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Obediah Woodall (1837-1924) – Obediah’s First Wife

A few months ago I was researching Obediah Woodall and his family in Virginia/West Virginia. Recently, I found some new information that I’d like to add to his family record.

Obediah was born on 9 November 1837 in Buckingham County, Virginia to James and Mary Jane (McCormick) Woodall. James was listed in the 1840 census in the Southern District of Buckingham County. However, by the 1850 census, James and his family were living in Putnam County, Virginia. Obediah was listed as the oldest son and 13 years old. He had an older sister, Martha, and two younger brothers and two younger sisters.

In the 1860 census, Obidah [Obediah] Woodall was listed in District 1 of Mason County, Virginia, living with Mary, both of them were 22 years old. This “Mary” was unlikely to be the Mary Jefferies that Obediah married on 8 January 1862. So who was the first Mary? I was unable to find a marriage or any other records that mentioned her.

Obediah Woodall, 1860 U.S. federal census

I’ve been adding spouses and children to Obediah’s siblings in the last few weeks. As I was working on Mary Ann, Obediah’s sister, I found that she had married a Norris Jordan. Discovering information about the Jordan family is challenging as the name is spelled variously as; Jorden, Jordan, Jordin, Jordon, and Jourden. Norris, also listed in documents as Morris, was born about 1832 in Virginia. He was in the 1850 and 1860 censuses with his parents, Stanley and Mahala (Jeffers) Jordan. Interestingly, Norris had a sister, Mary Jane, that was born about 1841.

Mary Jane had a death record in the West Virginia archives.[1] She died on 22 January 1861 in Mason County, West Virginia at 20 years old. Her spouse was Obediah Woodall. Her mother was Mahala Jordan and her father was Stanly Jordan. So my missing Mary was found. But she was not the only one. Mary Ellen Woodall was born 17 January 1861 in Mason County, Virginia to Obediah Woodall and Margaret Jane Woodall.[2]

Mary Jane Woodall, Death Record

There was not a death record for Mary Ellen Woodall, but I did not find any further records for her. Obediah later named his second daughter with Mary Jeffries born in April 1864, Mary Ellen Woodall. This Mary Ellen died of measles 15 days after she was born.

After I had Mary Jane Jordan’s name, I was able to locate an entry for her marriage to Obediah. It was on 13 December 1859 in Mason County, Virginia.


Notes and Sources:

[1] One of the reasons that Mary Jane’s death was difficult to find was that she was indexed as Mary Jane Wadall.

[2] This was probably just a clerical error as Mary Jane had an older sister named Margaret.

U.S. federal census. Year: 1840; Location: Southern District, Buckingham, Virginia; p. 372.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1850; Location: District 46, Putnam, Virginia; p. 284B.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1860; Location: District 1, Mason, Virginia; p. 786.

West Virginia Archives, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, database and images online. (http://wvculture.org).

Mason County, West Virginia. Marriages, 1851-1865, Wills, Inventories, 1832-1882. (Charleston, West Virginia: County Clerk, 19–) FHL film 464960. Woodall/Jorden marriage, p. 68.

Zachariah Petty (~1761-~1835) – Part 3 – Quaker?

Were Zachariah Petty and his wife, Nancy Dodson, Quakers? So far I have not been able to find any direct evidence one way or the other. Below are the “For” and “Against” references that I have been able to find.

For

  • There is a family story that Zachariah and Nancy were Quakers descended from immigrants from England that can be found on the Petty Genealogy website (see note #6).[1]
  • Zachariah and Nancy lived in an area of North Carolina that had a large population of Quakers. They lived near New Garden in Guilford County. New Garden was established by Quakers who came primarily from Nantucket in the 1750s.
  • Some of Zachariah and Nancy’s children married Quakers.

Against

  • William W. Hinshaw compiled Quaker records from North Carolina and some other Eastern States in his Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Vol. I-VI, 1607-1940.[2] He covered the North Carolina Friends groups quite thoroughly. Many neighbors of the Petty family were named and some of Zachariah’s children or their spouses were identified as Quakers. But there was no listing for Zachariah or his wife. The Quakers kept very good records of their meetings and members and to be a member and not listed somewhere in their records was uncommon.
  • The discussion mentioned above on the Petty Genealogy website (see note #7) says that Zachariah and Nancy were listed as members of the Petty Meeting House or the Flat Rock Baptist Church, which is now in Yadkin County. Zachariah’s father, William, was the founder of this branch of the Baptist Church and later Zachariah’s brother, William Eli, was the minister there. To date, I haven’t seen these records, but I hope to find copies so that I can verify the information.

For the moment, I’m going to leave the discussion at this point. If anyone has additional information, I would appreciate hearing of it.

