In my previous message, I argued that Stephen Pettus who married Mary Dabney must have been the son of an earlier Stephen Pettus whom I identified in my books as the son of Thomas Pettus, immigrant, who settled at Littletown. For convenience, I will refer to these individuals as SP1, SP2, and TP1. At the time I wrote that message, I had realized that SP1 could have been TP1's child by his first marriage to Ka-Okee. Since TP2 of Littletown is known to have been the orphan son of TP1 and his second wife Elizabeth (Freeman) Durrent, I mistakenly concluded that the only way for known male descendants of SP2 to carry the same Y-DNA as certain persons known to have native American ancestry was for SP1 to have been the father of SP2.
I now see that I was confused about the DNA matching, which involves Y-DNA. Y-DNA is preserved in the male line of descent for many generations. Thus, it is not necessary to argue that SP2 was the son of SP1, because SP2 would have the same Y-DNA as TP1 whether SP2 was the son of SP1 or of TP2. Furthermore, other evidence presented in vol. II leads me to believe that Stephen II was more likely to have been the son of Thomas II.