Or and Azure on a bend Vert
Three martlets of the first
Out of a ducal coronet Or, an elephant's head Argent
tusked and eared Gules
OR (gold) is the emblem of geneoristy and elevation of mind
AZURE (blue) denotes loyalty and truth
VERT (green) symbolizes hope and joy
ARGENT (silver) represents peace and security
GULES (red) is the warrior's color
BEND, the sash or scarf, is the symbol of defense or protection
MARTLET the bearing of the martlet indicates a prompt and industrious man
CORONET refers to the acquisition of an earthly crown or the hope of a heavenly one
ELEPHANT represents the mighty warrior always on guard
JOHN PETTY OF SPRINGFIELD, MASS
The following information was furnished by Mrs. Moffatt Ware of Kings Mountain, N.C. and is
included here only from an informative viewpoint. No proof has been furnished linking this family
with that of John Petty, of Springfield.
“Back in the fifth generation in England, Sir Augustine (Pettus) - 1582-1613 - had the following
children: (1) Thomas Pettus, Gent. 1591-1618, married Anne Walpole, daughter of Calibut (Callybut)
Walpole; (2) Anne, born 1583, married Robert Knightly of Offchurch, Warwickshire; (3)Christian,
born 1586, married Sir Peter Saltonstall; (4) Elizabeth, born 1585, died 1598; (5) Bridget, born
1588, died 1652, married Martine Sadley, Esq.
“Christian (3) who married Sir Peter Saltonstall, gives a note stating: 'some Saltonstalls' came to
Mass. in America, and a John Pettis came with them.’
“Definitely, John Pettis (Petty's) who came from England to Mass., descends from Sir John Pettus
(Petteous, Pettyous, Pettis, Petty's) who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth, and would be of the
Suffolk, England group.”
To further follow along this thought, see below from the New England Hist. & Gen. Reg.; Vol. 48 -
page 504, re the Will of Sir John Pettus of Norwich, Knight, dated 10 Jan. 1613, proved 13
May,1614, which mentions:
“My son, Thomas Pettus
“My grandson, Thomas Pettus, son of Sir Augustine Pettus, my son deceased at 21
“My brother, Thomas Pettus
“My brother, William Pettus
“My godson, JOHN PETTUS, son of said William, my brother at two and twenty
“My sister, Whall
“My sister, Joanes
“My niece, Susan Pettus, of London
“Dame Bridget Pettus, wife.”
Also from New England Hist. & Gen. Reg.; Vol. 48 Page 505, re the Will of THOMAS PETTUS
of Caistree St. Edmonds, Norfolk, Esq.14 Oct.1613, proved 3 Nov.1618, which mentions:
“My nephew, Thomas Pettus, son of Sir Augustine Pettus, Knight, my late brother deceased
“SIR JOHN PETTUS, Knight, my late father deceased
“My nephew, JOHN PETTUS, son of Sir Augustine Pettus
“My mother, Dame Bridget, at Rackeye.”
“Thomas Pettus, the testator, was the son of Sir John Pettus, of Norwich and Bridget, daughter of
Augustine Curtis of Lincolnshire. His brother was Sir Augustine Pettus of Norwich; his sister,
Bridget, married Martin Sedley of Morley, Norwich. Christian married Sir Peter Saltonstall, daughter
of Calibut Walpole of Norfolk. The widow of the testator was Anne, daughter of Calibut Walpole of
Norfolk. The will previous is that of his father. The Virginia family of PETTUS claim a direct descent
from this family through Col.Thomas Pettus who settled in Jamestown, Va., in 1640. - W.K. Watkins”
T #1. JOHN 1 PETTY, probably yeoman [note: a middle-class farmer], of Springfield, Mass., born
probably in England, about 1635-1640, died in Springfield, Mass., 8 March 1680; of unknown
parentage; married at Boston, Mass., 30 May 1662 (according to Savage, this date of marriage was
30 March 1662), to Ann Canning, by John Endecott, Gov. (“A Report of the Record
Commissioners,” Vol.9, page 86.)
Chronological Dates of Record relating to John 1 Petty:
1635-1640: John Petty was probably born in England for his surname is English about this
period and this estimate is based upon the date of his marriage. There is not the slightest
clue to his parentage nor to that part of England from which he came.
30 May 1662: He was married to Ann Canning in Boston. This is the earliest record found
25 March, 1662-3: His son, James, was born in Windsor, Conn., according to the
Springfield records where the birth was recorded. (Also see New Eng. Hist. Gen. Reg.;Vol.
18, page 146 and Vol.37, page 303.)
9 Nov. 1662: His daughter, Hannah, was born in Springfield, Mass.
1665: He moved fom Windsor, Conn. to Springfield, Mass.
1668: According to the New Eng. Hist. & Gen. Reg., Vol. 9, Page 87, John Petty was
among the signers of a “petition against Imposts: 2 dua 1668: To the Right Worpp.
Worpp.& Much Honno. The General Co (rte).& Counsel of the Mass. - The Humble
Petition of the Inhabitants of Springfield, Springfield, Mass.”
The New Eng.Hist. & Gen. Reg. Vol. 5 - page 84 states “Inhabitants of the towne of
Springfield who took the Oath of Allegiance, Springfield, Mass., dated Dec. 31,1678 -
Jan.1,1678 was `John Petty.’
From “Early Settlers of West Springfield - Transcribed from the Parish Records of The
First Congregational Church, by Lyman H. Bagg - Vol. 29, page 289 - “15th - The 15th
lot is to John Petey ten acres. In length from the high way to the field, 100 rods and Bredth
27 Sept. 1670: His daughter, Mary, was born at Springfield, Mass.
7 Oct. 1670: His name was on a petition of Springfield inhabitants.
27 Sept. 1672: His son, Joseph, was born at Springfield, Mass.
19 May 1675: His daughter, Anna, was born at Springfield, Mass.
23 June 1677: His stillborn child was born at Springfield, Mass.
8 Oct. 1678: His son, Ebenezer, was born at Springfield, Mass.
31 Dec. 1678 or 1 Jan.1678-9: He took the oath of allegiance with other inhabitants of
8 March 1679-80: He died at Springfield, Mass.
28 Aug. 1680: The inventory or his estate was taken. It included 3 pieces of real estate. It
was an intestate estate.
28 March 1682: His widow requested settlement of his estate.
26 Sept. 1682: A Court of probate held at Springfield ordered that his estate in lands “in
Springfield & Suffield and that Land Lately purchid of Danll.Canada be to the children as
they come to be of age.” (This shows clearly how his eldest son James Petty obtained his
share of this estate which descended to James Petty's son, John Petty, and to John Petty's
son Nathan Petty who deeded away his rights in this land on 2 Feb.1756 to William Petty.
This is the last date his widow was known to be alive.) (Neither she nor her second
husband left any estate.)
There is no record that John 1 Petty was ever admitted a freeman. No deeds have been found to
which he was a party. He was probably a yeoman as were most of his descendants in the early
generations but no statement of his occupation has been found. It does not appear that he held any
civil or military office, but as he was never recorded a freeman he would not have been eligible to
hold such an office.
PROBATE RECORDS OF HAMPSHIRE COUNTY, MASS.:
“Probate of Jno. Pettus Inventory of his Estate”:
“Att a County Corte holden at Springfield, Setr.28:1680. Widdow Ann Pettee Presented to this Corte. ye
Inventory of ye Estate of John Pettee her husband late deceased who dyed Intestate & made oath yt. it was
to ye best of her knowledge a true Inventory of ye sd.Estate & power of administration upon ye sd.Estate is
by this Corte. granted to sd.widdow.” (1:210)
“Att a County Corte Holden at Northampton 28 March 1682:
“Widdow Pettee alias Owens Wife prsenting her desire for a settlement of her first Husband Pettees Estate,
upon her self and Children wch. upon some consideration this Corte. respitted that matter to ye next Corte.
at Springfield.” (1:219)
“Att a County Corte. holden at Springfield Septr.26,1682: “For ye Settlement of ye Estate of John Pettee of
Springfield deceased; the Relict [note: widow] of John Pettie being married again to Samll. owen.....the rest
of ye moveables being about 60 (shillings) together with ye Lands in Springfield & Suffield, and that land Lately
purchid of Danll.Canada be to the children as they come to be of age,” etc. (1:224)
“An Inventory of the Estate of Jno.Petey deceased taken by us whose names are underwritten August: the
28th:1680", who were Samuel Marshfield & Jno.Barber, totalled 153-18-00 (pounds) plus 6 (pounds) of which
the Realty consisted of following: “house & 12 acres of house Lot” at 32 (pounds): “Land at the Blockridge at
14 (pounds); and “Land at Stoney River” no price listed” (2:7).
(This is the intestate estate of John Petty. Only heir mentioned was his widow Ann. No original file
CHILDREN OF: JOHN 1 PETTY & ANN (CANNING) PETTY
T #2. James Petty, born 25 March,1662-3, in Windsor, Conn., according to the Springfield
records where the birth was recorded. (Page 7, # 2), married 15 June 1683, Mary Lawton; he died
before 13 March 1712 -13.
#3. John Petty, born 9 Nov. 1666 at Springfield, Mass.; married 13 April 1693, Mary Taylor; he
died before 11 March 1723-4.
#4. Hannah Petty, born 11 Dec. 1667 at Springfield, Mass; died at Springfield, Mass. 1 Jan. 1667-8.
#5. Mary Petty, born 27 March 1670 at Springfield, Mass; died date unknown; m. (1) 29 Dec.1687,
Thomas Taylor, son of Jonathan & Mary Taylor; m. (2) 6 April 1697 at Springfield, Mass. Thomas
Rich, also known as La Rich.((He was probably a second generation from some Rich who came in
the Winthrop Fleet - Ref: N.Eng. Hist.Gen. Reg. Vol.19, page 62)}; she m. (3) in 1703 Joseph
#6. Joseph Petty, born 27 Sept.1672 at Springfield Mass; d. about 1746 at Northfield, Mass; m. (1)
14 Feb. 1701, Elizabeth Edwards; m. (2) 2 June l703, Sarah Edwards. (see N.Eng.Hist.Gen. Reg.
Vol. - page 64)
#7. Anna Petty, born 19 May 1675 at Springfield, Mass; died 12 May 1691; prob. unmarried
#8. (son) Petty, born 23 June 1677 at Springfield, Mass; d. young; unbapt.
#9. Ebenezer Petty, born 8 Oct. 1678 at Springfield, Mass; d. date unknown; married, unknown
ANN (CANNING) PETTY:
Wife of John 1 Petty; place and date of birth, place and date of death, unknown; parentage unknown.
Her surname is unique in Boston. After the death of her husband, John 1 Petty, in 1680, Ann
(Canning) Petty married (2) Samuel Owen at Springfield, Mass, on 5 Sept.1681.
The surname of “Canning’ is not listed in Torrey's marriages at all. There is found the surnames of
“Canney” or “Kenney” in the list of marriages, both of which sound much like “Canning,” and the
latter may be poor spelling, based upon the mere sound of the surname “Canney,” which was not
uncommon in the early records. (NOTE: Could this be “Channing?”)
From: “History of North Brookfield Mass.” by J. H. Temple, 1887, page 698:
OWEN, SAMUEL 1 , from Springfield, settled Brookfield,1688, lived and kept tavern on north side
of road east of Warding Rock; received in all, grants of two hundred and twenty -seven acres;
married 1681, Ann Pettee, widow of John.
Owen children, born in Springfield, Mass: Sarah Owen, b. 1682; Abigail Owen, born 1685; Samuel
Owen, born 1688; perhaps others in Brookfield.
“Samuel 2, Owen, son of Samuel, 1, received grants in all of 182 acres; wife Mercy ( ). Children:
Hepzibah, b. 4 May 1713; Anna, b. 22 Feb. 1715 - died young; Samuel, born 10 April 1716;
Christian, b. 1 Oct. l7l8; Hannah, b. 10 March 1720.
Note to the 50th Anniversary Edition
Ann Canning appears to have had several suitors following the death of John Petty and prior to her marriage
to Samuel Owen, according to Springfield records as reported in the book, The First Century of the History
of Springfield, by Henry M. Burt, copyrighted 1898. NWP had a copy of this book in his genealogical
collection and was aware of the data because at some point he marked the passages with pencil. However,
he did not include it in any of the editions of his genealogy. The data follows:
From: The First Century of the History of Springfield, Vol. 1, p. 436:
“At a Town Meeting of ye Select Men being present Mr. Holyoke Quartm Colton Deacon Parsons
& Daniell Denton: July ye 25th 1681 Agreed upon yt a stranger yt for some tyme have had his
Residence at ye Widdow Pettys & also Mr. Brice have both of them notice given them to depart
July ye 29th 1681
At a meeting of ye Selectment present Mr. Holyoke quartermaster Coulton Deacon Persons &
Danll Denton. Whereas ye Townsmen at ye fformer Meeting Arthur Dudley was according to
order warned out off ye Town & now making his applicaion to ye Townsmen they give him a
months liberty to answer his ingagement to ye Widdow Petty...”
Elsewhere in the book, Burt points out that the Springfield settlers had taken pains to guard against
undesirable persons in their town. As early as 1642, the settlers agreed that visitors could stay only one month
without the general consent of the inhabitants, or their hosts could face fines. (Vol. 1, p. 53)
Also, it should be noted that in 1681 Ann Canning's children were approximately ages 19, 15, 14, 11, 9, 6 and
3 and that the town still had occasional Indian problems and that there still were plenty of wolves in New
England at the time, according to the town records as reported by Burt.
[End of Note]
Question: which is it: Petty or Pettys?
From the section on #26, Nathan 4 Petty:
An example of just how little should be the
importance of the spelling of a surname is
shown by ... Nathan Petty's life. His name is
spelled six ways, as follows: “Petteis” once;
“Pettes” twice; “Pettey” six times; “Petteys”
once; “Pettis” once and “Petty” six times.
His will uses “Petty.”
[Note: You will find these boxes of
information scattered throughout the
genealogy. They are new to this edition.]
T #2. JAMES 2
PETTY (John 1 ), son of John Petty & Ann (Canning) Petty, husbandman [note:
a farmer] of Springfield, Brookfield, and Freetown, Mass., was born in Windsor, Conn. (according
to Springfield, Mass. records), 25 March 1663. He died at Freetown, Mass., before 13 March
1712-13 when the inventory of his estate was taken. James Petty married at Springfield, Mass. 15
June 1683, Mary Lawton, daughter of John and Benedick (maiden name unknown) Lawton.
MARY (LAWTON) PETTY was born at Suffield, Conn., 15 April 1662; she died prob. at Freetown,
Mass. after 1 June 1713.
James 2 Petty was a soldier in King William's War.
Chronological Dates of Record Relating to James 2 Petty:
25 March 1662-3: He was born in Windsor, Conn, but his birth was recorded on the
Springfield, Mass. vital records. (7:#2). His parents were married at Boston Mass. 30 May
1662, but his birth was recorded on 25 March 1662. Due to the use of double dating from
the fourteenth century to 1 Jan.1753 [note: Julian Calendar vs. Gregorian Calendar], this birth date
was doubtless 25 March 1662-3 which means that he was born in wedlock. This appears
the only possible explanation of what appears to be a discrepancy between the marriage of
the parents and the date of birth of their first child. Burt says the child was born March 25
and Warren says May 25. The explanation given favors March 25 which has been accepted
here. The original records of Springfield, Mass. have never been published as verbatim
copies of the record so we must rely on Burt, Warren (page 8) and the Register (7:#2) for
the dates. No court record has ever been found concerning the birth of this child before the
marriage of the parents. They would probably have been summoned to court if such had
been the case. This is further evidence favoring the conclusions adopted here. ((Birth
before the marriage of the parents was certainly not common ... the parents usually
managed to get married at least before the birth of their first child except in a clear case of
bastardy. Of course, this was a perfectly legitimate birth since the parents of the child did
marry after this birth. Effort is being made now to locate the actual record of the birth of
this child to see if an error in the date has been made. It appears to have been a Springfield
record although the birth could have actually occurred in Windsor because it is listed in the
“Register” under the records of Springfield.)
15 June 1683: He was married at Springfield, Mass.
5 Jan. 1684: His son, John was born at Springfield, Mass. This may also be another
instance of the double date so that the date may be 5 Jan. 1684-5. Of course this date could
be correct and the child born somewhat less than seven months after the marriage of his
25 March 1684: He was called “of Suffield” on this date when he was sued in an Action
of Case, a civil action.
12 Sept. 1686: His daughter Mary was born at Springfield, Mass.
31 July 1688: His son James was born at Springfield, Mass.
3 Oct. 1691: His son William was born at Springfield, Mass.
5 Feb. 1694: His name was mentioned in a petition with the request that he be allowed his
poll tax for services to his country. “James Petty 5 sh ... fetching the people from
23 June 1694: His daughter Anna was born at Springfield, Mass.
30 Sept. 1698: He joined with John & Ebenezer Petty, all of Springfield, in a deed selling
a tract of 53 acres of land. This is the sole deed found to which he was a party. ((John &
Ebenezer were doubtless his brothers as only these three men of those names are known
24 Nov. 1698: He was on a petition of Brookfield inhabitants requesting aid in supporting
the ministry. ((He is the single “James” available for this petition, the next oldest man of
that name being James 3 Petty (James 2 ; John l ) who was not born until 31 July 1688 and
was only a little over 10 years of age on this date.)
September 1699: His daughter Sarah was born at Freetown, Mass.
1700: Burt says he was at North Brookfield, Mass. in this year. ((This may be so as his
children on the records of Freetown, Mass., could have been recorded there after their
5 Jan. 1703-4: His daughter Content was born at Freetown, Mass.
5 April 1706: His son Ebenezer was born at Freetown, Mass. ((He was doubtless named
for his uncle, his father’s brother Ebenezer Petty. The given name of this child is further
proof of the identity of the father, James 2 Petty.
12 Oct. 1708: He was an appellant in an Action of the Case.
11 Jan. 1708-9: He was defendant in an Action of the Case and his daughter Sarah was
7 Oct. 1709: He was called “James Pettyes of Freetown ... Husbandman” in an execution.
((Only proof of his occupation in this record.)
13 March 1712-13: He died at Freetown Mass., before this date when his inventory was
1 June 1713: His widow was called “Mary Petties of freetown, widow Relict of James
Petties of sd. ffreetown Deceased” when she took oath to the inventory of his estate. ((This
is the last known date on which she was alive and the only known document which
mentions her given name after they came to Freetown, Mass.)
James 2 Petty was not a party to a single deed in Bristol County, Mass.
James 2 Petty (John 1 ), the eldest son, was the sole child or son to remove from Springfield, Mass.
or vicinity. His four sons were the progenitors of the Petty families of Bristol County, Mass., and
vicinity, and Rhode Island. His son, John, resided in Swansea, Mass; his son James resided in
Tiverton, R.I. (then in Mass.) and Dartmouth, Mass; his son William resided in Westerly,
Charlestown and Richmond, Rhode Island; and his son Ebenezer resided in Swansea and Dartmouth,
Mass. ((The descendants of the son William of Rhode Island are not readily confused with the others
and are doubtless more numerous since he had 11 children of whom 8 were sons. The children of
the two sons John and James are not so readily identified. John had 3 children born in Swansea,
Mass. according to the vital records and almost certainly a son John not found on the birth records
and there is no evidence of any other children. James had two proven sons (Abraham & Joseph) and
a proven daughter Tabitha. There is also strong evidence that he had sons Benjamin & Nicholas.)
((Original Probate Files of Bristol Co., Mass. “PETTEY, JAMES /1712/ Freetown.” One (1) paper
in the file only - which has been photostated. It is the sole evidence of the approximate date of death
of James 2 Petty (John l ) with the proof that his widow, Mary (Lawton) Petty, was living as late
as 1 June 1713. This is the earliest estate under the surname of Petty in Bristol County, Mass. and
of the utmost importance as it definitely established the early generations of this family.)
“An Inventory of the Essteat of Mr, James/pettey of freetown Desesed Taken by us the / Subscribers
this 13th Day of march 1712/13," etc. It was taken by Constant Church, Samll.howland and Joshua
howland, all three being Freetown men, the last two signing the inventory by their marks. The
inventory listed only personal property, no realty, and totalled 11 (pounds),14/. On 1 June 1713,
“Mary Petties of ffreetown widow Relict of James Petties of sd. ffreetown Deceased” appeared
before the probate court of Bristol County, Mass. and took oath to the inventory of this estate.
Data from “History of North Brookfield, Mass.” by J. H. Temple, 1887:
“Page 156: PETTY: `Nov. 23, 1698 - The new comers this year were ... James & John Pettee, from
Springfield, whose mother had married Samuel Owen - they were much in the wars.”
Data from same source - Page 140: Chapter Heading: “Second Settlement, 1686-1718 ”:
“I quote from Pynchon's Diary & Account Book: Aug.19 (1688). I sent 6 men to Quabaug, ye people
there being about to remove, ordering and requiring their continuance, only I sent to fetch
off such women as desired to come away. The men sent were Tho.Powell, Eben.Graves, John
Stiles, JAMES PETTY, JOSEPH PETTY & Tho.Gilbert, who were in ye service 2 days apiece &
horses which is 12 days 12 horses.”
