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Re: Dabney Pettus m. Ann Overton
Posted by: William Pettus (ID *****9435) Date: November 21, 2004 at 13:24:14
In Reply to: Re: Dabney Pettus m. Ann Overton by reba parks of 938

The parentage of Ann Pettus who married Martin Phillips is, in my mind, another of the many riddles in Pettus genealogy. P. H. Stacy believed that Ann was the daughter of Dabney Pettus [The Pettus Family, 6]; however, you should understand that Stacy's Dabney Pettus, whom she believed to have the son of Thomas Pettus II of Littletown plantation, James City County, Virginia, was a conjectural person who is not mentioned in any Virginia record that I have seen (in his generation). There was a later Dabney Pettus who was the son of Stephen Pettus of Hanover County, Virginia. Although I cannot make a definitive statement, the available evidence seems to point to Stephen, himself, as Ann's father. Thus, I believe that Ann was the sister of a Dabney Pettus, but not the Dabney Pettus Stacy had in mind. The available evidence available to me consists only of Martin Phillips' will, which he made in Mecklenburg County, Virginia, on 10 September 1781. In his will, Martin mentioned his children, including (a) Dabney, (b) Pettus, (c) Sarah D., (d) Anne, (e) Elizabeth, “Betty” or “Betsey”, (f) William, and (g) Mary. Stephen Pettus married Mary [?], daughter of Capt. George Dabney of King William County, Virginia [see Capt. Dabney's will]. The names Dabney, William, and Mary were used by the Dabney family. The date of Martin's will is a clue to Ann's generation, since Stephen's sons, Dabney and John, died in 1788 and 1781, respectively [wills in Charlotte and Lunenburg counties]. So, to summarize, (1) the choice of names used by Martin and Ann for their children indicates that Ann was descended from Stephen Pettus and his Dabney wife, and (2)Ann seems to have been in the same generation as two of Stephen's known sons, Dabney and John. Actually, the argument is rather tenuous but seems to be the most plausible answer to the riddle. I am afraid that I cannot suggest anyone else from whom you may be able to obtain further information, but perhaps another reader will be able to help.

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