN 993. Catherine BARRON 940->1035. unknown 1042. Peter BECRAFT
11TH GENERATION
1036->1263. unknown 1264. Jan CARSTENSEN 1265. Maria Elias DAAS 1268. John STILLWELL Jr 1270. George HAND 1648. Richard STOCKTON 1649. Abigail ____ 1650. Robert WITHAM 1651. Ann STRAINERIDGE 1652. Jonathan STOUT 1653. Anne BOLLEN 1654. Daniel BRYMSON 1655. Frances GREENLAND 1656. Matthias HATFIELD 1657. Mariken MELYN 1660. Richard CLARK 1856. John HART 1st 1857. Mary ____ 1858. Ralph HUNT 1859. Elizabeth JESSUP 1860. Josiah FURMAN 1st 1862. Edmund STRICKLAND 1863. Hannah ____ 1864. John SCUDDER Jr 1865. Joanna BETTS 1866. John REEDER 2nd 1867. Hannah BURROUGHS 1876. Col St Leger CODD 115 1877. Anna BENNETT 115 1878. Col Hans HANSON 1879. Martha Kelts WOODARD 1984. Capt John SOUTHERN 1986. Andrew BARRON 1988. Thomas KIDD 1989. Jane WILLIS 1990. Robert CHOWNING Jr 1991. Ann POOLE 1880->2071. unknown
12TH GENERATION
2072->2079. unknown 2528. Carsten JANSEN 2529. Barbara 2530. Elias DAAS 2536. John STILLWELL 2537. Elizabeth PERRIN 2540. Thomas HAND 2541. Katherine STUBBS 3304. Richard STOUT 3305. Penelope VAN PRINCIS 3306. Capt James BOLLEN 3307. Anne VAUQUELLIN 3308. William BRINSDON 3309. Margaret ____ 3310. Dr Henry GREENLAND 3311. Mary BAREFOOT 3312. Thomas HATFIELD 3313. Anna 3314. Cornelius MELYN 3316. John OGDEN 3317. Jane BOND 3320. Richard CLARK 3321. Elizabeth MOORE 3718. Edward JESSUP 3719. Elizabeth BRIDGES 3720. John FURMAN 3721. Susan BUSH 3728. John SCUDDER Sr 3729. Mary KING 3730. Capt Richard BETTS 3731. Joanna CHAMBERLAYNE 3732. John REEDER 1st 3733. Hannah THORPE 3734. Jeremiah BURROUGHS 3735. Hannah WAY 3752. Col William CODD 115 3753. Lady Mary ST LEGER 115 3754. Gov Richard BENNETT 3755. Mary Ann LONGWORTH 113 106 3756. Andrew HANSON 3757. Annika ____ 3972. Robert BARRON 3980. Robert CHOWNING Sr 3981. Joanne HITCHCOCK 3982. Thomas POOLE 3758->4143. unknown
13TH GENERATION
4144->4159. unknown 5072. William STILLWELL 5073. Hannah 5074. Daniel PERRIN 5075. Elizabeth 5080. John HAND 5081. Elizabeth GRANSDEN 6592. John STOCKTON 6593. Eleanor CLAYTON 6608. John STOUT 6609. Elizabeth BEE 6614. Robert VAUQUELLIN 6615. Jeanette 6622. Capt Walter BAREFOOT 6632. Richard OGDEN 6633. Elizabeth HUNTINGTON 6640. Richard CLARK 6642. Thomas MOORE 6643. Martha YOUNGS 7456. Thomas SCUDDER 7457. Elizabeth LOWERS 7458. William KING 7459. Dorothy HAYNES 7460. John BETTES 7461. Mary BIGGS 7462. Rev Robert CHAMBERLAYNE 7463. Elizabeth STOUGHTON 7466. William THORPE 7467. Garthered BLITHE 7468. John BURROUGHS 7469. Johanna JESSUP 7470. James WAY 7504. William CODD 7505. Hester LAMPORD 7506. Sir Warham ST LEGER 115 7507. Dame Mary HAYWARD 115 7508. Thomas BENNETT 7509. Anstie Tomson SPICER 7512. John HANSON 7511->8287. unknown
14TH GENERATION
