Here is some more musings and some research by Becky Rice who is trying to help me with my Patience S. Petty (married name) and, I suspect, her husband Sandefur Petty.Together with my last post, would you look them over and see what thoughts and commentsyou may have in helping find the husband of Patience S?Was she a Bethel?
Ok, here's what I have - below is a rough and unorganized collection of notes from my research file. Everything is pretty random - so you'll have to pick your way through it. I have never found anything positively linking my Garton B. Petty to Sandefur and Patience -- except for Garton's role as the administrator of James F. Petty's estate, and the oral history source below. And the rest is sort of murky -- although I think there are some reasonable clues that Patience might be a daughter of James Bethel. Let me know what you think after reviewing this. Feel free to share it with Helen Keusch.
Book by Eula Eunice Park Mitchell, "A Chick and Kin Book: Petty-Gentry Families," 1981, McDowell Publications, Utica KY. Parents of "Garrett" Petty (which apparently was a nickname for Garton) are listed as Sandy Petty and Unknown Bethel. She lists nothing further on Sandefur Petty. Mrs. Mitchell was born in Ohio Co. in 1915, and some of her information is drawn from family oral history. So, I think there is some validity to this information. An email correspondent back in 2000 told me that Garton's middle initial B. stood for Bethel, but I have no further evidence on this.
Members of the Petty family are found in Henderson County during the 1820s. As I mentioned, I have not found a marriage record anywhere for Sandefur Petty. There are no Petty households listed in the 1820 Henderson Co. census. However, the 1850 census listing for Patience shows her son James as age 29; therefore he would have been born around 1821. The deed information below clearly shows the Pettys were in Henderson Co. in 1821.
Henderson Co. KY notes from my research (including research at Henderson Co. courthouse)
- John Petty, Peter Petty, and Pinckney Petty purchased land in Henderson Co. from Anne Hart in 1821. Witnesses to the deed were James Bethel, Sandefur Petty and James Murry. In 1832, John, Pinckney and Peter Petty sell this land to John Watkins.
The following was taken from an index to Henderson Co. court records. I was not able to get to the actual files.
1823: Sandefur Petty, plaintiff, vs. J.P. Alexander.
1823: Mrs. Sandy Petty vs. G. Cosby (now, I would love to know the identity of "Mrs. Sandy Petty.")
1822: Francis Petty, defendant, Tynstal Quarles, plaintiff.
1825: John Petty, plaintiff, vs. Wm. Cannon.
Ohio Co. court records show in 1827 Francis Petty vs. John Thompson (injunction). So, the Pettys already had dealings in Ohio County before 1830.
Henderson Co. 1810 Census lists James Bethel. In addition to sons, his household has four females as well as one(presumably his wife) over age 45. So one of these might be Patience.
From the records research I did in Ohio Co.
-Sandefur Petty must have died in 1849. His estate was charged for a coffin, March 26, 1849. Edmund A. Trueman was the administrator of the estate. It appears that Sandefur Petty's estate was appraised in June 1849, and a bill of sale was dated June 9, 1849, but all this wasn't produced in Ohio Co. court and recorded until March 1853. I wonder why the delay in settling the estate? Buyers listed in the bill of sale in 1849 include Patience Petty, James F. Petty, Benjamin Gentry, Wilford Clark, Pinckney Petty.
- If Garton was a son of Sandefur and Patience, he was out of the household by 1850, and living in Henderson Co. with the family of Thomas Sandefur.
-Garton B. Petty was the administrator of the estate of James F. Petty. Perhaps Garton was administering the estate of his brother? The bill of sale is dated December 13, 1851. However, the inventory and appraisal of James F. Petty's estate was not produced in Ohio Co. court until January term of 1853. Wonder why Sandy Petty and James F. Petty's estate work didn't show up in court until 1853?
-Among the papers I found in James F. Petty's estate file was a note: "James F. Petta (Petty) in account with Pinkney Petty July 1837, to 6 weeks boarding his sister Margaret at 50 cents per week. $3.00" So - I assume this is your Margaret. And it looks like Pinckney wanted to make sure he got his $3.00 out of the estate settlement. I think this must have been a quarrelsome family - as there are some other lawsuits between Petty family members in Ohio Co. court records.
It appears James F. Petty's estate was not finally settled until 1855.
James F. Petty: Given his birthdate, I would wonder if he was the firstborn of Sandefur and (Patience?). Given the naming traditions of that day, "James" might have been for Patience's father James, and F. might be for "Francis," father of Sandy Petty. Just a wild guess.