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Re: Pettis/Pettus - Pocahontas connection?
Posted by: William Pettus (ID *****9435) Date: November 07, 2012 at 06:41:56
In Reply to: Re: Pettis/Pettus - Pocahontas connection? by Arthur Mitchell of 936

After gaining further insight from Bill Deyo into the "sacred" traditions of the Patawomeck tribe and considering the question of which Pettus married Ka-Okee in the light of my own research on the Pettus family, I believe I have the right answer---Thomas Pettus, bp. 1598, in England, son of Thomas Pettus, mayor of Norwich, England, in 1614, and elder brother of Theodore Pettus mentioned in your posting. I am now writing an appendix to vol. II of my book on the Pettus family, which was nearly ready to go to the publisher when I read your message! This appendix will summarize everything I have learned about the subject in recent months and explain why I believe Thomas is the best candidate to have been Ka-Okee's husband. Thomas remarried to Elizabeth Durrent, a widow, after Ka-Okee died about 1637. DNA tests establish the link between the Jamestown Pettuses and Ka-Okee. Also, I discovered that the descendants of Thomas's son, Stephen, in Charlotte County, have independently passed down the tradition that Pocahontas was their ancestor.


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