After sending you a reply yesterday to your message of that date concerning the ancestry of Ann Pettus, wife of Martin Phillips, I decided to investigate further. On re-reading Martin's will (1781), I noticed that all of his children were underage. Furthermore, if Phyllis Vaughan Moody ("Re: Pettus Family Info," 10 April 2001) is right about Ann having been born in 1748/9 and dying in 1831, Ann evidently was in the next generation from Stephen Pettus's known children. I still believe that she was descended from Stephen, due to the fact that she gave her children Dabney and Pettus family names, but more likely, she was Stephen's granddaughter by one of his sons. Stephen's sons were Stephen, Jr., Dabney, John, and George (Virginia land patents, and Louisa County records). The question is, which of the sons was most likely Ann's father? Stephen Pettus, Jr., married Ann Dillard in 1747 (Crozier), which would fit Moody's birth year for Ann. Stephen died intestate, so no direct evidence is available to determine whether Ann was his daughter or not. Dabney married Elizabeth Rodes or Rhodes of Louisa County (Louisa County deeds), sometime before 1749, but the exact date of their marriage is not known. Dabney was a landowner in Louisa in 1746. Dabney made his will in 1788 in Charlotte County, Virginia. In it, he mentioned a daughter Ann or Anna, who married Francis Thornton in 1801. Although that information might seem to rule out Dabney's daughter Ann as the wife of Martin Phillips, keep in mind that Ann Phillips was a widow in 1801. I don't have the actual record of Ann's marriage to Thornton, so I don't know if the bride was a Pettus or a Phillips. John Pettus, son of Stephen Pettus, seems to have married Sarah Lipscomb, daughter of Thomas Lipscomb of Louisa County, Virginia, but I don't have a date for the marriage. John died testate in Lunenburg County in 1781, but his will does not mention a daughter named Ann. Since Ann Pettus Phillips was still living, the absence of her name from John's will is negative evidence that she was his daughter. Finally, Stephen's son George, about whom I know very little, seems to have been too young to have been Ann's father. So, the only viable candidates for Ann's father among Stephen's sons were Stephen Pettus, Jr., and Dabney Pettus. You identified Ann's father as Dabney Pettus. When I answered your query, I thought perhaps you had in mind the earlier hypothetical Dabney Pettus whom Stacy identified as Ann's father. What was the source of your information? At this point, I am unable to say whether Ann was the likely daughter of Stephen, Jr., or Dabney.