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Pettitt   Pettiet

CHAPTER 2 - Section Three

William McDowell Pettit

WILLIAM MCDOWELL PETTIT (BENJAMIN, BENJAMIN, THOMAS) was born January 22, 1799 in Danville, Pettit's Station, KY, and died intestate on November 03, 1853 in Pettit's Place, Chicot Cty., AR.

He married (1) ANNIE MADDEN COOK on May 22, 1828 in Cape Giradeau, MO, daughter of NATHANIEL COOK and HONOUR MADDEN. She was born August 09, 1808 in Missouri, and died March 05, 1833 in Pettit's Place, Chicot Cty., AR.

Children of William and Annie were:

  1. MARTHA ANNE PETTIT, b. 16 May 1829, Milliken's Bend, LA; d. 27 May 1916, Farmington, MO.
  2. ANTONIA HONORA PETTIT, b. 22 Jan 1831, Pettit's Place, Chicot Cty., AR.
  3. SEBINS FISK PETTIT, b. 03 Feb 1833; d. 1838.

He married (2) MARIE ELIZABETH PRENTICE June 25, 1837 in St. Genevieve, MO, daughter of JOSEPH PRENTICE and PRISCILLA MERRIMAN. She was born about 1820 in Grafton, State of Massachusetts, and died March 25, 1841 in Chicot Cty., AR.

Marie Elizabeth's death is recorded on page 54 in book titled Death Records of Pioneer Missouri Women 1808-1853 - by Lois Stanley, George F. Wilson, and Maryhelen Wilson.


  1. CHARLES FELIX PETTIT, b. Abt. 1837, Desha Cty., Arkansas; d. 29 Aug 1846 in a train accident.
  2. REBECCA ELIZABETH PETTIT, b. 25 Sep 1839; d. 02 Jan 1925, Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Marriage to Marie Elizabeth Prentice was 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, written by Mrs. Ida M. Schaaf and by her presented to the Missouri Historical Society, 1918. Jefferson Memorial St. Louis, MO 1918.

page 427 in Church Record 1837 June 25th
Pettit, William McD., son of Benjamin Pettit and Rececca Larrimore, of Columbia, state of Arkansas to Prentice, Marie Elizabeth, daughter of Joseph Prentice and Prisilla Merriman, of Grafton, State of Massachusetts.
Witnesses: Ferdinand Rozier; Francois B. Valle; Benjamin Shaw; Anthony Lagrave F.X. Dahmen, cure

He married (3) ELIZA W. BULLOCK September 20, 1842 in Shelby Cty., AR. She was born about 1801 in Shelbyville, KY, and died 1885 in Shelby County, KY.

The information about their marriage was published in the Lexington Intelligencer on November 14, 1842

more information on Early Settlers of Chicot Cty., AR

Gift from Parents: Apr 1822, received 15 slaves

Census - 1830 Ouachita Parish, LA - pg 187
Land: 1830, Sections 3,5,6 & 7 Ouachita Parish, LA

Moved: 1827, Lake Village, AR

Tax List 1: 1832, Chicot County, AR - pg 4

Tax List 2: 1833, Chicot County, AR

Census - 1850 Chicot County, AR Planters Township - pg 357 - #152
Pettit, W. McD., 52, KY
Pettit, Eliza W., 49, KY
Saunders, John H., 28, AL
Saunders, Martha A., 21, LA
Saunders, Emma P., 2/12, AR
Saunders, Antonia H., 20, AR
Pettit, Rebecca E., 11, AR
Rainey, Greenberry, 40, KY
Rainey, Mary O., 27, MS
Rainey, Marcus, 7, AR


PETTET WILLIAM M 30 16S 1W 73.32 1843/02/01
PETTIT WILLIAM M 31 16S 1W 320.24 1837/06/15
PETTIT WILLIAM M 18 17S 1E 160 1838/07/28

PETTIT WILLIAM M 29 11S 1E 80 1837/06/15

... excerpt from HOPEWELL CEMETERY and the old town of WARRENTON by Gordon A. Cotton

In April 1822, Benjamin Pettit deeded 15 slaves to his youngest son, William McDowell Pettit, for one dollar and affection; a month earlier he gave 102 acres to his son Lee Pettit in the same manner. Later, Benjamin and Rebecca Pettit moved again, settling in Chicot County, Arkansas Territory. Their daughter Elizabeth and her husband moved to Warrenton, Mississippi, as did their son William McDowell Pettit.

In Warren County, the younger Pettit's name appears on a petition in the early 1820s, and a few years later when a notice was printed in the paper stating the intention of several to rebuild Hopewell Methodist Church at Warrenton, William McDowell Pettit was one of the men in charge of the project.

Pettit was a young, single man while living in Warren County, having been born at Danville, Kentucky on Jan. 22, 1799. He was said to have been his mother's favorite child, and as she was never fond of her daughters-in-law, she left all her worldly goods - money, land, and slaves - to her single son. an action which caused a decided coolness among the Pettit heirs.

Following the deaths of his parents and his sister in 1827, William McDowell Pettit soon left Warren County and settled on the family plantation near Lake Village, Arkansas. He married three times, had five children, and died on Nov. 3, 1853.