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Source: Genealogy of Pettit Families in America.  Van Wyck, Katherine Louise Wood, 1857-. Genealogy of Pettit Families In America: Descendants of John Pettit, 1630-1632, First of That Name In America. South Pasadena, Calif., 1936.

Abstract from the book: “Chiefly a record of some of the descendants of John Pettit. John was born in Widford, England in 1608. He immigrated to Roxbury ca. 1630. He married first Debrow, they were the parents of two children. He married second Mary, they were the parents of two children. He died in 1662 in Stamford. Descendants lived in Connecticut, New York, Ohio, Wisconsin, and elsewhere.”


Source: Pettit Peregrinations 654-1961.  Pettit, William Alfred Sr., Provo, Utah, 1961.

Abstract from the book: “Thomas Pettit and Christian Mellowes were married in 1629. In 1630, they immigrated from County Essex, England to Cambridge, Mass. along with several other relatives. Most of them remained in the east until about 1840, when some of them joined the Mormon Church and migrated to the Salt Lake Valley. Some continued to California.”


Source:  From Virginia: The Pettit Family of Spartanburg County. South Carolina.  Pettit, Brandon W., The Pettit Research Project, Oklahoma, 2020

Abstract: A Joshua Pettit purchased a warrant for land on the South Branch in Virginia
in 1769. Joshua Pettit purchased items from the estate of Henry Hindsman in
Hampshire County, VA, that year as well. Several of the men who purchased
property in this estate were also at Steenbergen’s Ordinary on the same day as


Source: The Pettit family in American Including the Maternal Genealogy of the Descendants of Joseph and Hannah Hussey Pettit, Asahel H. Pettit, Portland, OR, James Printing Co., 1906

Abstract: “In regard to the first recorded settlement in Connecticut, we find John Pettit appears among the settlers, at or near Stamford, between 1642 and 1666, as having children recorded to him before 1650 and in connection with transfers of property  in 1669.  His wife’s name was Sarah and besides two sons, he had three daughters, Sarah, Mary, and Bethia… Although no family records exist, or have been found to establish the relationship between the families of this name who resided early in Stamford, Connecticut and those recorded a little later in Long Island…”


Source: Documents Chiefly Unpublished Relating to the Huguenot Emigration to Virginia and the Settlement at Manakin-Town: with an appendix of genealogies, presenting data of the Fontaine, Maury, Dupuy, Trabue, Marye, Chastain, Cocke, and other families, R. A. Brock, Baltimore, MD, 1886

Abstract: “An unpretentious assembling of scattered data relating to the Huguenot settlement in Virginia, and of families of the lineage, happily to serve as material in abler hands in the future, may only be essayed by the present editor.”


Source: Joshua Pettit, Increase Pettit, Martha Greene and Richard Greene Families of Barton Regis, England and Jamaica, NY by B. W. Pettit

Abstract:  An examination of a well preserved letter dated November 29, 1861, addressed to Mr. L. P. Nostrand in New York from a G. W. Pettit which claims that a named Joshua Pettit who lived in Springfield, Long Island, NY had first came to England from France.  He purportedly married a “rich English lady” and was the father of  Increase Pettit. In this paper this newly discovered letter is compared to a deed found in Bristol England from the Ashton Court estate which may explain the reason behind some of these previously forgotten legends.


Source: Dent-de-Lion Gatehouse, Margate with a Pedigree of the Family of Pettit by the Rev. C.E. Woodruff, M.A, Archaeologia Cantian Vol 25, 1902, p57-63.

Abstract: John Daundelyon left no male issue, and his only daughter is said by Lewis and subsequent writers to  have carried the estate in marriage to Pettit of Shalmsford Street in the parish of Chartham. It must be observed, however, that neither in the Pedigree of Pettit drawn up for the Visitation of 1619, nor in the fuller pedigree of that family preserved in (rough’s additions to Lewis,§ is there any mention of this alliance. Valentine Pettit of Minster, who died in 1545, married Joan daughter and heir of William Beverley of Fordwich, and their sou Henry is the first Pettit that we can positively identify in connection with Dent-de-lion.


Source: Pettit, Eber M., 1800 Or, and W McKinstry. Sketches in the History of the Underground Railroad, Comprising Many Thrilling Incidents of the Escape of Fugitives from Slavery, and the Perils of Those Who Aided Them. Fredonia, N.Y., W. McKinstry & son, 1879.

Abstract: The oldest account of the Underground Railroad written by Eber Pettit. The Pettit family played an instrumental role in the Western New York Underground Railroad. Doctor James Pettit was born in 1767 and practiced in both Madison and Onandaga Counties, N.Y. prior to coming to Fredonia. His son, Eber M. Pettit, was born in 1802. For about 25 years, Eber and his wife Euretta Pettit operated an Underground Railroad station in Versailles, New York, about 15 miles northeast of Fredonia. While there, they also produced herbs and seeds for his father’s patent medicine company. Their daughter, Helen Pettit Barker, and her husband, Darwin R. Barker, assisted in the effort of helping fugitive slaves. James and Lucy Pettit were also active in the Underground Railroad from their home in Fredonia. The family’s medicine business led them on several trips into Ohio to get supplies. This also provided opportunities for both father and son to transport runaway slaves on the road to freedom. James died prior to 1850, but Eber and other family members continued as conductors in the Underground Railroad even after that time. Shortly after the Emancipation Proclamation took effect in 1863, Pettit and his family closed their station and returned to Fredonia. In 1879, Eber Pettit wrote a memoir entitled “Sketches in the History of the Underground Railroad.” The memoir was dedicated to Frederick Douglass, and was published by Willard McKinstry of the Fredonia Censor.


Source: Copied from original located in New York.  Earliest birth is 1798.  Bible was printed in 1828.

Abstract: This brief Bible record contains the birth dates and places of the members of the family of James Pettett (b1798) and Eleanor Bernett (b1803) of New York state.