8288->8319. unknown 10144. Nicholas STILLWELL 10145. Ann 10148. Pierre PERRIN 10149. Andrienne JUBRIL 10160. John HAND 10161. Joan SIMMONS 10162. Henry GRANSDEN 13284. Thomas MOORE 13624. Edward OGDEN 13624. Margaret WILSON 14912. Henry SCUDDER 14913. ____ LOWERS 14914. John LOWERS 14920. Alexander BETTES 14921. Joan LARKYN 14926. Rev Thomas STOUGHTON 14927. Katherine 14936. Jeremiah BURROUGHS 14938. John JESSUP 14939. Joanna KERRICH 15012. Sir Anthony ST LEGER 115 15013. Mary SCOTT 115 15014. Sir Rowland HAYWARD 115 15015. Katherine SMYTHE 15016. Robert BENNETT 15017. Elizabeth EDNEY 15024. Col. John HANSON 15025. Frances PRICHARD 15026->16575. unknown
15TH GENERATION
16576->20289. unknown 20298. Jean JUBRIL 20299. Juvine LOMBARD 20326. William GRANSDEN 20327. Ann 26528. William OGDEN 26529. Abigail GOODSALL 26530. Richard WILSON 26531. Margaret 29792. William de STIRKELAUNDE 29840. Robert BETTS 29876. Francis JESSOP 29877. Frances WHITE 30024. Sir Warham ST LEGER 115 30025. Lady Ursula NEVILLE 107 115 30026. Sir Thomas SCOTT 115 30027. Elizabeth BAKER 115 30028. George HAYWARD 30029. Margaret WITHBROKE 30030. Sir Thomas SMYTHE 30031. Alice JUDDE 30032. John BENNETT 30033. Margery 30034. John EDNYE 30048. Thomas HANSON 30049. Janet G GLEDHILL 30050. John PRICHARD 30051->33151. unknown
16TH GENERATION
33152->33279. unknown 53056. Richard OGDEN 53057. Mabel de HOOGAN 53058. Henry GOODSALL 59584. William de STIRKELAUNDE 59752. Richard JESSOP 59753. Ann SWIFT 59754. Alexander WHITE 59755. Eleanor SMITH 60048. Sir Anthony St LEGER 111 60049. Agnes WARHAM 112 60050. George NEVILLE 60051. Lady Mary STAFFORD 60052. Sir Reginald SCOTT 115 60053. Emiline KEMP 115 60054. Sir John BAKER 115 60055. Elizabeth DINLEY 115 60056. John HAYWARD 60060. John SMYTHE 60061. Joan BROUNCKER 60062. Andrew JUDDE 60057. Agnes GLOVER 60096. John HANSON 60097. Agnes SAVILE 60098. John GLEDHILL 60099->66303. unknown
17TH GENERATION
66304->66559. unknown 106112. Robert OGDEN 106113. Joan 106114. Johannes de HOOGAN 119504. William JESSOP 119505. Emotte CHARLESWORTH 119506. Robert SWIFT 119508. Thomas WHITE 119510. William SMITH 119511. Katherine PORTER 120096. Ralph St LEGER 120097. Anne HART 120098. Heughe WARHAM 112 120099. Mary Ann COLLES 120100. George NEVILLE 120101. Margaret FENNE 120102. Edward STAFFORD 120103. Eleanor PERCY 120104. Sir John SCOTT 115 120105. Anne (Amy) PYMPE 115 120106. Sir William KEMP 111 115 120107. Elynor BROWNE 111 115 120108. Richard BAKER 120109. Elizabeth DYNELEY 120110. Thomas DINLEY 115 120112. William HAYWARD 120113. Agnes BALLY 120122. Robert BROUNCKER 120192. John HANSON 120193. Catherine BROOKE 120194. John SAVILE Esq. 120195. Margery GLEDHILL 120196->132607. unknown
18TH GENERATION
132608->132608. unknown 239020. Thomas SMITH 239021. Margaret CLARKE 239022. Augustine PORTER 240192. Ralph ST LEGER 240193. Anne PROPHET 240194. Sir Edward HART 240196. Robert WARHAM 240197. Elizabeth ____ 240198. Geoffrey COLLES 240200->240207. Royal Lineage 107 240202. Hugh FENNE 240208. Sir William SCOTT 115 240209. Sybil LEWKNOR 115 240210. Reginald DE PYMPE 115 240211. Elizabeth PASHLEY 115 240212. Sir Thomas KEMP 111 115 240213. Emelyn CHICHE 111 115 240214. Robert BROWNE 111 240215. Mary MALLETT 115 240218. Thomas DYNELEY 240224. William HAYWARD 240225. Elizabeth BROCKTON 240226. William BALLY 240384. John HANSON 240385. Cicely RAVENSHAW 240386. John BROOKE 240390. John GLEDHILL 240391->265215. unknown
