Records of the Pettigrew Family, which was originally French, but migrated to Scotland and Ireland prior to 1496 – James Pettigrew, of Irish branch, emigrated to Delaware and Pennsylvania, then settled in South Carolina.
The Pettigrew family is French in origin, but at what time it left France is unknown; however, it was prior to 1496, as in that year, during the reign of King James IV, of Scotland, it appears in the records that one Matthew Petigru held lands under the Archbishop of Glasgow.
The family seems to have divided; one branch located in West Scotland and the other settled in North Ireland, and it is from the latter that the line here traced descends. According to the traditions of this family, the first known ancestor was James Louis Petigru, who served as an officer in the army of Oliver Cromwell. James Louis Petigru I, was the father of a son, James Petigru II, who married a Scottish lady and because of the enmity then existing between the English and the French, the name was changed to Pettigrew. William Pettigrew, was the son of James II, and was an officer in the army of King William and participated in the Battle of the Boyne. After peace was declared he was awarded a tract of 300 acres of land in County Tyrone, Ireland. This William Pettigrew married Martha Moore, and his Irish home was called “Crilly House”. Here he lived, reared a family of nine children and died at a ripe old age.
Among the children of William and Martha (Moore) Pettigrew was a son, James Pettigrew, who was born in April, 1713 at “Crilly House”, County Tyrone, Ireland, and he was the first American ancestor of the family here traced.
James Pettigrew is said to have been wild in his youth and of a forward
and daring disposition. While preparing for Trinity College at Dublin,
he eloped in 1731 with Mary, a daughter of Capt. George and Rachel (Higginbotham)
Cochran, of “The Grange”, a beautiful Irish estate. Mary was a famous
beauty of her time and was the same age as her young husband.
The couple had 13 children, twelve of who -- six boys and six girls
-- reached the age of maturity.
After a few years James Pettigrew made up his mind to seek his fortune in the new world, and leaving the eldest of his four children with her grandmother in Ireland, set sail for America, with his wife, a daughter and two sons. They landed in Delaware, at New Castle, in 1740,k and pushed on into Pennsylvania, where he secured 300 acres of land on Marsh Creek, near the present location of Chambersburg. In Philadelphia he knew the prominent men of the day, and no less a personage than Dr. Benjamin Franklin, advised him to study medicine, but James Pettigrew was born to adventure, and he followed the start of his fortune south, through Virginia and North Carolina and settled at last in South Carolina, where he spent the closing years of his life. It was while the family was residing in Pennsylvania, that the fifth child, Charles, was born on March 20, 1744. And it is related that about this time James Pettigrew became very religious. So strict was he in his observance of the Sabbath that no cooking was allowed in his house on Sunday, and to this circumstance, he and his family owed their lives, for one Sunday hostile Indians visited his premises, but, seeing no smoke, passed on, as they supposed the house to be unoccupied. In recognition of this providential deliverance from the hands of the redmen, he after named one of his sons, Ebenezer.
After the Pettigrew family was settled in Pennsylvania, James sent to
Ireland for his oldest daughter, who set out to join them, but she died
during the voyage to America. About this time the French and Indian
war broke out and life on the Pennsylvania frontier became a perilous business.
After Braddocks defeat in 1755, James Pettigrew sold his land in Pennsylvania for 80 pounds and moved to Lunenburg County, Virginia, where he rented a farm and remained about three years. Here his thirteenth child, a son, William, was born, January 26, 1758. He then moved to Granville County, North Carolina, where he remained for ten years, and while residing there gave the land for the establishment of a Presbyterian Church. In 1768, hearing favorable reports from Scotch-Irish settlers in South Carolina of the land in that section, James Pettigrew sold his property in Granville County, North Carolina, and after three weeks travelling, reached the “Long Cane Settlement”, about seven miles above Abberville court-house. He stayed in this locality for four years.
In 1773 he bought a farm in what is known as the “flat section” of Abberville district, situated on Little River. The land here was fertile, his crops were abundant and his cattle increased. On the whole, he continued to prosper until the outbreak among the Cherokee Indians in 1776 sent a thrill of horror across the frontier. Those who escaped massacre were forced to abandon their plantations and seek safety in the Huguenot Fort of Jas. Noble, which was commanded by Patrick Calhoun, father of James C. Calhoun. In a short time the settlers returned home and enjoyed tranquility until the tide of the Revolution swept to this locality in 1779.
James Pettigrew was a strong Whig, and with several of his sons, sons-in-law and grandsons served with the colonial troops in the Revolutionary Army.
He was somewhat skilled in medicine and, there being few practitioners in the country, he was often called upon to give medical aid, which he did impartially to Whig and Tory alike and for this reason, in the turbulent days that followed the fall of Charleston, when the life of every man was in danger, with the country infested with bushwhacking of both parties, James Pettigrew’s family was little disturbed.
