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Martin Petty (1822-1894)

Martin Petty was born on 10 July 1822 in Ohio to Josiah and Sarah A. (Sheets) Petty. Soon after his birth, his family moved to Wayne County, Indiana. Martin lived with his parents in Wayne County until he was over eighteen.

Martin married Elizabeth Ann Bish on 23 January 1845 in Wayne County. She was the daughter of John and Ann (Campbell) Bish and was born on 14 February 1826 in Ohio. Her sister, Mary Ann had married Martin’s older brother, William, the previous year.

Martin and Elizabeth Ann lived in Perry, Wayne County, Indiana in 1850. They had two children, Mahala age four and Richard H age two. They were still living there in 1860. Their children were Mahala age 15, William age 13, Mary age 9, and Josiah age 5. There was not a listing for a Richard H, nor was there a listing for William in the 1850 census. In later records, William had the middle name, Henry. Since I have not been able to find any other records for a Richard H Petty, I think that the census taker may have made an error or at some point, Martin and Elizabeth Ann decided to call him William rather than Richard.

In 1870, Martin, Elizabeth Ann, and their family were living in Milford, Kosciusko County, Indiana. Martin’s occupation was listed as teaming rather than farming. He was probably driving a team of horses and hauling some type of goods. They had two additional sons, Andrew and Martin. Ten years later, in 1880, Martin and his family had moved to Vermillion, Vermillion County, Indiana.

Elizabeth Ann died on 5 January 1888. She was buried in Newport Cemetery in Newport, Vermillion, Indiana.

Martin and Elizabeth Ann had the following children:

  • Mahala Petty was born on 15 February 1846 in Indiana.
  • William Henry Petty was born on 10 June 1849 in Indiana and he died on 6 July 1927 in Paris, Edgar, Illinois.
  • Mary Jane Petty was born on 30 November 1852 in Indiana and she died 1 January 1928 in Hillsdale, Vermillion, Indiana.
  • Josiah Joseph Petty was born on 17 April 1856 in Indiana and he died on 9 May 1917 in Harrison, Vigo, Indiana.
  • Andrew J. Petty was born on 3 October 1858 in Indiana and he died on 21 November 1925 in Villsale, Vermillion, Indiana.
  • Martin L. Petty was born on 4 February 1862 in Indiana and he died on 6 June 1920 in Camargo, Douglas, Illinois.

Martin married Mattie J. [Bridwell] Pierson on 20 June 1888 in Vermillion County, Indiana.

Martin Petty died on 22 February 1894 in Vermillion County, Indiana. He was buried in the Newport Cemetery in Newport, Vermillion, Indiana.

Martin and Mattie had no known children.


Sources:

U.S. federal census. Year: 1850; Location: Perry, Wayne, Indiana; p. 83A.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1860; Location: Perry, Wayne, Indiana; p. 307.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1870; Location: Milford, Kosciusko, Indiana; p. 49A.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1880; Location: Vermillion, Vermillion, Indiana; e.d. 188, p. 46C.

Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007, database with images. FamilySearch.org (https://familysearch.org). Indiana county courthouses, film 1,838,643, Martin Petty/Elizabeth Bish marriage, p. 369.
Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007, database with images. FamilySearch.org (https://familysearch.org). Indiana county courthouses, film 2,224,335, Martin Petty/Mattie J. Pierson marriage, p. 226.

Elizabeth Anne Bish Petty, Memorial #7960103, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com.
Martin Petty, Memorial #54121248, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com.

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William Petty (1820-1887)

William Petty was born on 18 May 1820 in Ohio to Josiah and Sarah A. (Sheets) Petty. In the 1820 census that was taken on 7 August, Josiah and his family were in Union, Miami, Ohio. A few years later the family moved to Wayne County, Indiana.

William continued to live with his family until after 1840. On 13 February 1844 he married Mary Ann Bish. The marriage record has Mary crossed out and her name changed to Ann Eliza Bish. However, all of the records after the marriage have her name as Mary Ann. Mary Ann does have a sister named Elizabeth who married William’s brother, Martin.