CHILDREN OF JAMES PETTY & MARY (LAWTON) PETTY:
T #10. John Petty, born 5 Jan,1684, Springfield, Mass; died probably Swansea, Mass., before 2
Feb.1756; married 1710, Hannah Closson of Swansea, Mass.
#11. Mary Petty, born 12 Sept. 1686,Springfield, Mass; d. date unknown; m.
#12. James Petty, born 31 July 1688, Springfield, Mass; died probably Dartmouth, Mass. after 10
May 1764;married (1) ?; married (2) int.[note: marriage intention announced] 2 June, 1733, Tabitha
#13. William Petty, born 30 Oct.1691, Springfield Mass; died before 5 Oct. 1747 at Richmond, R.I.;
m. by 1713 Mary ( ).
#14. Anna Petty, born 23 June 1694, Springfield, Mass; d. date unknown; m. unknown
#15. Sarah Petty, born Sept., 1699, Freetown, Mass.; d. date unknown; m. unknown
#16. Content Petty, born 5 Jan. 1703-4, Freetown, Mass; d.date unknown; m. unknown
#17. Ebenezer Petty, born 5 April 1706, Freetown, Mass.; died probably Dartmouth, Mass., in
1791; married at Swansea, Mass., 6 March 1728-9, Patience Chase.
#3. JOHN 2 PETTY (John 1 ), son of John Petty & Ann (Canning) Petty, was born 9 November
1666 at Springfield, Mass; he died at Springfield, Mass. before 11 March 1723-4, when
administration on his estate was granted; married at Springfield, Mass. 13 April 1693, Mary Taylor.
MARY TAYLOR, born 28 Dec.1671 at Springfield, Mass. was the daughter of James Taylor who
married Mary Taylor, daughter of Jonathan & Mary, on 17 Jan.1667. Mary (Taylor) Taylor died l8
March 1700. James Taylor died 27 Oct. 1720. Savage says he [note: James Taylor] had been a servant
of John Pynchon, which probably means that John Pynchon paid his passage, and that he lived with
him untill the amount was paid. (( source: “The First Century of the History of Springfield,” by
Henry M. Burt - 1899; page 643, Vol.2)) Date and place of death of Mary (Taylor) Petty unknown.
Chronological Dates of Record Relating to John 2 Petty:
7 April 1707: Under “Early Settlers of West Springfield,” dated 7 April 1707 was the name
of “John Petey.” ((29:285)). Note: Son of John Petty,Sr.
11 March 1723-4: “lettrs. of Administration of ye Estate of Jno. Petty of Springfield...
Deceased was granted unto Mary Petty, John Petty & Ebenr. Petty of Springfield” etc. The
inventory totalled 209 (pounds)-01-00, which the real estate consisted of the following:
“To ye housing & lands at home” at 136 (pounds); “To Ten acres of 1and at ye Deep
Swamp” at 15 (pounds); “To Ten Acres of land at ye Great plain on Pocketuck brook” at
6 (pounds); and “To part of a Saw Mill” at 5 (pounds).
An “Accompt of what we have paid as Adminstre. on our father Jno. Petty’s Estate” was
signed by both John Petty & Ebenezer Petty.” (( Original Probate Files, Hampshire County,
“Estate of John Petty, Springfield,1723, Box No.113, No. 2.” NOTE: This is the intestate
estate of John 2 Petty (John l )
CHILDREN OF JOHN 2 PETTY & MARY (TAYLOR) PETTY:
(Proof Source: New Eng. Hist. & Gen, Reg. Vol.2, page 620)
#18. Mary Petty, born 26 Oct.1695; d. date unknown; m, Robert Emmons of Brookfield, Mass.
#19. John Petty, born 6 April 1701; died about 1748; m. Margaret (maiden name unknown).
#20. Joseph Petty, born date unknown; died 29 Aug.1710 at Springfield
#21. Abigail Petty, born 3 April 1713; d. 25 Feb. 1792; m. date unknown; to Pedijah Field.
#22. Ebenezer Petty, born 1721; d. 1748; m. Rebecca (maiden name unknown)
#5. MARY 2 PETTY, (John 1 ), daughter of John 1 Petty & Ann (Canning) Petty was born at
Springfield, Mass. on 27 March 1670; she died probably between 1716 and 1731; married (1) 29
Dec. 1687, Thomas Taylor, son of Jonathan & Mary (maiden name unknown) Taylor. He was born
9 August 1660 and died at Springfield, Mass. in April 1691; married (2) 6 April 1697 at Springfield,
Mass, Thomas Rich, alias La Rich.( He was probably a second generation from some Rich who
came in the Winthrop Fleet - Ref: “New Eng.Hist.& Gen. Soc.” Vol.19, page 62.) They went to
Brookfield, Mass., where Thomas Rich died in 1702; married (3) in 1703, Joseph Jennings.
THOMAS RICH: (From “History of North Brookfield, Mass,” by J. H. Temple, 1887, p. 156.):
“Thomas Rich, who had a grant of the home-lot “at the east end of the Old Plantation,” died 1702;
his widow, Mary, married Joseph Jennings; the children wrote the name LaRich. ((This notation
under the heading “The new comers this year were ... Nov.23,1698.))
JOSEPH JENNINGS: (“From History of North Brookfield, Mass.” by J. H. Temple, 1887, p. 650.)
“Joseph, son of Stephen and Hannah (Dickinson) Gillett Jennings, deacon, esquire, held his father's
homestead; he was born 23 August 1682, and died after 1751; he bought the Coy, Parsons, Warner,
Kent, and Younglove homelots on Foster's Hill; received grants of 971 acres, his real estate in all
amounting to 1350 acres. He married (1) Mary Rich, widow of Thomas; married (2) Sarah (maiden
name unknown). Children: see list below.
From page # 649 - same source: “Re: Stephen 1 Jennings (father of Joseph Jennings, husband of
Mary (Petty) Taylor, Rich, Jennings) was of Hatfield 1677; freeman 1690; bought 15 April 1693 of
Hezekiah Dickinson, the William Pritchard home lot and rights in Brookfield 104 acres, but did not
come to reside until 1695 or 1696; sold this place 25 March 1707 to his sons Stephen and Joseph,
and lived near Woolcott's; had grant of land 60 acres; date of death unknown, but before 1720. He
married 15 May 1677, Hannah (Dickinson) Gillett, daughter of John Dickinson (died 1676 - son
of Nathaniel Dickinson) and Frances (Foote) Dickinson - she was widow of Samuel Gillett
((according to Jennings Family in America by W. H. Jennings, 1899 - Vol. 2, Part 2.)) This family
was from Hadley. Hannah (Dickinson) Gillett Jennings with two of her Gillett children was taken
captive by the Indians 19 Sept. same year, and carried to Canada. 24 October, her husband and
Benjamin Wait (whose wife and 3 children were captives) started for Canada on the attempt to
redeem their families and friends. After a perilous journey via Albany, they reached Sorrell in
January. Negotiations lingered; and they left Sorrell not till 2 May, having redeemed all the captives.
The party returned to Albany 22 May; reached Kinderhook 27 May where “they found men and
horses sent from Hatfield; rode through the woods to Westfield, and all arrived safely at Hatfield,
after an absense of eight months.” The cost of redemption was over two hundred pounds, which was
collected by contribution in the towns. The date of her death is unknown.”
CHILDREN OF: MARY (PETTY) TAYLOR & THOMAS TAYLOR:
a. Hannah Taylor, born 18 August,1690 at Springfield, Mass.
CHILDREN OF MARY (PETTY) TAYLOR RICH and THOMAS RICH:
b. Thomas Rich, born 17 Nov.1697 at Brookfield, Mass, married (1) Ruth Nichols; married (2) at
Mendon, Mass. on 18 Aug. 1742, Hulda Wheelock, widow of John Sanford. (( Will proved 5 Dec.
** c. John Rich, born 31 May,1699; married 18 March,1724, Sarah Walker
d. Ebenezer Rich, born 12 Dec. 1700
e. Experience Rich, born 23 Oct. 1702; married 27 May 1723, Hannah Godd
CHILDREN OF: MARY (PETTY) TAYLOR RICH JENNINGS & JOSEPH JENNINGS
f. Joseph Jennings, born 27 April 1704
g. Mary Jennings, born 4 May 1707
h. Hannah Jennings, born 14 April 1709; died 16 March, 1716
i. Anna Jennings, born 22 Sept. 1711
j. Martha Jennings, born 8 Jan. 1716
k. Leah Jennings, born 6 Dec. 1731
l. Olive Jennings, born 2 March,1736
m. Jonathan Jennings, born 6 April,1738
n. Ruth Jennings, born 25 Feb. 1740
o. Stephen Jennings, born 11 April, 1743
((Leah, Olive, Jonathan, Ruth, and Stephen Jennings were children of Joseph Jennings and Sarah
(maiden name unknown) Jennings, his second wife.))
** His will dated Jan.26,1767,proved Sept 15,1767, son of Thomas & Mary (Petty) Rich; married
Sarah Walker; m.(2) Elizabeth (maiden name unknown). By 2nd wife had: (1) John Rich; (2) Sarah
Rich, m. Mar.6,1767 to John Gilbert; (3) Rachael Rich; (4) Bethsheba Rich; (5) Elizabeth Rich,
m. Benjamin Furbush.
John Gilbert & wife Sarah (Rich) Gilbert had son Rufus Gilbert who m. (1) Amy (maiden name
unknown); m.(2) Bethia Carpenter. ((Above from Hartford Times of 12/1/56 Ref. Z.B.H.))
#6. JOSEPH 2 PETTY (John 1 ), son of John and Ann (Canning) Petty, was born 29 Sept. 1672
at Springfield, Mass. He died about 1746 at Northfield, Mass; married: (1) 14 Feb. 1701, Elizabeth,
daughter of Joseph Edwards of Northampton. She died at Deerfield, Mass. 18 Feb. 1702; married
(2) 2 June 1703, Sarah Edwards. She was redeemed from captivity, and died 4 Oct. 1754.
Chronological Dates of Record Relating to Joseph 2 Petty:
Data from “History of Deerfield, Mass.” by George Sheldon, 1896, Vol.2:
“Joseph, son of John, born 1672; the man for whom Petty's Plain was named; a soldier at
Northfield in King William's War; at Deerfield 1688 and in the Pomroy pursuit; settled in
Deerfield; self and wife captured by the French and Indians 29 Feb.1704; carried to
Canada; he escaped the next summer with Baker, Nims, and Kellogg. He removed to
Northfield at the permanent settlement and died about 1746.”
Data from “History of The Town of Northfield, Mass. for 150 Years” by J. H. Temple and George
Sheldon, 1875, p. 514:
“Joseph Petty, son of John, b. 1672; soldier in the garrison at Northfield, 1688; then of
Springfield; soldier at Deerfield 1698 and in the Pomroy Pursuit; of Deerfield 1704, where
he with wife was taken captive;both were redeemed, prob. by John Sheldon on his first
expedition to Canada, in 1705; removed to Coventry, Ct., about l708; was at Northampton
as early as 1718, where he died about 1746.
Data from “History of Deerfield" by George Sheldon - Vol. #1, “Queen Anne's War, 1702-1713; pp.
303-304, “Attack on Deerfield, Feb.29,1703-1704:
“On the same folio sheet with the foregoing report is the table on the following pages,
giving the loss of life, liberty, and also a list of remaining inhabitants:
Firz John Winthrop's Table of Losses
Captivitie or Burnt Estate Lost
Joseph Pettee 2. Himself & Wife 50 (lbs.)? Lost
Data from pp 308-9:
“Taken captive, where is this sign +, against the Person's name, it is to signify they were
KILLED after they went out of town. And this mark,*, is to signify that they are still absent
from their native country. (Age given when it could be ascertained)
Joseph Petty * 31 Sarah Petty * (?) 31
Page 351: Anecdotes Relating To The Captives:
“Soon after John Sheldon left Canada for home in 1705, 4 young men, disappointed at not
being allowed to return with him, made their escape and reached home about June 8th.
Their names were: Thomas Baker, John Nims, Martin Kellogg and Joseph Petty. They
had no arms, but probably a small stock of provisions and reached our frontiers more dead
than alive from hunger and fatigue. They were discovered in Wisdom in an imbecile
and seemed guided more by instinct than reason in making their way home ... It was a long
time before their cravings were satisfied. After having eaten all they could, they still felt
hungry as ever.”
Data from “History of Greenfield, Shire Town of Franklin County, Mass.” by Francis M. Thompson,
(Page 98). “1705 - Joseph Petty was the man for whom Petty's Plain was named. He
removed to Northfield, and was a soldier during King William's War.”
(Page 442). “ - Under heading of: Early Settlers in Greenfield: “PETTY; Joseph Petty from
whom “Petty's Plain” obtained its name, while never a resident of this town, was largely
interested in the apportionment of the land here.”
Sept. 1723: Joseph Petty, of Northfield, husbandman, was party to a deed.
25 Aug. 1718: Joseph Petty, of Northfield, husbandman, exchanged “a certain Houselot
in ...Northfield,” etc.
5 Dec. 1733: Joseph Petty, of Northfield, husbandman, for 45 shillings, quit claimed to
Timothy Dwight of Northampton, all rights in land in Northampton, “in right of my late
Daughter Elizabeth Petty, Decd. whom I had by my First wife Elizabeth Petty alias
Elizabeth Edwards, one of the daughters of Joseph Edwards of said Northampton
deceased.” (L/51) (NOTE: This is the last known date that Joseph 2 Petty (1672 - ), the
son of John 1 Petty is known to have been alive. He apparently left no probate records of
his estate. This deed clearly identifies his first wife, and his second wife is stated to have
been the sister of the first wife.))
JOSEPH 2 PETTY & ELIZABETH (EDWARDS) PETTY & SARAH (EDWARDS) PETTY
All born at Deerfield, Mass.
#23. Elizabeth Petty, born 11 Feb. 1702; died before 5 Dec. 1733
#24. Sarah Petty, born 14 April 1707; d. date unknown; m. date unknown, Ashahel Stebbins of
Deerfield and Northfield.
#25. Joseph Petty, born date unknown; d. at Northfield,.before 9 Dec.1748; m. Hannah (maiden
FROM: “History of Northampton, Mass.” by J.T. Trumbull, Vol. 1 (1902), p. 444:
“In 1698, the men engaged in this affair ((King William's French & Indian War - Pocumtuck
Indians)) petitioned the General Court for compensation. This document was signed by Jonathan
Wells, Joseph Hawley and Samuel Partridge. In it they say:
“We are of the opinion that the persons above mentioned ** ought to be well rewarded. the 3 first Newly come
into Deerfield weary out of the woods and upon hearing of the news from Hatfield four of the town, with seven
of the garrison joining with them, went away In the Night. Their Journey was difficult, their undertaking
hazardous. The issue successful, & we hope of good consequence. The ready spirit of the Soldiers to go out
tho under pay already, we believe will be taken notice of their encouragement.The time of their service may
well be esteemed two dayes. They travelling all the Night Before, and the first three the night after deerfield
to Northampton, where they did belong. They all found themselves horses and provisions.”
“In response to the above petition, the Legislature granted L22 to these men, to Benjamin Wright,
L 3, to the “six inbabitants,” L 2 each, and to the garrison soldiers each Ll. Col. Schuyler and others
went to Canada, the same year to rescue and bring back the English captives. Between twenty and
thirty prisoners were redeemed; among them were the survivors of the Belding family; and others
belonging in Deerfield.”
((The names of the persons who were engaged in this pursuit were the following: Benj.Wright,
Corporal of the troop, Leader; Benj.Stibbins, Jonathan Taylor, troopers, of Northampton; Thomas
Wells, Benomi More, Ebenezer Stebbins, Nath. Pumrey, Dragoons; Corporal gillit, Benj.King
Jonath.Brooks, Sam’l Root, Jos. Petty, Jos.Clesson, Henry Dwit, Harrison Soldiers at Deerfield.
“While the fight in the Deerfield meadow was in progress, Thomas Baker was taken prisoner. He
lost his weapons, as well as a portion of his clothing, and with the other captives endured the fearful
march to Canada. In a few months he endeavored to escape from Montreal in order to bring
intelligence of the projected invasion of Chevalier Boncour (Beaucours) but was recaptured. The
Indians decided to burn him alive. As they were about to bind him to the stake by a sudden exertion
of strength, he shook off his tormenters and was spared that cruel fate. Seeking refuge at the house
of one Le Clair, he was ransomed from the Indians by the payment of L 5,advanced by his protector.
Suspecting his design of conveying intelligence of pending military movements,the Governor of
Canada put him in irons, and kept him a close prisoner four months. No sooner was he at large than
he renewed his attempt to escape. In this flight he was accompanied by Joseph Petty, John Nims,
and Maryin Kellogg, Jr., fellow prisoners taken when he himself was captured. Their march
homeward was attended by much suffering and many privations. Though beset with dangers on
every side, their greatest difficulty was in procuring food, but by fishing and hunting they were able
to support life till they reached Deerfield, nearly dead with hunger and fatigue. In 1718, he
petitioned the General Court for remuneration for his losses, and was granted L10. ((Queen Anne's
French & Indian War.”))
P.331 : (King Philip's War - Fight at Turner's Falls)
“After running the gauntlet of the swamp, the main body reached Green River. Here Capt. Turner,
while crossing, near “Nash's Mills,” was shot and fell dead from his horse. The command then
devolved upon Capt.Holyoke,viho succeeded in making good his retreat, through Green River
meadows, across Petty’s Plain, Deerfield River and meadows, til he reached Hatfield. Throughout
the remainder of the retrograde march, the English forces were hard pressed by a numerous and
active foe who followed them to the “Bars” on the road leading to D’field South Meadow.
Joseph 2 Petty’s Account of His Escape
From: “History of Deerfield” by George Sheldon. 1893. Vol.1, pp. 352-354:
“As an illustration of the value of tradition, this story will be left as printed in the first edition. How
the slow tortoise of which Petty partook, as appears in the following letter, obtained the plumage
of the grave bird is of no consequence, for the “providential Great White Owl” will still live, with
“Goffe, the Guardian Angel” of Hadley. And both will plume themselves and dress their feathers
on the pages of so-called historical writers, to the music of the silver toned “Bell of St. Regis.” To
the courtesy and generosity of William F. Havemyer of N.Y.C. we are able to give the following
letter, the original of which is framed in Memorial Hall. It was procured by him at an auction sales
in Philadelphia in 1892.
"Upon your desire, I now present you with a Narrative of my escape from Canada. tho it is now so
long Since y'r I may possibly forget some particulars. But the acc't as near as I can remember is as
follows VIZ. About thirteen months after I was taken from Deerfield (w'you well remember) four of
us consulted methods to make our escape. Sometime in May upon ye great procession day we had
Liberty to go in and about ye city of Mont Real & there we happened all to meet together & John
Nyms & I informed ye other two of our design to make our escape. This was on a thirsday (May 10)
& we agreed y y other three were come down to where I lived w was about 9 miles from ye city &
w was something remarkable ye guns & Provisions we I had designed to bring with us was in
another room from where I lodged w exercised my mind very much how I should come at ye since
I Lodged in another room with ye people of yr house & was still oppressed my spirits more was, y
coming in from work at noon I found a bed & sick person placed in y room where yr guns &
Provisions were: & I thot now it was impossible to escape but upon my return at night I found ye sick
person removed & my bed brought into y room w much revived me.