Not long after the close of the war, one December day, he went to a Sacramental occasion at “Pickens” House where Abbeville courthouse now stands, and there remained all night. The weather was very cold and he contracted a violent cold. After the close of the meeting, on Sunday night, he rode twelve miles home in bitter weather and pneumonia developed, which resulted in his death on December 24, 1784, at the age of 71 years. His wife survived him two years and died October 7, 1786, aged 73 years.
Two of the younger daughters died unmarried at the ages of 25 and 23 about the close of the Revolution, and the youngest son, William, was the only child left at home, and to him the family homestead was bequeathed. The South Carolina indents for Revolutionary service show that James Pettigrew, Sr., Ebenezer Pettigrew, William Pettigrew, and James Pettigrew, Jr., received pay for tours in the militia of Abbeville district. John Pettigrew is recorded as having been paid for both duty as horseman and foot soldier.
The written declaration for Revolutionary pension of James Pettigrew III is on file in the pension bureau at Washington, D.C., and shows him to have been a grandson of James Pettigrew, Sr., and that he enlisted in the continental service at the age of 18 years. It also shows that he had a brother, William Pettigrew, who died in the service as a regular soldier. From the land records in the secretary of state’s office at Columbia, S.C. the following records have been taken:
James Pettigrew, Granville County, S. Carolina on Calhouns’ Creek, 250
acres, June 19, 1772. Vol. 26, page 48.
James Pettigrew, Granville County, S. Carolina on Long Cane, 300 acres, July 8, 1774. Vol. 31, page 363.
James Pettigrew, Granville County, S. Carolina, Long Cane, 150 acres, September 30, 1774.
The will of James Pettigrew, Sr., is recorded in Book 1, page 14, Wills of Abbeville district, S. Carolina. It was made December 18, 1784, proven July 7, 1789.
It mentions wife, Mary; children, Martha Witherspoon, John Pettigrew,
Mary Verner, Jean Tilley, James Pettigrew and George Pettigrew, one dollar
each if demanded. Land to sons, Ebenezer and William Pettigrew.
William Pettigrew qualified as administrator, November 29, 1788.
James Pettigrew born April, 1713, County Tyrone, Ireland; died December 24, 1784, Abbeville district, South Carolina; married 1731; in Ireland, Mary Cochran born October 1713 in Ireland; died October 7, 1786, Abbeville district, South Carolina.
JAMES AND MARY PETTIGREW (MARY COCHRAN PETTIGREW) had issue:
1. A daughter born circa 1732, died en route to America.
2. Martha Pettigrew born circa 1734, died 1796, in Wilkes County, North Carolina; married John Witherspoon, who was killed by Tories in Wilkes County, North Carolina, in 1778. This couple settled in Wilkes County North Carolina, and left descendants, some of who removed to Tennessee.
3. John Pettigrew m. Sarah Matthews. He died in Abbeville district, South Carolina, in 1806. He was a Revolutionary Soldier.
4. James Pettigrew, Jr. was a Revolutionary soldier.
5. Charles Pettigrew born March 20, 1743, at Chambersburg, Pa.; died April 8, 1806; located in Tyrell County, NC; was rector of an Episcopal Church in Edenton, NC, and was elected first bishop of NC, but died before he could travel to Philadelphia to be consecrated. Married first October 29, 1778, Mary, daughter of Col. John and Elizabeth (Vail) Blount., Married second June 12, 1794, Mary, daughter of James Lockhart, of “Scotch Hill”. Charles and Mary (Blount) Pettigrew were the grandparents of General Pettigrew, distinguished soldier of the Confederacy.
6. Mary Pettigrew married John Verner. This family settled in Anderson County, SC, and some of the descendants removed to Alabama.
7. George Pettigrew was born circa 1746. He served in the Revolution.
8. A child died young.
9. Jean Pettigrew born circa 1750, in Pennsylvania; died 1838, Gwinette County, Georgia; married circa 1768, Stephen Tilly, who died in 1781 in Wilkes County, NC>
10. Ebenezer Pettigrew born 1752, in Pennsylvania; died May 1795, Abbeville district, SC; married Sarah (McLain Hehenger(sp) ) who married as her third husband, Thomas Finley, of Abbeville district.
11. A daughter born circa 1754, who died circa 1780 unmarried.
12. A daughter born circa 1756, who died circa 1780 unmarried.
13. William Pettigrew born February 26, 1758, Lunenburge County, Virginia; died January 23, 1837, at Badwell, Abbeville district, SC; married Louise Buy Gibert. They were the parents of James Louis Petigru, the distinguished statesman of South Carolina. William Pettigrew was a Revolutionary soldier.
The sketch of the Pettigrew family is resumed this week with an account of the descendants of James and Mary (Cochran) Pettigrew, who were the founders of the line traced in America.
