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Pettitt   Pettiet

CHAPTER 2 - Section Three
Dr. Lee Pettit born circa 1789 - died August 09, 1854

LEE PETTIT (BENJAMIN, BENJAMIN, THOMAS) was born about 1789 in Pettit's Station, Lincoln Cty., Kentucky, and died 09 Aug 1854 in Caddo Township, Clark Cty, Arkansas.

He married ESTHER BURNS 18 Aug 1808 in St. Genevieve, MO, daughter of PETER BURNS and ELIZABETH CAMPBELL. She was born 1789 in North Carolina, and died before 1849.

Marriage notes:

Sainte Genevieve Marriages, Baptisms, and Burials From the Church Registers, Some Marriages from the Court House Records, and a List of Inscriptions from the Protestant Burying Grounds, 1759-1839, made by Mrs. Ida M. Schaaf and by her Presented to the Missouri Historical Society, 1918. Jefferson Memorial St. Louis, MO 1918.

Petit, Lee, son of Benjamin Petit and Rebecca Larmour (Lorimore) native of Kentucky to Burns, Esther, daughter of Peter Burns and Elizabeth Campbell, native of N. Carolina (both non-Catholic). Witnesses: William Keben; Peter Callaway; Aquilla Logan; Married in the house of Mr. Jones of Ste. Genevieve.

Lee was a doctor.

Azalee Duke wrote - one of our Clark Cty. AR journals that has a lot about early settlers said (an old story about early people and a man who remembered them) that Lee Pettit, medical doctor, was the biggest man he ever saw. He thought he was the biggest man in the county or even in the state! Dr. Lee will also be remembered as he made a speciality of treating cancer patients.

One of Dr. Lee's married daughters was living next to James Bevill who married one of Zacheriah's (an unconfirmed son of Benjamin and Rebecca) daughters in the 1850 AR census (Clark Cty).

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Lee received 102 acres from his parents, Benjamin and Rebecca in March 19, 1822 for $1.00 (one dollar).

PETTIT   LEE    6   8S   20W   137.98   1837/08/01

A Pictorial History of Arkansas by Hempstead had Lee Pettit in Clark County, Arkansas listed with a group of early settlers from Missouri (1817 - 1818)

According to Goodspeed History of Southeast Missouri, pg 339 Lee PETTIT was a member of the Grand Jury in 1819.

Census: 1823 - 1829 Clark Cty., AR - listed 3 male children and four females.

Tax List: 1828, 1830, 1832 - Caddo Township, Clark Cty., AR

Census: 1840 - pg 74

Last Name   First Name  to (males) 5 5-10 10-15 16-20 20-30 30-40 40-50 50-60 60-70 70-80 80-90 90-100 100+
to (females) 5 5-10 10-15 15-20 20-30 30-40 40-50 50-60

Line 4 Pettit Lee 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1

Census: 1850 - pg 201
Dwelling 159 / family number 159
Lee Pettit - 61 / m Physician - value of Real Estate $1870 - born Kentucky
Easter Pettit - 61 / f - born North Carolina
Elizabeth Pettit - 22 / f - born Missouri - attended school within the year
George W. Pettit - 21 / m Farmer - born Arkansas - attended school within the year
Mary Pettit - 18 / f - born Arkansas - attended school within the year

Children of Dr. Lee Pettit and Esther Burns are:

  1. JAMES PETTIT, was born 1812 in Missouri. He married ELIZA STROOPE 12 Sep 1833 in Clark Cty., AR, daughter of JACOB STROOPE and ELIZABETH. She was born Abt. 1813 in Clark Cty., AR, and died 13 May 1849 in Union Parish, LA.
  2. LOUISA PETTIT, b. 1815; m. ELIJAH J. WHITE, 08 Aug 1833, Clark Cty., Arkansas by Isaac Ward, UP - A-105A.
  3. MARTHA PETTIT, b. 1820, Missouri; d. 1860, Clark Cty., Arkansas; at age 19 married JACOB W. LOGAN age 26, 11 Jun 1840, Clark Cty., Arkansas by G. W. Wells, D-174.
  4. ELIZABETH PETTIT, b. 1828, Missouri; d. 1881, m. JAMES BEVILL, age 26, 1 Sept. 1854, Clark Cty., Arkansas, by Wm. Spates, MG, C-324.
  5. GEORGE W. PETTIT, b. 1829, Arkansas; d. 20 Dec 1878, Clark Cty., Arkansas; m. SARAH JANE PARKER, 30 Dec 1847, Montgomery, AR; b. Abt. 1830.
  6. MARY B. PETTIT, b. 1832, Arkansas; m. ALLEN L. CHAPMAN, 06 Jul 1854, Clark Cty., Arkansas by James Eilson, MG, C-318.