Quaker Connections within the Zachariah Petty Family

  • Zachariah’s daughter, Lucinda “Lucy” Petty married Reuben Macy, who was a Quaker. His parents were members of the Center Monthly Meeting[3] and his family was a part of the group that came from Nantucket before he was born. As an adult, he was a member of the Deep River Monthly Meeting. On 2 December 1809, he was dismissed. The Encyclopedia does not give a reason, but it may have been because he married a woman who was not a Quaker. About 1813, Reuben and Lucy left North Carolina and moved to Wayne County, Indiana.
  • Zachariah’s second daughter, Letitia “Lettice” Petty married Joseph R. Worth. Joseph was the son of Daniel W. and Eunice (Hussey) Worth, who were Quakers.[4] Lettice and Joseph were married on 14 February 1804 and then Joseph died in April 1812. Lettice married a second time on 11 Oct 1816 to Gayer Coggeshall who was also a Quaker. I have not found any dismissals for Joseph Worth or Gayer Coggeshall, so it is possible that Lettice joined the Quakers.
  • William Dodson Petty, Zachariah’s son, married Gayer Coggeshall’s sister, Mary. Mary was disowned by the Quakers on 28 November 1812, a month after her marriage, for marrying out of unity.[5] William and Mary lived in North Carolina until about 1826 and then they moved to Miami County, Indiana.
  • Elizabeth Petty, another daughter of Zachariah’s, married Richard Jones who was a Quaker. They married on 26 January 1807 and Richard was disowned for marrying out of unity on 5 March 1808. [6]
  • Watson Petty, Zachariah’s son, married Lydia Macy, a Quaker. Her brother, William Gayer Macy, married Rachel Worth, daughter of Joseph and Lettice (Petty) Worth, mentioned above. Lydia was condemned for marrying out of unity from the Deep Creek Monthly Meeting on 3 April [7] However, she was mentioned several times in the records over the next 30 years. I haven’t found a record stating that Watson was accepted by the Quakers, but he and Lydia were both buried in the Back Creek Friends Meeting Cemetery in Asheboro, Randolph County, North Carolina.

There may be other connections that I haven’t verified yet, but these are the main connections that I have found between Zachariah’s family and the Quakers.


Sources and Notes:

[1] There is a discussion about Zachariah and Quakers in the source material on the Petty Genealogy website at http://www.pettygenealogy.com/HMTL%20files/aqwc203.htm. See the Notes for Zachariah, #6 and #7.

[2] William Wade Hinshaw, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy (Ann Arbor, Michigan: Edwards Brothers, Inc., 1936).

[3] Encyclopedia, Center Meeting Minutes, vol. 1, pg 661.

[4] Encyclopedia, Center Meeting Minutes, vol. 1, pg 671.

[5] Encyclopedia, New Garden Meeting Minutes, vol. 1, pg 567.

[6] Encyclopedia, Deep Creek Meeting Minutes, vol. 1, pg. 990.

[7] Encyclopedia, Deep Creek Meeting Minutes, vol. 1, pg. 995.

Daniel Petty (1792-1876) – Update

When I wrote about Daniel Petty several days ago, there seemed to be at least three unidentified children. I found references to them, but could not find any solid information. So I continued to chip away at the problem. I was finally able to locate Daniel’s probate papers and with the information in them, I have been able to identify the missing children.

Daniel Petty Will and Probate

Daniel wrote and signed his will on 22 March 1875. His will was accepted and probate was started on 21 December 1876 in Wayne County, Indiana.

This is the header from Daniel’s will. It was contested, so everyone who was a possible heir was listed in the suit. As you can see, it lists several names. There were several additional names within the will itself. Some of the people were identified by Daniel, others were revealed with some research into families of Daniel’s children. Fortunately, Daniel gave his daughters’ married names.

Daniel Petty, Will, 1875 (partial)

Eli Petty – Daniel’s son

John Petty – Daniel’s son

Rebecca Harris – Daniel’s daughter
Allen Harris – Rebecca’s husband, Daniel’s son-in-law

“to the children of my deceased daughter Mary Ann Baldridge”

Edward A. Baldridge – son of Mary Ann Baldridge, Daniel’s grandson

George G. Baldridge – son of Mary Ann Baldridge, Daniel’s grandson

Francis H. Baldridge, Jr. – son of Mary Ann Baldridge, Daniel’s grandson

“to the children of my deceased daughter Sarah Pollard”

Daniel Pollard – son of Sarah Pollard, Daniel’s grandson

Elizabeth Baldwin – daughter of Sarah Pollard, Daniel’s granddaughter
Bailey Baldwin – Elizabeth’s husband

“to the children of my deceased daughter Nancy Evans”

Charles Evans – son of Nancy Evans, Daniel’s grandson

Eleanor Jones – [Meribah Ellen Evans], daughter of Nancy Evans, Daniel’s granddaughter
Oliver Jones – husband of Eleanor

Balle E. Long – [Belle Emma Long], daughter of Nancy Evans, Daniel’s granddaughter
Daniel’s granddaughter, J and E Long – [Jared S. Long], Belle’s husband

“to the children of my deceased son Zeno Petty”

Nancy E. Miller – daughter of Zeno, Daniel’s granddaughter
George Miller – Nancy’s husband

_____ Watson, Bert Watson, [Cynthia Ann Watson], daughter of Zeno Petty, Daniel’s granddaughter
[Leander B. Watson], Cynthia’s husband

_____ Laffalette, John Lafallette, [Harriet Elizabeth LaFollette], daughter of Zeno Petty, Daniel’s granddaughter
[John H. LaFollette], Harriet’s husband

1840 census

The 1840 census would now look like this:

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 (Zeno 19)
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 (Nancy 15, Sarah 17)
1 female 30 to 39 years old (Betsy 39)
9 persons total

1860 census

There was one other problem with Daniel and Betsey’s history. In the 1860 census, there were two children, Elizabeth Petty age 18 and Frances Petty age 8.

After looking at the families of Daniel’s children, it looks as if Elizabeth was Elizabeth Pollard born about 1843, daughter of Sarah Pollard, who died in 1853. Elizabeth was not listed in the 1860 census with her father and step-mother.

Frances was probably Frances H. Baldridge born about 1852, son of Mary Ann Baldridge who died about 1857. In the 1870 census, Frances was still living with Daniel, only he was listed with the correct last name.

An indicator that these two children were not Daniel and Betsey’s children was that Daniel mentioned his children by name in his will, but he did not name either of these two children as his children. So they were most likely his grandchildren.


Sources:

Indiana, Probate Records Order Books, 1873-1916. Wayne County Circuit Court. (Indiana: Wayne County Clerk, 1965) FHL film #404240, pg. 434-437.