Note: A researcher who chooses to remain anonymous and I have had a long going conversation about the mistakes on this website regarding the genealogy. It is understandable because he has done so very much research and I have merely reported on what has long been BELIEVED to be true. Bits and pieces. These researchers were just as sincere in their conclusions as the expert who chooses to remain anonymous. So, I will quote from our correspondence to try to bring you up to speed. I have purchased his book, which at his request I will not mention, and when I have time, I will try to correct the genealogy below to fit his newest findings.
I appreciate his concern over the errors after his arduous labor of love. Of course, my major interest is my own line and I connect up where Mary Pettus marries Chillian Palmer. I apologize for getting confused over this so I decided simply to quote this source who has chosen to remain anonymous.
My last campaign, therefore, is to alert the parties who create those websites to be aware of the fact that they are spreading misinformation! You are not the first to hear from me.
I don't mean to put all the blame on you, because you relied upon supposedly authoritative sources dating back to the early 20th C. Once I began my own research into the original records around 1970, I quickly discovered that most writers on Pettus genealogy relied upon someone else's work and that the pioneers either did not do the necessary research or else misinterpreted whatever fragmentary records they did find.
I understand that you are just trying to be helpful, but a subject so complicated as Pettus genealogy is full of pitfalls for the unwary.
Good evidence has come to light in the past few years that immigrant ancestor, Thomas Pettus, married Ka-Okee, daughter of Pocahontas by her first husband, Kocoum, an Indian brave who died in a battle with the Susquehanna tribe!
Although Thomas remarried after Ka-Okee died c1637, the line of descent from his second wife, Elizabeth (Freeman) Duirrent, apparently ended before 1700, when his only known granddaughter, Elizabeth Pettus, died underage and unmarried.
According to this source, living Pettuses who descend from the immigrant Thomas also descend from Pocahontas's daughter, Ka-Okee! He expresses surprise that this connection, which is "sacred tradition" for three distinct native American tribes in Virginia, is also known by certain members of the Pettus family who had heard it from their grandparents!
There is a question over which Pettus married Ka-Okee, but circumstantial evidence makes Thomas the most likely of the Pettus immigrants to have married her.
For example, Thomas held a large tract of land in what is now Stafford County, Virginia. According to tribal historians, his land adjoined a tract held by Chief Wahaganoche and another by his daughter Christian Pettus who married John Martin. Christian was the name of Thomas's sister and grandmother (Norwich records).
Thomas sold his land to Mr. Henry Meese, who was married to another native American woman related to Ka-Okee. More extensive DNA tests would be helpful.
The key question is whether Stephen Pettus who was a landholder in New Kent County, Virginia, in 1662, was Thomas's son by Ka-Okee.
The line through Thomas Pettus, Virginia immigrant, probably goes as follows:
Thomas Petyous and (?)
John Pethous and Jone (?)
Thomas Pettus and Christian DeThick
Thomas and Cecily King
Thomas Pettus (immigrant) and Ka Okee (daughter of Pocahontas)
Stephen Pettus (landowner in New Kent Co. in 1662) and (?)
Stephen Pettus II (grantor in the sale of the Pettus estates in 1700) and Mary Dabney
Mary Pettus and Chillian Palmer
The fact that Stephen II was a grantor in 1700 and the fact that his known male descendants have DNA matching that of a native American tribesman who has traced his ancestry to Ka-Okee gives me confidence that this lineage is right.
1. Thomas Pettus II, who had been married to Mourning Burgh, died in 1687.
2. An inventory of Thomas's estate shows that it belonged to his "Orphand." Unfortunately the orphan was not named in the inventory.
3. A York County record shows that Maj. Lewis Burwell was the executor of Thomas's will (now lost).
4. According to Burwell's attorney, some tobacco claimed by Mourning Pettus, widow of Thomas Pettus II, was the "proper estate" of Stephen Pettus. This led me to the conclusion that Thomas had left the tobacco to Stephen and that Stephen--not Elizabeth--was the orphan heir. Apparently, Burwell was holding the tobacco until Stephen came of age.
4. Stephen was a grantor in the sale of the Pettus estates in 1700 (see his signature on the deed) to James Bray, Jr. I concluded that the sale took place after Stephen came of age. BTW Elizabeth had already died.
The most logical explanation of the above evidence is that Thomas II was Stephen's father. Since there was no other evidence to the contrary, the available evidence met the so-called Genealogical Proof Standard adopted some years ago by professional genealogists.
An online query by a tribal historian regarding the identity of Christian Pettus's father led this source to do some last-minute research. That research led to the discovery of new evidence that Christian was the daughter of the immigrant Thomas and Ka-Okee, daughter of Pocahontas.
Because the above-mentioned Stephen's male line of descent carries the same Y-DNA as that of Thomas's other known male descendants from Ka-Okee, that means that Stephen was descended from Ka-Okee and not from Mourning. Most likely, Stephen II was the son of Stephen I and Stephen I was the son of Thomas I and Ka-Okee. This explains why Stephen II got that name.
Thomas Pettus, immigrant, did marry Elizabeth Durrent, widow of Richard Durrent sometime before 1643. They had a son Thomas Pettus II who was a minor when his father died c1661. Thomas II was the father of Elizabeth Pettus , who was also left an orphan when Thomas died abroad in 1687. Elizabeth died unmarried and still a minor sometime before 1700.
The preceding statements are confirmed by extant records.
