John Pettigrew bought 28 acres in 1798 in the Natural Bridge district, and acquired another 38 adjoining acres by his father's will.John died 1830, intestate.When his son Eli finally sold the farm to Thomas L. Miller in 1856, the deednamed two heirs/sons, Andrew J. and John.Descendants of these two men are uncertain about the identity of their parents, so this could be the proof they need.See the transcription of the deed in Note 1,below.
Named in the 1856 deed is Andrew J. Pettigrew as "one of the heirs of John Pettigrew decd."
Andrew J. Pettigrew appears in the grantor index for 6 Oct 1840 for a sale to John McCorkle (sheriff).(Deed Book V, pg 353.)After that, Andrew appears no more in Rockbridge Co.
Then appears an Andrew J. Pettigrew in the 1850 census in Nicholas County, VA/WV, in the household of Nancy Stephenson.Andrew J. Pettigrew married her daughter Sarah Stephenson.
In a bio about their son Elijah A. Pettigrew, it said that his father Andrew "grew up in Rockbridge County, that state, 'near the natural bridge,' and became a carpenter,later moving to Nicholas County, in the western part of the state, where he began working at his trade and where he married, established his home and spent the rest of his life."
So, with the 1856 deed, John Pettigrew's son Eli claims this Andrew J. as one of John's sons.
Eli also stated in the 1856 deed that John Pettigrew was "one of the heirs of John Pettigrew decd."I suggest that John Pettigrew of Whiteside Co. IL, was this heir of John Pettigrew decd., of Rockbridge County.
Book:History of Whiteside County, Illinois: From Its First Settlement to the ... - Page 406
by Charles Bent - Whiteside County (Ill.) - 1877 - 536 pages
"JOHN PETTICREW was a native of Virginia, and born in 1815. He settled
in Sterling in 1837, and on the 19th of January. 1847, married Miss Hannah
Gilbert. Their children were: Monroe, born January 27, 1848; Emma J., born
October ?0, 1849; Ella M., born December 26, 1851; and Florence, born January
2, 1855. Monroe is married, and lives in Osage county, Kansas. Emma J.
married David B. Brink, and resides in Page county, Iowa; they have two children.
Ella M. married James E. Woodford, September 5, 1872; two children."
1850 census:District 37, Whiteside Co. IL
John Petigsew 25 mason b. VA, Hannah 22 b. Conn., Monroe 2 b. IL, Emma J. 8 mos., b. IL,Shorman/Sherman Enderton 13 b. OH.
Note:John's age should be 35, as he was b. 1815.
1860 census:Sterling, Whiteside Co. IL
John Pettigrow 45 stone mason b. VA, Hannah 32 b. Conn., Monin 12, Emma 10, Ella M. 8, Florance A. 5.
1870 census:Sterling, Whiteside Co. IL
John Pettigrew 55 stone mason b. VA, Hannah 42 b. Conn, Florence 15 b. IL.
Rockbridge Co., VA, Deed Bk EE, pg 438: Eli G. Pettigrew & wife Nancy sold to Thomas L. Miller, 21 Aug 1856.
"This deed made & entered into this 21st day of Aug 1856 between Eli G. Pettigrew and Nancy G. Pettigrew his wife of the one part and Thomas L. Miller of the other part, all of the County of Rockbridge and State of Virginia, and whereas John Pettigrew, one of the heirs of John Pettigrew decd., did on the ?th day of Feby 1843 convey by deed unto the said Eli G. Pettigrew his full undivided interest in a certain tract or parcel of land lying and being in the County of Rockbridge and State of Virginia on the head waters of Cedar Creek, adjoining the lands of Henry Hardy's heirs, Thomas L. Miller and others, containing about seventy acres, and whereas Andrew J. Pettigrew, one of the heirs of the said John Pettigrew decd., did on the fifth day of Oct 1840 convey unto the said Eli G. Pettigrew by deed all his right, title to and interest in said tract of land:Now this indenture witnesseth that for & in consideration of the sum of eight hundred & eighty one dollars to them in hand paid or secured to be paid by the said Thomas L. Miller unto the said Eli G. Pettigrew and Nancy G. his wife, the receipt whereof the said Eli G. Pettigrew & Nancy G. his wife hereby acknowledge, the said parties of the first part have bargained and sold and by these presents do bargain and sell with general warranty unto the said Thos. L. Miller one certain tract or parcel of land lying and being in the County of Rockbridge and State of Virginia on the waters of Cedar Creek, adjoining the lands of Henry Hardy's heirs and the said Thomas L. Miller, being the same tract of land of which John Pettigrew died seized and containing about seventy acres be the same more or less.And the said Eli G. Pettigrew and Nancy G. his wife doth hereby agree and bind themselves and heirs to the said Thos. L. Miller and his heirs that they will forever warrant & defend to him the said tract or parcel of land against themselves and their heirs and against the claim of all persons whatsoever.Witness the following signatures and seals."
Eli G. Pettigrew
Nancy G. Pettigrew