19TH GENERATION
265216->266241. unknown 480384. Ralph ST LEGER 480385. Margaret TYRREL 480404. Thomas FENNE 480400->480415. Royal Lineage 107 480416. Sir John SCOTT 480417. Agnes BEAUFITZ 480418. John LEWKNOR 115 480420. Sir William DE PYMPE 115 480421. Elizabeth WHETEHILL 480422. Sir John PASHELY 115 480423. Lowys GOWER 115 480424. Thomas KEMP 111 480425. Beathris LEUKENER 111 480426. Sir Valentine CHICHE 480427. Philippa CHICHELEY 480428. Sir Thomas BROWNE 111 115 480429. Alianor DE ARUNDEL 115 480430. William MALLETT 115 480448. William HAYWARD 480449. Jane WILCOCKES 480450. William BROCKTON 480768. John HANSON 480769. Cicely DE WINDEBANKE 480770. John RAVENSHAW 480826. Vincent CHICHELE 115 480827->530431. unknown
20TH GENERATION
516808. Hugh FENNE 530432->960767. unknown 960768. John ST LEGER 960769. Margery DONNETT 960824->960829. Royal Lineage 107 960830. Sir Walter D'EVEREAUX 107 960831. Elizabeth MERBURY 107 960832. William SCOTT 960833. Isabella HERBERT 960834. William DE BEAUFITZ 960842. Sir Richard WHETEHILL 960844. Sir John PASHLEY 115 960845. Elizabeth WYDVILLE 115 960846. Sir Thomas GOWER 115 960848. Sir John KEMP 111 960850. Sir Thomas LEUKENER 111 960851. ____ HOO 111 960854. Robert CHICHELEY 960858. Sir Thomas DE ARUNDEL 115 960859. Joan MOYNE 115 960896. John HAYWARD 960897. Margery WEVER 961536. John HANSON 961537. Alice WOODHOUSE 961538->1060863. unknown
21TH GENERATION
1060864->1921537. unknown 1921538. James DONNETT 1921648->1921661. Royal Lineage 107 1921662. John MERBURY 107 1921666. Vincent HERBERT 115 1921688. Sir Robert PASHELY 115 1921689. Philippa CERGEAUX 115 1921690. Sir Richard WYDVILLE 115 1921691. Elizabeth LYONS 1921696. Raulf KEMP 111 1921702. Sir Thomas HOO 111 1921716. John DE ARUNDEL 1921717. Elizabeth DESPENSER 115 107 1921792. James HAYWARD 1923072. Henry DE RASTRICK 1923074. Henry DE WOODHOUSE 1923075->2121727. unknown
22ND GENERATION
2121728->3843075. unknown 3843076->3843327. Royal Lineage 107 3843328->3843375. unknown 3813382. Sir Thomas TUNSTALL 3843376. Robert PASHLEY 115 3843377. Anne HOWARD 115 3843378. Sir Richard CERGEAUX 115 3843379. Philippa FITZALAN 115 3843382. Sir John LYONS 3843432. John FITZALAN 3843433. Isabella MORTIMER 3843436->3846143. unknown 3846144. John DE RASTRICK 3846148. Alexander DE WOODHOUSE 3846149. Beatrice TOOTHILL 3846150->4243455. unknown
23RD GENERATION
4243456->7686151. unknown 7686152->7686655. Royal Lineage 107 7637760. Sir William PARR 7637761. Elizabeth de ROS 7686754. John HOWARD 115 7686756. Richard CERGEAUX 115 7686757. Margaret SENESCHAL 115 7686758. John FITZALAN 7686759. Maude DE VERDON 7686760. Roger MORTIMER 7686761. Maud DE BRAOSE 7686864->7686866. Royal Lineage 107 7386867->8486910. unknown