The new theory, which is based upon good evidence, both oral and written, has Thomas Pettus, immigrant, marrying Ka-Okee, daughter of Pocahontas and Kocoum, as his first wife about 1631. Thus, Elizabeth Durrent was Thomas's second wife. Also, Thomas and Ka-Okee were the parents of Christian Pettus of Stafford County, Virginia. Thomas and Ka-Okee also had other children, including Stephen Pettus I, who settled in New Kent County, Virginia. I now believe that he was the father of Stephen Pettus II, who was a grantor in the sale of the Pettus estates in 1700.
If this theory is correct, then Thomas Pettus II of Littletown plantation was the half-brother of Christian Pettus and Stephen Pettus I.
The researcher reports that my line descends from Stephen Pettus II. The lineage discussed connects Mary (Pettus) Palmer to Stephen Pettus and Mary Dabney and is a matter of record.
Bill Deyo is the tribal historian of the Patawomeck tribe. The researcher first learned of the Pocahontas connection from the historian of another tribe a few weeks before coming upon Deyo's posting. That historian thought that Ka-Okee had married Theodore Pettus of Norwich and Jamestown. Theodore was Thomas Pettus's younger brother.
Exchanges with Deyo led the anonymous source to the conclusion that Thomas--not Theodore--married Ka-Okee. His DNA matches that of your Stephen's male descendants.
One of the key pieces of evidence mentioned in the transcript is the fact that William Strachey, historian at Jamestown, mentioned the marriage of Pocahontas and Kocoum.
The SP who married Mary Dabney was Stephen II. Research in 2012 led him to conclude that the line of descent from Thomas Pettus, immigrant, and his second wife Elizabeth Durrent, ended with the death of his only known grandchild, Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Pettus II and (?). He suspects that TP II was married twice and that his second wife, Mourning Burgh, was not Elizabeth's mother. In any case, nothing on record indicates that the possible first wife was Elizabeth Dabney, as has often been claimed by early family historians.
The name of the first Stephen's wife is not mentioned in any record of him thus far discovered.
Most of the early Virginia court and church records were destroyed at one time or another. We are fortunate to have the few that have survived, so we are forced to piece together family lineages based upon fragmentary evidence. That is one reason that the genealogy of early generations in colonial Virginia is so difficult.
The anonymous source found key records in Maryland, England, and even Holland. The tribal traditions also helped solve some riddles.
Mary Pettus who married Chillian Palmer was the daughter of John Pettus and his wife Sarah Lipscomb. John was the son of Stephen Pettus and his wife Mary Dabney. John and Sarah settled on Twitty's Creek in what is now Charlotte County, where he died in 1781. He sold his property to John Pettus who married Susannah Winston (?). John died in 1799. His home, Avondale, which was built before the Revolution, is probably the oldest standing Pettus home in Virginia, but Willie C. Pettus, who was born at Avondale, remembers seeing the ruins of your John's home and still has the loft ladder from it. The original house probably burned.
When another John Pettus, who was sheriff of Louisa County, Virginia, died in 1770, your John Pettus traveled from Charlotte County to Louisa County Court where he was made guardian of Barbara Overton Pettus and William Overton Pettus, who were orphans. Your John took the two children back to Charlotte County. Later, after Barbara came of age, the source John's son, Thomas, paid her bond and married her. Thomas and Barbara lived at Waverly plantation near Avondale.
Everything is fully documented by court and church records mentioned. The genealogical issue for you is the identity of Stephen's father. Originally the source was convinced by the evidence at hand that Stephen was the son of Thomas Pettus II of Littletown plantation. He now believes that he was the son of Stephen Pettus I. SP I apparently was the son of Thomas Pettus, immigrant, and Ka-Okee.
The primary basis for that conclusion is that male descendants of your SP have the DNA that matches that of the tribal historian who claims descent from Thomas and Ka-Okee. Of course, the DNA evidence does not distinguish between Thomas and one of his brothers, Theodore, who arrived in Virginia in 1623, but Theodore disappeared from the Virginia records after 1626. My guess is that he was one of the settlers who died in Virginia or, more likely, at sea, since his last appearance in court concerned a dispute over cargo brought into the colony by ship.
Descendants of Thomas Pettus
Generation No. 1
1. THOMAS1 PETTUS was born Abt. 1470 in tailor in Norwich England, 1492 London1, and died Abt. 1520 in London, St. Edmonds Church, Lombard St.2. He married
Notes for THOMAS PETTUS:
The Pettus Family in England:
What follows is from Burke's "Extinct Baronage"; Walter Rye's "Norfolk Families" ii 656; Edmund Farrer's "Church Heraldry of Norfolk" 116;Norris's "Pedigrees" 917: "Alumni Cantabrigienes " iii 353, published,1924, at Cambridge and edited by John Venn; Percy Milligan's "Freeman of Norfolk 1548-1713", published in 1934; and Talloch's "Sketch of the Pettus Family".
Prior to the 15th century the name was Pethawe, Pettowe, Pettowes,Pethous, and Petyous. Talloch says the family was not in Norfolk before the 15th Century. Norwich is famous for its old churches. Saints Simon and Jude's is very old and was mentioned in Doomsday Book. There are e Doomsday books, dated 1088 and 1522. I do not know to which reference is made. It stands at the foot of Elm Hill.
