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CHAPTER 2 - Section Three

Benjamin Pettit, Jr.
(b. 1773/1774 - d. 1803/1804)

Benjamin Pettit, Jr. was the son of Benjamin Pettit and Mary Polly Logan as referenced in the will of Benjamin Pettit dated 1785 in Surry Cty., NC.

Tax records dated 1794 to 1801 include Benjamin Jr. with his father in Lincoln County, Kentucky indicating his birth to have been about 1773-1774 as he would have to be at the age of maturity to have been listed.

Benjamin Pettit, Jr. was born in North Carolina, and died in either late 1803 - or early 1804 in Cape Giradeau, MO.

Benjamin together with William Feland paid one hundred pounds as a marriage bond in Lincoln Cty., Kentucky on August 27, 1793. Hanah McNeely along with guardian, Joseph Russell signed stating that Hanah was of age and that she had lived with Russell since infancy. Willis Green, County Clerk witnessed same.

Children of Benjamin and Hanah are:

  1. Robert Todd Pettit **, b. 1793, Lincoln Co, Kentucky; d. 1866, Gonzales, Cty., TX;
    m. Melinda Logan, Abt. 1817, Missouri; b. Abt. 1802, Lincoln Co, Kentucky; d. Abt. 1875, Gonzales, Co., TX.
  2. George Pettit, b. Abt. 1794, Kentucky; d. November 19, 1857, Scott Cty., MO;
    m. Elizabeth Shaw, July 10, 1832, St. Francois Cty, Missouri; b. 1808, Kentucky.
  3. Walker Pettit **, b. 1798, Lincoln County, Kentucky; d. Bef. October 07, 1850, Shelby Cty., Texas;
    m. Keziah (surname unknown), Bet. 1826 - 1827, Kentucky; b. Abt. 1802, South Carolina or North Carolina;
    d. Bef. 1888, Cayuga, Anderson Cty., Texas.
  4. Mary Polly Pettit, b. Abt. 1800, Lincoln Cty., KY;
    m. George Lunceford, March 20, 1821, Lincoln, Cty, KY; b. Abt. 1800.
  5. Francis Pettit, b. Abt. 1801.

Notes for BENJAMIN PETTIT, JR.:
Claim of ownership, right & title
Heirs of BENJAMIN PETTIT, Jr.
(1770/1772 - 1803/1804)
French & Spanish Land Grant, Vol D:54
Territory of Louisiana - District of Ste. Genevieve
(MO State Archives)

To the commissioners of the United States for adjusting titles to land on the territory of Louisiana... Take notice that I claim for Adam Johnson a tract of land in the district of St. Genevieve situate on River St. Francis [sic] by virtue of an improvement made by Adam Johnson prior to December in the year 1803 by verbal possession from the then commandant of New Bourbon whose famely [sic] consisted of himself his wife one child and two slaves. Also for and in behalf of the heirs of BENJAMIN PETTIT JUN. Deed a tract of land situate in the district of St. Genevieve and on the north side of the River St. Francis who actually inhabited the same prior to December 1803 by verbal possession of the then commandant of the district of New Bourbon whose family [sic] consisted of himself wife and SIX children. December 3, 1807. William Johnston in behalf of Adam Johnson and the heirs of BENJ. PETIT JUN.
B-Pett Jr. St G
Heirs of BENJAMIN PETTIT, Jr.
(1770/1772 - 1803/1804)
French & Spanish Land Grant, Vol
received for my reference from Emma Butler

Benjamin Pettit, Jun., claiming five hundred arpents of land, situate on the river St. Francis, district of St. Genevieve; produces a notice to the recorder.

December 6, 1811: Present, a full Board. It is the opinion of the Board that this claim ought not to be granted.

When the Louisiana Purchase took place in 1803, two territories were immediately formed, the Louisiana and Orleans Territories. The Territory of Louisiana later became the states of Missouri and Arkansas and the Territory of Orleans became the State of Louisiana in 1812. By an Act of Congress, 3 March 1807, a general survey was ordered to settle claims of those "grants by former sovereigns and other owners of the soil." The Act provided settlement for French and Spanish orders of survey and concession dated prior to October 1800, and cultivation and settlement (pre-emption) rights prior to 20 December 1803.
{It is surmised that Benjamin Jr. had died prior to December 1803 thus negating his claim to the 500 arpens and failure of the land commissioners to grant the land to his widow and children.}

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Missouri Land Claims - 1976 POLYANTHOS, New Orleans
pg 252

Class 2 No. 51
Name of original claimant - Benjamin Pettit, Jr.
Acres - 640
Nature and date of claim - Settlement right
By whom surveyed, date and situation - On the waters of St. Francis river, Madison County.
Evidence with reference with reference to minutes and records.

November 28, 1812. Benjamin Pettit, jun.'s representatives, claiming 640 acres of land, on St. Francis, district of Cape Girardeau.

Benjamin Pettit, sen., duly sworn, says that claimant settled this tract in 1803, and planted peach trees. In this year claimant was taken sick and removed to house of witness, his father, and never returned, having died soon after; claimant had a wife and five children in 1803. See recorder's minutes, page 17.

December 26, 1833. F. R. Conway, Esq. appeared, pursuant to adjournment.

Benjamin Pettit, jr., by his legal representatives, claiming 640 acres of land, situate on the waters of St. Francis, county of Madison. See record book F. page 15; recorder's minutes, page 17; Bates's decisions, page 28.