"On ye Sabbath (May 13) following I was to go to ye city again to conclude further about our escape
& having confirmed all matters, I returned at night & found my Landlords son there w was designed
to Lodge with me w again dashed my spirits much for now I thot it impossible for me to Escape from
“But while I sat passing w to do I remembered y I was to set up a sign by ye River for ye other
three to know where y house was & I thot I would go & do y w I had done upon my return I found
my Landlord’s son moving off & would not stay tho much persuaded to tarry & altho it was very Dark
he did go; w again revived me & about break of day y other three come & I handed ye two guns
& some Provisions & we took a Canoe & passed ye River by sun rising & tho yr people Lived on
ye other side we passed by them undiscovered. This was on monday morning (May 14) & on
Wednesday about sun two hours high at night we arrived at Chamblee River about 9 miles below
ye fort and y’e made a raft & went over & ye next day we travelled up against y fort & stopped to get
some Provision killed a calf & dryed it, but friday & Saturday rained so hard y we could not travel
w y we judged pursued us were in this time returned. on y Sabbath following we set out for ye Lake
& arrived y on Wednesday about no [document torn] there we found two canoes & we judged our
pursuers [document torn] and Left one of these we took & came along with our journey, &, & came
along y day & all night & y next day & at night Left our canoe [illegible] we came along on y east
side of ye Lake until we came to ye mouth of Misisecou River we went up this river all night for it
comes along y same course as y east Shore of y Lake & next morning we found a small runn
[?] rather w Led out of y River into y Lake w we made use
of to waft us into ye Lake again; there is extra-ordonry good Land on each side of this River all ye
way as far as we could perceive. this day we travrlled on y Lake till night & Lay by ye Lake, but next
morning ye wind was so high against us y we left our Cannoe & travelled on ye side of ye Lake y
day; & ye next day being Saturday we struck across for French river falls & arrived there on Sabbath
about 9 in ye morning. this we travelled up about 2 or 3 dais & Left it & struck away for y branches
of White River & on y next Sabbath about 9 in y morning we came to White River. Now our
Provision was spent excepting some small matters we had left to fish withal, & y day we spent in
getting Provision & supplied ourselves for y night & part of y next day w all y Provision we had until
we came to Deerfield excepting ye Leg of a tortoise & a small book fish w we brought along a Little
way. ye next night we came to ye mouth of white river & made a fire & designed to Lodge there &
we set one to fish for us; but by reason of ye flies he was soon discouraged & as soon as he came
up I was going down to ye River to drink & espied an Indian on ye East side of ye Grant river coming
to drink w made me stop and hide myself until he was gone off & for fear of discovery we made off
y night and y next day our provision being spent sometime & we weak & faint we thot best to make
a raft upon w we came down y day & y next night on Connecticutt River & y next day also we still
continued our Course on ye raft & on thursday about 9 or 10 in ye morning we came to ye great
falls, there we Let go our raft & went below ye falls & made anotheer & came y day to y Lower end
of great meadows or y place now called y Cannoe place there we Lodged y night & y next morning
we came on our raft to ye meadows where ye fort is now there we Left our raft & came on foot y
day into Deerfield about twilight in ye evening & thus thro the good hand of divone Providence ( w
watched over us all y way) we safely arrived to our native Land again & were joyfull received & well
taken care of by our friends upon w I cannot but say y we have reason to praise God four our
deliverance & never forget his be [document torn] ts. thus Sr. I have given you a breif & as exact
a relation [document torn] can well, since t’is so Long a time passed since, & if it may be of any
service I rejoyce & sunscribe my self yours to Command
[Son of John 1 and Ann Canning; born 29 Sept. 1672, Springfield, Mass; died about 1746,
(This document was addressed to)
“The Rev d
Mr. Stephen Williams
T #10. JOHN 3 PETTY (James 2 ; John 1 ), son of James Petty and Mary (Lawton) Petty.
Probably yeoman [note: farmer] of Swansea, Mass; was born 5 Jan. 1684 at Springfield, Mass. He
died before 2 Feb. 1756, probably Swansea, Mass; married at Little Compton, R.I. (then in Mass.)
in 1710, Hannah Closson, of Swansea, Mass.
HANNAH CLOSSON: was daughter of Josiah and Mary (Williamson) Closson; she was born at
Little Compton, R.I., 31 August 1690; died probably Swansea, Mass., af ter 1 Feb. 1714-15.
John 3 Petty resided in Swansea Mass. The children of John 3 Petty are not readily identified. He
had 3 children born in Swansea, Mass., according to the vital records and almost certainly a son,
John, not found on the birth records and there is no evidence of any other children. ((See
Chronological Dates of Record Relating to John 3 Petty:
5 Jan. 1684: He was born in Springfield, Mass. He was the eldest son and child of
James 2 Petty.
1710: He married in Little Compton, R.I. (then in Mass.). That he is the same man born at
Springfield, Mass. 5 Jan. 1684 appears readily established by the following:
1. His father, James 2 Petty, was then residing in Freetown, Mass., nearby.
2. He was the sole John Petty available for this marriage
3. His three children recorded were born at Swansea, Mass. near Freetown, Mass.
4. The deed of his son, Nathan Petty, whose birth was recorded in Swansea, Mass.
dated 2 Feb 1756 states that “Nathan Petty of Tiverton ...Yeoman” was “the Eldest
Son of John Petty which was the Eldest Son of James Petty formerly of Springfield
in Conn., alias the Massachusetts Bay in new England”. ((This last item being
17 Jan. 1711-12: His son Nathan was born at Swansea. He was the eldest son and child of
10 July 1713: His daughter Hannah was born at Swansea, Mass.
1 Feb. 1714-15: His daughter Martha was born at Swansea, Mass.
1715-1720: Only above 3 children recorded on the vital records. But it appears that he
(John 3 ) had at least one more child - a son, John Petty Jr., who was probably born at
Swansea, Mass., between 1715 and 1720 who is the John Pety who married at Swansea,
Mass., 25 Oct.1739, Sarah Commines both of Swansea. ((Only this John 3 Petty appears
possible as the father of this John Petty married in 1739.)
2 Feb. 1756: His eldest son Nathan deeded away his rights by quit claim deed that he had
acquired from his father “John Petty which was the Eldest Son of James Petty formerly of
Springfield,” etc. ((This deed is conclusive evidence of the death of John Petty for
otherwise he would have been party to this deed rather than his son. The fact that his two
daughters, Hannah & Martha, were residing in Swansea, Mass. in 1737, the year they both
married, would be very strong evidence that the family was then residing in that town,
although it does not indicate whether John Petty was living or dead at that time. He left no
estate in Bristol County, Mass., and he was not a party to a single deed on record in either
Bristol County, Mass., or Hampshire County, Mass, and this is doubtless the reason why
he left no estate. As there is no evidence whatever to indicate that he removed from
Swansea, Mass., it is assumed that he died in that town.)
There is less known of this particular generation of this lineage than of any of the other generations,
which is due primarily to the fact that he was not a party to any deeds anywhere, left no estate and
left records only of his marriage and the births of three children.
An examination of both deeds and probate records under the names of the two husbands of his two
daughters (Hannah and Martha) produced no information of the slightest importance.
Except for the three children whose births are found in the records of Swansea Mass. and the almost
certain son John, Jr., whose birth date was not recorded, there appears evidence of no children.
CHILDREN OF: JOHN PETTY & HANNAH (CLOSSON) PETTY:
T #26. Nathan Petty, born 17 Jan. 1711-12, Swansea, Mass; died before 26 May 1809 at Westport,
Mass; married 19 August 1742, Mary Gifford at Tiverton, R. I. (now Mass.)
#27. Hannah Petty, born 10 July 1713, Swansea, Mass; died ?; married at Swansea, Mass. 16 Jan.
1736-7, Roger “Cilley” (“Kelley”). Children: William Kealey, son of Rogger & Hannah, born at
Swansea, Mass. 14 April 1738.
#28. Martha Petty, born 1 Feb, 1714-15, Swansea, Mass; died date unknown; married at Swansea,
Mass., 14 Dec. 1737, William Thresher (Thrasher.)
#29. John Petty, born at Swansea, Mass. between 1715 - 1720; died probably at Swansea, Mass.
before 25 August 1772; married at Swansea, Mass. 25 Oct. 1739, Sarah Commines.
#12. JAMES 3 PETTY (James 2; John 1) son of James Petty and Mary (Lawton) Petty, was born
31 July 1688 at Springfield, Mass; died probably Dartmouth, Mass., after 10 May 1764; married (1)
name unknown, date and place unknown; married (2) int. 2 June 1733, Tabitha Chase.
TABITHA (CHASE) PETTY was daughter of Abraham 3 Chase (William 2 ; William1 ); she was
born at Swansea, Mass., date unknown. She was living 10 May,1737.
Chronological Dates of Record Relating to James, 3, Petty:
No record of an estate; the will of Robert Dennis (1677-1730) of Tiverton, dated 29 December 1729
contains, “To son Thomas certain land and housing leased to James Pettee.” (( Austin's
“Genealogical Dictionary of R.I.” page 65.
April, 1733: James, 3, Petty, was defendant “at an Inferior Court of Common Pleas held
at Bristol, Mass. - Samuel Lad, plaintiff. ((Court of Common Pleas, 1730-1739, page 298.))
His wife’s identity has not been discovered and even her given name has not been found.
He was clearly the father of sons Abraham & Joseph Petty, but his daughters, if he had any,
or any other sons, if there were such, are unknown. His marriage and the births of his
children are unknown.
3 Sept. 1745: “James Petties of Tiverton, yeoman, for 50 (pounds) pd. by Abraham
Petties, my son of Tiverton, husbandman,’’ a certain Lot of Land whereon I now Dwell in
ye township of Tiverton, and Is a Lott formerly Laid out to Christopher Almy in sd.
Tiverton Purchase No. 27 above ye pond”....(Deed of Bristol County, Mass.)
10 May 1764: (Deed of Tiverton, R.I.) - Jeams Pettey of Dartmouth, husbandman,
appointed “my well beloved Son Joseph Pettey” of Dartmouth, yeoman, his attorney for
all debts,etc. “belonging and coming unto James Pettey in the Town and County of
Springfield In brookfield and in Weston”, etc. Acknowledged at Newport 29 May 1764 by
James Pettey. ((This is a most important deed for it is the only known proof that James
Petty (James 2 ; John l ) had a son Joseph as well as a son Abraham; that he (James Petty)
was living on this date, when he was nearly 76 years of age. There is no record of his estate
so his deeds are important.))
JAMES PETTY and (1) UNKNOWN PETTY and (2) TABITHA (CHASE) PETTY:
((The children following are placed in order of marriage.))
((Children probably born Tiverton, R.I., but not recorded anywhere))
#30. Benjamin Petty, born date unknown; married Charlestown, R.I., 20 April 1746, Sarah Foster.
On 6 Sept.1746 “Benjamin Petty of Tiverton,” cordwinder [note: cordwainer; a shoemaker] was
deeded land in Charlestown, R.I. (( A Benjamin Pettice, aged 50-60 years, was at Scituate, R. I., in
1777 Census. Also there in 1774 and 1790. Although not a proved son, he first came from Tiverton
and he named his second son James and was almost certainly a son of this James.))
#31. Abraham Petty, born date unknown; married Dartmouth, Mass. 5 Nov. 1746 Susannah
Beden, daughter of Richard.
#32. Joseph Petty, born date unknown; married (int.) Dartmouth, Mass. 15 Nov 1752 Elce (Alice)
Butterworth of Warrentown (Warren, R.I.)
#33. Nicholas Petty, born date unknown; married (int.) Dartmouth, Mass. 2 Oct. 1756, Rebecca
#34. Tabitha Petty, born date unknown; married (int.) Dartmouth, Mass. 29 Sept. 1759, Ruben
Shearman; married Tiverton, R. I., 21 Nov. 1759.
#13. WILLIAM 3 PETTY (James 2 ; John 1 ), son of James Petty and Mary (Lawton) Petty, was
born 30 Oct. 1691 at Springfield, Mass; he died at Richmond, R.I., before 5 Oct. 1747, when his will
was sworn to; married at place unknown, 1713, to Mary (maiden name unknown), who died at
Richmond, R.I., before 7 Nov. 1748 when administration of her estate was granted.
Note to the 50th Anniversary Edition
In his revised edition of 1978, Norman W. Pettys included additional research about Mary, the wife of
William.3 Petty. For expediency, he placed it elsewhere in the book. I have moved it here, where I believe he
would have placed it if it had been feasible for him to do so. At the time, it would have required him to re-type
“The following data is extracted from David Petteys Family Record by Rev. S. James Petteys
and based on “The Petteys Family of Greenwich (Washington County of New York),” as
prepared by Isley V. H. Gill in 1953. (Rev. S. James Petteys Box 346, Hamler, Ohio 43525.
(Sept. 29, 1975) and now of Trinity Lutheran Church, Frankfort, Michigan. (He claims decent
from David Petteys, born 1735 [note: son of William]
“William 3 Petteys (1691-1747) married Mary Winter. He was born 30 Oct. 1691 in Springfield,
Mass. He was son of James 2 and Mary (Lawton) Petteys.”
[End of Note]
William Petty first appeared at Westerly, R.I, 1 May 1716 and may have married before he left
Springfield, Mass. He was not a party to a single deed in Hampshire County, Mass.
Chronological Dates of Record Relating to William 3 Petty:
1 May 1716: At a Town Council Meeting held at the house of Justice Crandal at Westerly
the first day of May 1710:
“Wheras WILLIAM PETTY and ...... Page with their familys are Illegally come in to town Voated
that said Petty and said Page be Summoned to appear att the next counsll at their next Sitting then
and there to be examined relateing ye premises and be further dealt with as by Law is Directed.”
((“Council Records/ Probate Records/ & Lands/ 1699-1719/ No.2/Town of/ Westerly,”
NOTE: This is the earliest record found of William 3 Petty after his birth at Springfield,
Mass. 30 Oct.1691.
His father, James 2 Petty (1662-1713) removed from Springfield, Mass. or vicinity to
Freetown, Mass. about 1699 or 1700 when William 3 Petty was only eight or nine years of
age. It is probable that William 3 Petty removed from Freetown, Mass. to Westerly shortly
before 1 May 1716 when the following record appeared. This William Petty was the
ancestor of most of the Pettis or Petty surnames in South County, Rhode Island.
4 June 1716: At a Council Meeting held at the house of Mr. Peter Crandll in Westerly, 4
“Voated that the persons named in the last Days work of the Counsll att their last Sitting (viz)
WILLIAM PETTY and .... Page be Summoned to appear at ye next Sitting of the Counsll. There and
then to be examined and further Dealt with as by Law is Directed concerning their Illegally coming
and continuing in this Town.” ((Ibid - page 104.))
13 June 1716: At a Council Meeting held by adjournment at the house of Mr. Peter Crandll
in Westerly, 13 June 1716:
“Voated Upon Capt. Allens Request The Counsll Suspend a further proceeding on the Matter under
debate Relateing to John Page and WILLIAM PETTY till the Sitting of the next Counsll at the house
of Mr. Isaac Thompson ye Second Monday in July next provided they then being Sufficient Security
and pay the charge that hath accrewed on ye premises.” ((Ibid, page 104.))
NOTE: This is the single item dealt with at this particular meeting. At the next Town
Council Meeting held at the house of Mr. Isaac Thompson at Westerly, 9 July 1716 (Ibid,
page 105) no mention was made of either Page or Petty.
1720: At a Council Meeting held at the house of Lieut.Isaac Thompson in Westerly, the 5th
“Mr. William Robinson of Kingstown being Desirous to have up his bond that he gave Respecting
one Petty be being gone out of Town, The Vote of Councll is that if said bond be Single itt be
Delivered up but if the bond concern another person that said Robinson be released for that part
which Relates said Pettys.” ((“Council & Probate/No.2/1719-1731/Town of/Westerly,” page
NOTE: This is the next item chronologically relating to anyone of the Petty surname and
it would appear that it related to William Petty who had removed from the Town at this
time. BUT see below.
22 Sept. 1720: “...Samll Willbour of ye towne of Westerly in ye Collony of Rhoad Island and
providence plantations in New England, yeoman for ... the Sum of 30 (pounds) currant mony of New
England paid by William Petty of the same town and collony afor sd. husbandman ... grant ... unto
him the said William petty..one ... tract of Land ... in Westerly ... containing by Estimation fifty acres
of Land ... Penelopy Willbour the wife of me ye said Samuel Wildbour ..give ... up .. all her right of
Dowry ... this twenty second day of Sept...one thousand seven hundred and twenty.”
Signed by Samuel Wilbour and the Mark “P” of Penelope Wilbor. Witnessed by the Marks
(X) of Peter Parker and Peter Parker, Juner. (( Westerly, R. I. Deeds, 3:37.))
NOTE: This is the earliest deed found to which William Petty was a party and it now
appears that he returned to Westerly and made his permanent residence in that town,
residing in that portion of the town which became Charlestown, R.I., on 22 Aug. 1738.
31 Oct. 1720: Westerly, R. I. Deed of: Frances Colegrove (3:53) mentions “bounded by
the Lands of WM. PETTY.”
13 July 1730: Westerly, R. I. Deed of: David Lewis (5:184-5) mentions “partly on Land
of Wm. Petty.”
5 March 1734-5: At a Town Meeting hold at the dwelling house of Mr. Benj Burdick in
Westerly, 5 March 1734-5: “Voted ... Wm. Pettys ( and others) are admitted freeman of This
Town and Desire to be made freemen of This Colony.” ((“Town Meeting Records/ Births,
Marriages & Deaths/ & Indentures/ 1706 to 1745/No.2/Town of/Westerly,” page 68.
10 Sept. 1739: William Petty of Charlestown, Kings County, Colony of R.I., yeoman, for
100 (pounds) deeded Nathaniel Petty of Charlestown, cordswinder, 1 tract of 50 acres in
Charlestown. Mary Petty, the wife of William Petty released her dower. This deed was
signed by the Mark (X) of William Petty.( 1:32). NOTE: This earliest deed of William
Petty shows that he was residing in Charlestown, R. I. on 10 Sept. 1739, only about a year
after it was set off.
17 Oct. 1741: On 17 Oct. 1741, William Petties of Charlestown, yeoman, for love and
affection “which I have and Doe Bare to my Loving Son Ephraim Patties of said
Charlestown ... Laborer,” deeded “my sd. Son Ephraim Patties” one tract of 30 acres in
Charlestown. Signed by the Mark (“W”) of Wm. Pettis. ((1:61)).
22 Feb. 1743-4: William Petties of Charlestown, Kings,County, Colony of R. I., yeoman,
for love and affection “which I have and do bare towards my well beloved Son William
Petties of the town, county, and Colony afore sd. Laborer” deeded said William Petties one
tract of 20 acres in Charlestown, “it being part of my homestead farm which I now Live
on.” Signed the Mark (“W”) of William Petties. ((1-103))
On 4 Dec. 1749 Thomas Rogers guardian to David Petty and James Petty acknowledged
receipt from Nathaniel Petty goods to the value of 62 (pounds)-12-08, “it being the
Leagasee of his brother David Petty and James Petty due to them out of their Deceased
Mother Mary Petty's Estate.” ((Ibid, page 30,old.))
“December ye 4 Day in the year 1749, then Received of Nathaniel Petty 22/it being due to
me from my mother Deceased it being full of all accounts, Received by me William Petty”.
((Ibid, page 30, old.))
CHILDREN OF: WILLIAM 3 PETTY and MARY ( ) PETTY:
(Probably all born Westerly, R. I., but all recorded at Charlestown, R.I.)
#35. Nathaniel Petty, born 17 May 1714; died Richmond, R.I. before 11 March 1752 when
administration was granted on his estate; married about 1738, Mary Aylsworth, daughter Robert
Aylsworth (Arthur 1 ) and Anna (Davis) Aylsworth.
#36. Susannah Petty, born 6 July 1716; died date unknown; married (1) at Westerly R.I., 27 Dec.
1733 to John Fordis (Fordice); married (2) about 1747, James Lewis, who on 21 Nov. 1749
acknowledged receipt from his mother-in-law's estate.
#37. Alice Petty, born 4 June 1718; died date unknown; married probably Ephraim 3 Aylsworth
(Robert 2 ; Arthur l ) who on 22 Nov.1740 acknowledged receipt from mother-in-law's estate.
#38. Ephraim Petty, born 12 Dec. 1719; died Charlestown, R. I., before 28 Nov. 1744 when his
estate was inventoried. No evidence has been found of his marriage or any children and he probably
#39. William Petty, born 24 June 1722; died probably in New York State after 31 Jan. 1794;
married (1) by 1745, Mary ( Kenyon ?) daughter of Jonathan Kenyon (?) who died after 3 April
1775; married (2) by 1789, Dorcas Braman, daughter of Benjamin & Martha (Hall) Braman; she was
born Westerly, R. I., 24 Feb.1731-2 and died after 31 Jan. 1794.
#40. Joseph Petty, born 27 Oct. 1724; died date unknown; married prior to 28 Jan. 1746-7
Elizabeth Worden, daughter of Peter, Jr. and Rebecca (Richmond) Worden; she was born Westerly,
R.I., 29 March 1721. He was probably in Charlestown, R. I., in 1774,1777,1782 and 1790,
according to the censuses. His children have not been found.
#41. Charles Petty, born 10 Aug. 1727; died date unknown; married Richmond, R.I., 15 Jan. 1749,
Martha Rogers. Not found in 1774, 1777,1782 or 1790 Censuses of Rhode Island. No children have
been found of thts marriage.
#42. John Petty, born 23 Nov. 1729; died date unknown; married unknown. Not found in 1774.
(( A John of Providence in 1777.)) His marriage and children have not been found.
#43. Mary Petty, born 3 Jan. 1732; died date unknown; She may have married Richmond, R.I.,
1 May 1760 William Douglass of Voluntown, Conn.
#44. David Petty, born 29 March 1735; died date unknown; married Exeter R.I., 23 April 1758,
Mary Coldgrave of Exeter. In 1771, he was of Richmond, R.I; and in 1773 and 1776 he was of
Hopkinton, R.I. The 1774 census lists him of Hopkinton, R. I. ,but he was not listed in R.I. in the
censuses of 1777, 1782, and 1790. Children not found but he certainly had some as shown by the
Note to the 50th Anniversary Edition
The following additional information about David Petty appears elsewhere in the 1978 edition of NWP's
genealogy, attributed to the Rev. S. James Petteys (cited earlier in this chapter), from his book, David Petteys
Family Record. I have moved the data here.
David Petteys, born 1735, married Mary Colegrove in Exeter, R.I. 23 April 1758. Came to
Greenwich Community circa 1772 (Washington County, N.Y). Died circa 1810.
