Thanks for your interest in my forthcoming book. I have been busy finding and putting in pictures as illustrations over the past couple of months. I was involved indirectly with the archaeological work at Littletown, as I wrote several letters in late 1971 or 1972 in an attempt to learn where Thomas Pettus had lived. One of them was to the Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission. I received a reply from Dr. William M. Kelso, who had just been hired by the VHLC. He had not heard about Littletown previously, but, as you know, he and his team discovered the site about two years later. I also provided Kelso with my research notes on the Pettuses who had lived at Littletown.
The problems with Stacy's articles have led me to do my own research and eventually to write my book. Henry Mangum Pettus's book on the Pettuses of Corn Hill plantation corrects some of Stacy's mistakes and includes some information on early Mecklenburg County Pettuses not found elsewhere; however, HMP relied on Stacy for the early generations in Virginia. You are correct in speculating that the neighborhood in South Hill was named for him. I think that it was on land that he owned, but the earlier Pettuses settled near where the Middle Meherrin forks from the South Meherrin.
I have cousins who live in the Keysville area of Charlotte County, Virginia, and my parents, who were born in Mecklenburg County, and my grandparents, who were born in Lunenburg and Charlotte counties, are buried in Ash Camp Memorial Cemetery in Keysville. George Overton Pettus, Jr., and my father's mother were sisters.
Yes, I would be very interested to learn more about your Pettus-Eggleston ancestry. Have you seen William's Eggleston's house in Amelia County? He bought the land from Thomas Pettus (the future burgess of Lunenburg County). Who among your ancestors are buried in Ash Camp Memorial Cemetery? Do you have any pictures of ancestors or ancestral homes that I can use to illustrate my book?
I, too, was born and raised in Richmond. Perhaps we can meet next month, as I expect to be in town for about a week in early May.
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