Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Thomas Pettit

Male Bef 1623 - 1665  (> 42 years)


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  • Name Thomas Pettit  [1
    Born Bef 1623  Norwich, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 7 Jun 1665  South Farnham Parish, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I014167  Tree1
    Last Modified 14 Aug 2020 

    Father Unknown Pettus,   b. Norwich, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1631, James City County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F45752  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Catherine Morris,   b. Bef 1643, New Kent County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1693, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 52 years) 
    Married Bef 1658  South Farnham Parish, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Dorothy Pettit,   b. Bef 1658, South Farnham Parish, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1714, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 58 years)
     2. Thomas Pettit,   b. 1664, South Farnham Parish, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1720, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia - probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
    Last Modified 14 Aug 2020 
    Family ID F09266  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      1694-1695 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book; [Antient Press]; Page 335-336
      I THOMAS PETTIT of ye County of RAPPA: and in ye Parish of Farnham being in a weak Estate of body but of perfect sence & memory make this my last Will & Testamt.: first I bequeath my soule unto Almighty God & my body unto ye ground to be buried with assured belief of the Resurrection and that after this life my Soule & body shall be united all in one & enjoye that Eternall bliss where my Redemer liveth
      First, I give and bequeath unto my Daughter, DOROTHY, three female cattle, one Cow named Cherry, and two heifers comonly called by ye name of Goodluck & Slone, them their female increase, I give unto my aforesd. Daughter & her heirs forever, but ye Male to remane to those that look after them untill she come of age. I do alsoe give & bequeath all my land yt: is really mine yt: is to say, a Pattent of One hundred acres adjoyning to ye land I now live on ye which land includes two hundred & eighty acres by conveyance specified this land here afore mentioned my aforesd. Daughter, DOROTHY, is to have when she cometh to age for her & her heirs forever, And in case of ye death of my aforesaid Daughter, DOROTHY, before she cometh to enjoy this land, according to ye tenor of my Will, then the sd land herein given unto my Daughter to be my Wife, KATHERINEs, for her & her heires for ever, & in ye meantime until my Daughter be of age as aforesd, my Wife, KATHERINE, to inherit & enjoye for her use in every kind whatsoever not destroying any timber nor to make sale nor to diminish any more then
      what shall be for ye use of her owne houseing and cropps & likewise I doe also include that in case my Wife, KATHERINE, aforesd. keep her selfe a Widdow that she shall freely and wholy enjoy the land with the profits thereof according to ye tenus. aforesd., dureing her life. I do alsoe give & bequeath unto my Wife after my death my Debts satisfyed all ye rest of my personall estate boath within doores & without unto her & her heirs for ever. I doe also here ordaine and appoint my friend, NICHOLAS WHITE, and my friend, THOMAS COOPER, with their owne of this my last Will & Testament
      ye day & year above written
      Witnesses
      RICHARD GLOVER THOMAS PETTIT
      RICHARD NIGHTINGALL
      RICHARD GLOVER aged 37 years or thereabouts sworn & examined saith he saw ye above named THOMAS PETTIT signe deliver and publish the above mentioned Will as his last Will & Testament, and that he was then in perfect mind & memory
      RICHARD NIGHTINGALL aged 27 years or thereabout sworne & examined saith that he saw ye above named THOMAS PETTIT signe declare & publish ye above mentioned as his last Will & Testament & that he was then in perfect sence & memory
      Probate in Cur Com RAPPA: 7 die Junii 1665
      Test ROBERT DAVIS Cl Cur pr, RICHARD NIGHTINGALL
      Vera Copia Test THO: NEW, Dep. Cl.
      Truely recorded according to an Order of Essex County Court dated ye 11th: of March 1694
      Test FRANCIS MERIWETHER, Cl Cur.
      A true copy THOS. New Dep. Cl.
      Truly recorded according to an order of Essex Court dated ye. 11th: March, 1664

      Test Francis Meriwherther Cl. Cur. Page 33
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      1656-1662 Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Deed Book 1, Part I; [Antient Press]; Page 100-101
      KNOW ALL MEN by these presents that I FRANCIS GOARE [Gower] of Rappahanock Planter for a valluable consideracon to me paid by THOS: PETTIT of Rapphanock aforesaid do for me my heirs & admrs grant & assigne over unto the said THOMAS PETTIT all my right & interest of Two hundred & eighty acres of land situate in the County of LANCASTER on the South side of RAPPAHANOCK RIVER & on the Eastward side of HODKEINS CREEK the bounds of the said two hundred & eighty acres of land beginning at a marked pocickery & runing for breadth up the side of the said Creek West by South to a marked red Oak standing on the Eastward side of a small branch or gut & for length by or nigh the side of the said branch S by E. thence E. by W. for breadth again & so North by West to the place where it began To have and to hold the said two hundred and Eighty acres of land with all rights belonging unto the said THOMAS PETTIT his heirs & assignes forever according to the true intent & meaning of the Patent of the said Land the said Pattent containing Five hundred & thirty acres & I the said FRANCIS GOARE do hereby for me and my heirs promise to warrant said land against all persons by from or under me. In Witness whereof I the said FRANCIS GOARE have hereunto put my hand & seale dated this 3d of September anno One thousand six hundred & fifty six