[End of Note]
#45. James Petty, born l4 Nov. 1737; died date unknown; married prior to 28 Feb. 1775, Elizabeth
(maiden name unknown). He was of Charlestown, R.I. in 1774 and of Hopkinton, R.I. in 1775.
(( A James was listed in Charlestown, R.I., in 1774 and in Richmond, R.I., in 1777 (censuses.); a
James is listed in FOSTER in 1782 and 1790 and a James is listed in Providence in 1790 (censuses).
His marriage and children have not been found. [Note: Rev. S. James Petteys, referred to above,
refers to Elizabeth, wife of James, as Elizabeth Tew.]
Deeds of Charleston, R.I.
NOTE: Charlestown, R.I. was established 23 Aug. 1738 when it was set off from Westerly, R. I. It
is interesting to point out that the early descendants of William 3 Petty (James 2 ; John 1 ) resided
primarily in Washington County (originally Kings County), R.I. and in the four towns of Westerly,
Charlestown, Richmond, and Hopkinton and, practically, the towns were settled in the order given.
Only the deeds of this town are important as the probate records show no Pettis or Petty estates. As
Charlestown was set off from Westerly it is probable that William Petty may have lived in that part
which became Charlestown and, perhaps also, in that part of Charlestown which on 18 Aug.1747
became Richmond. Thus, the family could have resided in three towns at different periods without
ever having moved except into the first of the three towns. Of the eight deeds (concerning this
family) five are between 1739 and 1746 and there are but three after 1747 when Richmond was set
off from Charlestown.
WILL OF: WILLIAM PETTY
Dated 15 July 1747
Will of “William Petty of Charlestown in the County of Kings County and Coloney of Rhod
Island,” dated 15 July 1747 and sworn to at a Town Council Meeting 5 Oct. 1747, mentioned the
“... unto my well Beloved Son Nathaniel Petty forty shillings in money Old Tenor ... & the Reason why I give
him no more is he hath had his Portion in Land all Ready ... unto my well beloved son William Petty forty
shillings in money old Tenor ... & the Reason why I give him no more he hath had his portion in Land all Ready
... unto my well beloved Son Joseph Petty Thirty three acors of Land being part of the Lot I now Live on ...
unto my well beloved son Charls Petty thirty three acres of Land ... unto my well beloved Son John Petty
twenty five acres and a half of Land ... unto my well beloved Son David Petty a Lott of Land containing Twenty
five acres and a half ... unto my well beloved Son James Petty a Lott of Land ... he that hath that Lott that my
Dwelling house Stands on Shall have my Dwelling house ... and shall pay to my Daughters Elce and
Suseanah & Mary 5 (pounds) each when she comes to the age of Twenty one years old ... unto my well
Beloved Daughter Susannah Lewis 5 shillings ... she hath already had her portion ... unto my well Beloved
Daughter Alce Petty fethers to fill a Bed and five shillings ... unto my well Beloved Daughter Mary Petty a bed
and furniture ... my will is that my Executor sell my marsh land in said Charlestown containing five acres ...
my wel Beloved wife Mary Petty to be my sole Executrix.”
Mark (“A”): David Austin William W. Petty
Elisabeth Pettey Mark
William Clarke, Junr.
(( Probate Court, No. 1, Town of Richmond,1-2, old page)
At a Town Council Meeting held at Richmond at Nathaniel Potter’s 5 Oct. 1747, Mr. William Clark,
Junr. and Elisabeth Petty appeared and took oath that they saw the said William Petty Late of
Charlestown in Kings County Colony of Rhode Island sign and seal his will. ((Ibid. page 29 new.))
At a Town Council Meeting 5 Oct. 1747 it was “Voted that the Widow Mary Petty have Letters of
Administration upon her Deceased Husband’s Will. Petty's Estate”, etc. ((Ibid. page 2, new.))
“A Inventory of all ye Goods & Chattels of William Petty Late of ye Town of Richmond Deceased
Shewen us by the Executor & prised in said Town the 21th Day of October, A. D. 1747 By James
Adames & Stephen Hoxsie. It consisted entirely of personalty and was not totalled. It included
cattle, farming implements and personal articles. ((Ibid,page 9,new.))
NOTE: Almost invariably all Inventories in the Colony and State of Rhode Island in early times
were confined to personalty and did not include any real estate.
At a Town Council meeting held at Richmond, R.I.. 2 Nov. 1747 at the home of John Webb, “The
Widow Mary Petty Executrix to her Deceased Husband William Pettys will” appeared and took oath
that she would show all of her husband’s estate to the appraisers, ((Ibid, page 4, new)).
On 17 Sept. 1748, Ephraim Aylsworth acknowledged receipt from Mary Petty executrix of the
Estate of Wm. Petty of Richmond Late Deceased 2 (pounds) on the account of Ephraim Petty Dec’d.
((Ibid,page 29, old.))
“December the 4 day in the year 1749, Then Received of Nathaniel Petty 2 (pounds) it being given
to me by my father's will, Wm. Petty.” ((Ibid, p.30,old)
NOTE: This is, of course, the estate of William 3 Petty, Sr. (James 2 ; John 1 ). His son Ephraim Petty
died before 28 Nov. 1744 and was not mentioned in his will of 15 July 1747 but his other seven sons
(i.e., Nathaniel, William, Joseph, Charles, John, David and James) and his three daughters (i.e.,
Alice, Susannah Lewis and Mary) were all mentioned ... of course his eldest son Nathaniel Petty was
to survive his father by only four and a half years.
ESTATE OF MARY ( ) PETTY, wife of WILLIAM 3 PETTY:
At a Town Council Meeting in Richmond, R. I., 7 Nov. 1748 “Voted that Nathaniel Pettis shall
Take Letters of administration upon his Deceased Mother Mary Pettis Estate he the said Nathaniel
Pettis giving Bond according to Law,” etc. ((Ibid,page 11, old.)) Also, at the same time it was
“Voted that James Adames is chosen Gradien to an alfen child named Mary Pettis by the Request
of ye said Mary Pettis, &c.” And, also, “Voted that Thomas Rogers is chosen Gardeen to 2 olfen
children named David Pettis & James Pettis.”
“An Inventory of all & Singular the goods & chattels of Mary Petty Late of Richmond Deceased
Shewed us by Nathaniel Petty and Prised in said Town the 11th Day of November 1748 by James
Adames and Stephen Hoxsie,” etc. Total of 527 (pounds) which was all personalty with 51
(pounds)-13-04 added later. ((Ibid, page 13, old.))
At a Town Council Meeting held 5 Dec. 1748 “Personally appeared in Council Mr. Nathaniel Petty
administrator to all ye personal Estate of his Deceased Mother's Estate Mary Petty & made oath that
he had shewed all the personal Estate of his Deceased mother,” etc. Mr. James Adames & Mr.
Stephen Hoxsie appeared before Council and took oath to the Inventory “on all ye Personal Estate
of the Deceased Mary Pettys shewed to them by Nathaniel Petty administrator of the aforesaid
Estate,” etc. ((Ibid,page 12, old.))
On 3 Feb. 1749 Joseph Petty acknowledged receipt from Nathaniel Petty of 31 (pounds)-06-04 from
the Estate of Mary Petty. ((Ibid,page 28, old))
On 21 Nov. 1749, James Adames guardian of Mary Petty acknowledged receipt from Nathaniel
Petty of goods to the value of 31 (pounds)-06-04 which was a legacy due to Mary Petty out of her
dec’d mother Mary Petty's Estate. ((Ibid, page 29, old.))
On 21 Nov. 1749, James Lewis acknowledged receipt from Nathaniel Petty of goods to the value
of 31 (pounds)-06-04, being a legacy “due to me out of my mother in Law Mary Petty's Estate.”
((Ibid, page 30, old))
On 22 Nov. 1749, Ephraim Aylesworth acknowledged receipt from Nathaniel Petty of goods to the
value of 31 (pounds)-06-04 a legacy from his Mother Petty's Estate. ((Ibid, page 29, old.))
On 22 Nov. 1749 Wm. Petty acknowledged receipt from Nathaniel Petty of “oxen to value of 31
(pounds)-06-04 a legacy out of his mother’s estate.” ((Ibid, page 29.))
At a Town Council Meeting held 4 Dec. 1749 Rents were presented to Council by Nathaniel Petty
administrator to the Estate of Mary Petty Deceased to the amount of 276 (pounds)-06-01 which
were accepted by the Council. ((Ibid, p.26, old))
On 4 Dec, 1749 Charles Petty acknowledged recelpt of Nathaniel Petty of goods to the value of 31
(pounds)-06-04 being a legacy out of mother Mary Petty's Estate.((Ibid, page 29, old.))
#17. EBENEZER 3 PETTY (James 2 ; John 1 ), son of James 2 Petty and Mary (Lawton) Petty, born
5 April 1706, Freetown, Mass.; died probably Dartmouth, Mass, in 1791; married at Swansea,
Mass. 6 March 1728-9, Patience Chase. Ebenezer Petty was doubtless named for his Uncle, his
father's brother, Ebenezer Petty (1678-1698.)
PATIENCE CHASE: daughter of Jacob Chase, born Swansea, Mass. 29 Oct.1709.
Chronological Dates of Record Relating to Ebenezer, 3, Petty:
4 March 1739: Ebenezer Pettis, grantee, and James Cole of Swansea, grantor. (Ref.:
28/136.) On 26 April 1737, James Cole of Swansey, clothier, for 32 (pounds), 10/ deeded
Ebenezer Petty of Swansey, 1 tract of 5 acres in Swansey.
8 March 1756: (Ref: 41/534): On 26 Jan. 1749-50, Enos Gifford and Phillis, his wife ...
all of Dartmouth, for 360 (pounds) deeded Ezekiel Chase, shipwright, and Ebenezer Petty,
laborer, both of Swansey, 1 tract in Dartmouth near the new Saw Mill of 150 acres.
21 Feb. 1739-40 (Ref:28/137): Ebenezer Petty of Swansey, Laborer, for 38 (pounds),10/
deeded Samuel Gorton of Swansey, Yeoman, 1 tract of 60 acres in Swansey.
21 Nov. 1750 (Ref: 41/534) Ebenezer Petty of Warren, Laborer, for 175 (pounds) deeded
Ezekiel Chase of Warren 1 tract of 150 acres and a saw mill in Dartmouth. This deed was
signed by both Ebenezer Petty and by Pacience Petty.
9 Aug. 1756 (Ref:49/9): Ebenezer Petty of Dartmouth, Husbandman, for 11 (pounds) 5/
deeded Zenus Cowing of Rochester, Plymouth Co.; Laborer, 1 tract of 30 acres in
Dartmouth, “and is part of my homestead which I now Live on.” This deed was signed by
Ebenezer Petty and his wife Pacience Petty.
INV. 31/196: EBENEZER PETTY: ADM. LETTER 148/371. of Dartmouth, 1791.
NOTE: This is probably the estate of Ebenezer 3 Petty (James 2 ; John l ) who was born at
Freetown, Mass., 5 April 1706 and married at Swansea, Mass., 6 March 1728-9 Patience
Chase. He was of Dartmouth, Mass., on 9 Aug.1756 as shown by his deeds.
CHILDREN OF: EBENEZER 3 PETTY and PATIENCE (CHASE) PETTY:
#46. Mary Petty, born Swansea, Mass., 1 May 1732. She may have married (int.) Dartmouth,
Mass., 9 April 1756, Zenas Cowing of Rochester, Mass.
#47. Patience Petty, born Swansea, Mass., 16 Sept. 1738. She may have married (int.) Dartmouth,
Mass. 27 July 1764 Jared Sherman of Dartmouth. The marriage was at Tiverton, R.I., 23 Aug. 1764.
NOTE:There may have been other children whose births do not appear on the records.
#19. JOHN 3 PETTY (John 2 ; John 1 ), son of John Petty and Mary (Taylor) Petty, was born at
Springfield, Mass., 6 April, 1701; he died 1748; married Margaret (maiden name unknown.)
MARGARET (maiden name unknown) Petty removed about 1760 to Westminster, Vt. (( Ref.:
“History of The Town of Northfield, Mass., for 150 Years” by J. H. Temple and George Sheldon,
1875 - page 514.))
Also, from above source: “John Petty, son of “widow Pettee,” owned home lot, 1739; died about
1748. He married Margaret ( ).” Note: Children, listed below, are from this source.
Chronological Dates of Record Relating to John 3 Petty (John 2 ; John 1 )
9 Oct. 1729: John Petty & Ebenezer Petty of Springfield, husbandmen, for 10 (pounds)
deeded Daniel Ingersole of Springfield, shopkeeper, 3 tracts of land in Springfield on the
east side of the Great River “at a place called the outward Commons ... laid out to our
honoured Uncle James Petty, of Springfield,” ((E/532)). NOTE: his deed definitely
identifies the grantors, John & Ebenezer Petty, as the sons of John 2 Petty (John l ) who had
a brother James 2 Petty (John l ) the Uncle James Petty referred to in this deed who
removed to Freetown, Mass.
24 Nov. 1724: John Petty of Springfield for 9 (pounds) deeded Benjamin Stebbins Jr. of
Springfield, one-eighth of a saw mill and land in Springfield. John Petty acknowledged
this deed on 18 April 1743. (N/213)
9 Oct. 1729: John Petty joined with his brother Ebenezer Petty in a deed.
10 Feb. 1731-2: John Petty joined with his brother Ebenezer Petty in two deeds.
6 April 1748: John Petty of Northfield, Hampshire Co., yeoman, for 15 (pounds) deeded
Samuel Hunt of Northfield, gentleman, 1 tract of 9 acres in Northfield. ((23/548))
CHILDREN OF: JOHN 3 PETTY and MARGARET
#48. John Petty, 30 March,1734-5; soldier under Capt. Burk, 1760; at Westminster, Vt. under
Capt. Azariah Wright, of the “Liberty Party,” 1770.
#49. Margaret Petty, 14 April l737
#50. Aaron Petty, 26 Jan.1738-9; under Capt.Burk in expedition to Crown Point, 1759
#51. Rachel Petty, 6 May 1742
#52. Elizabeth Petty, 19 Nov. 1744
#21. ABIGAIL 3 PETTY (John 2 ; John 1 ), daughter of John Petty and Mary (Taylor) Petty, was
born at Springfield, Mass, 3 April 1713; she died prob. at Northfield, Mass., 25 Feb. 1792. She
married Pedijah Field, date unknown, place unknown.
PEDAJAH FIELD: Ref: History of Northfield, p. 443: “Pedajah Field, son of John 4 (Zecheriah 2;
Zecheriah 1 ) born 1707; horse doctor of Arlington,1736; Northfield, 1737; of Enfield, Ct. , 1749;
died in Northfield, 24 Feb. 1798. He married Hannah (maiden name unknown) who died about 1754;
married (2) Abigail ( ) who died 25 Feb. 1792 a. 78.”
Ref: “Field Genealogy” by Frederick G. Pierce, 1901, Vol. l; pp. 137; 197-198: Pedajah Field, son
of John Field and Mary (Broughton) Bennett - dau. of James Bennett of Northampton - born 28 Jan.
1707; married (1) Hannah (maiden name unknown); (2) Abigail Pettee.
Doctor Pedajah Field, born 28 Jan.1707, Deerfield Mass; married about 1730 Hannah (maiden
name unknown), who died about 1730; married (2) Abigail Pettee of Springfield, and who was
born 3 April 1713; died 25 Feb. 1792; daughter of John and Mary of Springfield.
He was a veterinary surgeon; was in Northfield in 1737; Enfield in 1749, and returned to Northfield.
In 1736, he removed to Winchester, N. H.; in 1737 to Northfield, Mass; in 1747 returned to Enfield;
in 1752 returned to Northfield where he died 24 Feb. 1798. Res: Northfield, Mass; Enfield, Conn.
& Winchester, N.H.
PEDAJAH FIELD AND (1) HANNAH ( ) FIELD and (2) ABIGAIL (PETTY) FIELD
a. Pedajah Field, born 1732, son of Pedajah & Hannah; lived with Elijah Williams at Enfield, 1749;
soldier 1757 from Northfield.
b. Mary Field, born 1734; married prob. 26 Sept.1753, Stephen Cooley of Longmeadow,Mass;
died 3 April 1782, aged 48
c. Sarah Field, born 4 May 1737; married 8 June 1755, Hon. Ebenezer Janes of Northfield; died 5
d. Ruth Field, born 1739; died 17 Oct. 1756
e. Reuben Field, born 9 Oct,1740, Enfield, Conn; died 5 June 1839; married (1)Hannah Alden;
married (2) 1785 - Mrs. Ann (Hall) Larabee; rem. to Rochester, N.Y. ((Northfield Hist.says
f. Abigail Field, born 1743; died 7 Aug. 1754
g. Eunice Field, born date unknown; died unm., Athens, Vt.
h. Bennett Field, born 1745, Northfield, Mass; married 1778 Elizabeth Ferrin
i. Ann Field, born 3 Sept. 1747; married James Nichols of Athens, Vt; died 28 Feb. 1829
j. Eunice Field, born 1749; died in Townshead, Vt., unm. Aug. 1828
k. John Field, born 9 June 1751, Enfield, Ct; married 1777 Sybil Allen, dau. of John & Jerusha
(Hastings), who was born 17 July 1759. She married (2) in 1804, Noah Mann; she died 10
Sept.1616. John Field died 2 June 1800
1. Hannah Field, born (bapt.) 13 Aug 1753; married (first name unknown) Ward
m. Nathan Field, born.(bapt.) 21 Sept. 1755 at Northfield, Mass; married 7 Dec. 1780 Abigail
Bullard of Oakham, Mass.
n. Abigail Field, born (bapt.) 16 April 1756; married 19 Aug. 1775 Samuel Warner.
#22. EBENEZER 3 PETTY (John 2 ; John 1 ), son of John Petty and Mary (Taylor) Petty was born
in Springfield, Mass., date unknown; he died at Northfield, Mass. before 12 Feb. 1754; married date
unknown Rebecca (maiden name unknown).
REBECCA PETTY: parentage not known, was born 1702; she died 4 July 1787, age 85.
Data from History of The Town of Northfield, Mass. for 150 years, p. 515: “Ebenezer, brother to
John; Northfield,1721; died 1748. He married Rebecca (maiden name unknown) who died 4 July
1787, ae. 85"
Chronological Dates of Record Relating to Ebenezer 3 Petty (John 2 ; John 1 )
9 Oct. 1729: John Petty and Ebenezer Petty of Springfield, husbandmen, for 10 (pounds)
deeded David Ingersole of Springfield, shopkeeper, 3 tracts of land in Springfield on the
east side of the Great River “at a place called the outward commons ... laid out to our
honoured Uncle James Petty of Springfield.” ((E/532.))
NOTE: This deed definitely identifies the grantors, John and Ebenezer Petty, as the sons
of John 2 Petty (John l ) who had a brother, James 2 Petty (John l ), the Uncle James Petty
referred to in this deed who removed to Freetown, Mass.
6 Aug. 1730: Ebenezer Petty of Springfield exchanged 5 acres of land in Springfield with
Samuel Lamb of Springfield. (( E/505))
10 Feb. 1731-2: Ebenezer Petty and John Petty, both of Springfield, husbandmen, for 15
(pounds) deeded William Smith & Job Smith, both of Springfield, husbandmen, 1 tract in
Springfield on the west side of the Connecticut River at the place called Deep Swamp,
“being the one Halfe of Twenty Acers of Land there Laid out to Charles Ferry and John
Petty Late of said Springfield, Deceased.” (( F/179.)) NOTE: John 2 Petty (John l ) died
before 11 March 1723-4 when letters of administration were granted to Mary, John and
Ebenezer Petty of Springfield. ((“Probate Records of Hampshire County, Mass.”))
10 Feb. 1731-2: Ebenezer Petty and John Petty, both of Springfield, husbandmen, for 340
(pounds) deeded James Morgan of Springfield, yeoman, 1 tract of 25 acres “at the Place
called Tattum on the west side of Great River.” ((F/179))
10 Feb. 1731-2: Ebenezer Petty for 10 (pounds) deeded James Morgan ... “5 acres ...
Bounded Southerly upon Land this day sold by me and John Petty to the sd. James
17 Oct. 1734: Ebenezer Petty of Northfield, husbandman, for 10 (pounds) deeded Pedajah
Field, of same, carpenter, 1 tract of 5 acres in Northfield. ((0/719)
On 12 Feb. 1754, the “Estate of Ebenezer Petty late of Northfield ... Dec’d” was divided
among his children as follows: “Joseph Petty the only son is to have a double share ... he
paying to Submit Petty, Sarah Petty and Rebekah Petty, the daughters of said Decd. their
proportionate part ...
The Guardian's Bond dated 13 Feb. 1753 of Ebenezer Warner of Northfield who was
Guardian to Sarah Petty and Rebekah Petty, minors under fourteen years of age and Heirs
of Ebenezer Petty late of Northfield.