 
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Name: Joseph Pettet Born: ca. 1815128 Place: PA Died: by 1888 Place: prob Putnam Co., MO Married: 20 Jan 1835 Place: Morgan Co., OH35
Photo courtesy of Joan G Italiano

According to the census schedules, Joseph could neither read nor write. The natural assumption, then, is that he didn't know how to write, even spell, his own name. Because his daughter appears to have always spelled it P-e-t-t-i-t, and because that's the most commonly-found spelling, I've always spelled his name that way. And it's because of the commonality of the spelling that I called my short-lived periodical, published The Pettit Correspondent (TPC), not The Pettet Correspondent. However, anyone studying the Pettits of Morgan County, Ohio will quickly see a pattern in the two spellings, certainly by the 1850 census. Generally, the spelling for those living in the county having New Jersey origins is generally spelled Pettit and those of Pennsylvania origins have their names almost invariably spelled Pettet, sometimes Petit and other small variations. The reasons for this apparent convention are now lost to us, but I speculated a bit about that, "The Civil War Pension Records of Oscar B. La Pettit". I'm no longer certain that the premise holds water.

Sometime ago I was browsing the genealogy pages of fellow researcher and Joseph-descendant Rick Lewis and noticed and noticed the contemporary family consistently spells that name as Pettet. The convention obviously passed through to at least some of Joseph's children and grandchildren. I now realize hat despite Joseph's illiteracy, he might certainly have known how to spell his name. My question now is whether they knew why they spelled differently. They might simply have wanted to distinguish themselves from their New Jersey born Pettit neighbors. But the "et" spelling appears to have originated prior to their migration west. For whatever reason, there's a long-standing convention among the Morgan County, Ohio Pettets.

So, I no longer shy from the Pettet spelling. That the spelling did not survive down my branch of the family is no reason to doubt the purposefulness of it. And, despite what most of the records for him say, I've decided to re-christian, as it were, this most elusive ancestor, as Joseph Pettet, as I'm now convinced that he likely was not indifferent to the spelling, and that that's how he would have wanted it.

According to the 1900 Federal census131 for Joseph's wife, Elizabeth Pettet, they had ten children, nine living. I don't know the identity of the tenth child:

  Born Married Died  
Margaret J Jan 1838
Ohio
1: Solomon Corrick
2: Thomas Avis1
  Thomas and Margaret Avis appear on the 1900 census for Lee county IA, page 310. She had 5 children.
Amanda E 15 May 1842
Taylorville Ohio
James M Avis1
27 May 1866
Lee co IA
3 Mar 1926
Putnam co MO
 
Mary Jane c1843
Ohio
Cole C Lewis
29 April 1860
Putnam co MO
   
Amelia Mohler 11 Apr 1846
Taylorville Ohio
Greenbury Cooley
26 Apr 1866
Putnam co MO
19 Jun 1930
Putnam co MO
 
Maria Lorna 19 Nov 1848
Ohio
Harvey B Powers
12 May 1867
Putnam co MO
19 Jun 1927
Boise ID
 
Martha Elbina 9 Feb 1849
Morgan co OH
Jacob Hatfield
13 Feb 1873
Putnam co MO
7 Oct 1931
Nyssa OR
 
William H 27 Aug 185?
Morgan co OH
Sarah Elizabeth Riddle
23 Feb 1873
Putnam co MO
8 Jan 1931
Rock Island IL
 
Sarah Elizabeth 1 Jun 1855
Morgan co OH
1: Curt Buckworth
11 Jan 1877
Putnam co MO

2: Joseph Robertson
8 Aug 1879
Putnam co MO
2 Jul 1937
Nyssa OR
 
Solomon 20 May 1856
Morgan co OH
Emma Rose Leighton
22 Jun 1879
Putnam co MO
20 April 1902
Canyon co ID
 

Piecing together the Pettets of Morgan County, Ohio is very complicated and possibly the most difficult genealogical puzzle I've encountered. I'll present an overview here but there's no point in repeating what I'd already published in The Pettit Correspondent. Before providing some of the background, it may be best to first explain my pet theory about Joseph's parentage to illustrate the relevance of the following.