In 1491, Thomas Petyous was "admitted to the freedom of the city" in Norwich. He may have live d in the house described on page 1, but he was buried in St. Edmund's churchyard in Lombard Street, London, S.E.
Child of THOMAS PETTUS is:
2. i. JOHN2 PETTUS, b. Abt. 1495, Norwich, England; d. August 28, 1558, NORWICH, NORFOLK CO ENGLAND St. Simon and Jude.
Child of THOMAS PETTUS and <LIVING> is:
3. ii. JOHN2 PETTUS, b. Abt. 1495, Norwich, England; d. August 28, 1558, Norwich, Norfolk County, England, St. Simon and Jude Church.
Generation No. 2
2. JOHN2 PETTUS (THOMAS1) was born Abt. 1495 in Norwich, England4, and died August 28, 1558 in NORWICH, NORFOLK CO ENGLAND St. Simon and Jude5. He married (1) CICELYN CAPON. He married (2) JONE (MRS. SIMON) DETHICK WFT Est. 1509-15396. He married (3) ROSE BEATRICE 1545.
Children of JOHN PETTUS and JONE DETHICK are:
4. i. THOMAS3 PETTUS , ESQ, b. 1519, bought RACKHEATH MANOR NORWICH ENGLAND; d. 1597, Norwich England.
ii. JONE PETTUS.
iii. ANNE PETTUS.
3. JOHN2 PETTUS (THOMAS1) was born Abt. 1495 in Norwich, England7, and died August 28, 1558 in Norwich, Norfolk County, England, St. Simon and Jude Church8. He married (1) JONE (MRS. SIMON) DETHICK Abt. 15159. He married (2) CICELYNE CAPON WFT Est. 1528-153910. He married (3) BEATRICE DUCKETT February 01, 1542/4311.
Notes for JOHN PETTUS:
THE PETTUS FAMILY IN ENGLAND
John Pethous, Gent, will dated 1558, was in a disturbance at an inn ands aid he was son of th e tailor Thomas Petyous. John Pettus is on record as buying in St. Simon's parish in 1536. W as a tailor in Norwich in1550. He and three wives and three children were buried in what i s now Saints Simon and Jude's churchyard. The wives were 1) Jone, mother of his children 2) Cecily Capon, d. 1542, no children, widow of Richard Corpestry (Cecily left legacies to her husband's children by his first wife); 3) married about 1545 Rose Beatrice, widow of Simon De Thick, Esq.of Wormegay, Suffolk. Talloch says Jone was widow of Simon Dethick. Ch: Thomas; Jon e and Anne did not marry.
Child of JOHN PETTUS and JONE DETHICK is:
5. i. THOMAS3 PETTUS , ESQ., b. Abt. 1519, Norwich, England; d. January 12, 1596/97, Norwich, St. Simon and Jude Church.
Generation No. 3
4. THOMAS3 PETTUS , ESQ (JOHN2, THOMAS1) was born 1519 in bought RACKHEATH MANOR NORWICH ENGLAND12, and died 1597 in Norwich England13. He married CHRISTIAN DETHICK October 29, 154814, daughter of SIMON DETHICK.
Notes for THOMAS PETTUS , ESQ:
1 AUTH Mayor 1591
The Pettus Family in England
Thomas Pettus, Gent., 1519-97, was sheriff of Norwich in 1566 and mayor in 1590, and alderman in 1591 and 1592. In 1591 he bought "Rackheath Hall", about 8 miles from Norwich. He married in S.S. Simon and Jude'sOct. 29, 1548 Christian, daughter of Simon Dethick, Esq. of Wormegay, Suffolk. Marriage in Norwich shows she was Thomas's stepmother's daughter. Otherwise the marriage would have been in Suffolk. Christian died in 1578. She and husband buried in S.S . Siman and Jude's churchyard. Ch. John, Thomas, William, Alexander, Elizabeth, Cecily, Anne , Isabel, d.y. Taking them in reverse order, since the line of the oldest will be carried on and the others dropped, after two or three generations.
Children of THOMAS PETTUS and CHRISTIAN DETHICK are:
6. i. THOMAS4 PETTUS , SIR, b. September 17, 1552, NORFOLK CO ENGLAND, Mayor; d. June 06, 1620, buried S.S. and Jude.
ii. JOHN PETTUS , SIR, d. Knighted by Elizabeth, MP 1601, Mayor 1608.
7. iii. WILLIAM PETTUS, d. 1608.
iv. ALEXANDER PETTUS.
v. ISABEL PETTUS.
8. vi. ELIZABETH PETTUS, b. June 28, 1554, Norwich, England.
9. vii. ANNE PETTUS, b. April 1564, Norwich, England; d. Bef. 1594, Norwich, England.
viii. CECILY PETTUS, b. September 13, 1581, Norwich, England; m. HUMPHREY CAMDEN.
5. THOMAS3 PETTUS , ESQ. (JOHN2, THOMAS1) was born Abt. 1519 in Norwich, England15, and died January 12, 1596/97 in Norwich, St. Simon and Jude Church16. He married CHRISTIAN DETHICK October 29, 1548 in Norwich17, daughter of SIMON DETHICK.
Child of THOMAS PETTUS and CHRISTIAN DETHICK is:
i. JOHN4 PETTUS , SIR, b. Abt. 155018; d. WFT Est. 1551-164019.
