Ancestors of Ryan and Gavin PETTITUpdated July 4, 2007
I am researching the ancestors of my two sons, Ryan and Gavin PETTIT. They're not very interested yet, but one day I know they'll be glad to have this information. Anyway...it's a lot of fun.
Ryan and Gavin's maternal grandparents are Virgil GAUL and Katherine GRANT.
My uncle and I are researching the GRANT family. My brother has researched the GAUL family.
Katherine GRANT's parents were Frank GRANT and Teresa CROWLEY.
Frank GRANT's parents were Fred GRANT and Ella Mildred GRANT. (Yes, GRANT was Millie's maiden name.)
Ella Mildred GRANT's ancestors' surnames include HOITT (HOYT), BOYCE, BROWN, SMITH and COOK. These families go back to early New England, primarily New Hampshire and Maine.
Both lines of GRANTs trace back to Peter GRANT of Berwick, Maine, Scotish Exile, who was captured and brought to MA in the 1600's.
Teresa CROWLEY's parents were John CROWLEY and Mary McCARTHY. They came to New Hampshire from Ireland in the 1800's.
If you are interested in the GAUL family, you may contact me and I'll put you in touch with my brother, Greg GAUL.
Ryan and Gavin's paternal grandparents are William "Bill" PETTIT and Bonnie ARMSTRONG.
I have just begun researching the PETTIT family. The earliest known ancestor is Mahlon PETTIT (PETTUS). Mahlon was born about 1829, probably in SC. He married a Georgia girl, Martha Emily TILLEY, in Bienville Parish, LA in 1850. By 1860 the family was in DeWitt, TX. Mahlon was a Civil War soldier. A friend returned his horse to Martha and told her he was dead about 1864. Martha then married James BYARS. The family stayed in TX for many years, then some migrated to Arizona, where Bill was born.
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