There are two general theories for Joseph's parentage. The first and the simplest -- that has was one of the younger, unknown sons of Thomas Pettit of Muskingum County, Missouri -- may be the best. But there's a good and sensible second theory, particularly considering that Joseph has been so difficult to connect to the main branch.

I believe Joseph may have been an illegitimate son of Nancy Ann Pettet, daughter of the below mentioned Elijah Pettit and niece of the above-mentioned Thomas. Although we're not yet certain about Joseph birth year, 1815-1816 seems likely. Nancy is known to have had an illegitimate daughter (Martha) in Perry County, Ohio in 1818.3 In 1825, she married her cousin, Plummer Pettet, in Muskingum County, Ohio as his second wife, bearing him three sons (he had two sons from his previous marriage to Amanda Bixby). Plummer died by 1830 and Nancy married her widower brother-in-law, Hugh Riley -- her deceased sister's husband -- in Morgan County in 1834. This already leads us to a rather twisted genealogy, especially when considering that her illegitimate daughter, Martha Pettet, married into the New Jersey descended Pettit clan. (I had long considered that the two families were not related. But Y-DNA results are telling us a different story.)

Genealogists typically look toward our targets' neighbors for clues. Nancy and two of her sons from Plummer are living near Joseph much later in Putnam County, Missouri. This doesn't prove anything -- cousins often relocated near one another. But considering Nancy's history, the relationship is very possible, if not likely.

The Pettets lived in Morgan, Muskingum and Perry counties Ohio in reasonably large numbers by the 1850 census. Apart from some marriage records, deeds, and census records, few primary documents survive from the earlier dates. It's certain, however, that an Elias Pettit died and left a will in Westmoreland county PA in 1789. It names sons George Hughes, Thomas Pettit and Elijah Pettit. (Anyone's best guess at this time is that George Hughes was either a stepson or son-in-law.) Son Elijah died in the same county only ten years later, leaving the following heirs: wife Leah, daughter Ann (Nancy), son Joseph and daughter Elizabeth (Betsy).

An 1816 deed in Washington county, Ohio ties Elijah's family to the Morgan county Pettets. His son Joseph, born June 5, 1795 sold the father's land, by consent of his co-heirs, to Henry Kerns. Elijah's heirs are listed in the deed as Thomas and Lea Fate (his widow and her second husband), Ann Pettit (Nancy -- she was not yet married), and Hugh and Elizabeth Kelly [sic, should be Riley], all of Washington County. (Elijah's daughter, Elizabeth, married Hugh Riley the previous year in Fairfield County, Ohio.)

So, per the 1816 deed, we can prove the following, leaving out "son" George Hughes:

         Elias Pettit (-1789)
                   |
             |----------|
         Thomas      Elijah (-1799) m Leah
                               |
                   |-----------|-----------|
              Nancy Ann     Joseph     Elizabeth m Hugh Riley
             (1792-1887)  (1795-1855)    (c1830)

Does my Joseph Pettet fit into that family? In a one word, no, unless he was Nancy's son. Elijah's son, Joseph Pettet, had three children, all sons:

  • Elijah (c1820-1881) m Susanna Moore
  • Francis (c1823-) m1 Jane Parker m2 Frances L Dolson
  • Joseph, Jr (c1825-)2 m Sarah Ann Morris

Joseph Jr, it should be noted, was divorced by his wife after running off to Louisiana.

Elias's son, Thomas (brother of Elijah), is not as well documented. But we do know he had a daughter named Lovey. An article was published about her in 1905, which I reprinted in TPC. From that we know the following:

  • Lovey was born in 1809.
  • Thomas moved his family to Muskingum County, Ohio in 1819.
  • Thomas had 9 children, one an infant in 1819.
  • Plummer Pettit was Lovey's half-brother.
  • Lovey's mother (presumably Thomas's second, or more, wife) spun thread which Lovey sold in Zanesville. The mother died in Zanesville in 1821.
  • Thomas (Mr Pettet) moved to Deerfield township, Morgan County, after his wife's death. He later moved just across the county border to Bearfield township in Perry County.