The Guardian's Bond dated 13 Feb. 1753 of Ebenezer Warner of Northfield who was
guardian to Submit Petty above fourteen years of age and Heir of Ebenezer Petty late of
On 13 Feb. 1753, Rebekah Petty of Northfield was appointed administratrix of the intestate
estate of Ebenezer Petty late of Northfield. ((Original Probate Files, Hampshire County,
Mass. “Estate of Ebenezer Petty, Northfield, 1753, Box #113, No. 1.”)) NOTE: This is the
estate of Ebenezer 3 Petty (John 2 ; John 1 ).
CHILDREN OF: EBENEZER 3 PETTY (John 2 ; John 1 ) and REBECCA PETTY
Children probably all born Springfield, Mass.:
#53. Ebenezer Petty, born 2 June 1729; prob. died young
#54. Joseph Petty, bapt. West Springfield, Mass., 13 July 1729; died Northfield, Mass., before 4
Feb. 1757; married Dorothy (maiden name unknown) ((“Hist. of Northfield says: “b. 9 July 1729;
d. 23 Nov. 1756; m. 19 Nov.1751, Dorcas Rose”))
#55. Sarah Petty, bapt. West Springfield, Mass., 25 June 1731. ((“Hist.of Northfield” says: “b. 15
Aug.1741, m. William Field.”))
#56. Submit Petty, born date unknown ((“Hist.of Northfield” says: “b. 2 May 1738; m. 3 March
1757, Daniel Gunn, Swanzey, N.H.”))
#57. Rebecca Petty, born date unknown; ((“Hist.of Northfield” says: “b. 1 May 1745; d. 2 Dec.
1788 in Fairfield, Conn., where she went to have a surgical operation, for a cancer.”))
#24. SARAH 3 PETTY (Joseph 2 ; John 1 ), daughter of Joseph 2 Petty and Sarah (Edwards) Petty,
was born 14 April 1707, probably at Deerfield, Mass.; she died date unknown; married 1727
Ashahel Stebbins of Deerfield and Northfield, Mass.
ASHAHEL STEBBINS: Ref.: History of Northfield, Mass. page 541: “Ashahel Stebbins, son of
Thomas 3 (John 2 ; Rowland 1 ) was born 1701; soldier from Deerfield, l722; Northfield, 1724; died
17 Jan. 1730; he married 1727, Sarah, daughter of Joseph Petty.
CHILDREN OF ASHAHEL AND SARAH (PETTY) STEBBINS:
a. Ashahel Stebbins, born 16 May 1728; killed by Indians 27 Aug. 1758; m. Lydia Harwood, dau.
John Harwood of Ware River; soldier under Capt. Catlen, 1757
b. Thomas Stebbins, born 11 March 1730; soldier 1758; alive Sept.21 that year; “died in the Army”
(record); m. 25 Feb.1758, Anna, dau. Ephraim Chamberlain.”
#25. JOSEPH 3 PETTY (Joseph 2 ; John 1 ), son of Joseph Petty and Sarah (Edwards) Petty, was
born date unknown, probably at Deerfield, Mass; he died at Northfield, Mass., before 9 Dec. 1748;
married date unknown at place unknown to Hannah (maiden name unknown).
His estate named his children.
Chronological Dates of Record Relating to: Joseph 3 Petty
On 9 Dec. 1748, Sarah Petty refused to act as administratrix of the intestate estate of her
son Joseph Petty, Deceased, and requested the appointment of one or both of her
sons-in-law, Joshua Lyman and Peter Evans, Junior.
On 13 Dec. 1748, Hannah Petty, above fourteen years of age and daughter of Joseph Petty
late of Northfield, deceased, chose her Uncle Peter Evans as her guardian.
On 12 Feb. 1760, a settlement of the intestate estate of Joseph Petty late of Northfield,
deceased, was presented to the Court, and it was to be divided among: “Reuben Petty, the
only son of said Decd.; Hannah Lovell, wife of Michael Lovell, alias Petty; Elisabeth
Petty, the two daughters of said Decd. saving that Reuben Petty aforesd. is to have a double
share.” ((Original Probate Files, Hampshire County, Mass. “Joseph Petty, Northfield, 1748,
Box #113 No.3")). NOTE: This may be the estate of Joseph 3 Petty (Joseph 2 ; John l ) for
Joseph 2 Petty (John l ) married, secondly, Sarah Edwards, and the mother of this deceased
Joseph Petty was named Sarah Petty.
Data from: History of Northfield,Mass. - page 515:
“Joseph Petty, son of Joseph 2; was in the scout under Capt. Eleazar Melvin which was attacked
by Indians, 31 May 1748. Petty, wounded and unable to travel was left by his companions beside
a spring, under a hut made of boughs with the injunction to “live if he could” until relief could reach
him. Two days after, Capt. Phineas Stevens, with a party from Fort Dummer, made a search but
could find no trace of him. 5 June, Lt. Hunt and 15 men left Northfield to visit the scene of the conflict
and were absent 4 days. On the govt. pay roll, they are called “the party that went to bury Sergt.
Petty” and the probability is, that his body was found and buried at that time.”
Data from: History of Deerfield by Sheldon - pp. 561-562:
“1748: Capt. Melvin's Scout. May 13th, Capt. Eleazer Melvin with eighteen men, left Fort Dummer
for a scout westward. He reached the lake at a point nearly opposite Fort Frederick, May 25th, when
he discovered a party of Indians in canoes. He fired three volleys at one canoe which was within
range. It was probably a company of thirty Indians which had left Canada May 1st. for our frontiers,
under the command of Sieur Monet ... Here in the town of Londonderry, on the morning of May 31st,
he made a halt on the bank of a small river. Having baffled his pursuers he felt himself safe ... in
careless security, a party of two Frenchmen and nine Indians under Sieur Louis Simblin ... poured
a deadley volley upon the amazed English, killing John Howard, Isaac Taylor, John Dodd, Daniel
Mann, & Samuel Severance, and wounding Joseph Petty...
“Petty, the wounded man, soon gave out, and was left at a spring by his companions, who made
him a bed and shelter from boughs, left him a cup of water and told him to live if he could until help
reached him. Capt. Phineas Stevens led a company to the scene of the disaster and found the five
slain soldiers, but failed to find Petty. On his return to Northfield, his townsmen determined to know
the fate of Petty. June 5th, 16 men sallied out and were gone 4 days. They found his dead body and
buried it. Joseph Petty was a son of Joseph & Sarah of Deerfield, who were captured Feb.
29th,1704; Joseph escaped, his wife was redeemed. They removed to Northfield.”
Data from: History of Northamptin, Mass., From Its Settlement in 1654 by James Russell
Trumbull (1902). Page 159:
“A number of misfortunes followed each other in quick succession in 1748. On the 13th of May,
Capt. Eleazer Melvin with eighteen men went “out upon a scalping design.” They were absent
between two and three weeks, saw and fired at some Indians in canoes, killing one and wounding
another, near Fort Frederick (Crown Point). A party was sent from the fort in pursuit, but Melvin
eluded them. But afterwardst supposing himself safe, vigilance was relaxed, he was surprised, five
of his men were killed, and one wounded. Leaving their wounded comrade, Joseph Petty, of
Northfield, Melvin and the survivors of his party, made the best of their way to Fort Dummer. A
detachment sent out in pursuit of the Indians, found and buried Petty’s body, but saw no savages.”
CHILDREN OF: JOSEPH PETTY and HANNAH PETTY:
(From: “History of Northfield,Mass.” - p.515)
Children probably all born Northfield, Mass:
#58. Reuben Petty, born 1 April 1733; died 9 Aug. 1734
#59. Hannah Petty, born 21 Sept. 1734; married Michael Lovell
#60. Elizabeth Petty, born 31 Aug. 1736; died 1 May 1737.((But see will of 1760 above.))
#61. Reuben Petty, born 31 July 1738
#62. Joseph Petty, born 20 June 1740. ((But see will of 1760 above.))
The most common given names in the
T #26. NATHAN 4 PETTY (John 3 ; James 2 ; John 1 ) son of John 3 Petty and Hannah (Closson)
Petty, was born at Swansea, Mass. 17 Jan. 1711-12; he died at Westport, Mass, before 26 May 1809
when the appraisers of his estate were appointed - at nearly 97 years, 4 months and 9 days of age;
he married at Tiverton, Mass. (now R.I.) 19 August 1742, Mary Gifford of Tiverton. Nathan 4 Petty
a cordwainer [note: shoe-maker], laborer, and yeoman [note: farmer] of Tiverton, R, I.; Dartmouth and
and Westport, Mass, He was the eldest son and child.
[NOTE: Nathan served his country in the American Revolution. See details below.]
MARY GIFFORD: was probably the daughter of Stephen (Robert 2 ; William l ) Gifford and Mary
(maiden name not known) Gifford; probably born at Dartmouth, Mass., 12 Aug. 1724; died place
unknown after 27 Jan, 1763.
Chronological Dates of Record Relating to Nathan 4 Petty:
25 March 1747: “Nathan Pettey” of Tiverton, R. I., cordwainer, bought land. ((His earliest
11 Dec. 1747: “Nathan Pettey of Tiverton ....cordwainer” sold land. ((Ibid 1:2)
2 Feb. 1756: “Nathan Petty of Tiverton ... yeoman the Eldest Son of John Petty which was
the Eldest Son of James Petty formerly of Springfield,” etc., quitclaimed to William Petty
of Richmond, R.I. “all the Estate.... which Nathan Petty Ever had ...to all .... the Tracts of
land meadows Commons Commonages Town Rights.... which my sd. Grand Father Died
Seized abd. Possessed ... of ... in ... Springfield or any other Towns near in new England”.
This deed was signed by “Nathan Petty” and it was witnessed by Joseph Petty, Mark of
Recompence Gifford and Samuel Hicks. It was acknowledged on 3 Feb. 1756 by Nathan
Petty before Samuel Hicks, Jus: Peace, probably in Tiverton, R. I., and recorded on 27
Feb.1756 by Edwd. Pynchon, Regr. ((Y/299-300). NOTE: See photostatic copy. This is
by far the most important single document in the entire Petty lineage, as it clearly ties
together the first four generations of the lineage of Nathan 4 Petty (John 3 ;James 2 ;
John 1 ). Not only that but it states clearly that “Nathan Petty of Tiverton” was “the Eldest
Son of John Petty which was the Eldest Son of James Petty formerly of Springfield.” This
deed has resulted in completion of the entire Petty lineage in this country. As the deed
was witnessed by three Tiverton men and acknowledged before one of them, it was
undoubtedly made and acknowledged in that town. This is the single deed in Hampshire
County, Mass., to which this Nathan Petty was a party.)
27 Jan. 1763 deed for land in Tiverton and/or Dartmouth, Mass.
1 Feb.1763 ibid.
17 Apr.1764 ibid.
19 Jan.1768 ibid.
1 Oct. 1773 ibid.
1774: “Nathan Pettes” listed in 1774 Census of Tiverton, R.I., and he was the only one of
that name in the Colony of Rhode Island. ((Ibid,ll)
1777: “Nathan Pettey” listed in 1777 Military Census of Tiverton, R.I., as aged “Upwards
of 60 years.”
1782: No Nathan Petty listed in the Census of R. I. in 1782 and he had doubtless removed
to Dartmouth, Mass. by this year.
1790: “Nathan Pettis” listed in the 1790 Census of Westport, Mass., and he was the only
man of that name listed in the state. No one of that name was listed in the State of R. I. in
1798: “Nathan Petty” listed in Westport, Mass. in the Direct Tax Lists. ((Ibid 36 & 37)
23 Aug.1802: ((The probate files of Bristol County, Mass. show the estate of
“Petty,Nathan/ Westport/1809" with five original papers: (Will 45/134: Inv.45/136):
The will of “Nathan Petty of the Town of Westport in the County of Bristol and Commonwealth of
Massachusetts, yeoman, Being far advanced in years”, dated 23 Aug,1802, and appraisers
appointed 26 May 1809, mentions: “my Son Joshua Petty”; “my four Sons Namely George Petty,
Isaac Petty, John Petty and Charles Petty”; “my three Daughters Namely Patience Black, Phebe
Peabody, and Basheba Sanford”; “my Daughter in Law, Sarah Petty, widow of my Son Daniel
Deceased and to the children of my said Son Daniel Deceased” who were not named. The will was
signed by “Nathan Patey” in a feeble hand, doubtless because of his age and it was witnessed by
Thomas Tripp, John Mosher, and Ephralm Mosher. His son Joshua was appointed his executor.
On 26 May 1809, John Mosher, George Lawton, and Ichabod Tripp, all of Westport, were
appointed to appraise the estate “wherof Nathan Petty Late of Westport....Deceased died
Seized.” NOTE: He died before 26 May 1809.
On 20 June 1809, “An Inventory of the Estate of Nathan Petty Late of Westport ...
Deceased” was taken by the three named. It totaled $48.95 for personal property and
$750.00 for the real estate, which consisted of only: “The Homestead of said Deceased
Situate in Said Westport containing about Nineteen acres $750.00.” It was sworn to on 3
Oct.1809 by Joshua Petty. The Administrator's Bond dated 3 Oct.1809 of Joshua Petty,
yeoman, with Solomon Tripp, yeoman, and John Mosher, yeoman, all of Westport as
sureties on the estate and as the executor of the will of Nathan Petty late of Westport,
deceased, was for $5,000.00
On 3 Oct. 1809, the will “of Nathan Petty late of Westport .... Yeoman, deceased was
presented for Probate by his son, Joshua Petty, the executor therein named”.
NOTE: This completes all the events in the life of Nathan 4 Petty (1711-12 to 1809) which are a
matter of definite record.
An example of just how little should be the importance of the spelling of a surname is shown by the
preceeding list of the events of Nathan Petty's life. His name is spelled six ways, as follows:
“Petteis” once; “Pettes” twice; “Pettey” six times; “Petteys” once; “Pettis” once; and “Petty” six
times. His will uses “Petty”.
There is no evidence of any other Nathan Petty who could possibly be confused with this man. As
a matter of fact exactly three other men have been found of this name and they are as follows:
(1) Capt. Nathan 5 Pettis (c. 1750-1787), son ? (John 4 ; John 3 ; James 2 ; John 1 ). He
married Middleton, Conn., 24 May 1771, Abigail Gilchrist of Middleton, Conn. See #6.
(2) Nathan 6 Pettis (1779-1816*), son (Ezekiel 5 ; John 4 ; John, 3 ; James 2 ; John l ). He
married Rehoboth, Mass., 6 Feb. 1800 Elithear Goff of Rehoboth, Mass.
(3) Nathan 6 Petty (1786-1863), son (Daniel 5; Nathan 4; John 3 ; James 2 ; John 1). He
married int. [note: intentions announced] Westport, Mass., 7 March 1815, Rhoda Allen of
Westport and Fall River.
Not one of the above three men could possibly be confused with this Nathan 4 Petty (1711-12 to
1809) who was a son of (John 3 ; James 2 ; John l ), and resided in Tiverton, R.I., and Dartmouth &
Westport, Mass. The last two men were born far too late and were both living when Nathan Petty
(1711-12 to 1809) died. The first man was clearly born much later and died much earlier. Nathan
Petty (1711-12 to 1809) had no son by the given name of “Nathan”.There is no evidence that any
other Nathan Petty ever resided at Tiverton, R.I. where he was residing in 1777 aged “upwards of
60 years”. Thus, he was the only man of this name who could have been born in Swansea, Mass.,
in 1712 and married in Tiverton in 1742. His deed of 1756 states that he was the eldest son of John
Petty and that his father was the eldest son of James Petty of Springfield. This deed is the positive
proof of the identity of the Tiverton, R. I., man who is readily traced from Tiverton, R. I, to
Dartmouth, Mass. and later to Westport, Mass. by the deeds of Tiverton, R.I., and Bristol County,
The only possible excuse for this discussion is the fact that this Nathan Petty (1711-12 to 1809) was
nearly 100 years of age when he died. It has been stated that the examples of longevity are usually
incorrect and that ages over 100 years of age must be carefully checked. Thus, it seems only proper
that all possible facts must be here considered.
The Massachusetts Federal Census of 1790 shows just the one Nathan Petty in the entire state and
there was no one of that name in the State of R.I. This is further proof of the extreme rarity of the
It is believed that Nathan Petty (1711-12 to 1809) was named for his uncle, his mother's brother,
Nathan Closson, and the given name is found only among the descendants of John 3 Petty (James
; John 1 ) and Hannah Closson. It has never been encountered in any other branches of this family.
This is additional reason for the belief that all four of the known Nathans as mentioned above were
all descended from this couple as shown.
CHILDREN OF NATHAN 4 PETTY and MARY (GIFFORD) PETTY:
#63. Joshua Petty, born Tiverton, R. I., 24 Sept.1757; died 9 Jan.1845 at Westport, Mass. aged
88 years, 3 mos. 11 days of consumption; married 9 Jan. 1783 at Dartmouth, Mass., Rozanna
(Rosamond -Rozeman) Potter, both of Dartmouth.
#64. George Petty, born Tiverton, R. I., date unknown; died (living 23 Aug 1802); married (int.)
Freetown, Mass. 18 April 1772, Hannah Booth.
#65. Isaac Petty, born Tiverton, R. I., date unknown; died Westport, Mass., before 7 May 1822;
married Dartmouth; Mass. 3 Dec. 1778, Susannah Potter both of Dartmouth.
#66. John Petty, born Tiverton, R. I., date unknown; died (living 23 Aug. 1802); married .
#67. Charles Petty, born Tiverton, R.I.,date unknown; died (living 23 Aug. 1802; married (int)
Westport, Mass., 21 21 Feb. 1795, Freelove Simmons, of Tiverton.
T #68. Daniel Petty, born Tiverton, R. I. c. 1755; died Westport, Mass. before 1 April, 1799;
married at Dartmouth, Mass.,15 Oct. 1780, Sarah Closson, both of Dartmouth.
#69. Patience Petty, born Tiverton, R. I., date unknown; died (living 23 Aug.1802); married (1)
Tiverton, R. I., int. 27 July 1764 - married 23 Aug 1764 to Jared Sherman of Dartmouth; married
(2) (first name unknown) Black.
#70. Phebe Petty, born Tiverton, R.I, date unknown; died (living 23 Aug,1892); married (1)
Tiverton, R. I., int. 27/28 July 1767 - married 27 Sept. 1767 - to John Craw of Dartmouth; married
(2) at Dartmouth, Mass., 2 Sept. 1773, Daniel Peabody.
#71. Basheba Petty, born Tiverton, R. I., date unknown; died (living 23 Aug.1802); married (first
name unknown) Sanford.
Nathan 4 Petty in the American Revolution
The following data is from research by Francis Richmond Sears, of Swansea, Mass. of 19 January
This census includes records of service in the American Revolution. The original 1777 census
records are in the Rhode Island State Archives and the index to these records are found in the office
of the State Record Commissioner.
“Pettey, Nathan, of Tiverton, aged upwards of 60 years” -1777 Census, page 246.
“Petty, Nathan (“Recd. by order Major Gray, cartridges at ye alaram when our troops retreated off
ye Island”. ((Revolutionary War Papers of Pardon Gray, #136, New Bedford Public Library, Folio
XLVI, page 58.)
NOTE: These records of the 1777 Census, together with the records indicating Revolutionary
service are of the greatest importance. First, proof is now found that Nathan Pettey (or Petty) of
Tiverton, R.I. was “60 upwards” or upwards of 60. Thus we have positive evidence that he was over
60 years of age in 1777, and thus, born in or before 1717. The 1777 Census of R.I. was taken for
strictly military purposes and it divided the men (and men only) into the three age classifications of
16-50 years, 50 -60 years, and 60 upwards. The first two age groups are also listed as “able” and
“unable”, but the last age group is not so classified because age alone was sufficient to exempt such
persons from service. It was clearly Nathan Petty of Tiverton who received the cartridges by
order of Major Pardon Gray, who was also a Tiverton man, and this would certainly indicate
that Nathan Petty was acting in some capacity for the Patriots.
The 1777 Census proves that Daniel Petty, Isaac Petty, and Joshua Petty,who were all sons of
Nathan Petty, all resided in Tiverton, R. I. and that all three were 16 to 50 years of age and able for
military duty. Charles Petty - another son of Nathan Petty - is not shown in the 1777 census,
doubtless because he was too young - he was the youngest son and mentioned last of all the sons in
Nathan Petty's will.
#29. JOHN 4 PETTY, Jr. (John 3 ; James 2 ; John 1 ), son of John 3 Petty and Hannah (Closson)
Petty, was born at Swansea, Mass., between 1715-1720; died probably at Swansea, Mass., before
25 August 1772; married at Swansea, Mass., 25 Oct. 1739, Sarah Commines (Cummings) by
Sylvester Richman - both parties of Swansey, Mass.
SARAH COMMINES (CUMMINGS): no data available.
John 4 Petty was a party to but a single deed, a deed of lease, on 21 Feb. 1760.