Generation No. 4
6. THOMAS4 PETTUS , SIR (THOMAS3, JOHN2, THOMAS1) was born September 17, 1552 in NORFOLK CO ENGLAND, Mayor20, and died June 06, 1620 in buried S.S. and Jude21. He married CECILY KING WFT Est. 1583-161122, daughter of WILLIAM KING ESQ..
Notes for THOMAS PETTUS , SIR:
THE PETTUS FAMILY IN ENGLAND
Thomas Pettus, Esq. b. 9-17-1552, d. 1620, m. Cecily, d. 1641, daughter of William King, Esq . of Hempstead, Norfolk. He was mayor of Norwich in1614. Both buried in S.S. Simon and Jude 's. Ch: (all baptized in S.S.Simon and Jude's)
Children of THOMAS PETTUS and CECILY KING are:
10. i. WILLIAM5 PETTUS, b. 1583; d. December 18, 1648.
ii. ANNE PETTUS, b. 1582; m. ALDRICH.
11. iii. JOHN PETTUS , SIR, b. 1584, Norwich, England; d. April 09, 1613.
iv. EDWARD PETTUS, b. 1585.
12. v. HENRY PETTUS, b. 1586; d. Rappahannock Co. Virginia.
vi. SUSAN PETTUS, b. 1588; m. GEOFFREY MIGHT.
vii. ELIZABETH PETTUS, b. 1590; m. NICHOLAS SADLER.
viii. GEORGE PETTUS, b. 1591.
ix. FRANCES PETTUS, b. 1592.
x. MARY PETTUS, b. 1594.
xi. THEODORE PETTUS, b. 1600.
xii. CHRISTIAN PETTUS, b. 1601.
xiii. ROBERT PETTUS, b. 1602.
xiv. ANNE PETTUS, b. 1604.
xv. HENRY PETTUS, b. 1606.
7. WILLIAM4 PETTUS (THOMAS3, JOHN2, THOMAS1) died 1608. He married ELIZABETH ROLFE.
Children of WILLIAM PETTUS and ELIZABETH ROLFE are:
i. WILLIAM5 PETTUS.
ii. ROLFE PETTUS.
iii. JOHN PETTUS.
iv. ELIZABETH PETTUS.
v. SUSAN PETTUS.
8. ELIZABETH4 PETTUS (THOMAS3, JOHN2, THOMAS1) was born June 28, 1554 in Norwich, England. She married AUGUSTINE (W)HALL August 29, 1573.
Children of ELIZABETH PETTUS and AUGUSTINE (W)HALL are:
i. THOMAS5 (W)HALL.
ii. AUGUSTINE (W)HALL.
9. ANNE4 PETTUS (THOMAS3, JOHN2, THOMAS1) was born April 1564 in Norwich, England, and died Bef. 1594 in Norwich, England. She married ROBERT DABNEY , ALDERMAN OF NORWICH, son of JOHN DABNEY and CECILY.
Children of ANNE PETTUS and ROBERT DABNEY are:
i. CECILY5 DABNEY.
ii. ANNE DABNEY.
13. iii. JOHN DABNEY, b. 1598.
Generation No. 5
10. WILLIAM5 PETTUS (THOMAS4, THOMAS3, JOHN2, THOMAS1) was born 1583, and died December 18, 1648. He married MARY GLEANE 1607 in St. Peters, Mancroft Norfolk, daughter of PETER GLEAME , SIR.
Children of WILLIAM PETTUS and MARY GLEANE are:
14. i. THOMAS6 PETTUS , COL, b. 1610, Norwich, England; d. Aft. 1662, New Kent County, Virginia; Stepchild.
ii. JOHN PETTUS.
iii. EDWARD PETTUS.
iv. WILLIAM PETTUS.
v. ANNE PETTUS.
vi. MARTHA PETTUS.
vii. ELIZABETH PETTUS.
11. JOHN5 PETTUS , SIR (THOMAS4, THOMAS3, JOHN2, THOMAS1) was born 1584 in Norwich, England, and died April 09, 1613. He married BRIDGET CURTIS, daughter of AUGUSTINE CURTIS.
Notes for JOHN PETTUS , SIR:
The name of SIR JOHN PETTUS, KNIGHT, appears in "Brown's Genesis of the United States:. The third charter, period III. Nov. 1609 to July 1614,p. 966.
"This document was drawn, I suppose by Sir Edwin Sandys, it was published by Rev. William Stith, 1747."
p. 966--SIR JOHN PETTUS, 3 Sub---pd 25 pounds, Of Norwich. M.P. for Norwich, 1601 and 1604.11 .
died; April 9th 1613.
WILL OF SIR JOHN PETTUS, OF NORWICH, KNIGHT.
SIR JOHN PETTUS, of Norwich, knight, 10 January 1613, proved 13 May 1614.
To be buried in the church of St. Symon and Jude, Norwich, nigh to my father's grave. To ward the building of a porch at the North door ofthe said church, over my grandfather's grave , twenty marks. MY SON THOMAS PETTUS. THOMAS PETTUS MY GRANDCHILD, son of SIR AUGUSTINE PETT US my son deceased, at twenty-one. Dame Bridget my wife. My brother Thomas Pettus. My lease of house and c in London wherein my brother William Pettus dwelt at the time of his decease . John Pettus my godson, son of the said William, my brother at two and twenty.
Item, I do give and bequeath unto Bridgett Saltonstall my grandchild the sum of one hundred pounds and unto Susan Saltonstall my granchild one hundred pounds and unto Christian Saltonstall my grandchild one hundred pounds to be paid unto them at their several ages of eighteen year s of days of marriage, which shall first happen.
