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Pettus/Bullock & Aaron Burr
Posted by: Louise Pettus Date: May 04, 2001 at 19:26:28
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In the early 1900s Steven A. Epps took a letter to the editor of the Fort Mill (SC) Times to print in the paper. The letter was written by S. Bullock, Esq. from Woodlawn, Mississippi Territory on August 5, 1807 and was "addressed to Mr Epps great-grandfather, Hon. William Pettus, who represented York District in the South Carolina legislature during the early year of the century and who was an uncle of the author." The letter from S. Bullock to William Pettus began ‘Dear Uncle, I received your polite favor of the 24th March—not, however, until a few days since, on my return from New Orleans, where I have been since the 15th May last.’" What follows is a lengthy account of Aaron Burr’s arrest. Bullock had been on the same boat as Burr and says he saw Burr with 90 men, "all peaceable, without arms or ammunition." Bullock defended Burr and resented the army’s treatment of Burr.

We are trying to find more on the Bullock line. We think that surely the "S" stands for Stephen. William Pettus named a son Stephen Bullock Pettus and we have always wondered where the Bullock came from. We do know that our Capt George L. Pettus (1753-1816) and William Pettus, Esq. (1767-1818) (sons of Stephen Pettus, Jr. and Ann Dillard of Hanover County, VA) had a sister named Susan who married Daniel White, a Rev. War veteran. William and George must have had another sister who married a Bullock.

Kathy and I have been following up on this information, mainly searching for any Bullock man who married a Pettus woman in the 1700s. To date we have not found the connection. We do think that Stephen Bullock’s father might possibly have been Edward Bullock but cannot find his wife’s name. Edward went to Kentucky from Hanover Co., VA. It appears that Stephen Bullock may have been contemporary to his Uncle William. Note that William’s brother George is 14 years older that he. Stephen’s mother could have been older than his Uncle George.

Even the smallest clue or perceived relationship would be gratefully received. Can anyone help us?

Louise Pettus

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