This Pettit site has been created as the “official Pettit site”. The purpose of this site is to provide researchers with early colonial historical documents up to and including the settlement of the frontier states of the 1800s. The historical text includes early maps that show settler migration patterns, colonization, timelines and stories of the early settlers. This Pettit site provides legal records in the form of wills, grants, deeds, taxes, et. al.
This is my birthright for I am a Pettiet – a direct descendant of Benjamin Pettit - a captain in the American Revolution - a fight for freedom. From France to America-the history has been recorded and preserved.
Click on the map to the right to
see a larger image.
Historical research proves my French Huguenot ancestors were part of the migration to the British Isles, victims of the religious persecution of being Protestant initiated circa 1661 by rulers in France. The Huguenots settled with the Scotch-Irish and later sailed to the New World with these colonists. Here they settled and intermarried. The following excerpts show a path of migration for the Pettits, Brevards, Larrimores and allied lines.
The purpose of this research project is:
First, to find the
Pettit documents that PROVE Rebecca Larrimore, wife
of Benjamin Pettit, is the true and legal daughter of John
Larrimore and Elizabeth
Brevard. This is currently a theory documented in the files under
Pettit family oral tradition. To date, it is recorded that
Benjamin Pettit, born about 1750 in Virginia married Rebecca
Larrimore about 1778, bearing him ten children. It is purported that
Rebecca was born about 1758 in South Carolina, the daughter of
John Larrimore and Elizabeth Brevard.
Benjamin Pettit was living
in Lincoln County, Kentucky as early as 1774 - with wife and children.
Mentioned in the will dated 1785 of Benjamin Pettit from Surry
County, North Carolina, receiving one shilling sterling, indicating that
he may have been assisted previously by his father. Benjamin Jr. is
mentioned as "grandson, son of my son, Benjamin and wife Polly
Logan, daughter of William Logan, deceased."
William Logan died in 1776
- listed as buyers at the sale of estate property on 25 November 1776 are
Benjamin and Thomas Pettit, Patrick and Hugh
Logan, Mary Logan (widow), James and William Ridings,
Secondly, to prove and
document the legal children of Benjamin Pettit by his first wife,
Polly (Mary) Logan; and the children from his second wife,
Rebecca Larrimore. It is not clear which of Benjamin's ten
children belong to his first wife, Polly, or to the second wife, Rebecca,
whom he married after the death of his first wife.