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CAPTAIN BENJAMIN PETTIT and Family




Buried - Summer 1827 - in Hopewell Methodist Church Cemetery, Vicksburg, Mississippi
...an excerpt from HOPEWELL CEMETERY and the old town of WARRENTON by Gordon A. Cotton
A history of the first county seat of Warren County, Mississippi and Hopewell Methodist Church,
which was the first church established in the county.

Headstone of Benjamin PettitGraves are marked and exist near an elementary school, near to where the Hopewell Methodist Church once stood. Hopewell Cemetery is 6 miles south of Vicksburg, MS. Benjamin and Rebecca's graves overlook the Mississippi River. Their daughter Elizabeth (Pettit) Donahue, an unmarked infant Pettit grave and Joseph Prentice, Elizabeth's grandson are near Benjamin and Rebecca.

Headstone of Rebecca (Larrimore) Pettit

Benjamin's headstone reads
Benjamin Pettit, Capt
Clark Ill Regt
VA State Terr Rev War

Rebecca's headstone reads
Rebecca Larrimore
Consort of Captain Benjamin Pettit
Daughter of John and Elizabeth (Brevard) Larrimore

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THE KENTUCKY GENEALOGIST Vol. 18, No. 2 pg 66

Benjamin Pettit and his wife, Rebecca, sold land in 1791 to David Williams.
Benjamin Pettit and his wife, Rebecca, sold land in 1791 to James Hayes.

The Kentucky Genealogist Vol. 16 , No. 4 pg 159
Lincoln County Order Book:

June Court 1791. "Ordered that Michael Bench pay Rebecca Pettit and Benjamin Pettit each 75 pounds tobacco for attending 3 days as witness for him against Alexander Carson."

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Lincoln County Deed Book D - page 117 ... Sept. 11, 1799

Benjamin Pettit and Rebecca his wife of Lincoln County to Ann Craig, Mary Craig, John Craig, Samuel Craig, and Sally Craig - heirs of Samuel Craig deceased of Lincoln Co. 200 acres in Lincoln County on Green River for 20 pounds. Land bounded by Robert Todd and contracted for by Samuel Craig in his lifetime.
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16 May 1813 - Ste. Genevieve Cty., MO
Benjamin Pettit and Rebecca deed to Jeremiah Clay for $556.50 part of said tract of 800 arpens containing two hundred arpens (recorded 22 Feb 1814, Book B-321)

23 Feb 1818 - Ste Genevieve Cty., MO
Benjamin Pettett and Rebecca deed to Robert T. Pettett of Cape Girardeau for $600 land situated in Ste Genevieve lying on the River of St. Francois containing 200 arpens, which includes all improvements where James Pettett now lives, being a part of 800 arpens confirmed to Benj Pettett by the commissioners appointed to settle and adj land claims for Terr of LA now MO. The 200 arpens being previously made to Robert T. Pettett by Benj Pettett Junior's last will & testament. (recorded in Land Deed Bk C:11-13 - Recorder's Office, Ste. Genevieve, MO)

10 March 1822 - Madison Cty., MO
The indenture made between Benjamin Pettit and Rebecca Pettit of the County of Madison and State of Missouri and Lee Pettit of the County and State aforesaid. In consideration of the sum of one dollar ($1.00) ,,,, paid the receipt whereof ... for one hundred two acres (102) to heirs and assigns forever.

Marriages of Benjamin and Rebecca's children are recorded in the 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.

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DAR National No. 367585
Mrs. Anne Coffman Kristenmacher, descendant of the patriot Benjamin Pettit.

Benjamin Pettit born ca 1750 in France. Married Rebecca Larimore (dau of John Larimore and Elizabeth Brevard). Children listed: James, Walker, Elizabeth, John Larimore, George, Lee, Robert, Jack and Wm. McDowell. (Benjamin Pettit, Jr. listed in early tax record: probably another son). Benjamin and Rebecca are buried at Red Bone Church, a few miles from Vicksburg, Miss. They died the latter part of the summer of 1827, just one month apart while visiting their youngest son, William.

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Petit Family File
Kentucky Historical Society Library,

Frankfort 1961 - George Toney
Little Rock, Arkansas

"His name was Benjamin Pettit, his wife was Rebecca Larimore. They supposedly moved from North Carolina in company with their "cousins" the Logans, McDowells, Hendersons and others to the head waters of the Green River, and built stockade which was named "Pettit Station". Rebecca Larimore was supposed to have been a 'cousin' of Dr. Ephriam McDowell, who practiced medicine in Danville, Kentucky. Her son, John Larimore Pettit studied medicine with Dr. McDowell, and moved over into Missouri around 1803. "

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McDowell Family File
Dr. Ephriam McDowell was born 11 November 1771 at Rockbridge County, Virginia; died at Danville, Ky. 25 June 1830.

1. Ephriam McDowell   m. Margaret Irvine   b. Ireland
2. John    m. Magdalene Woods   b. Ireland
3. Judge Samuel    m. Mary McClung   b. Pennslyvania
4. Dr. Ephriam    m. Sarah Shelby (dau of Gov. Isaac Shelby)

Ephriam studied medicine in Virginia and Edinburgh, Scotland and returned to Danville in 1795 where he established a reputation as the best surgeon west of Philadelphia. He was a pioneer in abdominal surgery and performed the first ovariotomy in December of 1809.

Colonial Men and Times by Harper, pg 250
Elizabeth McDowell married William Trabue 1816. Elizabeth a daughter of Benjamin McDowell and Hannah Doughty. Benjamin was a son of Ephriam McDowell who married Elizabeth Burns, niece of Robert Burns, the beautiful poet. Ephriam and Elizabeth Burns McDowell had settled on Staten Island. Benjamin and Hannah lived in Columbia, Adair Co. Kentucky.

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