The supposed connection between the Pettus, the Dabney, and the Winston families has long intrigued me. Much has been written about a supposed Dabney Pettus, son of Thomas Pettus of Littletown plantation, James City County, but there seems to be no record of a Dabney Pettus who could have been Thojas's son. Nor does there seem to be any record that gives Susannah's maiden name before she married John Pettus, son of Thomas Pettus of Lunenburg. There was a later Dabney Pettus, son of Stephen Pettus of Hanover County, who settled in Charlotte County, Virginia, and died in 1788; however, he was not in the same ancestral line as Elizabeth Pettus and her parents John and Susannah Pettus. The original guardianship record that I examined in the clerk's office at Charlotte Courthouse has Elizabeth's name stated clearly as "Elizabeth Dancy Pettus." I have also looked at the marriage record of Elizabeth Pettus and William Gilliam at the clerk's office, but I don't recall that it stated her middle name, though if it did, I think that I would have noticed if her name were given as "Dabney." I will have to look for my notes.
According to one source, William and Elizabeth migrated to Williamson County, Tennessee, about 1819. I am seeking information on dates and place(s) of their deaths.