The reasons for considering him a son of John 3 Petty and Hannah (Closson) Petty are:
1.) There are only 3 other marriages under the “Petty” surname in Swansea, Mass., prior to
1750, i.e.: (a) Ebenezer Petty and Patience Chase, 6 March 1728-9, and he was a son of James 2
Petty; (b) Hannah Petty and Roger Kelly, 11 Jan. 1736-7, and (c) Martha Petty and William Thrasher
14 Dec. 1737, both of whom were daughters of John 3 Petty (James 2 ; John 1 ). Thus, only John 3
Petty (James 2; John 1) appears possible as the father of this John Petty married in 1739
2.) He definitely had sons John and Ezekiel, and Nathan and Sarah were doubtless his
children. Ezekiel named his first son and child “Nathan,” which is just one more reason for believing
that his father John Petty, Jr. was a son of this John Petty, Sr. Unfortunately, due to lack of positive
evidence, his parentage and his children Nathan and Sarah must be considered somewhat
conjectural. He left no recorded estate. But see explanation under # 74 and under #73.
NOTE: “John pety and Sarah Commines, both of Swansey, were married Oct.25, 1739 by Sylvester
Richman, E.P.” (( B:190)). It seems reasonable and probable that this John Petty was another son
of John 3 Petty (James 2 ; John 1 ) and Hannah Closson. There appears to have been no other person
available for his father here, since it would appear that he was born about 1715-1720 as he was
married in 1739. John Pettes, the son of John and Sarah Pettis, was born at Dighton, Mass., 8 May
1740. This is the single record of a birth of a child to this couple. John Pettis, Sr. had died prior to
25 Aug. 1772 when his son Ezekiel Pettis “son of John Pettis, Late of Swansey” and above fourteen
years of age was placed under guardianship. It seems now almost certain that John Pettis, Sr. was
also father of a son Nathan and a daughter Sarah. His son (probable son) Nathan Pettis was doubtless
the man of that name of Middletown, Conn., whose will dated 9 Sept. 1782 and probated 15
Jan.1787 mentioned “my Hond. Mother Sarah Pettis” and “my Sister Sarah Hawkins.”. ((See # 73
and # 74.)) A son Nathan Pettis of this John and Sarah (Cummings) Petty, would have had a mother,
Sarah Pettis, who would have been a widow by 25 Aug.1772 and a Sarah Pettis married in Swansea,
Mass. 10 Aug. 1769 a Noah “Harkins” (or Hawkins ?) who could well have been the sister “Sarah
CHILDREN OF JOHN 4 PETTY, JR. and SARAH (COMMINES-CUMMINGS) PETTY:
Children first born at Dighton, Mass. and others probably Swansea, Mass.
#72. John Petty, born 8 May 1740 at Dighton, Mass; died Somerset, Mass., before 4 Nov. 1806
when his appraisers were appointed; married (1) c. 1764, Lydia (maiden name unknown); married
(2) Abigail Valentine, 20 Sept. 1800.
#73. Sarah Petty, born Swansea, Mass., c. 1745; died (living Middletown, Conn. in 1790 census);
married Swansea, Mass., 10 Aug. 1769, Noah “Harkins” or “Hawkins;” died 28 April1825 at
#74. Nathan Petty, born c. 1750 at Swansea, Mass; died Middletown, Conn., before 15 Jan. 1787;
married Middletown, Conn., 24 May l771, Abigail Gilchrist, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth
(Jackson) Gilchrist. She married (2) Jonathan Johnson, Jr.
#75. Ezekiel Petty, born Swansea, Mass., by 1758; died Rehoboth, Mass., in 1837; married (1)
Rehoboth, Mass., 12 Nov. 1778, Anne Hix; married (2) int. Dighton, Mass., 25 Oct. 1808,
Results of March, 1954, investigation in Hartford, Conn., in the state library
by Francis Richmond Sears, genealogist of Swansea, Mass:
Sarah Pettis (or Petty) is not listed in any of the Connecticut Censuses from 1790 to 1850.
The Church Records of Connecticut are found in one index in the State Library with the Barbour
Collection of Vital Records which are indexed separately. The church records are very incomplete,
but are most helpful so far as they go. The following entry was found:
“Pettys, Sarah Cummings, wid. bap. & adm.full communion July 27,1788. Middletown First
Church Records, Vol.3 page 120.” The original record showed “Third Book Records/First
Ecclesiastical Society/ Middletown/ During the Ministry of/ Revd. Enoch/ Huntington & Revd. Dan
Huntington/ Being from March 4th 1781 to April 23rd 1816,” at page 12, left-hand page: Under the
year “1788: July 25, The Widow Sarah Cummings Pettis made Profession of the Christian Faith, was
baptised & admitted to full communion with this church ...”
NOTE: This is undoubtedly the Sarah “Commines” or Cummings who married John 4 Petty at
Swansea, Mass., 25 Oct. 1739, and who was referred to in the will of Nathan Pettis of Middletown,
Conn., dated 9 Sept. 1782 and probated 15 Jan. 1787 as “my Hond. Mother Sarah Pettis.” Thus, this
record is conclusive evidence that the Nathan Pettis of Middletown, Conn., was her son. She is
mentioned in no other record. It is believed that this record is nearly unique - that is, the stating the
maiden name of the.woman.
DEEDS: As to deeds of Middletown, Conn., Nathan Pettis was the only person of that surname who
was a grantee or a grantor between 1766 and 1832. Thus, it must also be presumed that Sarah Pettis,
his mother, was not a party to any deeds in Middletown, Conn., and probably came there after the
death of her husband and his father.
Gravestones: As to gravestone inscriptions in Connecticut, which are found in the office of the
Military Necrologist covering all gravestone inscriptions in the entire state, up to about 1935 and
indexed together with the newspaper death records which are found only to about 1850, there is no
record of any gravestone for Noah Hawkins, Sarah (Pettis) Hawkins, John Pettis, Nathan Pettis, or
Sarah Pettis. Inasmuch as Nathan Pettis died insolvent before either his sister or mother who both
died widows it is probable that there was neither the necessary finances nor the interested person
to erect such gravestones.
Newspapers: As to newspaper records of Connecticut, no newspaper death record was found for
John Pettis or Sarah (Cummings) Pettis.
Vital Records: As to vital record of Connecticut, except for the marriage of Nathan Pettis and
Abigail Gilchrist at Middletown, Conn., 24 May 1771, no data under names of Noah Hawkins, Sarah
Hawkins, John Pettis, Nathan Pettis, and Sarah Pettis.
NOTE: See various items under # 73 and #74 covering investigation in Hartford, Conn., as of March
We may now conclude that Nathan Pettis (c.1750-1787) of Middletown, Conn., was undoubtedly
the son of John 4 Pettis (John 3; James 2 ; John l ) and Sarah Cummings. The church record showing
that on 27 July 1788 “The Widow Sarah Cummings Pettis” was admitted to the Middletown,
Conn., church coupled with the fact that both “my Hond. Mother Sarah Pettis” and “my Sister Sarah
Hawkins” are mentioned in the will of Nathan Pettis of Middletown, Conn., of 9 Sept. 1782 seems
conclusive proof of this fact. We also have proof that the family of Sarah Hawkins of Middletown,
Conn. in 1790 consisted of 2 free white females including heads of families which must have been
Sarah (Pettis) Hawkins and her mother, Sarah (Cummings) Pettis who had joined the First Church
of Middletown, Conn., only about a year before. We also have proof that Sarah Hawkins died at
Middletown, Conn., on 28 Apr.1825, aged 80 years and she was designated as “Mrs.,” proving that
she had been married and that she was born in l745. The conclusion now seems unavoidable and
beyond the slightest doubt. There seems no possibility in mere coincidence explaining the presence
of both a Sarah Hawkins and a Sarah (Cummings) Pettis at Swansea, Mass., and after they are no
longer found in Swansea, at Middletown, Conn. unless they were the same persons.
#30. BENJAMIN 4 PETTY (James 3 ; James 2 ; John 1 ), son of James 3 Petty and (first name
unknown) Petty, first wife, or Tabitha (Chase) Petty, second wife, was probably born at Tiverton,
R.I. (birth not recorded anywhere); married Charlestown, R. I., 20 April 1746 Sarah Foster, by
William Clarke, Justice.
SARAH FOSTER: no data available.
On 6 Sept.1746 ‘Benjamin Pettey of Tiverton,” cordwinder, was deeded land in Charlestown, R.I.
((A Benjamin Pettice, aged 50-60 years, was at Scituate, R. I., in 1777 census. Also there in 1774
and 1790. Although not a proved son of James 3 Petty, he first came from Tiverton and he named
his second son James, and was almost certainly a son of this James 3 Petty.)).
Note: This Benjamin Petty “of Tiverton” - according to the deed (1:205) was doubtless another son
of James 3 Petty (James 2 ; John 1 ) and he names his third child “James.” He could not have been the
son of William 3 Petty (James 2 ; John 1 ) - the other party named in this deed - for he was not named
in the will of this William Petty dated 15 July 1747 on which date we know this Benjamin Petty was
living. Note that Benjamin Petty was married 20 April 1746 but his first child in the records was not
born until 14 April 1751, nearly 5 years later. This would indicate that there may have been one or
two earlier children than those recorded.
CHILDREN OF BENJAMIN PETTY AND SARAH (FOSTER) PETTY:
All born in Richmond, R.I.:
#76. Peleg Petty, born 14 April 1751
#77. Lydia Petty, born 17 June 1753
#78. James Petty, born 30 Aug. 1755
#79. Elizabeth Petty, born 23 Sept.1757
#80. Benjamin Petty, born 12 March, 1759
#31. ABRAHAM 4 PETTY (James 3 ; James 2 ; John 1 ), son of James 3 Petty and first wife (first
name and maiden name unknown) Petty, or second wife, Tabitha (Chase) Petty, was born probably
in Tiverton, R.I., date not known; died date unknown; married Dartmouth, Mass., 5 Nov. 1746,
SUSANNAH BEDEN: daughter of Richard and (wife’s name unknown) Beden; she was born in
Dartmouth, Mass.,19 Dec. 1722.
((Dartmouth, Mass. Vital Records - marriages - Vol.11;356-359, called him “s. James of
Dartmouth.” V.R.of R.I. - Tiverton - “int. Oct. 3, 1746, Abraham Pettey of Tiverton and Susannah
Bedon of Dartmouth.))
Chronological Dates of Record Relating to Abraham 4 Petty:
On 2 Sept. 1745, James Petties of Tiverton, yeoman, for 50 (pounds) “paid by Abraham
Petties, my son,” of Tiverton, husbandman, “a certain Lot of Land Wheron I now Dwell
in ye township of Tiverton & Is a Lott formerly Laid out to Christopher Almy, Jr. In sd.
Tiverton Purchase No.27 above ye pond...”
NOTE: This is James 3 Petty (James 2 ; John l ) and his only known child, Abraham 4 Petty.
((1790 Census lists an Abraham Pettis in Dartmouth, Mass., with 1-0-3. No estate in
Bristol County, Mass. By the above deed of 2 Sept.1745, he is a proven son.))
CHILDREN OF: ABRAHAM 4 PETTY and SUSANNAH (BEDEN) PETTY
Children all born in Dartmouth, Mass.:
#81. David Petty, born 24 May 1750; married (int.) Dartmouth, Mass., 9 March 1782, Mary
Beadon; married Dartmouth, Mass., 24 July 1788, Jemimah Bedon. (Of Dartmouth, Mass., in 1790
#82. Simson Petty, born 5 March 1752; married (int.) Dartmouth, Mass., 26 Nov. 1773, Lydia
Hammon. (Of Dartmouth,Mass.,in 1790)
#83. William Petty, born 5 Sept. 1754; married Dartmouth, Mass., 1 May 1774, Lois Pettes. (Of
Dartmouth,Mass., in 1790.)
NOTE: His three sons above are called “s. Abraham (s. James & Susannah)” in the Vital Records
of Dartmouth - 1:180.
#32. JOSEPH 4 PETTY (James 3 ; James 2 ; John 1 ), son of James 3 Petty and first wife (name
unknown) Petty or second wife, Tabitha (Chase) Petty, was born probably Tiverton, R. I., but not
recorded anywhere; married int. Dartmouth, Mass., 15 Nov. 1752 Elce (Alice) Butterworth of
Warrentown (Warren, R.I.); he died date unknown.
ELCE (ALICE) BUTTERWORTH: daughter of John Butterworth (?).
He was not in 1790 Census of Massachusetts. He is a proven son. His estate has not been found.
Chronological Dates of Record Relating to: Joseph 4 Petty
The following are deeds of Tiverton, R. I.:
On 7 Aug.1752, William Gagey of Tiverton. laborer, for 53 (pounds), 6/ deeded Joseph
Pettey of Dartmouth, Husbandman, one 40 acre lot partly in Tiverton and partly in
Dartmouth, Mass.,being the 26th lot in the 4th division of Pocasset Purchase.((Ibid 1:133)).
This deed was also recorded in Bristol County, Mass., deeds 53:377 - page 11: #12.
Note to 50th Anniversary Edition
[Note: Pocasset Purchase was made in November of 1678. John Briggs, Thomas Purdance, Ephem
Allen, and Samuel Briggs of the Pocasset Indians sold part of their land to: Christopher Almy, Edward
Gray, Nathaniel Thomas, Captain Benjamin Church, Job Almy, Thomas Waite, Daniel Wilcox, and
William Manchester, all of Plymouth County. The price was 1,100 English pounds. This land purchase
was called the Pocasset Purchase and part of the land that later became the eastern part of Freetown.
On April 11, 1681, the Pocasset Purchase was divided into 30 lots in the following way: Edward Gray
- 9, William Manchester - 2, Benjamin Church - 1, Job Almy - 2 1/2, Jacob Mott - 1, Christopher
Almy - 4, Daniel Wilcox - 1, Gideon Freeborn - 1, Nathaniel Thomas - 3, John Cook - 2, Edward
Wanton - 1, William Cory - 1, Thomas Waite - 1, and Robert Hazard - 1/2.
[End of Note]
On 5 Feb. 1762 William Gaige of ye Nine Partners, Duchess County, in the Province of
New York, yeoman, deeded Joseph Pettey of Tiverton, husbandman, all rights in undivided
land being the 26th and 27th lots in the 4th division of Pocasset Purchase in Tiverton. ((
On 16 Dec. 1754, Joseph Pettey of Tiverton, husbandman, for 400 (pounds) deeded John
Butterworth of Warren, yeoman, one 40 acre lot partly in Tiverton and partly in Dartmouth
((1:132)). NOTE: same land as above.
On 10 May 1764, Jeams [note: sic] Pettey of Dartmouth, husbandman, appointed “my well
beloved Son Joseph Pettey” of Dartmouth, yeoman, his attorney for all debts, etc.
“belonging and coming unto James Pettey in the Town and County of Springfield, and In
brookfield and In Weston,” etc. Acknowledged at Newport, 29 May 1764 by James Pettey.
(NOTE: This is a most important deed for it is the only known proof that James 3 Petty
(James 2 ; John l )) had a son Joseph as well as a son Abraham; that he (James Pettey) was
living on this date, when he was nearly 76 years of age.
On 10 Nov. 1764, Joseph Pettey of Dartmouth, husbandman, appointed “my true and trusty
and well beloved friend Mr. Samuel Winsor of Smithfield, Providence County, Colony of
R. I., Esq., to be his attorney “and to make seal of all the outlands and the full half of the
Improved Land that belonged to Jeams [note: sic] Pettey In the Town and County of
Springfield and in Suffield which was formerly called Stony brook” etc. Acknowledged
at Tiverton 22 Nov. 1764 by Joseph Pettey ((1:345))). NOTE: This is doubtless another
aeed of land derived from James 2 Petty (John l ) in this instance through the son James 3
Petty who had appointed his son Joseph Petty, his attorney for this specific purpose.
On 7 March 1765, Thomas and Benjamin Linsey of Prudence, weavers, for 78 (pounds)
deeded Joseph Pettey of Dartmouth, husbandman, 1 tract Of 100 acres formerly laid out
in Tiverton and is the 6th, 7th and 1/8th of the 8th lots in the 4th division of Pocasset
On 15 March 1765, Joseph Pettey of Dartmouth, husbandman, for 178 (pounds) deeded
Arthur and Samson Sherman, now residents of Dartmouth, cordwinders, 1 tract of 100
acres in Tiverton. “Alce Pettey wife of Joseph Pettey” released her dower rights in this
land. The deed was signed by “Joseph Pettey” and by the Mark (X) of Alce Pettey
2 June 1766: another land deed
2 May 1768: ibid
24 Feb.1770: ibid
((1:436; 1:444; 2:35.)
CHILDREN OF: JOSEPH 4 PETTY and ELCE (ALICE) (BUTTERWORTH) PETTY:
#33. NICHOLAS 4 PETTY (James 3 ; James 2 ; John 1 ), son of James 3 Petty and first wife (name
unknown) Petty or second wife, Tabitha (Chase) Petty, was born probably Tiverton, R. I., but not
recorded anywhere; married Int. Dartmouth, Mass., 2 Oct. 1756, Rebecca Joslenye.
REBECCA JOSLENYE: no data available.
Not in 1790 Census of Massachusetts. ((Although not a proven son, his association in deeds with
Joseph Petty strongly indicate such was the case.))
Chronological Dates of Record Relating to: Nicholas 4 Petty
Deed of Tiverton, R.I.:
On 3 May 1768, Joseph Petty and Nicholas Pettey, both of Dartmouth, laborer, for 15
(pounds),18/ jointly deeded John Barden of Tiverton, yeoman, 1 tract of about 7 acres of
the 27th lot of the 4th division of Pocasset Purchase, partly in Tiverton and partly in
Dartmouth. Signed by both Nicholas Pettey and Joseph Pettey. Witnessed by Tabitha
Pettey and by Silas Pettey. ((1:445)). NOTE: The witness “Tabitha Pettey” is doubtless
Tabitha (Chase) Pettey whose intentions to James Petty were recorded 2 June 1733.
Nicholas Pettey, the second of the two grantors, is doubtless that Nicholas Pettey of
Dartmouth whose marriage intentions to Rebecca Joslenye of Tiverton were recorded at
Dartmouth, Mass., 2 Oct. 1756. It would seem almost certain that he was another son of
James 3 Petty (James 2 ; John l ) since he joined in this deed with another son of James Petty
in deeding land.
CHILDREN OF: NICHOLAS 4 PETTY and REBECCA (JOSLENYE) PETTY:
#34. TABITHA 4 PETTY (James 3 ; James 2 ; John 1 ), daughter of James 3 Petty and first wife
(name unknown) Petty, or second wife, Tabitha (Chase) Petty, was born probably at Tiverton, R.I.,
but not recorded anywhere; married (int.) Dartmouth Mass., 29 Sept. 1759, Ruben Shearman -
record calls her “d. James.” Married Tiverton, R. I., 21 Nov. 1759.
RUBEN SHERMAN: no data available.
Chronological Dates of Record Relating to: Tabitha 4 (Petty) Shearman:
See deed dated 3 May 1768 under Nicholas Petty (#33)
CHILDREN OF TABITHA 4 PETTY and RUBEN SHEARMAN:
#35. NATHANIEL 4 PETTY (William 3 ; James 2 ; John 1 ), son of William Petty and Mary
(maiden name unknown) Petty, was born probably at Westerly, R. I., (but recorded at Charlestown,
R.I.) 17 May 1714; died Richmond, R. I., before 11 March 1752 when administration was granted
on his estate; married about 1738, Mary Aylsworth.
MARY AYLSWORTH: daughter of Robert 2 Aylsworth (Arthur 1 ) and Anna (Davis) Aylsworth.
Chronological Dates of Record Relating to Nathaniel 4 Petty
3 Sept. 1735: At a Town Meeting held at the dwelling house of Mr. Benj. Burdick in
Westerly, “Voted Nathll. Pettys is Addmitted freeman of this Town & Desireth to be made
free of This Colony.”. ((Ibid. page 60.)) NOTE: This is the earliest mention of Nathaniel
Petty who was born 17 May 1714, the son of William and Mary (maiden name unknown)
Petty, other than his birth. He was only 21 years, 3 months and 16 days of age when he was
admitted a freeman of the town of Westerly, R. I. [note: a freeman was eligible to vote and to hold
7 Nov. 1748: “Voted that Nathaniel Pettis shall Take Letters of Administration upon his
Deceased Mother Mary Pettis Estate,” etc. ((Ibid, page 11, old.))
5 Dec. 1748: “Personally appeared in Council Mr. Nathaniel Petty administrator to all ye
personal Estate of his Deceased Mother's Estate Mary Petty,” etc. ((Ibid, page 12, old.))
11 March 1752: At a Town Council Meeting “Voted that Mr. Joseph Petty Shall Have a
Letter of Administration on his Deceased Brother Nathaniel Petty's Personal Estate he the
said Joseph Petty complying with the Law in such Cases.” It was also “Voted that Mr.
James Lewis is Chosen Guardian to Two orphan children of Nathanael [note: sic] Pettys
Late Deceased Named Robert Petty and Nathal. Petty.” ((Ibid ,page 79, old.))
