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Subject: [TNLINCOL] PETTY FAMILY OF NEW MARKET, AL
Date: Wed, 07 Nov 2007 14:54:51 +0000
Madison, Lincoln, Marshall, Franklin & Chestnut Ridge Cousins List Members,
I would like to know if there is anyone on this list that is researching the PETTY family of Madison County. I am a descendant of the PETTY family and there have been many scenarios that have been suggested over the years about our PETTY lineage.
My great grandfather was William Mathaial PETTY of Marshall County, TN. There have been questions that I need answered about who may have been his father. I believe that William Mathial PETTY"S mother was Bethany BAGLEY daughter of Joab BAGLEY and Sarah JACKSON. IN her book "BAGLEY FAMILY TALES" Kaaren Perry refers to William Mathial's father as being William PETTY. This is pretty vague.
Other PETTY researchers have suggested that (and it may be posted in some Madison Co. documents) that Bethany BAGLEY married William Thornton PETTY married Bethany BAGLEYon the date of 03 Dec. 1821 in Madison Co.. What brings the "fly in the ointment" is that there is also a document of William Thornton PETTY marries Abigail BAYLESS on/or ca. to the date of 06 Dec., 1821. I do not believe that William Thornton PETTY married two different women. Until recently this has really been hard to understand. It was recently suggested to me by Sharolyn Petty Wood that maybe there were two William Thornton PETTY"S being first cousins.
The suggestions are as follows,
William Thornton PETTY (b. 24 Nov. 1797 Surry Co. NC, d. 12 Nov. 1844 TN.) that married Abigail BAYLESS was the son of James and Kiziah PETTY (William Thornton PETTY>James PETTY>Rev. William Eli PETTY>Thomas PETTY JR.>Thomas PETTY>Hubert PETTY)
William Thornton PETTY (b. 29 Nov. 1797, NC, d. 1841 Madison Co. AL.) that marries Bethany BAGLEY was the son of William Eli PETTY and Lucretia WRIGHT (William Thornton PETTY>William Eli PETTY>>Rev. William PETTY>Thomas PETTY JR.>Thomas PETTY>Hubert PETTY
Another suggestion as to William Mathial PETTY'S father has been George Dillard PETTY. George Dillard PETTY was present in the area at the time of WIlliam Mathial's early life. He owned land and there were other records of him. William PETTY and Lavina DILLARD had a tract of Tennessee Grant Land within close proximity of the area, but they never lived there. They lived in Smith County and sold the Grant Land.
Other facts---(1) Bethany PETTY is buried in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Marshall Co., TN. The inscription on the stone reads Bethan Petty, dau of Joab Bagley, Nov 10, 1803 -Aug 27, 1829. Note from this is there is no mention of a beloved ___________Petty husband. This cemetery is within a mile of the William Mathail PETTY farm and Marshall CO's. famous Petty Cave.
(2) The William Thornton PETTY married to Abigail Bayless is recorded as such in the "The Frost And Related Families of Bedford County Tennessee" book.
(3) I also understand that William Eli PETTY may have had residence in Franklin Co. Tennessee north of the AL/TN line at one time. Joab BAGLEY was one of the earliest settlers to settle in Marshall County Tennessee around 1807-1808 while it was still a part of Lincoln Co., but he did at one time purchase land in the Flintville area, north of the stae line on the headwaters of the Flint/Flynt River which is north of New Market.
(4) I would welcome our Bethany Bagley being married to William Thornton PETTY which would then be a tie to America's First President George Washington.
A lot of questions no true answers.