My cousin Thomas Potter and Anne his wife shall have the use of the corner nessuage in the parish of St. Symon and Jude, late my uncle Richard Swifte's, after my decease, for the term of seven years upon the condition that he shall pay unto John Pettus my godson, son of my brother Thomas Pettus, yearly, at the said corner messuage, eight pounds.
I bequeath unto my brother Thomas Pettus, my sister Whall, my sister Joanes, the late wife of my brother William, deceased, my sister in law Mrs. Reeves, Mr. George Downing, my brother in law Robert Debny (and others named) a nest of cups or bowls of silver of ten pounds price, with a superscription, "IN MEMORIAN JOHANNIS PETTUS MILITIS."
Cousin Stile, cousin Myles, cousin Richard Dethicke and William Blackhead's wife. To my son i n law Sir Peter Saltonstall knight one bason and ewer of silver double gilt, and one each to m y sons in law Robert Knightley and Martyn Sedly. My niece Susan Pettus of London. My wife Dam e Bridget. My son Thomas Pettus to be sole executor and my son in law Martyn Sedley, my brother Robert Debney and my cousin Henry Pendleton to be supravisors.
Setentia pro comfirmatione was pronounced 4 November 1614 in a causebetween Thomas Pettus, so n of the deceased, and executor of the foregoingwill, on the one part and Dame Bridgett Pettus, the relict, DameChristian Saltonstall, Ann Knightley and Bridget Sedley, daughters, andTho mas and John Pettus, grandsons of the deceased on the other part.
Reference:--Genealotical Gleanings in England by Henry F. Waters, A.M.
Vol II, pp. 940-941.
THE PETTUS FAMILY IN ENGLAND
Sir John Pettus knighted by Elizabeth, a Member of Parliament in 1601;Mayor of Norwich in 160 8. There is a handsome portrait of him in official robes in the Guild Hall. He was a member of the "Virginia Company:. His will (Genealogical Gleanings in England by Henry Waters,p. 9 4-) says he must be buried in the church of S.S. Simon and Jude, "nigh to my father's grave" . Left money for building a porch at the door of the church, over his grandfather's grave. H is grave is marked by "the sumptuous tomb" erected by his younger son to him and his oldest so n whodied before he did. Will dated Jan. 10, 1613. Inscription on the tomb reads: "Sacraet septernae Moeriae clarissimi Patris et dilectissimi Fratris, Johannis et Augustini Petti, mi letum, maetissimus Filius et Frater Thomasus Pettus armiger pietatis et amoris ergo posuit. " Sir John was a public spirited citizen and devoted churchman. For many years his memory wa s honored by a special annual service in the church. He m.1-25-1580 at Hourington, Bridget , dau. of Augustine Curtis, Esq. Shedied in 1622 and was buried in the church.
Sir John Pettus Knt. MP for Norwich 1601 and Mayor of Norwich 1608 Information taken from LDS files, World Family Tree Records, Some Prominent Virginia Families, Vol. IV and Genealogies of Virginia Families. The Old Churches of Norwich
By Noel Spencer & Arnold Kent
Published by Jarrold Publishing, 1990
Children of JOHN PETTUS and BRIDGET CURTIS are:
15. i. AUGUSTINE6 PETTUS , SIR, b. Norwich, England; d. Bef. 1613.
ii. THOMAS PETTUS , SIR, m. ANNE WALPOLE.
Notes for THOMAS PETTUS , SIR:
THE PETTUS FAMILY OF ENGLAND
iii. CHRISTIAN PETTUS, m. PETER SALTONSTALL , SIR.
iv. BRIDGET PETTUS, m. THOMAS SEDLEY , ESQ.
12. HENRY5 PETTUS (THOMAS4, THOMAS3, JOHN2, THOMAS1) was born 1586, and died in Rappahannock Co. Virginia.
Children of HENRY PETTUS are:
i. HENRY6 PETTUS.
ii. JOHN PETTUS, b. Rappahannock Co. Virginia.
16. iii. AUGUSTINE PETTUS, d. Stephney or Shiffkey.
13. JOHN5 DABNEY (ANNE4 PETTUS, THOMAS3, JOHN2, THOMAS1) was born 1598. He married ELIZABETH.
Children of JOHN DABNEY and ELIZABETH are:
17. i. MARY ELIZABETH6 DABNEY, b. 1644, New Kent, Virginia; d. Bef. 1690.
ii. GEORGE DABNEY, b. 1659.
iii. WILLIAM DABNEY, b. 1660.
iv. SUSANNAH DABNEY, b. 1662.
v. JUDITH DABNEY, b. 1663, New Kent, Va.
vi. SARAH DABNEY, b. 1665.
Generation No. 6
14. THOMAS6 PETTUS , COL (WILLIAM5, THOMAS4, THOMAS3, JOHN2, THOMAS1) was born 1610 in Norwich, England23, and died Aft. 1662 in New Kent County, Virginia24. He married ELIZABETH MOURING Bef. April 11, 164325.
Notes for THOMAS PETTUS , COL:
1 AUTH Hist. and Register of ancestors and Members of the Society of Colonial Dames
1 AGNC p. 505
1 DEST Will, Meade, 115
1 MEDI Will. "Gleanings in England" by Henry F. Waters.
Authorities as to service: Stanard's Colonial Virginia Register p. 35
Virginia Historical Magazine, Vol
Authorities as to descent:
Thomas McAdory Owen, History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography (1921) Vol. 4, p . 1316, New York Public Library.