19 March 1752: “A Inventory of the Goods and Chattels of Nathanael [note: sic] Petty
Late of the Town of Richmond Deceased ... Taken and Prised in said Richmond the 19th
Day of March 1752 by James Addames [note: sic] and Stephen Hoxsie.” It totalled 488
(pounds), 19-07. ((Ibid, p.82))
6 April 1752: At a Town Council Meeting, Robert Aylsworth was appointed guardian of
Robert Petty and Nathaniel Petty, and also of Elizabeth Petty, “Another orphan child,”
James Lewis having refused to serve in this capacity. ((Ibid, page 81))
Data from: “R. I. Genealogical Dictionary” by John 0.Austin, 1887, p. 6 - “Kings Town, Exeter,
Will of Robert Aylsworth, b. (no data)
d.1760, May 4
Anna Davis b. (no data)
1708,May 20 d. 1761
“Will proved 1761, Nov.10. Names: “'Widow Anna, Ex.; son Ephraim, son Robert, son-in-law Jabez
Tucker, grandson Robert Petty, dau. Amy Rathbone, dau. Anna Austin and other children Sarah,
CHILDREN OF: NATHANIEL 4 PETTY and MARY (AYLSWORTH) PETTY
All born in Richmond, R. I.
#84. Robert Petty, born 24 Feb. 1739; died date unknown; married South Kingston, R.I., 7
Feb.1771, Mary Gardiner
#85. Elizabeth Petty, born 17 Dec. 1741
#86. Nathaniel Petty, born 5 Jan. 1743. ((Not in R. I. in 1774; Exeter,1782.))
#87. Ephraim Petty, born 13 April 1745. ((Not in R. I. in 1774, 1777, 1782, 1790))
#38. EPHRAIM 4 PETTY (William 3 ; James 2 ; John 1 ), son of William 3 Petty and Mary
(maiden name unknown) Petty, was born probably at Westerly, R. I. (but recorded at Charlestown,
R.I.) 12 Dec. 1719; died Charlestown, R. I., before 28 Nov. 1744 when his estate was inventoried.
No evidence has been found of his marriage or any children and he probably died unmarried.
Chronological Dates of Record Relating to Ephraim 4 Petty
28 Nov. 1744: His inventory was taken and he clearly died in Charlestown, but his estate
was settled in Richmond, R.I., probate records:
“February ye 11 Day in ye 1746, I say Received by me William Petty Junr, 4 (pounds),15/ I say
Received by me of my father William Petty upon the Desesed Ephraim Petty account. Att. William
((“Probate Court/ No.l/ Town of Richmond,” page 29.))
7 April 1748: “The Rents and Accompts Brought to ye Council this 7th Day of April 1748
by William Pettis Administrator to the Estate of Ephraim Pettys Deceased” to the amount
of 28 (pounds)-19-05. ((Ibid, page 24, old.))
6 Nov. 1749: At a Town Council Meeting in Richmond, R.I., “An Inventory of all and
Singular ye goods and Chattles of Ephraim Pettys Late of Charlestown, Deceased, taken
and apprised this 28th Day of November A.D. 1744,” etc. Total of 106 (pounds)-14-00.
((Ibid, page 23, old.))
On 4 Dec. 1749, “received of Nathaniel Petty administrator 5 (pounds)-04 part of my
legacy of my brother Ephraim Petty Deceased.” Signed by Charles Petty. ((Ibid, page 29,
NOTE: Ephraim Petty was born 12 Dec. 1719 in Westerly, R.I., the son of William 3 Petty
(James 2 ; John l ) and died in Charlestown, R. I., before 28 Nov. 1744. There is no evidence
whatever that he married and he was less than 25 years of age when he died. No mention is made
of any widow in his estate nor of any children and his father was first appointed his administrator
and then his brother Nathaniel Petty and his brothers seem to have been his sole heirs.
#39. WILLIAM 4 PETTY (William 3 ; James 2 ; John 1 ), son of William 3 and Mary Petty, was
born probably at Westerly, R. I. (but recorded at Charlestown, R.I.) 24 June 1722; died probably in
New York State after 31 Jan. 1794; married (1) 14 July 1745, Mary Kinyon who died after 3 April
1775; married (2) Thankful Coalgrove (Colegrave) in Hopkinton, R. I., 9 June 1776; married (3) 9
March 1781 Mary Johnson; married (4) by 1789 Dorcas Braman.
This is the William Petty of Richmond, R.I., who on 2 Feb.1756 was deeded land in Springfield,
Mass., and vicinity by Nathan Petty of Tiverton, R.I. previously owned by James Petty (John l ) who
was the paternal grandfather of this William Petty (1722 - 1794) who on 2 Feb.1756 was the eldest
surviving son of William Petty (1691 - 1747), a son of this James 2 Petty (John 1 ).
He sold his rights in this land on 23 Feb.1756 to Daniel Lamb.
MARY KINYON: She was born 28 July 1721 in or near Bristol, R I.; she was the daughter of either
Jonathan Kinyon, Samuel Kinyon, or Peleg Kinyon.
THANKFUL COALGROVE (Colegrave): no data.
MARY JOHNSON: no data.
DORCAS BRAMAN: She was the daughter of Benjamin and Martha (Hall) Braman; born at
Westerly, R.I., 24 Feb. 1731-2; died after 31 Jan.1794.
Chronological Dates of Record Relating to: William 4 Petty (1722-1794)
23 Feb.1756: “William Petty of Richmond in Kings County in the Collony of Rhode
Island” sold land to Daniel Lamb. (( T/748)). At the time of this deed, William Petty, Jr.
(1722-1794) was the eldest surviving son of his father. He removed to Hopkinton, R. I.,
where he was residing as late as 3 April 1775 when he was a party to a deed there.
30 Jan. 1751: William Petty of Charlestown, yeoman, for 70 (pounds) deeded Jonathan
Kenyon of Charlestown, yeoman, 1 tract of 5 acres in Charlestown. Dower was released
by Mary Petty, wife of the said William Petty. Signed by William Petty and by Mary Petty.
19 Oct. 1754: William Petty of Richmond, yeoman, for 800 (pounds) deeded Samuel
Kenyon, of Charlestown, yeoman, 1 tract of 50 acres in Charlestown. Mary Petty, the wife
of William Petty, released dower. Signed by both William Petty and Mary Petty. ((1:334))
31 Jan.1794: Indenture of William Pettice and Dorcas Pettis his wife of Kingsbury,
Washington County and State of New York, for 24 (pounds) deeded John Millard of
Petersburgh, Ransiller County & State of New York, 1 tract of 20 acres in Charlestown “on
the North Part of a Lot of Land formally Belonging to Benjmd. Braman of Charlestown
Deceased & by the Last Will and Testament given to the sd. Dorcas.” Signed by William
Petty and by the Mark (“D”) of Dorcas Pettis. ((4:117)). NOTE: There are 3 spellings of
the surname in this deed: Pettice, Pettis and Petty.
(( Benjamin Braman and Martha Hall, both of Charlestown, were married at Charlestown, R.I., 26
April 1729. Dorcas Braman was born at Westerly, R.I., 24 Feb.1731-2, the daughter of Benjamin
& Martha (Hall) Braman. This deed is positive proof of the identity of Dorcas Pettis the wife of the
William Pettis of this deed.
It would appear that William 4 Petty (William 3 ; James 2 ; John 1 ), who was born 24 June 1722
(probably at Charlestown, R.I., when it was still a part of Westerly, R. I.) married (1) about 1745
or 1746 Mary ( ), and (2) after 3 April 1775 and before 28 Aug.1789, Dorcas Braman. Since
there is definite evidence that Dorcas (Braman) Petty was born at Westerly, R. I., 24 Feb. 1731-2,
the name was much too unusual for that Dorcas Braman to have been another person. It would
appear that only William 4 Petty was born early enough to have been her husband. There is no record
of any later William Petty who was born early enough to have married a woman born 24 Feb.
((There is the record of the marriage of one William Pettey at Hopkinton, R.I., 2 June 1776 to
Thankful Colegrove. This could be the same William Petty or a later man of the same name. Thus,
William Petty (1722-1794) could have made all three of these marriages; the facts are consistent
with that possibility. However, it would not appear that any children were born of these wives
except Mary, the first wife.
((The 1774 Cenus of the Colony of R. I. shows in the Town of Hopkinton a William Pettis and a
William Pettys. This is proof that there were two individuals in the town of this same name and they
were the only two of the name in the entire colony. The former had two males under 16 in his family
and the latter had two females under 16 in his family. That is some indication that both were younger
men than William Petty born 24 June 1722. However, he would have been only 52 years of age in
1774 and could well have had children under 16 years of age who could have been born before he
was even 40 years old.
((Only one William Pettis was listed in the 1777 census of R. 1. and he was in Hopkinton. The 1782
census lists but one William Pettis in R.I. and he was also in Hopkinton and “upwards of 50 years
of age.” Thus, he was born before 1732 and was probably William 4 Petty born 24 June 1722 for the
Hopkinton deeds prove that William Pettis and wife Dorcas were residing there as late as 28 Aug.
((The 1790 Census of R.I. lists no one named William Petty in the entire state and he had doubtless
removed to New York State. The 1790 census of N.Y. state lists just one Wm. Petty in the entire
state and he resided at Brookhaven, Suffolk County, New York, with a family of 1-2-3 (page 161
of the New York Census of 1790) and in the same town with him was a James Pettey with a family
of 1-5-1. The 1774 Census of the Colony of R.I. lists a James Pettys in Hopkinton and he was
probably the James Petty born 14 Nov.1737 and a brother of William Petty (1722-1794). Thus these
two brothers may have removed to New York State at the same time.))
Deeds of Hopkinton, R.I., in which William 4 Petty was a party:
23 March 1769: ... “deeded William Pettis of Richmond ... 1 tract of 200 acres in Hopkinton.”
10 May 1769: “Then surveyed Two Hundred acres of Land which Mr. William Petty purchased ...
Lying in Hopkinton,” etc. ((2:186))
10 Oct. 1771: “... for 54 (pounds) deeded William Pettyes of Hopkington” ... ((2:339))
3 March 1773: William Pettys of Hopkinton in Kings County and Colony of R.I., yeoman,” etc.
Mary wife of the sd. William Petteys” released her dower. Signed by William Petteys and by Mary
Petteys. Witnessed by David Petteys and by Francis West.((2:401))
21 Oct. 1773: ... deeded William Pettyes of Hopkinton, yeoman, etc. Witnessed by Simeon Perry,
Susannah Perry and Stephen Pettyes.((2:491))
3 April 1775: William Petteys of Hopkinton, Kings County, Colony of R.I.; yeoman ... for 180
(pounds) deeded Peleg Kenyon ... “Mary Petteys wife of the said William Petteys” released her
dower. Signed by William Petteys and by the Mark (“X”) of Mary Petteys. One of the witnesses was
28 Aug. 1789: William Pettyes of Hopkinton, Washington County, yeoman, for $750 deeded Robert
Browning of South Kingston, Washington County, yeoman, 1 tract of 100 acres in Hopkinton “with
the buildings thereon.” “Dorcas Pettyes wife of the said William Pettyes” released dower. Signed
by William Pettyes and by the Mark of Dorcas Pettyes. (“D”).((2:663)).
NOTE: Two William Pettys are found in the 1774 census of Colonial Rhode Island in Hopkinton:
one is found in that town in 1777 and he was a Quaker so his age is not given; and one was found
there in 1782, and he was upwards of 50 years of age so he was doubtless the man born there in 1722
which would have made him 60 years of age. The 1790 Census of R.I. lists no William Petty in the
entire state. However, proof is found that he removed to New York State after the date of the above
deed and probably before 1790, when he was found as early as 31 Jan.1794. That deed identified
his wife Dorcas as born 24 Feb. 1731-2 and made her “upwards of 50 years” in 1782, as she is listed
in the census.
CHILDREN OF WILLIAM PETTY and MARY (KINYON) PETTY (1st wife)
All born in Richmond, R. I. ((Birth dates from original Bible Record of William Pettyes - see
(This branch of the family spelled the surname: Pettis and Pettyes
#88. Sarah Pettyes, born 10 Jan.1746; possibly died 24 Aug.1828; believed to have married Joshua
Card of Norwich, Conn.
#89. Alice Pettyes, born 5 Dec. 1749
#90. Stephen Pettyes, born 1 Nov. 1751. He was in Hopkinton, R.I., 1774; in Coventry, R.I. 1777
#91. Mercy (Marcy?) Pettyes, born 9 Dec.1753
#92. Joseph Pettyes, born 4 Jan. 1759; died 1799; married 17 Jan. 1785, Mary Chapman. ((Records
show a Joseph Pettyes of Hopkinton, R.I., in 1777 but not found in R.I. 1782 or 1790))
#93. Hannah Pettyes, born 27 Feb. 1761; died 2 Nov. 1782
#94. Mary Pettyes, born 6 or 7 Aug. 1763 “in the night season;” died 15 Sept. (year unknown) -
#230. Susannah (Lusinah?) Pettyes, born 18 Aug. 1765
CHILDREN OF WILLIAM 4 PETTY and MARY (JOHNSON) PETTY (3rd wife)
(There were no children of the 2nd wife)
#231. John Worden Eabs Pettyes: “the child of Mary,” born 2 Oct. 1781
NOTE: Mathew Pettis of Washington County, New York, is not mentioned by William 4 Pettis in
his Bible Record [note: see end of this section] and there is no positive proof of his birth date of
15 December 1746 nor has he been positively identified as a son of William 4 and Mary (Kenyon)
Pettis and further research is needed. Yet he appears to be in this relationship as he named a son
“Kenyon” Pettis. He is included in this Genealogy as evidence points towards a definite relationship.
Matthew Pettis was born 15 Dec. 1746 (date not certain); died 2 May 1827; buried in Old Baker
Cemetery in Hudson Falls, N. Y; m. c 1795 Alice (maiden name not known.) Mathew Pettis settled
in Ft. Edward, then Arglye, Washington Co., N.Y. Served in Revolution from Albany County, N.Y.
from area then called Charlotte. He first bought land in 1791 in Washington County, N.Y. Land
records indicate that he had a brother, Stephen Pettis, living In Kingsbury, Washington County,
N.Y., in 1795.
Children of Matthew Pettis & Alice Pettis:
a. William M. Pettys, b. 21 Feb. 1770; m. 1795 Ruth Crandell
b. Kenyon Pettis, no birth or death dates; married Catherine (maiden name unknown)
c. Mathew Pettis, Jr., no birth or death dates; married Martha (maiden name unknown)
d. Joseph Pettis, no birth or death dates; married Elizabeth (maiden name unknown)
e. Sally Ann Pettis, b. 1776; death date unknown; married 15 Nov. 1796 Martin
f. Alice Pettis, no birth or death dates; married (first name unknown) Shipperd
Also, two additional sons and three daughters, names unknown
Above data from: Mrs. John A. (Mary W.) Mac Morris of Highland Acres, Argyle, N. Y., 19
January 1957. She was historian of Washington County, N.Y.
Records from the Bible of William Pettyes
Hannah Pettyes died in November the 2 Day AD 1782
Mary Pettyes my daughter died September the 15 AD
(NOTE: impossible to read the rest)
Joseph Pettis and Mary Chapman was maryed Frabuary 17 Day AD 1785
The Maredge of me and my wife we was mared July the 14 Day in the year of our Lord Christ 1745
William Petty and Mary Kinyon
William Pettyes and Thankfull Coalgrove was married in June the 9th Day AD 1777-6
I William Pettyes and Mary Johnson was marred March the 9th Day AD 1781
The ages of my self and my wife Mary Kinyon my first was born July the 28 Day AD 1721
William Pettyes was born June the 24 AD 1722
The ages of our children
Sarah Pettyes was born January the 10th Day AD 1746
Alice Pettyes was born December the 5 Day 1749
Stephen Pettyes was born November the first Day AD 1751
Marcy Pettyes was Born December the 9 Day AD 1753
Joseph Pettyes was born January the 4 AD 1759
Hannah Pettyes was born February the 27 Day AD 1761
Mary Pettyes was born August the 6 Day or 7 in the night season AD 1763
Lusinah Pettyes was born August the 18 Day AD 1765
John Worden Eabs Pettyes the child of Mary was born October the 2 Day AD 1781
Joseph Pettis was born September the 10 Day AD 1786
Lusinah Pettis was born March the 28 Day AD 1792
I give this Book to my son Stephen if he live longer than I do if not then to Joseph my son if neither of them
should out Live me to Joseph’s son William and into (indecipherable) hand it may come desier (?) be very
carefull of it on my account. William Pettyes
#40. JOSEPH 4 PETTY (William 3 ; James 2 ; John 1 ) son of William 3 Petty and Mary Petty, was
born probably at Westerly, R.I., (but recorded at Charlestown, R.I.) 27 Oct. 1724; married prior to
28 Jan. 1746-7, Elizabeth Worden.
He was probably in Charlestown, R. I., in 1774, 1777, 1782 and 1790, according to the censuses.
His children have not been found.
ELIZABETH WORDEN: daughter of Peter, Jr. and Rebecca (Richmond) Worden, was born
Westerly, R.I., 29 March 1721.
Chronological Dates of Record Relating to Joseph 4 Petty (William 3 ; James 2 ; John 1 )
28 Jan. 1746-7: “Westerly, January ye 28th day 1746/7 Then Recd. of our Mother Rebeckah
Worden Administratrix to ye Goods & Chattels of Peter Worden of sd. Westerly Late Deceased the
full and Just Sum of 31 (pounds); 2:8 which was the whole of our Portion out of said Deed. Worden’s
Estate by Law We Say Recd. by us.
Stephen Worden Joseph Petty
Gideon Worden Elizabeth Petty”
((“Council & Probate/ No.3/ 1745-1762/ Town of/ Westerly,” p. 198))
NOTE: Peter Worden, Jr., married at Westerly, R. I., 26 May 1720. Rebecca Richmond. Elizabeth
Worden was born at Westerly, R.I., 29 March 1721, daughter of Peter, Jr. and Rebecca (Richmond)
The printed Vital Records of Westerly, R. I., show no Pettis or Petty births at all and just a single
marriage (John Fordis and Susannah Pettis.) However, Joseph Petty was born probably at Westerly,
R. I., 27 Oct. 1724, the son of William and Mary Petty. He would appear beyond doubt to be the
husband of this Elizabeth (Worden) Petty above and this is the sole proof known of the identity of
#41. CHARLES 4 PETTY (William 3 ; James 2 ; John 1 ), son of William 3 Petty and Mary Petty,
was born probably at Westerly, R. I., (but recorded at Charlestown, R, I.) 10 August 1727; married
at Richmond, R, I., 15 Jan.1749 Martha Rogers, by Stephen Richmond, Justice.
He is not found in 1774, 1777, 1782 or 1790 censuses of R. I. No children have been found of this
MARTHA ROGERS: No data.
#44. DAVID 4 PETTY (William 3 ; James 2 ; John 1 ), son of William 3 and Mary Petty, was born
probably at Westerly, R. I. (but recorded at Charlestown, R.I., ) 29 March 1735; marriage Exeter,
R.I., 23 April 1758 Mary Coldgrave of Exeter, R. I.
In 1771 he was of Richmond, R. I., and in 1773 and 1776 he was of Hopkinton. The 1774 Census
lists him of Hopkinton, R. I, but he was not listed in R.I. in the censuses of 1777, 1782 and 1790.
Children not found [note: see below] but he certainly had some as shown by the 1774 census.
MARY COLDGRAVE: No data
Chronological Dates of Record Relating to David 4 Petty:
(Deeds of Hopkinton, R.I.)
13 Dec. 1771: Elias Button of Stonington, New London County, Conn., for $590 deeded
David Petty of Richmond, Kings County, Colony of R.I., laborer, 1 tract of 217 acres in
Hopkinton. This deed was witnessed by Joseph Petty and by Stephen Petty.
3 March 1773: David Petteys of Hopkinton, Kings County, Colony of R. I., for 60
(pounds) deeded Mathew Petteys of Exeter, Kings County, yeoman, 1 tract of 100 acres
in Hopkinton. Dower released by Mary, wife of David Petteys. Deed signed by David
Petteys and by the Mark (“X”) of Mary Petteys. ((2:441))
26 March 1776: David Petteys of Hopkinton, yeoman, for $900 deeded George Kenyon,
Late of Richmond, laborer, 1 tract of 100 acres in Hopkinton. ((3-4:39)). NOTE: David
Petteys, party to t hese 3 deeds, was born 29 March 1735, son of William 3 Petty
(James 2 ; John 1 ) and married at Exeter, R.I., 23 April 1758 Mary Coldgrave of Exeter, R.I.
He was listed in the Rhode Island Colonial Census of 1774 at Hopkinton, R.I., with a family of 6
males under 16 years of age and 1 female above 16 years of age and 2 females under 16 years of age.
Not one of his children is found [note: see below] in the birth records of any of the nearby towns and
were doubtless never recorded. He is not listed in the R. I. census of 1777, 1782 or 1790 and
doubtless removed from R. I. This is just one instance of the few births recorded. David bought 217
acres and sold 200 acres.
[note: NWP added the following section to the 1978 edition to show the children of David 4 Pettys,
but did not correct the earlier text which said that the children had not been found.]