      BE IT KNOWN unto all men that 1 MARY GOWER do make & ordain my Loveing (missing) THOMAS LIDDLE my true & lawfull attorney for me to acknowledge my consent unto the Sale of Two hundred & Eighty acres of land sould by my Husband unto Mr. THOMAS PETTIT and what the said THOMAS LIDDELL shall do therein shall be as authentique as I myself were personally present. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 5th day of September 1660
      Test WILLIAM RYTEN, MARY GOWER
      SAM. COKEN
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      1692-1693 Essex County, Virginia Deed, Will & Order Book; [Antient Press]; (Page 67-68)
      -At a Court held for Essex County April ye 11th Ano 1693
      - JAMES FUGEET and DOROTHY his Wife, Daughter & Devisee of THOMAS PETTITT, late of ye County of RAPPA: deced, in all humility complains that her deced Father. THOMAS PETTITT, in and by his last Will in Writeting bearing date September ye 13th 1663 did give & devise unto her, ye Complainant, and to her heires forever, all his land then lying and being in ye County of RAPPA: now this County, being perticularly One hundred acres of land taken up & patented by the said THOMAS PETTITT and Two hundred & eighty acres adjoyning thereto by him purchased & by Conveyance assured to him as by ye said Will more at large doth & may appeare Now so it is, may it please yor: Worps: that ye Complts. have great cause to suspect that the said Patent Deed Writeing conveyance & Charter did all of them come into ye hand and Custody of THOMAS GAINES & KATHERINE his Wife, late ye Wido: of ye said deced PETTITT or into ye hands of one of them, and may still in possibility be in their or one of their Custody keeping and possession; And ye sd Complts. humbly conceive that ye said Patent, deed, writeing, conveyance or Charters justly belong to them and they, ye Complts., being utterly remediless at ye Comon Law to recover ye same, humbly pray that by the Decree of this Court ye Respondts., THOMAS GAINES & KATHERINE his Wife may be compelled upon their Corporall Oaths to lett forth and declare what Patents deeds, writeing, conveyances, charters or other evidences they or either of them at any time before or since ye death of ye abovesd PETTITT have had in their hands, custody and possession , & what and how many of them and that yor: Worps: will please to decree that they, the said THOMAS GAINES & KATHERINE his Life, do forthwith surrendr: & deliver up to these Complts., all ye said writeings, papers and evidences relateing to ye said lands as shall seem most agreeable to Equity in such cases & that they pay costs pleaded, To which ye said THOMAS GAINES appeared and alledged that the summons did not agree with ye Docqts: & therefore pray'd that ye suit might be dismist, Wherefore the Court have dismist ye same.
      - JAMES FUGEET and DOROTHY his Wife, Daughter & Devisee of THOMAS PETTITT late of RAPPA. County deced, complaines against THOMAS GAINES in a Plea of Trespasses for that, that is to say, the Compit. DOROTHY hath good right title & interest by the Guift of & devise of her deced Father, THOMAS PETTITT, in his last Will in writeing menconed & exprest, of in and to Three hundred & Eighty acres of land more or less situate lying and being in this County, and was the proper Estate and freehold of him ye sd deced PETTITT, & of which he dyed seised, into which the said THOMAS GAINES with force and armes &c. on or about ye Month of December now last past did then enter & the Timber and Trees thereon growing did cutt fall maul and destroy, and did & many other Injuries & Trespasses before and since dayly hath and doth comitt, And ye possession thereof from ye Complts, do wrongfully keep & withold, all wch: is contrary to ye Laves & to ye Complts. damage One hundred pounds Sterl:, for which they bring their suit and pray Judgmt. with costs and that the Sheriff be commanded by Writt of habere facias seisinam to eject the said GAINES and to put the Complts, into quiet and peaceable possession of the premisses To which ye Deft. appear'd and pleaded that ye Writt did not agree with the Docquet & therefore pray'd that the suit might be dismist, Wherefore this Court have dismist ye same
      (the following crossed out: JAMES FUGEET & DOROTHY as Marrying DOROTHY PETTIS & Legatee to THO: PETTIS deceast brought their accon of Trespass to this Court agt, THOMAS GAINES to wch: ye Deft. appear'd & pleaded that ye Writt by wch: he was arrested did not agree with ye Docqt: & therefore pray'd that ye suit might be dismist, Wherefore this Court have dismist)

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      Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 8; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 370
      THO. PETTICE, 93 acs., Rappa. Co., on S. side of Rappa. River, 20 Oct. 1691, p. 19'. Beg. by Hosking's Cr., cor. of land of Mr. Robt. Yard & Mr. Jno. Waters; by the White Oak Swamp, &c. Imp, of 2 negroes: Mingo, Bess.

  • Sources 
    1. [S750068] Genealogies of Virginia Families Vol. II, from Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine, 844.

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