Ibid.: Mrs. L. Clarence Stacy (Pocahontas Hutchinson): The Pettus Family(1957). (New York Public Library) p. 7 and 44, will of Chilion Palmer,Halifax County, Virginia, copy attached signed Chilion, Stacy gives name as Chilton, See also; Excerpt B, opposite Column: Excerpt B: History ofJefferson County, Florida--Mary Oakley McRory and Edith Clarke Barrows, Monticello, Florida (1939) p. 26, In 1758 Martin Thomas Palmer appeared in Virginia, married twice and became the father of several children. A son by the later wife, by name Chilian married Mary Pettus in 1779, they were the parents of ten children.
Stacy: The Pettus Family, pp. 517.
MEMBER OF GOVERNOR'S COUNCIL 1642-1648
Ibid. pp. 5, 6, 48 Note: Authorities disagree as to the identity of the wife of Dabney Pettus , b. 1685. See--W.F. Anderson: Early Descendants of William Overton...(no date), p. 92 (4) a nd infra. Also, F. Hamilton Baskervill, A.M. (1921): Andrew Meade of Ireland and Virginia, pp .142-143, 152. It would appear in the references cited that Dabney Pettus, b. 1685 married Anne Overton, and that a later Dabney (or John?) Pettus b. 1704 married another Anne Overton . However, the evidence isnot conclusive.
Stacy: The Pettus Family, pp. 4-5, 46 Baskervill, p. cit. p. 142.
Stacey" The Pettus Family pp. 3-4, 48 Baskervill, op. cit. pp. 147, 142.
Va. Genealogical Histories, Vol. p. 847
Col. Thomas Pettus was 40 years old when he came to Virginia. Probably a widower. With him o r before him came a Stephen Pettus. Here by 1637.Had land grants in 1655 and 1667. Was accused and acquitted of withholding tithes in 1674. Sued the sheriff of New Kent in 1662. Thena me Stephen is not found in records of Pettuses of Norwich, Eng. But Capt. Thomas Pettus named a son Stephen. Looks like the "first Stephen"was a son of Col. Pettus by a first wife an d named for her family. Have heard of no one claiming descent from "the first Stephen". To summarize: Col. Pettus, Councilor, had son Capt. Thomas and daughters Mary and Ann. So prove d. Also possibly a daughter who married Freeman.And very probably sons Stephen ("the first Stephen") and John of Rapahannock and New Kent.
Baptized August 23, 1610, served on the Continent with Sir Thomas Dale in the Thirty Years War, and was sent to Virginia by Sir John Pettus of the London Company in command of 40 men. H e married in 1645 Elizabeth Durant, widow of Richard Durant. He was known as Col. Thomas Pettus and was a member of the King's Council in 1642-1660.
Appointed by Crown Gov. Council of VA 1641-1660, highest honor of Virginia, title given "Colonel"
Vestryman of Bruton Parish 1636-40
Littletown Plantation on James River
Referenced in Hopkins of Virginia, The Pettus' of Cornhill, and The Pettus' of Virginia and England. (Rudd)
Colonel Thomas PETTUS (aka Councilor) came to America in 1638-1641,
after serving on the Continent in the Thirty Years War, for the Virginia
Company in command of forty men to assist the colonists in their
struggles with the Powhatan Indians at Jamestowne. Colonel Thomas
built a substantial residence on the James River on a tract four miles
downriver from the Jamestown settlement not long after his arrival. He
named the seventeenth century plantation house Littletown. Colonel
Thomas, son of William Pettus, sought a lifestyle different than was offered
in his native environs. He found Virginia an attractive alternative lifestyle.
He quickly became a member of the emerging provincial elite. Colonel
Thomas PETTUS became a Governor's councilor in the mid-seventeenth
century, serving on the prestigious Governor's Council from 1641 until
1660. Colonel Thomas probably was entitled to some Jamestowne
property through investments made by his granduncle Sir John PETTUS,
who had purchased stock in the company holding the third charter to
Virginia, The Third Virginia Charter Company. 11 The marriage of Colonel
Thomas to the widow, Elizabeth ( Mrs. Richard) DURRANT, added
substantial holdings to the estate which eventually encompassed 1280
acres. The PETTUS plantation left a lasting imprint on the Jamestowne
and Williamsburg landscape.
About 1972 the Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission located and began excavation of Colonel
Thomas PETTUS' Littletown 15 site at Kingsmill (right) and determined the layout and size of the
buildings from discolored earth where dwelling supporting postholes existed. Several
plantation sites comprised the Kingsmill area. The Pettus Littletown Plantation archaeological
site, uncovered by historical archaeologist William M. Kelso, is located near the marina on the
private Kingsmill Resort property south of Williamsburg, VA. An article entitled "The Virginians" in
the November 1974 National Geographic Magazine 8 gives an account of this archaeological find
and excavation and further insight into the development of Colonial Virginia. Below is the
complete four paragraph excerpt from the section on pages 593-596, under the subtitle "Post
Molds" Reveal a Colonial Saga, which pertains to Colonel Thomas PETTUS. Author Mike W.
