Daniel Petty (1823-about 1879)

Daniel Petty was born on 12 April 1823 in Wayne County, Indiana to Josiah and Sarah A. (Sheets) Petty. He lived with his parents through the 1830 and 1840 censuses. Daniel moved to Miami County about 1847 to the Clay township area.

Daniel married Sarah Swoverland on 24 June 1848 in Miami County, Indiana. Sarah was the daughter of Christian and Barbara (King) Swoverland born on 22 June 1832 in Ohio.

Daniel and Sarah were listed as living in Richland, Miami County, Indiana in the 1850 census. They had one son named John W who was just a few months old. John probably died within the next few years as he is not found in any records after 1850. Some family trees online also have a son named George listed for the family. I have not been able to confirm him with documents. Daniel and Sarah did have four children between ages 1 and 7 in the 1860 census.

Daniel and Sarah were in Richland, Miami County for the 1870 census. Daniel was farming and they had 6 children. Two years later in 1872, Daniel established a store in the village of Pettysville. He platted the land and soon after the railroad was built to the town. Pettysville was named for Daniel and he became the first Postmaster in 1875. Solomon, his son, became the Postmaster about a year later.

Postmasters List, Miami County, Indiana

I have not been able to document where and when Daniel died. The family story is that he went to Washington to acquire a homestead for his family. The family was preparing to follow him to Washington when they were informed that he had died from the aftereffects of being caught in a blizzard. He may possibly be buried near Walla Walla, Washington.

Sarah was living with her daughter, Margaret (Petty) Pearce and her family in 1900. Margaret was listed as divorced and keeping a boarding house in Center, Howard County, Indiana. Sarah was listed as 67 years old and a widow.

In 1910, Sarah, at the age of 78, was living with her son, Solomon in Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana. He also was a widower and his occupation was listed as a wrangler of horses.

Sarah died a few years later on 14 June 1916 at the age of 83. She was buried in the Crown Point Cemetery in Kokomo, Howard, Indiana.

Daniel and Sarah had the following children:

  • John W. Petty born about 1850 in Indiana.
  • Possibly, George Petty was born about 1851. No records have been found for him.
  • Solomon Petty was born on 13 October 1852 in Indiana. He died on 8 January 1953 in Franklin, Johnson, Indiana.
  • Sarah Ellen Petty was born in 1855.
  • Eliza Louisa Petty was born in 1857 in Indiana. She died 18 October 1872 in Miami County, Indiana.
  • David Petty was born in 1858. He died on 25 May 1907.
  • Margaret Petty was born in July 1862 in Indiana.
  • Levi Effinger Petty was born 1 April 1867 in Miami County, Indiana. He died on 24 December 1944 in Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana.


Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007, database with images. FamilySearch.org (https://familysearch.org). Miami County, Indiana courthouse, film 2,431,845, Daniel Petty/Sarah Swoverland marriage, p. 72.

U.S. federal census. Year: 1850; Location: Richland, Miami, Indiana; p. 170A.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1860; Location: Richland, Miami, Indiana; p. 133.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1870; Location: Richland, Miami, Indiana; p. 246A.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1900; Location: Center, Howard, Indiana; e.d. 0055, p. 2A.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1910; Location: Kokomo, Howard, Indiana; e.d. 0123, p. 12A.

Arthur L. Bodurtha, History of Miami County, Indiana (Chicago, Illinois: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1914), p. 119 & p. 198.

U.S., Appointments of U.S. Postmasters, 1832-1971, database and images online. Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. NARA film M841, group 28.

Sarah Petty, Memorial #45516193, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com.


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