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Re: Pettus Book Status
Posted by: William Pettus (ID *****9435) Date: August 12, 2008 at 18:21:26
In Reply to: Re: Pettus Book Status by barbara emerson of 936

Dr. Eggleston, a native of Amelia County, Virginia, was descended from Ann Pettus and Joseph Eggleston. He did genealogical work in his spare time but never published a book on the subject, so far as I am aware. I have tried to trace his sources but without success as they were not public records. He mentioned three primary sources, an inscribed wedding ring, a prayer book kept by Joseph Eggleston, and a journal kept by Walter Bennett, an Irishman who married into the family. Actually, Dr. Eggleston only saw two separate transcriptions of the journal--not the original. So, I had to rely on his statements plus some other evidence I was able to find on my own. I don't know if Ann's middle name was Overton or not, but I wouldn't be surprised it is was as her brothers gave the Overton name to their children (two Samuel Overton Pettuses,for example). The year 1702 (supposedly from the ring) is about right for Ann's birth, as she and Joseph Eggleston had a son Richard born in 1721 (according to Dr. Eggleston). With one exception, mentioned in one of my recent monthly updates, I have completed my research and am pressing hard to finish editing and documenting sources for my book for publication. Nevertheless, if you should come across any of the three sources mentioned above, I would be grateful if you could notify me.

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