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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.


  • 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.


  • 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 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.

William Dodson Petty (1787-1872)

William Dodson Petty was born on 5 November 1787 in Surry County, North Carolina to Zachariah and Nancy Anne (Dodson) Petty. He was the fourth child and the first son born to Zachariah and Nancy. Using age and gender matching on the 1790, 1800, and the 1810 census records, it appears that William was living with his parents in Surry through 1810.

William married Mary Coggeshall on 3 October 1812 in Surry County. Mary was the daughter of Peter and Pamela (Starbuck) Coggeshall who were a part of the Quaker community. She was born on 21 March 1792 in North Carolina. Mary was disowned by the Quakers at the New Garden Monthly Meeting on 28 November 1812 for marrying William who was not a Quaker.

William’s family was listed in the 1820 census in Captain Hudspeth’s District, Surry County, North Carolina. They had four children, three boys, and one girl. About 1826 the Pettys left North Carolina to head west to Indiana. They settled first in Randolph County, Indiana, where they were listed on the 1830 census. Then about 1837, they moved to Miami County, Indiana.

William and Mary are listed in the 1850 census on the same page as their sons, Caleb and Zachariah, so they were probably living near each other. By 1860, their son, Zachariah had moved to Iowa. William was listed as being 75 and Mary as 69 years old. They were living near their son, Aaron Newell Petty, and his family.

Mary died on 25 September 1869 in Miami County and she was buried in the Chili Community Cemetery in Chili, Miami County, Indiana.

William was living with his son, Aaron, in the 1870 census. He was listed as 84 years old and a retired farmer. Two years later William died on 3 February 1872 in Miami County. He was buried with Mary in the Chili Community Cemetery.

William and Mary had the following children:

  • Daniel Petty was born 3 August 1813.
  • Caleb Petty was born on 25 August 1814 in Surry County, North Carolina. He died 20 May 1900 in Indiana.
  • Zachariah Petty was born 5 January 1816. He died 11 January 1867.
  • William Anderson Petty was born on 4 August 1817 and died 1 Apr 1868.
  • Mary Adeline Petty was born 22 June 1819 and died 9 June 1845.
  • Nancy Caroline Petty was born 9 October 1821 and died 8 February 1889.
  • Mela Melissa Petty was born 20 May 1823 and died 7 July 1847.
  • Thomas Starbuck Petty was born 25 March 1825 in North Carolina. He died on 14 Mar 1886 in Indiana.
  • Jonathan Elwood Petty was born 28 April 1827 in Indiana. He died 14 Mar 1846.
  • Aaron Newell Petty was born on 3 March 1829 in Indiana. He died 25 Feb 1905.
  • Rachel Petty was born on 16 March 1831 in Indiana and she died on 19 November 1852.
  • Zeno Petty was born on 13 July 1833 in Indiana. He died 19 April 1889 in Miami County, Indiana.
  • Eliza Jane Petty was born on 23 March 1837 and died on 16 August 1843.


History of Miami County, Indiana. Caleb Petty. (Chicago, Illinois: Brant & Fuller, 1887) P. 778-779.

U.S. federal census. Year: 1790; Location: Surry, North Carolina; p. 518.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1800; Location: Salisbury, Surry, North Carolina; p. 682.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1810; Location: Surry, North Carolina; p. 641.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1820; Location: Capt. Hudspeth’s District, Surry, North Carolina; p. 682.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1830; Location: West River, Randolph, Indiana; p. 18.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1850; Location: Erie, Miami, Indiana; p. 106B.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1860; Location: Richland, Miami, Indiana; p. 143.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1870; Location: Richland, Miami, Indiana; p. 239A.

North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979, database with images. ( North Carolina, Office of Archives and History, Division of Archives and Records, Register of Deeds. FHL film 422,157, William Petty/Mary Cogshall marriage.

William Wade Hinshaw, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy (Ann Arbor, Michigan: Edwards Brothers, Inc., 1936), vol. 1, part 2, p. 567.

Mary Cogashall Petty, Memorial #48892171, database and images online.
William Dobson Petty, Memorial #48892172, database and images online.