I'm not related to the Pettingills/Pettingells so far as I know, my interest comes from editing wikipedia where it fell to me to write the article on George Pickingill; a famous (in some circles) English cunning man or "white witch" who may have died and been buried as "George Pettingale" in 1909, Canewdon Essex England.
Controversy surrounds even those few facts as well as much else about him and I have become intrigued by the puzzle. One claim about him is that he came from a long line of wizards going back to the English conquest. On a more mundane level it has been claimed that his family came from Norfolk. My reason for posting on this forum is of course that Pettingale Pickingill and other names by which he was known such as Pitengale are forms of Pettingell/Pettengill.
You can imagine how amused I was to discover that the first Pettingill to emigrate to North America settled near Salem and that his son Matthew Pitengale/Pettingill was married to the sister of one of the chief witch finders....and her name is sometimes given as "Samatha" Noyes. (More usually Sarah, admittedly, but Samatha is there on the record) And they had a daughter-in-law called Tabitha....the reference is to the well-known TV series "Bewitched" of course. No doubt one of the writers on "Bewitched" was a genuine Salem history buff. I have not so far located an Endora......
But people on this list will know better? Can anyone shed any light on whether the Pettingills of Norfolk are connected to the Essex cunning man? Any witchiness in the family closet?