William Petty & Mary Ann Bish, Marriage Record, 1844

In 1850 William and Mary Ann were living in Perry, Wayne County, Indiana and they had three daughters. Sometime between 1851 when their fourth daughter was born and 1853 they were probably divorced. I have not yet been able to find the divorce record.

William and Mary Ann had the following children:

  • Sarah Ann Petty was born on 1 January 1845 in Indiana and she died 3 August 1903 in Howard County, Indiana.
  • Mahala Petty was born in February 1847 in Indiana and she died on 18 January 1930 in St. Joseph, Allen County, Indiana.
  • Elizabeth Petty was born in 1849 in Indiana and she died on 22 May 1925 in Vermillion, Vermillion County, Indiana.
  • Malinda Josephine Petty was born on 23 May 1851 in Wayne County, Indiana and she died on 27 Nov 1940 in Mississippi.

William married Catharine Busby on 6 February 1853 in Howard County, Indiana. Mary Ann, William’s former wife, married Jesse B. Sykes on 3 April 1853 in Wayne County, Indiana.

William and Catharine moved to Jasper, Jasper County, Illinois about 1856. They lived there until sometime between 1862 and 1867 when they returned to Indiana. In 1870 the family was living in Union, Howard County, Indiana.

Catharine died on 1 February 1879. She was buried in Crown Point Cemetery in Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana.

William and Catharine had the following children:

  • Harriet Petty was born on 7 December 1854 in Howard County, Indiana and she died on 2 February 1938 in Kokomo, Howard, Indiana.
  • Nancy Jane Petty was born 15 May 1857 in Illinois. She died on 20 Feb 1875 in Tipton County, Indiana.
  • Mary Isabella Petty was born on 9 April 1860 in Illinois. She died on 6 May 1949 in Kokomo, Howard, Indiana.
  • William D. Petty was born about 1862 in Illinois.
  • John M. Petty was born about 1867 in Indiana.

A year later, on 11 February 1880 in Henry County, William married Alcinda Davis. After marrying they lived in Center, Howard County, Indiana.

William died on 24 May 1887 in Howard County, Indiana. He was buried in the Crown Point Cemetery in Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana.

William and Alcinda had no known children.


Sources:

U.S. federal census. Year: 1850; Location: Perry, Wayne, Indiana; p. 83A.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1860; Location: Jasper, Jasper, Illinois; p. 638.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1870; Location: Union, Howard, Indiana; p. 503B.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1880; Location: Center, Howard, Indiana; e.d. 053, p. 433D.

Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007, database with images. FamilySearch.org (https://familysearch.org). Indiana county courthouses, film 1,838,643, William Petty/Ann Eliza Bish [Mary Ann Bish] marriage, p. 277.

Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941, database online. Ancestry.com Operations Inc. (http://ancestry.com). Works Progress Administration, 1938-1940. Howard County, Volume I. William Petty/Catherine Busby marriage, 6 February 1853.

Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007, database with images. FamilySearch.org (https://familysearch.org). Indiana county courthouses, film 1,887,510, William Petty/Alcinda Davis marriage, Henry County.

Catharine Petty, Memorial #45516189, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com.
William Petty, Memorial #45516195, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com.

Josiah Petty (1790-1878)

Josiah Petty was born on 10 May 1790 in Surry County, North Carolina to Zachariah and Nancy (Dodson) Petty. Zachariah and his family were listed in the 1790 census in Surry County.

The History of Wayne County, Indiana (p. 710) has a short biographical paragraph about Josiah:

“Our subject’s early life was spent in assisting his father on the farm and in the distillery, and his educational advantages were limited. In 1811 he came to Wayne County, Ind., and carried on a distillery, but, subsequently, on account of the troubles incident to the war of 1812, he went to Ohio, remaining there nine months, when he again came to Wayne County. He built a distillery in Perry Township and ran it till 1834 or 1835, and then went to Randolph County and remained three or four years. He returned to Wayne County and located in Cambridge City, and in 1840 moved to Miami County and settle near Peru. In 1851 he returned to Wayne County. He was married in 1817 to Sally Sheets, a native of Ohio, of Scotch descent. They had a family of nine children, eight sons and one daughter, seven of whom are living. Mr. Petty was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church many years, but in later life he united with the United Brethren church. He died April 15, 1878. His wife died in 1840.”