The following obituary came to me from Ann Auskin in June, 1985. I've never been 100% certain that Lovey and Thomas were brothers, however it's very likely the case. The particulars, including the year of emigration to Ohio, fit perfectly.

PETTET-Death has invaded the home of Thomas Pettet, and claimed him for its victim. He was born in Mercer county, Pennsylvania, March 19, 1807; removed with his parents to Ohio at the age of 12 years; married to Jennie Barron, June 21, 1838, with whom he lived happy for over fifty years. He died July 19, 1888, aged 81 and 4 months. He leaves a wife, three sons, four daughters, four grand-sons, four grand-daughters, one brother and three sisters to mourn their loss.

Mr Pettet was one of the pioneer settlers of Porterville [Perry county, Ohio]. He located here when this was part of a vast wilderness, and by his labor and industry, and the help of a very frugal companion, he improved and cultivated the farm on which he lived, from that time until his death. Honest, truthful, generous qualities adorned his life. In sickness or health he was kind and benevolent. He was a consistent member of the Christian Union church. The minister who labored at the Zion church will long remember the kindly greetings with which they were always received at his home and the friendly chats with brother Pettet around his fireside.

According to researcher Elvin Pettet, his William Pettet, who died in Hocking county, Ohio in 1885, is of this family. I received this in an email from him in December 2007:

I met Mary Mossaline (Pettet), Ketchum in Perry County, who was 95 years old, and sharp as a tack! She was a gg granddaughter of Thomas b.1765, and had a large family bible filled in with the family line, back to this Thomas. She didn't have his birth year filled in, but I saw his name listed in her bible, as the father of Thomas b.1807, and William b.1805

We now have this as a possible re-creation of Thomas's family:

                             Thomas Pettet, Sr
                                    |
      -------------------------------------------------------------------
      |            |           |           |        |         |         |
   Plummer      William     Thomas       Lovey     male   2 females   2 others
(c1790s-1830) (1805-1885) (1807-1888) (1809-1907) living   living     died by
                                                   1888     1888        1888
                                                 (Daniel)            (Joseph?)
                                                                     (Rachel?)

We now know that the living male was probably Daniel, 1811-1900+. The last known record for Joseph is the 1880 census. If the Lovey story is accurate, and Joseph belongs here, he was dead by 1888.

A Rachel Pettet (note the spelling) married Peleg Rumfield on 18 April 1839 in Morgan Co, OH. She was born in PA in 1819. Might she have been the infant in the 1819 immigration story? She died in Miegs County in 1886 so could have been the second of the two died by 1888.

The 1800 Mercer county, PA census shows Thomas with no wife, two males to 10 and two females to 10. If this is an accurate representation of his family, then we can assume that Thomas had four children, one of them Plummer, by his first wife, all born in the 1790s, and that she was dead by 1800. His second wife, then, bore six children by the time of her death in 1821: Lovey, Thomas and four others.

Here we have Thomas with six children, four (presumed) sons and two daughters, along with his wife in 1810. Clearly, his son Thomas had a brother close to his own age -- William. Plummer and Lovey would also have been enumerated.

  1810  >  PENNSYLVANIA   >  MERCER  >  MAHONEY TWP
  Series: M252  Roll: 52  Page: 64

  Thomas Pettit   20201  1101000

So we have Plummer and an unknown male (presumably the second boy on the 1800 census), William and Thomas, Lovey (born within the year), and a daughter some years older than her. In other words, we can be certain of four of the six children.

There are two Thomas's on the 1820 census for Zanesville. Thomas B Petit is engaged in commerce, 26-45 years old. I believe him to be the shoemaker, Thomas B Pettet, of Morgan county. He was born in Pennsylvania, 28 August 1795 and died 11 Dec 1873 in Morgan County. More on him later.

Thomas Pettit, found on the next page, is likely Lovey's father. However, the enumeration doesn't match to what we know of his family. There is no female, for example, of sufficient age to have been Lovey's mother. In fact, the three females listed are all 10 or under. Lovey would have been closer to 11. Also, there are 10 children altogether. Far more than Thomas would have had living at home at the time.


