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Family Bible of Alice T Winston & John Pettus ca 1800
Posted by: Tom Almquist (ID *****1208) Date: August 12, 2006 at 15:15:36
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Alice T. Pettus Bible Typed Transcription from Virginia Historical Society
Re-transcribed by J.H. Jones, 2004

Copied from the big Bible
Of Alice Taylor (Winston) Pettus


Anthony Winston, Sr. was married to Alice Taylor on the 29th of February, 1747

Anthony Winston (2), son of the above married Kezia Jones 11th March, 1776

Children of the above
Anthony Winston married Sally A. Watson
John J. Winston married Mary W. Jones and after her death Susan Johnston
Edmund died young, about two years old
William Winston married Mary B. Cooper and after her death Judith M. Jones
Alice T. Winston married John J. Pettus1
Joel Walker Winston married Mrs. E. E. Adkins
Isaac Winston married Catherine Jones
Mary W. Winston married Jesse Jones
Elizabeth Winston died small
Edmund Winston married Martha Cocke and after her death married Sally A. Fry
Thomas Jones Winston married Elvira Jones
John Pettus, who was the son of John Pettus, was born in Fluvanna Co., Virginia, September, 1782
Alice Taylor Winston, the daughter of Anthony and Kezia Winston, was born in Buckingham
Co., Virginia, 21st of December, 1790

John Pettus and Alice Taylor Winston were married on the 21st of December, 18072

Children of John Pettus and Alice Taylor Winston:
Mary Kesia Pettus married Dr. George Morris and after his death 2nd, Judge Samuel Chapman
Anthony Winston Pettus [married] Sallie W. Jones and after her death married Mrs. Maria A.R. Key
Martha Walker Pettus [married] John Miller Jones
John J. Pettus [married] Permelia Virginia Winston — 2nd. Mrs. Susan Potts
Harriet Overton Pettus died unmarried3
William Bacon Pettus [married] Emily[?] R. Jeter
Judith Eglantine Pettus [married] Cornelius R. McCaskill
Edmund Winston Pettus [married] Miss Mary Lucinda Chapman, daughter of Judge Samuel Chapman and wife, Mary L. Newell4
Children of the above — (John, Samuel Chapman and Harry died young)
Lucy Taylor Pettus, the oldest child, married John Wiley Roberts
Mary Newell Pettus married Theophilus Lacy
Francis Leigh Pettus5 married to Miss Mary F. Knox, of Selma,
Alabama, October 28th, 1880


Anthony Winston, Sr. son of Isaac and Sarah Winston, was born 29th of Sept. 1723
Alice Winston, daughter of James and Alice Taylor, was born May 21, 1730
Children of the above:
Sarah Winston born February 9, 1748
Anthony Winston born November 25, 1750
Alice Winston born March 20, 1753
Martha Winston born January 8, 1755
Mary Winston born June 3rd, 1759, married C. Woodson
Children of Anthony Winston, Jr. and Kezia, his wife, who was born Feby. 10, 1760
Anthony born December 5, 1782
John J. born May 31, 1785
Edmund born May 2, 1787
William B. born March 24, 1789
Alice Taylor born December 21, 1790
Joel W. born December 5th, 1792
Isaac born January 22[?], 1795[?]


Anthony Winston, Sr. departed this life July 29, 1783, aged 60 years
Alice Winston, his wife, died October 24, 1764, aged 34 years
Their children”
Sarah Winston died August, 1766
Alice Winston, the wife of Edmund Winston, died February, 1784
Martha Winston, died October 17, 1759, aged four year


The children of John Pettus and Alice Taylor, his wife, being four sons and four daughters
Mary Kezia Pettus was born in Wilson Co., Tenn. on the 22nd Sept. 1808
Anthony Winston Pettus was born in Franklin Co., Tenn., May 20th, 1810
Martha Walker Pettus was born in Madison Co., Alabama, on Jany. 21, 1812
John Jones Pettus was born in Wilson Co., Tenn. on Oct. 9th, 18136
Harriet Overton Pettus was born in Madison Co., Alabama, June 1, 1815
William Bacon Pettus was born in Limestone Co., Alabama, Aug. 21, 1817
Judith Eglantine Pettus was born in Limestone Co., Alabama, Aug. 21, 1819
Edmund Winston Pettus was born in Limestone Co., Alabama, July 6th, 18217