The first record that I have found for Josiah after leaving North Carolina is the 1820 census. In 1820, Josiah and his family were living in Union, Miami County, Ohio. The census was about three years after his marriage to Sarah “Sally” Sheets.

U.S. federal census. Year: 1820; Location: Union, Miami, Ohio; p. 91.

Josiah Patty;
1 male under 10 (William 0)
1 male 26 to 44 (Josiah 30)
1 female 16 to 25 (Sarah 21)
3 persons total

In 1830 Josiah and his family were living in Perry, Wayne County, Indiana. By that time there were five additional children.

U.S. federal census. Year: 1830; Location: Perry, Wayne, Indiana; p. 120.

Josiah Petty;
1 male under 5 (David 4)
2 males 5 to 10 (Daniel 7, Andrew 6)
2 males 10 to 15 (Martin 8, William 10)
1 male 30 to 40 (Josiah 40)
1 female under 5 (Nancy 2)
1 female 20 to 30 (Sarah 31)
8 persons total

Josiah was in Cambridge, Wayne, Indiana in the 1840 census. Cambridge is about 10 miles south of Perry.

U.S. federal census. Year: 1840; Location: Cambridge, Wayne, Indiana; p. 313.

Josiah Petty;
2 males under 5 (Henry 2, Eli 3)
2 males 5 to 9 (James 8, John 10)
2 males 10 to 14 (David 14, Andrew 16)
3 males 15 to 19 (Daniel 17, Martin 18, William 20)
1 male 40 to 49 (Josiah 50)
1 female 10 to 14 (Nancy 12)
1 female 40 to 49 (Sarah 41)
12 persons total

Sarah, Josiah’s wife, died soon after the 1840 census. The article above mentions that Josiah moved to Miami County in 1840, as well. At that time he had five children 12 and under. I have not been able to locate him in the 1850 census in either Wayne County or Miami County.

Josiah was listed in the 1860 census living with his son, David, in Perry, Wayne County, Indiana. He was listed as 71 years old and with North Carolina as his birthplace. In 1870 he was living with his son, John, in Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana. He was 81 years old and a retired farmer.

I have not been able to find where Josiah was when he died on 15 April 1878. He may have still been living with John in Muncie or he may have been living with one of his other sons. He was buried in the Salem Baptist Church Cemetery in Hagerstown, Wayne, Indiana.

Josiah and Sarah had the following children:

  • William Petty was born on 18 May 1820 in Ohio and died 24 May 1887 in Howard County, Indiana.
  • Martin Petty was born on 10 July 1822 in Ohio and died 22 February 1894 in Vermillion County, Indiana.
  • Daniel Petty was born on 12 April 1823 in Wayne County, Indiana.
  • Andrew Petty was born on 16 October 1824 and died 14 October 1903 in Peru, Miami County, Indiana.
  • David Petty was born on 29 June 1826 in Wayne County, Indiana and died 12 August 1903 in Wayne County, Indiana.
  • Nancy Petty was born on 12 August 1828 in Wayne County, Indiana.
  • John S. Petty was born 12 July 1830 in Preble County, Ohio and died 13 September 1892 in Martinsville, Morgan, Indiana.
  • James Petty was born 28 Feb 1831 in Wayne County, Ohio.
  • Eli Petty was born 1 May 1837 in Indiana and died 7 Mar 1867.
  • Henry C. Petty was born on 10 September 1838 in Wayne County, Indiana.

Sources:

History of Wayne County, Indiana, Volume 2. Chicago, Illinois: Inter-State Pub. Co., 1884. Digital images. FamilySearch.org. http://familysearch.org. Josiah Petty, p. 710.

U.S. federal census. Year: 1860; Location: Perry, Wayne, Indiana; p. 307.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1870; Location: Muncie, Delaware, Indiana; p. 498B.

Josiah Petty, Memorial #57321446, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com.