Letitia “Lettice” Petty (1785-after 1810)

Letitia “Lettice” Petty was born in 1785 in Surry, North Carolina to Zachariah and Nancy Anne (Dodson) Petty. During the first census in 1790, she was about 5 years old. During the second, she would have been 15 years old.

On 14 February 1804, Letitia Petty married Joseph R. Worth in Randolph County, North Carolina. The bondsman for the marriage was Reuben Macy, her sister’s husband. Randolph County was southeast of where Letitia grew up in Surry County and was originally part of Guilford County.

Joseph Worth was from a Quaker family. He was born on 27 April 1781 in Guilford County, North Carolina, and his parents were Daniel W. and Eunice (Hussey) Worth.

Joseph died in April 1812 in Guilford County. He was buried at the Centre Friends Meeting Cemetery in Greensboro, Guilford, North Carolina.

Joseph and Letitia had the following children:

  • Rachel Worth was born on 7 December 1804 in North Carolina.
  • Zeno Worth was born in 1806 in Guilford, North Carolina. He died on 10 August 1845 in Bedford, Lawrence, Indiana.
  • Nancy Worth was born in March 1809 in North Carolina. She died in Feb 1890 in Iredell County, North Carolina.
  • David Worth was born on 15 October 1810. He died on 10 December 1888 in Ashe County, North Carolina.

I have not found any record of Letitia’s death. However, since her last child, David, was born in October 1810, it would have been after that.


Family Group Sheets, Petty Papers: A Genealogical Research Quarterly Newsletter, Vol. 10 (1987-1988), no. 2, p. 85. Family History Library, SLC, UT. Microfiche #6010641.

North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979, database with images. FamilySearch.org (https://familysearch.org). Randolph, North Carolina, Office of Archives and History, Division of Archives and Records, Register of Deeds. FHL film 418,149, Joseph Worth/Letitia Petty marriage.

Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935, database with images. Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. (http://ancestry.com). Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina Records, 1775-1903. Centre Monthly Meeting.

Joseph R. Worth, Memorial #98245688, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com.


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