"Thomas Pettus was one of those hardy settlers - a land clearer
and housebuilder. When, he arrived in 1641, land was available
near Jamestown. He built on a tract four miles downriver from
"I came on Pettus's holdings on a hot July afternoon and met
half a dozen young people who had cleared the land again - at
least, a little of it. They scraped the earth with trowels; one
brushed with a whisk broom."
"From beneath his yellow hard hat - protection from the sun -
archeologist William Kelso of the Virginia Historic Landmarks
Commission explained that the team sought 'post molds' -
discolored earth that would disclose where posts had stood.
Judging from the ashes here, this had been Pettus's
smokehouse. 'As you can see,' Bill said, waving a hand toward
rows of holes, ' we've found the other buildings of the
"It was not a grand manor. Pettus built a T-shaped house and
haphazardly added outbuildings, all of wood. 'It was almost a
medieval layout,' Bill continued. 'In the 17th century, men like
Pettus were concerned more with survival than pleasing
architecture.' He apparently possessed little china or crystal.
'Mostly we've found items of local clay, crudely formed and
crudely fired.' "
Later findings and thinking can be found in William M. Kelso's "Rescue
Archaeology of the James - Early Virginia Country Life" 3 and Kingsmill
Plantations, 1619-1800, Archaeology of Country Life in Colonial Virginia,
Studies in Historical Archaeology 12 which is an extensive study of the
Kingsmill Plantations and contains many references to Thomas PETTUS'
Colonel (Councilor) Thomas PETTUS was an active participant in the affairs of Jamestowne
and Old Fields at Middle Plantation, Williamsburg's name until the 66-year-old
community was incorporated in 1699, and he is mentioned in many documents of the period.
After Colonel Thomas died in 1660, the plantation house and land passed to his son Captain
Thomas PETTUS, Jr.
More About THOMAS PETTUS , COL:
Fact 1: Christened 2-19-1598
Children of THOMAS PETTUS and ELIZABETH MOURING are:
18. i. MARY7 PETTUS.
ii. ANN PETTUS, m. PHILIP HUNLEY.
19. iii. JOHN PETTUS, b. WFT Est. 1619-1650, NEW KENT CO VA; d. WFT Est. 1675-1733.
iv. STEPHEN PETTUS, b. Bef. 1637.
20. v. THOMAS PETTUS , CAPT., b. Abt. 1656, Williamsburg, James City County, Virginia; d. 1690, Lunenburg, Virginia.
15. AUGUSTINE6 PETTUS , SIR (JOHN5, THOMAS4, THOMAS3, JOHN2, THOMAS1) was born in Norwich, England, and died Bef. 1613. He married (1) MARY WYLETTE, daughter of HENRY WYLETE , ESQ.. He married (2) ABIGAIL HAVENINGHAM 1608.
Notes for AUGUSTINE PETTUS , SIR:
THE PETTUS FAMILY OF ENGLAND
Sir Augustine Pettus (1582-1613) ws knighted at Royston in 1611.
Child of AUGUSTINE PETTUS and ABIGAIL HAVENINGHAM is:
i. JOHN7 PETTUS , SIR, d. Chadiston Hall; m. ELIZABETH GURNEY.
Notes for JOHN PETTUS , SIR:
THE PETTUS FAMILY OF VIRGINIA
Sir John Pettus of Chediston Hall, younger son of Sir Augustine Pettus,was a Member of Parliament in 1650 and author of various works. Died at the age of 77 in Fleet Station Prison, after many years of persecution, for which his wife was largely to blame. She was Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Richard Gurney, 1661. This lineage of Pettuses of Norwich shows how Virginia Pettuses were related to their neighbors, --the Sandyses, Burwells, Dabneys, Bacons, Rolfes, and Wyatts. Sir Francis Wyatt, Governor of Virginia, 1621-25 and 1639-41, m. Margaret, dau. of Sir Samuel Sandys, son of Edwin Sandys, Archbishop of York. Another son of the Archbishop was George Sandys, Secretary of the "Virginia Company" in London and later Member of the Council in Virginia.
The brothers Sir James Bacon of Friston Hall and Sir Nathaniel Bacon of Shiffkey, Norfolk were 1st cousins of Sir Francis Bacon, the great scientist, thought by some to have written Shakespeare's plays.
Sir Nathaniel's granddaughter married Sir Thomas Pettus.
16. AUGUSTINE6 PETTUS (HENRY5, THOMAS4, THOMAS3, JOHN2, THOMAS1) died in Stephney or Shiffkey.
Children of AUGUSTINE PETTUS are:
i. THOMAS7 PETTUS, m. WIDOW OF THOMAS PEAKE BRIDGET.
ii. CECILY PETTUS, m. PYE.
iii. LAME DAUGHTER PETTUS.
17. MARY ELIZABETH6 DABNEY (JOHN5, ANNE4 PETTUS, THOMAS3, JOHN2, THOMAS1) was born 1644 in New Kent, Virginia, and died Bef. 1690. She married THOMAS PETTUS , CAPT., son of THOMAS PETTUS and ELIZABETH MOURING.
Notes for THOMAS PETTUS , CAPT.:
1 AUTH known as Captain Thomas Pettus
Ref.:--"Hist. and Register of Ancestors and Members of the Society of Colonial Dames in the St ate of Virginia". 1892-1930. p. 505.