(This is a small newspaper clipping pasted in the Bible. It has no date: “Lewisburg, Va. paper please copy.
Yesterday morning at Madison, Ia., of congestion of the heart, Mr. Anthony W. Pettus, of Mobile, Alabama, died, aged about forty-two years. The undersigned, a confidential friend of the deceased, begs leave to return his sincere thanks to the citizens of Madison generally, and especially to Mr. Joseph Ray and his lady, for their kindness and unremitting attention to Mr. Pettus during his illness.
W. C. Kidd
(Our city papers, the Mobile, Ala., and Memphis, Tenn., papers will please copy.))”

Deaths (continued in long hand under clipping)
Mary Kezia Chapman, wife of Samuel Chapman, died October 20th, 1841
Anthony Winston Pettus died August, 1850[?]
Martha Walker Jones, wife of John Miller Jones, died December 3, 1867
John Jones Pettus died Jany. 25th, 1867
William Bacon Pettus died 24th June, 1894
Judith E. McCaskill, wife of Corneilius B. McCaskill, died October 16, 1865[?]
Senator Edmund Winston Pettus died at Hot Springs, North Carolina, July 27, 1907, and was buried in Selma, Alabama, July 30th, 1907, beside his beloved wife.

(copied October 9, 1929, by Maud McLure Kelly, for a type-written copy which bears the notation “copied for my cousin, William B. Pettus, on August 24th, 1928, Bessie S. Roberts.” This Bible is in the possession of Miss Bessie S. Roberts at this time.)

By Bessie S. Roberts (granddaughter of Edmund Winston Pettus)

Made for the benefit of my cousin, Wm. B. Pettus,
grandson of the above mentioned Wm. B. Pettus.

1. Parents of Edmund Winston Pettus

2. This story is told here by the granddaughter of this couple, Edmund W. Pettus and Mary L. Chapman, who often heard it from her grandfather’s lips. Senator Edmund Winston Pettus was the youngest child of this couple. An interesting thing is the fact that his sister Mary, married (2nd) Judge Samuel Chapman, a widower. Young Edmund promptly fell in love with little Mary Chapman, and frequently asked his mother’s permission to visit his sister. Their love story was a most interesting one. When Mary Chapman was 17 and Edmund Winston Pettus was 19, he asked her to marry him. She laughed in his face and said, “Marry you! I think you had better go to college!”
He replied,
“Madam, I will go to college.”
He did go to college in Tennessee for four consecutive years without ever returning home. Mary never wrote hi a single letter, but her sister took pity on him and did write.
Finishing college, he returned home to Mississippi and not a member of his family recognized him. He rode to the house and asked his brother John for permission to spend the night as it was late. His brother John told him supper would soon be ready. At the supper table, an old mammy came in to wait on the table. She dropped a plate of biscuits and threw up her hands, exclaiming,

“Fore Gawd, its’ Marse Ed! It’s Marse Ed!”
The next day, he called on Miss Mary Chapman, and said
“Madam, I have been to college.”

Her eyes were badly injured when a child by being burned in the fire, when she fell over in her high chair. She was a well educated woman and could repeat many such works as “The Lady of the Lake”. She had the partial use of one eye and her mother read to her. She taught her brother, Edmund Winston Pettus, and when he was 35 years of age, he wrote his sister one of the finest letters I have ever read, thanking her for teaching him.

Many of the Newell family are now living in Louisiana, some in Tensas Parish. The Wolfes of New Orleans belong to the Newell family.

An unusual name in the Pettus family. No name seemed to be suitable for this baby and each member of the family wrote a name and put it in a hat from which this name was drawn.

John Pettus, his father, was then in the Creek Indian War as an ensign in a company of Rangers under genl. A. Jackson.

John Pettus, the father of John Pettus, lived near the Hermitage in Tennessee and was great friend of General Andrew Jackson.

Pasted in the Front, in the handwriting of Senator Pettus:
Stephen Pettus, of Hanover Co., Va.
Dabney Pettus, of Charlotte Co., Va.
John Pettus of Fluvanna Co., Va. (died 1822)
John Pettus, of Limestone Co., Ala. (died 1822)
Edmund Winston Pettus, of Dallas Co. Ala.

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