  1820  >  OHIO   >  MUSKINGUM  >  ZANESVILLE
  Series: M33  Roll: 92

  p 136 Thomas B Petit 000010 01010
  p 137 Thomas Pettit  321101 30000

There is Thomas Petit in Bush Creek town (page 156) but he is of insufficient age, 16-26, to have been Lovey's father.

We know from the article on Lovey that her father moved to Bearfield township in Perry county, which is just across the county line from Deerfield township, Morgan county. We can be fairly certain that this is him. Lovey was married to David Appleman by this time.

  1830  >  OHIO   >  PERRY  >  BEARFIELD
  Series: M19  Roll: 137  Page: 375

  Thomas Pettit  001100001000 002000000000

Judging from the census and other data, Thomas appears to have first been married by the early 1790s and married again between 1800-1805, say c1803. The 1830 census indicates he was born between 1760-1770. If this is accurate, he had a son and two daughters born between 1816 and 1820, and a son born circa 1811-1815. It's now all but certain that the oldest son was Daniel (1811-1900+). If Joseph was of the family, he was the younger of the two. The age would be right as he married Elizabeth Mohler in 1835. Everything fits.

Elvin Pettet believes, and I am tempted to concur, that the elder male named in the 1840 census for William's household is William's father, Thomas. (It's possible, of course, that this person was an in-law or boarder.)

  1840  >  OHIO   >  PERRY  >  BEARFIELD
  Series: M704  Roll: 419  Page: 112

  Thomas Petitt  0000101000000 1000200000000
  William Petitt 1200010001000 2000010000000
  

As I edit this once again on 27 November 2018, I've stumbled on this note at this spot: "NOTE: This is where I left off 7 Dec 2007. I will resume soon!" Eleven years was a lengthy pause! It's okay, because each time I go through this, I learn something new. And it now seems more likely that Joseph was Thomas's son. Frankly, there are no other good candidates who could have been this missing son.

I've started working on article I hope to publish in my genetic genealogy blog during January 2019 about the DNA evidence. I've held back to date because I've not been able to convince any Pettet cousins to test. But a benchmark exists. Not only has a descendant of William Pettet (1805-1885) tested, so have a number of men who claim descent from Thomas Pettit (1609-) and Christian Mallows. One of the premises of TPC was that researchers shouldn't jump to the conclusion that all Pettits were descended from this couple. However, the DNA results of at least eleven testers, including the Thomas Pettet family, are undoubtedly related to one another. Whoever the founding couple was, they left progeny throughout the country by the 19th century. DNA can begin sorting that out.

If a male descendant of Joseph's has mismatching Y-DNA markers, then we're a step close to proving Joseph's illegitimacy. But I'm now more confident than ever that he was Thomas's son. More about that later.

Thomas B Pettet

Thomas lived in the midst of this family. He undoubtedly used his middle initial (consistently) to distinguish himself from the other Thomases. He is known to have been born in Pennsylvania in 1795 and died in 1873. He's the only documented person for the area who could have been Plummer's brother of about the same age -- or an adoptee or cousin. And it wouldn't be unusual that Thomas Sr had another son of the name by his second wife.

But Thomas B Pettet's progeny beyond his three grandsons has never be found. There may be no living DNA among his descendants who could tell that story. The early census records suggest that Thomas Sr had ten children. Thomas might well have been the first. If this is true, though, it put a kink in the above analysis as it would place Thomas B as the unknown child born of Thomas Sr who died by 1888.

Well, we'll see.

1. Thomas and James Avis were brothers.
2. Joseph Pettit was known to have resided in Franklin Parish. Louisiana. I find the following on the 1870 census:
    1870  >  LOUISIANA   >  FRANKLIN  >  WINNSBORO P O
    Series: M593  Roll: 513  Page: 38
    
    Pettit, Joseph   43 m w Physician       Ohio
       "    Darcus   31 f w keeping house   La
       "    Mary      4 f w                 La
    Ballew, Sarah    16 f w at home         La
    Morgan, Lucy      9 f w  "  "           La
3. This information came from Mary (Pettit) Ellis of Miami, FL. Her grandfather was Ezra Gilbert Pettit, son of William and Martha (Pettet) Pettit. She states that Martha's father was a traveling salesman from Zanesville, that his surname was Bonnet and that he was related to John M Bonnet, a jeweler, born in Germany in 1811.

KEEPFREE


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