MEMBER OF GOVERNOR'S COUNCIL 1646-1660
"Cavaliers and Pioneers Calendar of Virginia Land Grants" Book No. 2.
p. 65;-- Lyeing near Jockey Neck, bounded E and N upon Secretary's land, ENE and NNE upon Mr . Secretary Kemp, NNW upon George Mallen SW upon Gleab land CR. S. upon the Gleab Land and S E upon a br of Archers Hope Co 250acres by intermarriage with the relict and exec. of Richard Durant and 35acres by purchase of patent from Alexander Stoner and 286 for transportation o f 6 persons, 14 acres remaining due.
p. 237;--Sir William Berkley, knight and Gov. etc...Capt Thomas Pettus, one of his Majestie' s Council of State, 886 acres., James City Co. April11, 1643.
Children of MARY DABNEY and THOMAS PETTUS are:
21. i. STEPHEN7 PETTUS, b. New Kent, Va; d. Aft. 1758.
22. ii. JOHN PETTUS.
23. iii. ELIZABETH PETTUS, b. 1683.
24. iv. DABNEY PETTUS, b. 1685, New Kent, Virginia.
Generation No. 7
18. MARY7 PETTUS (THOMAS6, WILLIAM5, THOMAS4, THOMAS3, JOHN2, THOMAS1). She married BERKELEY.
Child of MARY PETTUS and BERKELEY is:
i. EDMUND8 BERKELEY.
19. JOHN7 PETTUS (THOMAS6, WILLIAM5, THOMAS4, THOMAS3, JOHN2, THOMAS1) was born WFT Est. 1619-1650 in NEW KENT CO VA26, and died WFT Est. 1675-1733.
Child of JOHN PETTUS is:
25. i. JOHN8 PETTUS, b. 1672, KING & QUEEN CO VA; d. WFT Est. 1715-1764.
20. THOMAS7 PETTUS , CAPT. (THOMAS6, WILLIAM5, THOMAS4, THOMAS3, JOHN2, THOMAS1) was born Abt. 1656 in Williamsburg, James City County, Virginia, and died 1690 in Lunenburg, Virginia. He married (1) MARY ELIZABETH DABNEY, daughter of John DABNEY and ELIZABETH. He married (2) MOURNING GLENN.
Notes for THOMAS PETTUS , CAPT.:
1 AUTH known as Captain Thomas Pettus
Ref.:--"Hist. and Register of Ancestors and Members of the Society of Colonial Dames in the State of Virginia". 1892-1930. p. 505.
MEMBER OF GOVERNOR'S COUNCIL 1646-1660
"Cavaliers and Pioneers Calendar of Virginia Land Grants" Book No. 2.
p. 65;-- Lyeing near Jockey Neck, bounded E and N upon Secretary's land,ENE and NNE upon Mr . Secretary Kemp, NNW upon George Mallen SW upon Gleabland CR. S. upon the Gleab Land and S E upon a br of Archers Hope Co 250acres by intermarriage with the relict and exec. of Richard Durant and 35 acres by purchase of patent from Alexander Stoner and 286 for transportation of 6 persons, 14 acres remaining due.
p. 237;--Sir William Berkley, knight and Gov. etc...Capt Thomas Pettus,one of his Majestie' s Council of State, 886 acres., James City Co. April11, 1643.
Children of THOMAS PETTUS and MARY DABNEY are:
i. STEPHEN8 PETTUS, b. New Kent, Va27; d. Aft. 175828; m. (1) MARY DABNEY, WFT Est. 1740-178529.
Notes for STEPHEN PETTUS:
Dabney-Pettuses by Mrs. P. Stacy, Va. Genealogical Hist., p. 849
Stephen Pettus (Thomas, Thomas) called himself "Stephen Pettus of Hanover" in deeds to his sons in 1745 and 1754. In 1700 he was "of Blissland Parish, New Kent" when he signed a "lease-re lease" deed for "Littleton" and "Utopia" in favor of his stepmother's 2nd husband, James Bray . This deed is something of a mystery, quite lengthy but not complete. The "release" was not within it when found and we do not know what price Mr. Bray paid. How it was found and a full copy is given in Va. Hist. Mag., xivi 5. It was signed also by Elizabeth and Jane Freeman and their husbands. If Mr. Bray was safeguarding his wife's title to property left her by Capt . Pettus, why did not other cousins sign?
Blissland Parish was in lower New Kent, adjoining King William. Dabneys lived in New Kent and King William. Stephen married Mary, daughter of Capt. George Dabney of King William. His will, 1729, names daughter Mary Pettus, and grandson Dabney Pettus, son of Stephen Pettus." In 1720 Hanover was set off from New Kent. In 1727 Stephen Pettus patented extensively in western Hanover. Louisa set off from Hanover in 1742,included part of his holdings. He deeded Louisa lands to sons, Dabney, John and George. To son, Stephen he deeded or willed Hanover lands. Hanover records were burned in 1865. He seems to have had a daughter who married Terry. In 1761 John Pettus deeded "for love" to George Terry, had on his bond Dabney Pettus, son of Stephen. But this was down in Charlotte Co. Stephen Pettus, of Hanover's sons, all left Hanover and Louisa. And, oddly, as they went elsewhere, Overton Pettuses moved into Hanover and Louisa, and are known as the Pettuses of Louisa. George Pettus (Ste. Tho. Tho) was probably the youngest of the brothers. He may have gone to Jefferson Co., which became the state of Kentucky. There in 1792 a Stephen Pettus married Elizabeth, daughter of Francis Adams.
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