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.

Sources:

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. FamilySearch.org (https://familysearch.org). 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. Find-A-Grave.com.
William Dobson Petty, Memorial #48892172, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com.

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.

Letitia “Lettice” Petty (1785-after 1810)

Letitia “Lettice” Petty was born in 1785 in Surry, North Carolina to Zachariah and Nancy Anne (Dodson) Petty. During the first census in 1790, she was about 5 years old. During the second, she would have been 15 years old.

On 14 February 1804, Letitia Petty married Joseph R. Worth in Randolph County, North Carolina. The bondsman for the marriage was Reuben Macy, her sister’s husband. Randolph County was southeast of where Letitia grew up in Surry County and was originally part of Guilford County.

Joseph Worth was from a Quaker family. He was born on 27 April 1781 in Guilford County, North Carolina, and his parents were Daniel W. and Eunice (Hussey) Worth.

Joseph died in April 1812 in Guilford County. He was buried at the Centre Friends Meeting Cemetery in Greensboro, Guilford, North Carolina.

Joseph and Letitia had the following children:

  • Rachel Worth was born on 7 December 1804 in North Carolina.
  • Zeno Worth was born in 1806 in Guilford, North Carolina. He died on 10 August 1845 in Bedford, Lawrence, Indiana.
  • Nancy Worth was born in March 1809 in North Carolina. She died in Feb 1890 in Iredell County, North Carolina.
  • David Worth was born on 15 October 1810. He died on 10 December 1888 in Ashe County, North Carolina.

I have not found any record of Letitia’s death. However, since her last child, David, was born in October 1810, it would have been after that.


Sources:

Family Group Sheets, Petty Papers: A Genealogical Research Quarterly Newsletter, Vol. 10 (1987-1988), no. 2, p. 85. Family History Library, SLC, UT. Microfiche #6010641.

North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979, database with images. FamilySearch.org (https://familysearch.org). Randolph, North Carolina, Office of Archives and History, Division of Archives and Records, Register of Deeds. FHL film 418,149, Joseph Worth/Letitia Petty marriage.

Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935, database with images. Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. (http://ancestry.com). Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina Records, 1775-1903. Centre Monthly Meeting.

Joseph R. Worth, Memorial #98245688, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com.