  1. WASHINGTON PETTIT, b. 1836.
  2. LEE PETTIT, b. Abt. 1842.
  3. JACOB PETTIT, b. Aft. 1843.

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Nancy Stroope was the sister of Jacob Stroope, father of Eliza Stroope who married James Pettit, son of Lee and Esther. The information below mentions the death of Eliza - the transport of their children to Lee and Esther and then the death of James' mother, Esther.

Information was listed on Rootsweb after searching for Pettit info.

Here are transcriptions of 2 old letters which were originally found tucked away in the Miller-Scriber Bibles:


Union Parish, La.    June 30th, 1849

My dear and long lost sister,

Tell Wesley that I am glad that he thought enough of me to write to me one more. We are all well except Mr. Miller and Thos. Mrs. Pettet departed this life the 13 May. Petet took the children off to Ark to his parents immediately. I received a letter a few days ago from Minerva D. Madden she said her sister Sina was dead and her sister Sarah was in the last stages of consumption. She had a babe in Feb last and Minerva had to keep it and Martha Madden had ran away with John Brice and got married. I suppose you have heard long since of the death of Jame's mother. Eddings is our preacher this year. I saw Eliz the other day she said to tell the girls to write to Mary Ann. Her and Collier get along badly. Remember me to Brother Friend. Tell him Mr. Miller has written to him often and he never received a line from him. Brother Hughes brother in Lawlines on the Walker place and Hughes and his mother lives with them. I suppose the old lady is at least eighty three years old.

Your own faithful sister
Nancy W. Miller

(NOTES: William Hill Miller and Nancy Wafer md. 8 Apr 1829)

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Data taken from Miller/Scriber Bible Records, Records in the Ouachita Parish, La. Courthouse, Census material, and La. Marriage records.

ABRAHAM SCRIBER born c 1775, place unknown, died Monday 28 Apr 1834, at the home of JOHN SMITH on Bayou Bartholomew, Ouachita Parish, La. Abraham md. (1) JAMIMA COURTS (COUNTS?) She died prior to 1820. Their children:

a) JOHN S. SCRIBER, b. c1800, d. 19 Mar 1835, Ouachita Parish, La. md. 7 June 1832, Ouachita Parish, La. ELIZA JANE AILES, (no further data on this couple)

b) ELI SCRIBER b. c1806, d. 10 Dec 1834, probably in Ouachita Parish, md 4 Apr 1830, EDNA HICKMAN (no further data)

c) BENJAMIN SCRIBER b 27 Jan 1808, d. 16 July 1840, Ouachita Parish, md 20 Jan 1831, Ouachita Parish, ELIZABETH S. MILLER, b. 30 Sept 1808, La., d. 25 Jan 1863, Ouachita Parish, La. (more about this couple later)

After his first wife died, ABRAHAM SCRIBER then md. (2) LYDIA WHITE and had one child.

Estate papers of ABRAHAM SCRIBER in the Ouachita Parish, La. clerk's office, list his heirs:
".....3 sons by former wife JAMIMA COUNTS (COURTS), BENNA (sic), JOHN and ELI .... and a daughter, JANE, age 2 years by widow LYDIA WHITE SCRIBER." Nothing else is known about Lydia or Jane.


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NANCY STROOPE was born 19 Jan 1773, died 17 Nov 1846. She married 3 times:

(1) 3 Sept 1793, JOHN PIRKEY. Their children:
a) MARY "POLLY" PIRKEY, b 24 May 1795, md. 26 Aug 1810, Ouachita Parish, La. JOHN HARRIS
b) JOHN PIRKEY, JR. b. 24 Apr 1797, d. 30 Mar 1828, md 23 Nov 1827 Ouachita Parish, La. MADLINE CAVIT, she died 1 Oct 1844
c) NANCY PIRKEY, b. 5 Oct 1802, md 7 Oct 1827 Ouachita Parish, La. JAMES OWENS

JOHN PIRKEY, d. 11 Aug (or Apr) 1804


(2) 7 July 1805, ABEL MILLER, b. c 1777, d. Tuesday 5 Dec 1809
(NOTE: Nancy is listed in the 1810 census Ouachita Parish as "Widow Miller")

Their children:
a) WILLIAM HILL MILLER, b. 23 Oct 1806, d. (still living in 1849, Union Parish, La. according to the letters above) md 8 Apr 1809, NANCY WAFER
b) ELIZABETH S. MILLER, b. 30 Sept 1808 d. ?, md. 20 Jan 1831, BENJAMIN SCRIBER

After the death of ABEL MILLER, NANCY then married a third time: 4 Oct 1810, Ouachita Parish, La. HUGH STEPHENSON,

Their Children:
a) JAMES STEPHENSON, b 24 Sept 1811, d Oct 1820 aged 8
b) ANNA STEPHENSON b 6 Sept 1813, d. 24 Oct 1831.