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Pettit   Petit

Pettitt   Pettiet

CHAPTER 2 - Section Three

(b. 1758 - d. 1827)


Rebecca Larrimore was the second wife of Benjamin Pettit. Rebecca is thought to have been born about 1758 in South Carolina. Oral Pettit family tradition states that Rebecca and Benjamin married in North Carolina about 1778. Rebecca is reported as the daughter of John Larrimore and Elizabeth Brevard.

Benjamin was married first to Polly Logan and they had at least one son Benjamin. As stated in Benjamin Pettit's will dated 1785 in Surrey County, North Carolina; "... and my grandson Benjamin Pettit son of my son Benjamin and Polly Logan daughter of William Logan deceased." William Logan died in 1776. Benjamin and brother Thomas were present at the settlement of William Logan's estate. Benjamin the son of Polly and Benjamin would have had to have been born about 1773 as he marries in 1793 and is reported on the tax roll for Lincoln County, Kentucky in 1794 with his father.

Rebecca is not mentioned by name as Benjamin's wife until 1791. Benjamin and Rebecca are referenced together as witnesses in court, land transactions and gifts to sons John Larrimore, Lee, and Robert Todd Pettit. Marriage records from Sainte Genevieve, Missouri list Benjamin and Rebecca (Lorimer, Lorimor, Larrimore, Larimor) Pettit, native of Kentucky of the Presbyterian religion as the parents of Elizabeth Pettit on November 13, 1802 to John Donnohue, Lee Pettit on August 18, 1806 to Esther Burns, and William McDowell Pettit on June 25, 1837 to Marie Elizabeth Prentice. When referenced by son William McDowell, Benjamin and Rebecca are said to be of Columbia, State of Arkansas.

It is unclear which children of Benjamin Pettit were born of Polly Logan and which were born of Rebecca Larrimore. Family tradition states that there were ten; Benjamin, Jacque, James, John Larrimore, Robert Todd, George, Walker, Elizabeth, Lee, and William McDowell.

Benjamin and Rebecca migrated from Kentucky to Missouri about 1801. Benjamin received a French and Spanish land grant for 800 arpens September 15, 1801. They sell a portion of the land in 1813 and then more in 1819. Rebecca is reported to have favored her youngest son, William McDowell as she didn't like her daughter-in-laws.

Rebecca is buried next to Benjamin in Hopewell Cemetery, ** 11 miles from Vicksburg, Mississippi near daughter, Elizabeth (Pettit) Donahue and grandson, Joseph Prentice.

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