STATE OF MISSOURI, county of Madison
John Clements, aged about 53 years, being duly sworn, as the law directs, deposeth and saith that he was well acquainted with the original claimant, Benjamin Pettit, jr., who was the son of Benjamin Pettit, sen., they both bearing the same name; that Benjamin Pettit, jr. had a wife and family; that he came to this country, then the province of Upper Louisiana, in the year 1803. Witness also knows the land claimed; he was with the claimant when he drove his wagon with his family on the land in the fall of 1803, and settled on the same; that claimant immediately built a cabin or house on the same and resided thereon with his family till he became sick and afflicted, when he went near to his father's where he died.
JOHN CLEMENTS, his + mark.
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 22nd October, 1833.
L.F. LINN, Commissioner

And also came Samuel Campbell, a witness, aged about 68 years, who, after hearing the above and foregoing deposition read, deposeth and saith that, he knows the same facts, and that the statements in the same are substantially correct and true.
SAMUEL CAMPBELL
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 22nd October, 1833.
L.F. LINN, Commissioner

Also came John L. Pettit, a witness, aged about 51 years, who, being duly sworn, as the law directs, deposeth and saith that he was well acquainted with the original claimant, who was his brother; that he had a wife and five children; that he came to this country, then the province of Upper Louisiana, in the fall of 1803; that he immediately moved on the land claimed (which he, witness, also knew) and settled on the same, built a house and lived therein till he became sick, when he made a temporary removal near to his father's, who was also called Benjamin Pettit, for the purpose of having better attendance during his sickness, when he died.
John L. Pettit
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 23nd October, 1833.
L.F. LINN, Commissioner

And also came John Reaves, a witness, aged about 73 years, who, being also duly sworn as the law directs, deposeth and saith that he was well acquainted with Benjamin Pettit, jr. the original claimant; that he came to this country, then the province of Upper Louisiana, in the year 1802 or 1803. Witness also knows the land claimed, and knows that the claimant actually settled on the same in the spring of 1803; built a cabin on the land, in which he resided with his family; claimant had some land fenced in and cleared in 1803, and a garden in cultivation on the same; the claimant continued to reside on the land till he became sick, when he was brought up by his father near himself, that he might be attended to during his sickness, as there was no person living near the place where he settled; and that, some time in the year 1804, claimant died. Witness knows the land was claimed for him by his father, Benjamin Pettit, sen., as he was present and paid the recording fees; and the witness also knows that the land claimed has always been called Benjamin Pettit, junr.'s place, and still is so; and witness also knows that the land claimed has been actually inhabited and cultivated ever since.
John Reaves, his X mark.
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 23nd October, 1833.
L.F. LINN, Commissioner

See book No. 6, page 412.
June 16, 1835. The Board met, pursuant to adjournment. Present: F. R. Conway and J. H. Relfe, commissioners.
Benjamin Pettit, jr. claiming 640 acres of land. See book No. 6, page 412.
The Board are of opinion that this claim ought not be granted. See book No. 7, page 188.
James H. Relfe,
F. R. Conway
I have examined the transcript of the above claim, and concur in the decision.
F. H. Martin

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Notes for HANNAH MCNELLY:

ALBEMARLE COUNTY DEED BOOK 1674 - 1678
In presence of TARLTON BROWN, SAML. WOODS, PATTERSON BUTTOCK
MICHAEL McNEELY, WILLIAM McNEELY, REBEKAH McNEELY

At Albemarle April Court 1768
This Indenture & Memorandum was ackd. by MICHAEL McNEELY and WILLIAM McNEELY parties thereto REBEKAH the Wife of said WILLIAM personally appeared in Court & Voluntarily Relinquished her right of Dower conveyed by her said husband.

William McNeely's will

1820 census in KY listed - three females - 1 of from 16 to 26; one 26 to 45; one over 45.

Also, on the 1815 Lincoln County tax roll, Hannah is listed with one horse worth $25.00.

Children of BENJAMIN PETTIT and HANNAH MCNELLY are:

  1. FRANCIS PETTIT, b. Abt. 1801.
  2. Notes for FRANCIS PETTIT:
    PHILLIPS CO., ARK., FEDERAL LAND RECORDS

    This file was compiled from the Bureau of Land Management land records and includes Homestead and Cash Entry Patents before 1908 for what is now Phillips Co, AR.
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    PETTIT FRANCIS  3  2S  2E  130  1820/11/27

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  3. GEORGE PETTIT, b. Abt. 1794, Kentucky; d. 1857, Scott Cty., MO;
    m. ELIZABETH SHAW, July 10, 1832, St. Francois, Cty, Missouri.
  4. Notes for GEORGE PETTIT:
    SHAW, CAROLINE PREWIT, JOEL 9/26/50
    SHAW, ELIZABETH PETTIT, GEORGE 7/10/32
    SHAW, EMELINE LAWRENCE, BENJAMIN F. 9/26/36

    Land Record for George Pettit
    Name: George Pettit
    Date: 29 Jan 1852
    Location: MO, Greene
    Acres: 40
    Meridian or Watershed: 5th Prin Meridian
    Parcel: Township 28, Range 24, Section 28

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  5. MARY POLLY PETTIT, b. Abt. 1800, Lincoln Cty., KY;
    m. GEORGE LUNSFORD, March 20, 1821, Lincoln, Cty, KY; b. Abt. 1800.
  6. Marriage Notes for MARY POLLY PETTIT and GEORGE LUNSFORD:
    Reference
    Lincoln County, Kentucky (author, Michael L. Cook, C. G.)
    Records - Volume 1 - page 122
    March 20, 1821
    Bond of George Lunsford to marry Polly Pettit with George Hockeras surety.
    Consent of Hannah Pettit for her daughter witnessed by George Hockeras.

** Red indicates in the opinion of the editor of this site.