The following data is extracted from “David Petteys Family Record” by Rev. S. James Petteys and
based on The Petteys Family of Greenwich (Washington County of New York), as prepared by Isley
V. H. Gill in 1953. Rev. S. James Petteys Box 346, Hamler, Ohio 43524 (Sept. 29, 1975) and now
of Trinity Lutheran Church, Frankfort, Mich. (He claims descent from David Petteys, born 1735)
William 3 Petteys (1691-1747) married Mary Winter. He was born 30 Oct. 1691 in Springfield,
Mass. He was son of James 2 & Mary (Lawton) Petteys.
Children of William 3 Petteys & Mary (Winter-Winters-Withers-Witters)
1. James Petteys, born cica 1738, married Elizabeth Tew
2. David Petteys, born 1735, married Mary Colegrove in Exter, R.I., 23 April 1758. Came to
Greenwich Community circa 1772 (Washington County, N.Y.) Died circa 1810
Children of David Petteys & Mary (Colegrove) Petteys:
a. Joseph, born 1764; died 1810. Pathmaster 1809 in Greenwich
b. David, birth and death dates not known; married (first name unknown) Waite
c. John, born 1765; d. 1843; married Jane Burdick
d. Eli, born c. 1767; died date unknown; married Anna (maiden name unknown)
e. Winter, born 1769; died 1814
f. Sarah, born 1776; died 1818; married Ephraim Burdick
(All births were listed in 1790 U.S. Census - Easton, Wash. Co., N.Y.)
#45. JAMES 4 PETTY (William 3 ; James 2 ; John 1 ), son of William 3 Petty and Mary Petty, was
born probably at Westerly, R.I. (but recorded at Charlestown, R.I.) 14 Nov. 1737; he married prior
to 28 Feb. 1775, Elizabeth (maiden name unknown). [Note: Rev. S. James Petteys, identified in previous
section, states that her maiden name was Tew].
He was of Charlestown, R. I., in 1774 and of Hopkinton, R. I., in 1775. ((A James was listed in
Charlestown, R. I., in 1774 and in Richmond, R.I., in 1777 censuses; a James is listed in Foster in
1782 and 1790 and a James is listed in Providence in 1790 (censuses). His marriage and children
have not been found.
Chronological Dates of Record Relating to James 4 Petty (William 3 ; James 2 ; John 1 )
6 Jan. 1752: At a Town Council Meeting held 6 Jan.1752, “Voted That Simeon Perry is
chosen Guardian with Thomas Rogers to James Petty To Take Care of Him and His
Estate.” ((Ibid, p. 77, old.))
NOTE: This is James Petty, born 14 Nov. 1737, son of William 3 Petty (James 2 ; John 1 ).
((Probate Records of Richmond, R.I.))
Deeds of Hopkinton, R. I.:
28 Feb. 1775: James Petteyes of Hopkinton, Kings County, R. I., for 90 (pounds) deeded
Zebelon Wever of Richmond, Kings County, yeoman, 1 tract of 53 acres in Hopkinton.
“Elisabeth Petteys wife to James Petteys” released dower. This deed was signed by both
James Petteys and Elisabeth Pettyes. Witnessed by David Petty and by Nathan Tanner.
NOTE: This is the James Petty, born 14 Nov. 1737 son of William 3 Petty (James 2 ; John 1 ). His
marriage and the births of his children have not been found. The 1774 census of the Colony of R.I.
lists him in Hopkinton with 1 male above 16 years (not counting him), 4 males under 16 and 1
female under, so he appears to have had 6 children at that time. The 1777 Military Census lists him
in Richmond, aged 16-50 years, and with service in the Revolutionary War. ((The 1782 and 1790
censuses list a James Pettice in Foster, R. I., which may be the same man. He is listed in 1782 as
22-50 years of age. This agrees with the 1774 census. Another James Pettice is listed in Providence
#46. MARY 4 PETTY (Ebenezer 3 ; James 2 ; John 1 ), daughter of Ebenezer 3 Petty and Patience
(Chase) Petty, was born at Swansea, Mass., 1 May 1732. She may have married int. Dartmouth,
Mass. 9 April 1756, Zenas Cowing of Rochester, Mass
Following data from “Rochester, Mass. - Plymouth County - Vital Records to 1850:
Vol. # 2 - Marriages & Deaths:
Page 240: “Pettace (see Pettis): Mary, of Dartmouth and Zenas Cowing, Int. 1 May 1756
Ibid: “Petty, Sary and Joshua Cowing, 11 Feb. 1719-20 (Int. not recorded)
[Note: This Sarah (Petty) Cowing who married Joshua Cowing on llth Feb. 1719-20 has not been
Page # 91, Vol. 1, “Births”: Cowing, Zenas, son of Joshua and Sary (Sarah) Petty, born 29 Dec.
#48. JOHN 4 PETTY (John 3 ; John 2 ; John 1 ), son of John 3 Petty and Margaret Petty, was born
place and date unknown; died, place and date unknown.
According to History of Northfield, Mass. for 150 years, page 515:
1. John Petty, born 30 March 1734-5; soldier under Capt. Burke, 1760; at Westminster, Vt. under
Capt. Azariah Wright, of the “Liberty Party,” 1770.
2. (Page 296): “Muster Roll of Capt. John Catlin 2d's Co. in service at the Westward, Oct. 13 to Dec.
11 (1756): ... John Petty.”
3. (Page 309): “Capt. Salah Barnard enlisted a large company which joined Gen. Amherst's division
and marched for Montreal. The company was mustered Feb. 19 and dismissed Dec. 12 (1760).
Among the names are ... Corp. John Petty, Northfield.”
#50. AARON 4 PETTY (John 3 ; John 2 ; John 1 ), son of John 3 Petty and Margaret Petty, was born
place and date unknown; died place and date unknown; marital status unknown.
According to History of Northfield, Mass. for 150 years, p. 515:
1. Aaron Petty was born 26 Jan. 1738-9; under Capt. Burk in expedition to Crown Point, 1759.
2. (Page 302): “The men in garrison at Northfield (1758) were ... Aaron Petty.”
3. (Page 307): “The names of Northfield men, and others more or less directly connected with our
history, out in the service this year, are as follows: `In Capt. John Burk's Company, Col. Timothy
Ruggels’ Regiment, Expeditibn to Ticonderoga and Crown Point, March 31 to Dec. 25 ((175)) ...
Aaron Petty, Northfield.”
#54. JOSEPH 4 PETTY (Ebenezer 3 ; John 2 ; John 1 ), son of Ebenezer 3 Petty and Rebecca
(maiden name not known) Petty, was born at Springfield Mass. (bapt. West Springfield, Mass. 13
July 1729); he died Northfield, Mass. before 4 Feb. 1757; married Dorothy (maiden name not
Data from: History of Northfield Mass. for 150 years - page 515: says: “born 9 July 1729; died 23
Nov. 1756; married 19 Nov. 1751, Dorcas Rose.”
Chronological Dates of Record Relating to Joseph 4 Petty (Ebenezer 3 ; John 2 ; John 1 )
4 Feb. 1757: By a note dated “Northfield, 4 Feb. 1757 and signed by her, Dorothy Petty
refused “to take administration on the Estate of my Late Husband” Joseph Petty Decd.” and
left it to the court to appoint some one to that position.
On 8 Feb. 1757, Benjamin Rose of Ervinshire so called was appointed guardian to Dorcas
Petty, Hannah Petty and Ebenezer Petty, minors under fourteen years of age and Heirs of
Joseph Petty, late of Northfield.
On 29 Dec. 1769, Benjamin Rose presented his bill for taking care of these minors. His
words, as follows:
“Taking care of Dorkis Petty from the age of four years and three months until she was seven; taking
care of Hannah Petty from the age of two years and eight months until she was seven; taking care
of Ebenezer Petty from the age of eight months until he was seven.”
((Original Probate Files, Hampshire County, Mass. “Joseph Petty, Northfield, 1757, Box # 113, No.
2 ½.” NOTE: This is probably the intestate estate of Joseph 4 Petty (Ebenezer 3 ; John 2 ; John 1 ) who
was baptised in the West Springfield Church on 13 July 1729. The estate of Ebenezer 3 Petty (John,
; John, 1 ) of Northfield was divided on 12 Feb. 1754 and his only son Joseph received a double
CHILDREN OF JOSEPH 4 PETTY and DOROTHY PETTY ((Dorcas (Rose) Petty)
((Data on children from: Hist.of Northfield, Mass.for 150 years page 515:))
#95. Dorcas Petty, born 3 Aug. 1752; m. 4 July 1775, Asahel Ripley of Greenfield
#96. Hannah Petty, born 15 March 1774
#97. Ebenezer Petty, born 25 March 1756; Rev. Soldier at surrender of Burgoyne; prob. married
Eunice (maiden name unknown) and removed to Orange.
#55. SARAH 4 PETTY (Ebenezer 3 ; John 2 ; John 1 ), daughter of Ebenezer 3 Petty and Rebecca
Petty, was born at Springfield, Mass. (baptised West Springfield, Mass. 25 June 1731.)
Data from History of Northfield, Mass. for 150 years, page 445 and page 515: “William Field, son
of Ebenezer and Abigail (Holton) Field, born 25 Nov. 1744; died 11 Jan 1813; married 13 Nov.
1769, Sarah Petty, who died 11 Nov. 1806.”
Data from: Field Genealogy by Frederick C. Pierce, 1901, Vol.1, pages 225 and 307: “Field,
William, son of Dr. Ebenezer Field and Abigail (Holton) Field ((Zechariah, Samuel, Zechariah,
John, John, Richard, William, William)) was born Nov.25, 1744 at Northfield; married Nov.13,1769
to Sarah Petty, who was born Aug. 15, 1741 and who died Nov.11,1806. He was a farmer.”
Data from: New England Historic Genealogic Register, Vol.103 (1949), page 64 under “The
Bancroft Family of Warwick, Mass:”
“Ebenezer Bancroft, born in Worcester Mass 27 Sept. 1773, was a cabinet maker by trade and had
already located in Northfield when he bought James Merriam house and workshop 5 May 1800. The
grantee in the conveyance was “Ebenezer Bancroft, Jr. of Northfield” and the property was
described as “two fifths of the original Petty lot, with all the buildings standing on the same.”
“A quit claim to `all interest in the property lately occupied by James Merriam’ was also given by
William Field and his wife Sarah (Petty). ((Bk. 13, page 618, Registry of Deeds,
“The land and buildings were in the town of Northfield, not in Warwick (as stated in The Registry,
Vo.95, page 67) where the purchase is mistakenly said to have been made by Ebenezer's father
Ebenezer Bancroft. (No.41)”
CHILDREN OF SARAH (PETTY) FIELD and WILLIAM FIELD:
(Both History of Northfield, p. 445 and Field Genealogy, p. 307 are in agreement)
a. Nabby Field, born 8 Sept. 1774; died 23 Sept.1775
b. Ebenezer Field, born 3 Aug. 1776; died unmarried about 1858; a soldier under Gen.Harrison
at Tippecanoe; also in War of l812.
c. Nabby Field, born 6 Dec. 1779; died 20 Nov. 1785
d. Sally Field, born 18 March 1782; died unmarried 2 May 1807
e. William (Billy) Field, born 23 Nov.1785; died (suicide) 24 Dec. 1849; married 8 May 1808,
Mary, daughter of John Woodward.
#61. REUBEN 4 PETTY (Joseph 3 ; Joseph 2 ; John 1 ), son of Joseph 3 Petty and Hannah Petty,
was born Northfield, Mass. 31 July 1738.
Data from History of Deerfield by Sheldon, 1895, p. 654, `The Last French War’ - ((1757)) :
“Deerfield men on the descriptive rolls of Lord Loudon this year or the following winter
following, are ... Petty, Reuben.”
Following data is from: History of Northfield, Mass. for 150 Years:
Page # 300: “1757 - Capt. John Burk - in ranging service ... Reuben Petty, Northfield.”
Page # 308: “1759-60 - Enlisted men in Col. Is. Williams' Regiment ... Reuben Petty,
Page # 515: “Reuben Petty, son of Joseph Petty, born 1738; sergeant, was taken prisoner at
Fort William Henry, Aug. 9,1757; rem. to Warwick. He married Lydia (maiden name
CHILDREN OF REUBEN PETTY and LYDIA PETTY
#98. Lydia Petty, born 5 Nov. 1763; married 15 April 1794, Enos Severance
#99. Joseph Petty, born 25 Jan. 1765
#100. Hannah Petty, born 26 Sept. 1766
#101. Onde Petty, born 25 June 1768
#102. Lucy Petty, born 15 April 1770
#103. Reuben Petty, bapt. 1 March 1772
#104. Pianna Petty, born 16 June 1762; married Walter Field
[note: The following ancestors, #348 John Pettey, #351 Daniel Pettey and #361 James Miller Pettis, are
father, son and grandson, but in a sense they are “orphans” so far as this genealogy is concerned. We don't
exactly know how they connect to the rest of the line, although genealogist Francis Richmond Sears theorized
that John Pettey, #348, might be a son of James 3 Petty (James 2 ; John1 ) In his original genealogy, NWP
placed these three at the end of the book. I have moved them here.]
#348. JOHN PETTEY, of unidentified parentage, but possibly a son of James 3 Petty (James 2 ;
John 1 ). See report of genealogist Francis Richmond Sears below. This John Pettey was born
Tiverton, R.I., 22 Oct. 1732; died in Providence, R. I., 26 Sept. 1815; married (int.) and married the
same year, 15 May 1755 to Rachael Miller.
[note: In the vital statistics above, NWP gives this John Pettey's year of birth as 1732 but he later reports it twice as 1731.
From that, it appears 1732 is a typing error and that the correct year is 1731.]
RACHAEL MILLER: daughter of Benjamin and Mehitable (maiden name unknown) Miller; born
Warren, R. I. 13 May 1738; died in Providence, R. I., 8 Jan. 18l6
Both are buried in the North Burial Ground, Providence, R.I.
CHILDREN OF: JOHN PETTEY and RACHAEL (MILLER) PETTEY:
#349. Rhody Pettey, born 20 July 1755; died 31 Oct. 1786
#350. Elizabeth Pettey, born 23 June 1757; died 22 Jan.1758.
#351. Daniel Pettey, born 8 Feb. 1759 at Warren, R.I.; died 13 April 1846 at Johnston, R.I.; married
#352. John Pettey, born January 1762; died 5 July 1762
#353. James Pettey, born 30 Aug. 1763; died 1 Nov. 1821
#354. John Pettey, born 13 Jan. 1767; died 7 Oct. 1791
#355. Benjamin Pettey, born 14 May 1759; died 14 Sept.1790; ae 21 yr. 4 mo
#356. Mary Pettey, born 14 Dec. 1771; died 13 Aug. 1864
#357. Joseph Pettey, born 11 April 1774; died 15 Sept. 1774
#358. David Pettey, born 10 July 1776; died 27 Nov. 1815
#359. George Pettey, born 8 Oct. 1778; died 20 June 1779
#360. Nancy Pettey, born 31 Aug. 1782
NOTE: Data on these ancestors (numbers 348-360) is from “Vital Records of R.I. 1636-1850, Vol.
#2, Providence County,” pages 14 & 27.
Further, with regard to the parentage of this John Pettey, Mr.Francis Richmond Sears, Genealogist,
of Swansea, Mass., in a letter of January, 1953 and also a letter of April, 1954, suggests that this
John Pettey could have been a son of James 3 Petty (James 2 ; John 1 ) who removed to Tiverton, R.I.,
as it is clear that this John Pettey came from Dartmouth, Mass., to Warren, R.I., as he is called of
the former town in his marriage intentions. Also see note under Daniel Pettey, #351.
There is no record of any estate found for either John Pettey (1731-1815) or Rachael Pettey
(1738-1816), according to Mr. Sears in Jan. 1953.
From: “North Burial Ground Records, Providence, R.I., Dr.Caleff's Manuscript at R. I. Historical
Society,” the following are buried there:
4341. John Pettey, b.22 Oct. 1731; d. 24 Sept. 1815
4342. Wife Rachael, b. 13 May 1738; d. 8 Jan.1816
4343 Daniel Pettey, d. 13 Apr.1846, ae 88
4344 Wife Hannah, b. 12 June 1762; d. 19 Feb. 1835
4345 Benj. Pettey of John & Rachael, d. 14 Sept. 1790, ae 21 yr 4 mo
4346 Infants of same: (i.e., of Daniel & Hannah (Williams) Pettey)
Rachael, d. 14 Oct. 1786
Rhoda, d. 27 July 1789
David, d. 10 Aug. 1791
Joseph W. d. 10 Sept. 1798
4347 Betsey Pettey, of Daniel & Hannah, b. 8 July 1789; d. 25 Aug. 1813
#351. DANIEL PETTEY, son of #348 John Pettey and Rachael Miller) was born 8 Feb. 1759 at
Warren, R.I.; died 13 April 1846 at Johnston, R.I. but buried in North Burial Ground, Providence,
R. I; married Hannah Williams, date unknown.
HANNAH WILLIAMS: born Cranston, R.I., 19 June 1762; died 19 Feb. 1835, buried with husband
in plot in North Burial Grounds.She was daughter of Christopher and Betsey (maiden name
CHILDREN OF: DANIEL PETTEY and HANNAH (WILLIAMS) PETTEY
#361. James Miller Pettey, born 22 May 1783 or 22 Jan.1783; died 16 Feb. 1871; married 14
Dec.1809, Phebe Alverson.
#362. Rachael Pettey, born 25 June 1785; died 14 Oct.1786
#363. Rhoda Pettey, born 24 Jan.1786; died 27 July 1789
#364. Betsey Pettey, born 8 July 1789; died 25 Aug. 1813 or 1819
#365. David W. Pettey, born 1 April 1790; died 10 Aug. 1791
#366. Daniel Pettey, born 27 Jan. 1792; died 27 May 1868
#367. John Pettey, born 2 Nov. 1793; died 5 Sept. 1838
#368. Henrietta Pettey, born 18 Aug. 1796; died 18 March 1873
#369. Joseph W. Pettey, born 1 Dec. 1797; died 10 Sept. 1798
#370. Barbara Pettey, born 18 Aug. 1799; died 1874; married George Leavens
#371. David W. Pettey, born 1 Aug. 1801
#372. Mary Pettey, born 24 Dec. 1804
#373. Rebecca Pettey, born 29 March 1807; died 15 April 1848; married Enos Weeden
Letter of Jan. 1953 from Francis Richmond Sears, genealogist, states: “There is the intestate estate
of Daniel Pettey which is the Daniel Pettey who had service in the Revolutionary War (see below)
and resided in Providence, R. I. He cannot be confused with the Daniel Petty (c.1755 -1799) of
Tiverton, R.I., and Westport, Mass., for their places of death and dates of death were entirely
different and both left estates and had wives of different given names completely.
Census of 1777
This census includes records of service in the American Revolution
Pettey, Daniel (private May 1776 - Sept.1778) b. Warren, R.I. 8 Feb.1757
(“always lived in Providence,” name of wife not given)
Pettey, Daniel, died Providence, R.I. 13 April 1846, aged 87 years
Pettey, Daniel, of Providence County, Pension Roll of 8 Nov. 1833, aged 77
Pettey, Daniel, of Providence County) Pension Roll of 1 June 1840, aged 83
Report of April 1954 from Francis Richmond Sears:
V.R.of Swansea,Mass: “Daniel Pettis and Amy Luther, Both of Swanzey Was Married October:Ye 19 1777:
By Russill Mason Elder of a Church of Christ in: Swanzey.” (D:5)
NOTE: This may be that Daniel Pettis born at Warren, R.I, 8 Feb.1759, the son of John &- Rachael
(Miller) Pettis. No other Daniel Pettis, of the proper age is available for this marriage. John Pettis,
the father of the Daniel Pettis born in 1759 was born 22 Oct.1731 and died in Providence, R.I., 24
Sept.1815 could have been a son of James,3, Petty (James,2; John, l) who removed to Tiverton, R.I.
...” There is considerable confusion in this family, both as to the father (#348) and the son, (#352.)
#361. JAMES MILLER PETTIS, son of Daniel Pettey and Hannah (Williams), was born 22 May
1783 or 22 Jan. 1783; died 16 Feb. 1871; married 14 Dec. 1809, Phebe Alverson.
PHEBE ALVERSON: She was the daughter of John Alverson. Mother's name not known. Date of
birth not known. Date of death: 15 Dec. 1839.
CHILDREN OF: JAMES MILLER PETTIS & PHEBE (ALVERSON) PETTIS:
#374. Marcelia Pettis, married Charles R. King in 1852; died 10 Aug. 1852 (?) at Sandusky, Ohio
#375. Calista Ardelia Pettis, married Charles R. King 9 Aug.1842 (by Rev. S. A. Cone); died 12
#376. Almira Pettis, born 6 May 1811; married 26 July 1832 by Elder Martin to Israel E. Knight,
son of Jacob Knight
#377. Maria Pettis, born 10 July 1815; married 19 Aug. 1839, Welcome A. Potter, son of Benjamin
Potter of Cranston, R.I. Married by Elder Martin Cheney
#378. Maraha Pettis, born 18 July 1819
[End of moved material]
A 1756 deed involving ancestor #26
Nathan 4 Petty is regarded as the most
important document in our family line.
It clearly ties together the first four generations