Daniel Petty (1792-1876)

Daniel Petty was born in North Carolina on 9 May 1792¹ to Zachariah and Nancy Anne (Dodson) Petty. Daniel would have been about 18 in the 1810 census and there is room for him in Zachariah’s 1810 listing.

Daniel’s brother, Josiah, left for Indiana about 1811. It is possible that the brothers went west together or about the same time because the next document I found for Daniel was his marriage to Betsy Murphy in Wayne County, Indiana on 4 July 1819. Daniel’s wife, Elizabeth “Betsy” Murphy was born about 1801 in North Carolina.

In the 1840 census in Wayne County, there was a listing for Daniel Petty in Clay Township. Daniel’s family fits into the listing fairly well, but there are three places (question marks below) that I have not found names for. These may be additional children or possibly relatives of Daniel and Betsy.

U.S. federal census. Year: 1840; Location: Clay, Wayne, Indiana; p. 296.

Danl Petty;
1 male less than 5 years old (John 4)
1 male 10 to 14 years old (Eli 13)
1 male 15 to 19 years old (?)
1 male 40 to 49 years old (Daniel 48)
1 female 5 to 9 years old (Rebecca 8)
1 female 10 to 14 years old (Mary Ann 9)
2 females 15 to 19 years old (?, ?)
1 female 30 to 39 years old (Betsy 39)
9 persons total

Daniel and Betsey were living in Jefferson Township in the 1850 census. They had three children living with them, Eli, Mary Ann, and John.

Daniel was listed as 67 and a farmer in the 1860 census. He listed $23,000 for the value of his real estate and his personal estate was listed as $6,000. There were two children living with Daniel and Elizabeth. A girl of 18 named Elizabeth and a boy of 8 named Frances. It is possible that Elizabeth was their daughter, but if so, she wasn’t listed on the 1850 census. Frances was probably Frances Baldridge, their daughter Mary Ann’s son. Mary Ann had died about 2 or 3 years previously and had a son Frances born about 1851-2. Frances, or Frank, was living with Daniel ten years later in the 1870 census. So it is possible that both of these children were grandchildren.

Betsey died on 9 May 1869 and she was buried in the Salem Baptist Church Cemetery in Hagerstown, Wayne County, Indiana.

Daniel was in the 1870 census living with his grandson, Frank (Frances) Baldridge, age 18, and Belle Evans, age 17.²

Daniel died on 2 February 1876 and was buried with Betsey in the Salem Baptist Church Cemetery.

Daniel and Betsey had the following known children* born in Indiana:

  • Eli Petty was born on 23 November 1827 and died on 18 August 1906 in Hagerstown, Wayne County, Indiana.
  • Mary Ann Petty was born about 1831 and died about 1857.
  • Rebecca Petty was born about 1832 and died 20 December 1900 in Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana.
  • John Petty was born in 1836 and died in 1903.
  • Sarah Petty was born about 1838.
  • Elizabeth Petty was born about 1842. (Elizabeth may be a granddaughter.)

*There may have been about 3 additional children that have not yet been connected to Daniel and Betsey.

¹Birthdate was found on Daniel’s gravestone.
²Please note that Daniel was indexed under the name Setty on Ancestry.com and Lilly on FamilySearch.org for this census.


Sources:

Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007, database with images. FamilySearch.org (https://familysearch.org). Wayne county courthouse, film 1,838,642, Daniel Petty/Betsey Murphy marriage, p. 103.

U.S. federal census. Year: 1840; Location: Clay, Wayne, Indiana; p. 296.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1850; Location: Jefferson, Wayne, Indiana; p. 53B.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1860; Location: Jefferson, Wayne, Indiana; p. 236.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1870; Location: Jefferson, Wayne, Indiana; p. 450B.

Elizabeth Petty, Memorial #63939173, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com.
Daniel Petty, Memorial #63939174, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com.

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