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Re: Jacob Pettigrew, Westmoreland and Armstrong Cos. PA, 1800s.
Posted by: pat mccracken (ID *****3906) Date: June 02, 2011 at 20:46:38
In Reply to: Re: Jacob Pettigrew, Westmoreland and Armstrong Cos. PA, 1800s. by B. Kline of 62


There are more twists and turns to this Pettigrew saga than a good mystery novel! Each piece of the puzzle seems to reveal another clue, and then another. No one is happier than I to have new insight into this Petticrew/grew brick wall.
I typically check the DNA website about every 3 or 4 months just to see if anything new has been added. Recently there was a disclaimer from stating that they were getting ready to change some of the features, so I would recommend if you still have the password and username to log in the website. You should be able to see the latest results, including participants who completed the 67 markers.
As for the 1798 Direct Tax, you may have already researched it but I have listed two links FYI.
Without a doubt I was quite interested in the census listing of John Pedegrue/Pedegare. It offered two strong facts; one that John had a son the age of Jacob (0-10), and secondly the obvious name parallel to Jacob’s son John. It would fit the naming pattern of that time.
You brought everything full circle with the analogy that John Pedegrue of Rostraver (1810 Census), Robert Pedigrew (1798 Rostraver Direct Tax and N. Huntingdon census records) and Andrew of Butler County possibly being brothers. This is a very plausible theory. An 1830 Federal Census Index shows the following: Jacob Pettegra in Westmoreland Co., Andrew Pettigrew, Butler County, John Pettigrew Westmoreland County, Robert Pettigrew Westmoreland County, and David Pettigrow, Allegheny County. Allegheny County formed from Westmoreland in 1786.
As for the Hilliard connection to Pettigrews it has always been in the background but never fully explored. “Hannah Hilliard” was apparently a relative of importance to be included in the bible record. At first glance, early census records for Jacob Pettigrew would seem to indicate she was Jacob’s daughter. In 1830 Jacob had son John under 5; 1 female under 5; 2 females 5-10 and Jacob and his wife Elisabeth were 30-40. If Eliza Jane, Elisabeth and Hannah Hilliard were their daughters two of them would have passed away by the 1840 census.
My copy of the census for 1830 lists Jacob Pettegra, Westmoreland County, 1m 30-40, 1m under five, 2 f 5-10 and 1f 30-40. The 1840 census has Jacob Pedegrew with l son and 5 “daughters”. Son John would have been 11. The enumeration is 1 m 40-50, 1 m10-15, 1 f under 5, 2 f5-10, 1 f10-15, 1 f15-20 and 1 f40-50. Considering the bible record, and the fact that Eliza Jane died in 1826 and Elizabeth in 1839, there are some unanswered questions about additional children, who were they and what happened to them? To my knowledge, the only children who received any land or inheritance from Jacob were John, Josina (born 1831, never married) and Lucinda (born 1834 married John McCartney).
Additional information:
Pettigrew John, and Dorothy Deemer, both of N. Huntingdon married on Tuesday February 3, 1830 by Jno Shrum Esq. (2-19-1830 The Greensburg Gazette)
Howell, Thomas and Sinah Pettygrew both of N. Huntingdon Twp. married on Thursday August 19, 1824 by Andrew Byerly, Exq. (August, 1824 The Greensburg Gazette). I searched the name “Sinah” and found it to be of German distinction.

Westmoreland County Wills – Grantee Index
Andrew Pettigrew       Hempfield              1895
David Pettigrew              West Newtonboro       1894
Mary Pettigrew              West Newtonboro       1894
Grantor Index
David Pettigrew              West Newtonboro       1883
Elizabeth Pettigrew al to Dan’l Shrader              Sewickley Twp.        1865 (I have this document)
Mary Pettigrew              West Newtonboro       1893

Again let me say how much I appreciate your attention to detail, and willingness to offer a new perspective on my Pettigrew line. Your insight has been invaluable!

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