Martin Petty was born on 10 July 1822 in Ohio to Josiah and Sarah A. (Sheets) Petty. Soon after his birth, his family moved to Wayne County, Indiana. Martin lived with his parents in Wayne County until he was over eighteen.
Martin married Elizabeth Ann Bish on 23 January 1845 in Wayne County. She was the daughter of John and Ann (Campbell) Bish and was born on 14 February 1826 in Ohio. Her sister, Mary Ann had married Martin’s older brother, William, the previous year.
Martin and Elizabeth Ann lived in Perry, Wayne County, Indiana in 1850. They had two children, Mahala age four and Richard H age two. They were still living there in 1860. Their children were Mahala age 15, William age 13, Mary age 9, and Josiah age 5. There was not a listing for a Richard H, nor was there a listing for William in the 1850 census. In later records, William had the middle name, Henry. Since I have not been able to find any other records for a Richard H Petty, I think that the census taker may have made an error or at some point, Martin and Elizabeth Ann decided to call him William rather than Richard.
In 1870, Martin, Elizabeth Ann, and their family were living in Milford, Kosciusko County, Indiana. Martin’s occupation was listed as teaming rather than farming. He was probably driving a team of horses and hauling some type of goods. They had two additional sons, Andrew and Martin. Ten years later, in 1880, Martin and his family had moved to Vermillion, Vermillion County, Indiana.
Elizabeth Ann died on 5 January 1888. She was buried in Newport Cemetery in Newport, Vermillion, Indiana.
Martin and Elizabeth Ann had the following children:
- Mahala Petty was born on 15 February 1846 in Indiana.
- William Henry Petty was born on 10 June 1849 in Indiana and he died on 6 July 1927 in Paris, Edgar, Illinois.
- Mary Jane Petty was born on 30 November 1852 in Indiana and she died 1 January 1928 in Hillsdale, Vermillion, Indiana.
- Josiah Joseph Petty was born on 17 April 1856 in Indiana and he died on 9 May 1917 in Harrison, Vigo, Indiana.
- Andrew J. Petty was born on 3 October 1858 in Indiana and he died on 21 November 1925 in Villsale, Vermillion, Indiana.
- Martin L. Petty was born on 4 February 1862 in Indiana and he died on 6 June 1920 in Camargo, Douglas, Illinois.
Martin married Mattie J. [Bridwell] Pierson on 20 June 1888 in Vermillion County, Indiana.
Martin Petty died on 22 February 1894 in Vermillion County, Indiana. He was buried in the Newport Cemetery in Newport, Vermillion, Indiana.
Martin and Mattie had no known children.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1850; Location: Perry, Wayne, Indiana; p. 83A.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1860; Location: Perry, Wayne, Indiana; p. 307.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1870; Location: Milford, Kosciusko, Indiana; p. 49A.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1880; Location: Vermillion, Vermillion, Indiana; e.d. 188, p. 46C.
Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007, database with images. FamilySearch.org (https://familysearch.org). Indiana county courthouses, film 1,838,643, Martin Petty/Elizabeth Bish marriage, p. 369.
Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007, database with images. FamilySearch.org (https://familysearch.org). Indiana county courthouses, film 2,224,335, Martin Petty/Mattie J. Pierson marriage, p. 226.
Elizabeth Anne Bish Petty, Memorial #7960103, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com.
Martin Petty, Memorial #54121248, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com.