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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.

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.

Lucinda “Lucy” Petty (1782-1867)

Lucinda “Lucy” Petty was born 5 October 1782 in Virginia to Zachariah and Nancy Anne (Dodson) Petty. Lucy’s birth location was listed in the Genealogy of the Macy Family as North Carolina. However, in both the 1850 and 1860 censuses, she claimed to have been born in Virginia. So, if Lucy was born in Virginia, there is a question as to when Zachariah and his wife, Nancy, arrived in North Carolina. Zachariah’s father, William, had land and presumably family, in Surry County, North Carolina by 1778. Did Zachariah stay behind in Virginia for a few years after the rest of his family left for North Carolina or did he move to North Carolina and return to Virginia? I have not found anything that points to either answer. But by 1790, Zachariah and his family were living in Surry County according to the 1790 census.

Portion of a French Map of North America, 1792 (Northeastern Virginia and Northwestern North Carolina)

Lucy married Reuben Macy on 20 October 1802 in New Garden, Guilford, North Carolina. Reuben was a Quaker and his parents were a part of a group of Quakers that left Nantucket, Massachusetts to settle in North Carolina. The New Garden settlement was established by Quakers in the 1750s. Reuben’s parents, Joseph and Mary (Starbuck) Macy came to New Garden about 1775. Their first eight children were all born in Nantucket, and their last four, Hannah, Phebe, Reuben, and Judith were born in North Carolina. Reuben was born on 29 May 1780.

A couple of years after their marriage, Reuben bought land in Surry County from Thomas Barnett on 10 May 1805 for $250. Zachariah Petty, Lucy’s father, was one of the witnesses who signed the Deed.

Reuben’s family was listed in the 1810 census in Surry County.

U.S. federal census. Year: 1810; Location: Surry, North Carolina; p. 699.

*Reuben Macy;
2 males under 10 years old (Joseph 4, William 0)
1 male 26 to 44 years old (Reuben 30)
3 females under 10 years old (Mary 7, Nancy 5, Sarah 2)
2 females 16 to 25 years old (Lucy 28, ?)
2 slaves (?, ?)
10 persons total

*(Since we know from the land purchase that Reuben’s family was in this area in 1810, this is probably his family. The names in parentheses show where the family members would fit into the census. Additional people might have been relatives or servants.)

On 18 December 1812, Reuben sold his land to Abner Carmichall and the family moved west to Wayne County, Indiana. This is about the same time Lucy’s brother, Josiah, went to Indiana. There was a large movement of people leaving North Carolina and going to Indiana and Ohio in the early 1800s. Many of the Quakers left and began a new branch in Wayne County, as well as other locations in Indiana and Ohio.

Reuben and Lucy’s family were in the 1820, 1830, 1840, and 1850 censuses in Perry, Wayne County, Indiana. In the 1850 census, Reuben was listed as 68 years old and a farmer born in North Carolina. Lucinda was listed as 66 years old and born in Virginia. The people that were living with them were Reuben, Jr., Nancy Marshall, their widowed daughter, and Nancy Cox, their granddaughter.

Reuben Macy died on 6 November 1858 in Wayne County, Indiana. He was buried in the Economy Cemetery in Wayne County, Indiana.

In 1860, Lucy was on the census record living with her daughter, Emily, and her husband, Jonathan P. Adamson. Lucy died on 23 September 1867 in Wayne County, Indiana. She was buried in Economy Cemetery with Reuben.

Rueben and Lucy had the following children:

  • Mary “Polly” Macy was born 28 August 1803 in New Garden, Guilford, North Carolina. She died in 1838.
  • Nancy Macy was born on 11 April 1805 in New Garden, Guilford, North Carolina. She died on 25 April 1903 in Muncie, Delaware, Indiana.
  • Joseph Macy was born on 25 December 1806 in New Garden, Guilford, North Carolina. He died in December 1827 in Indiana.
  • Sarah Macy was born on 25 December 1808 in New Garden, Guilford, North Carolina. She died on 14 November 1848 in Wayne County, Indiana.
  • William Macy was born on 25 Dec 1810 in New Garden, Guilford, North Carolina. He died on 1 September 1831 in Wayne County, Indiana.
  • Matilda Macy was born on 11 Dec 1812 in New Garden, Guilford, North Carolina.
  • Obed Macy was born on 14 December 1814 in Wayne County, Indiana. He died in 1835 in Randolph County, Indiana.
  • Elizabeth Macy was born on 26 January 1817 in Wayne County, Indiana. She died in 1843 in Wayne County, Indiana.
  • Riley Macy was born on 20 September 1819 in Wayne County, Indiana. He died in 1855 in Iowa.
  • Emily Macy was born on 28 August 1822 in Wayne County, Indiana.
  • Reuben Macy was born on 12 April 1827 in Wayne County, Indiana.

Sources:

Silvanus J. Macy. Genealogy of the Macy Family from 1635-1868. (Albany, New York: Joel Munsell, 1868) Digitally reproduced on Internet Archive, http://archive.org.

John Mitchell, Georges-Louis Le Rouge, and M. Hawkins. Ameriquain septentrionale. [Paris, Le Rouge, 1792] Map. Retrieved from the Library of Congress.

North Carolina. Surry County. Deeds, 1771-1951. Register of Deeds, Raleigh. Deed Book L:40 and Deed Book N:263-264. FHL film 344,623.

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. 699.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1820; Location: Wayne, Indiana; p. 244. (Indexed as Reuben Mary.)
U.S. federal census. Year: 1830; Location: Perry, Wayne, Indiana; p. 117. (Indexed as Reuben Mary.)
U.S. federal census. Year: 1840; Location: Perry, Wayne, Indiana; p. 271.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1850; Location: Perry, Wayne, Indiana; p. 82A.

Reuben Macy, Memorial #6562694, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com.
Lucinda “Lucy” Petty Macy, Memorial #6562693, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com.