James Pettigrew died December 24, 1784, in Abbeville district, SC, and his wife, Mary (Cochran) Pettigrew, died at the same place, October 7, 1786. They were the parents of thirteen children, twelve of whom reached the age of maturity.
1. The oldest child of this couple was a daughter who was left in Ireland with her grandmother when the family immigrated to America about the year 1740. They sent back for her some time later, and she died on shipboard while crossing the ocean.
2. MARTHA PETTIGREW, who was born about the year 1734, County Tyrone, Ireland, came with her parents to America and grew up while the family resided near Chambersburg, Pa. She married in Pennsylvania, John Witherspoon, a near relative of Dr. John Witherspoon, president of Princeton College and signer of the Declaration of Independence.
This family removed to Granville county, NC, about the same time that
James Pettigrew settled there and remained in that locality until 1772
or 1773. About that time the Pettigrews went further south to the
Long Can Settlement in South Carolina and the Witherspoons moved west to
the water of the upper Yadkin River in what later became Wilkes County,
John Witherspoon took a prominent part in the formation of Wilkes county, and was one of the commissioners appointed by the general assembly to select a location for the county seat, June 3, 1778. John Witherspoon died in November, 1778; he is said to have been killed by Tories of the neighborhood. He left a large estate for that time and a family of ten children. His wife, Martha (Pettigrew) Witherspoon, died in May, 1796, in Wilkes County, NC.
John and Martha (Pettigrew) Witherspoon had issue:
1. Thomas Witherspoon who died in Wilkes county, NC, April 1790, leaving
issue: (a) John Witherspoon, (b) Joshua Witherspoon, (c) Wesley Witherspoon,
(d) David Witherspoon, (e) a daughter, Dorcas Witherspoon.
2. Mary Witherspoon
3. Flora Witherspoon
4. David Witherspoon, born in 1758, served as lieutenant in the Revolutionary War and was one of Col. Ben Cleveland’s “Bull dogs” who was active on the Carolina frontier against the British and Tories. He and his brother, John, are mentioned several times in Lyman G Draper’s “King’s Mountain and Its Heroes”. He was the father of Col. John H. Witherspoon who was a resident of Lauderdale County, Alabama in 1880.
David Witherspoon represented Wilkes County in the NC legislature in 1795 and was for many years a magistrate of this county. He died in 1828 while on a visit in SC.
5. James Witherspoon died April 22, 1790, in Wilkes County, NC. He was unmarried and his brother, John, was the heir to his property.
6. John Witherspoon was born October 17, 1763, in Pennsylvania. He removed with his parents to NC and was reared in Wilkes County where he served in the Revolution. He received a pension for his services. In 1793 or 94 he removed to the neighborhood of Nashville and remained there until 1827, when he located in Wayne county, Tennessee where he resided until his death in 1839.
7. Martha Witherspoon.
8. Nancy Witherspoon
9. Jane Witherspoon married February 7, 1794, Cleveland Coffey. This family removed to Kentucky in 1794. They lived first in Madison County and later in Russell County. Their son, Elijah, resident in 1873 at Liberty, Casey county, Kentucky.
10. Elizabeth Witherspoon.
3. JOHN PETTIGREW was born about the year 1736 in county Tyrone, Ireland.
He came to America as a child with his parents and grew to manhood in Pennsylvania.
His wife’s given name was Sarah, and in 1761 they were residing in Prince
Edward County, Va. Later they moved to Granville County, NC, where
they resided during the Revolution. John Pettigrew and at least two
of his sons, James and William, were Revolutionary soldiers. John
Pettigrew served with Capt. Joseph Calhoun and Capt. James Caldwell in
a company of cavalry which did good service in the frontier. John
Pettigrew died in November, 1806 Abbeville district, SC. He was survived
by his wife, Sarah, and the following children:
1. James Pettigrew, born November 1761, Prince Edward county, Va.; died April 2, 1841, Green County, Alabama. He was a Revolutionary soldier and received a pension for his service; married November 3, 1785, Jane Harkness, born 1766, daughter of Robert Harkness, of Abbeville district, SC. At one time he was overseer for Patrick Calhoun, father of John C. Calhoun. In 1816 he removed to Tallapoosa, Alabama, where he lived for two years and then located in Green County, where he lived the remainder of his life. Issue:
(a) John Pettigrew, born October 14, 1786
(b) Sarah Pettigrew, born November 29, 1790
(c) Robert Pettigrew, born May 24, 1788
(d) Rosannah Pettigrew, born April 3, 1793
(e) Mary Harkness Pettigrew, born August 6, 1794
(f) Agnes Pettigrew, born June 15, 1798
(g) James Harkness Pettigrew, born February 16, 1800
(h) Ebenezer Pettigrew, born June 19, 1806
(i) William Pettigrew, born January 14, 1809
2. George Pettigrew, son of John and Sarah Pettigrew.
3. William Pettigrew, son of John and Sarah Pettigrew, was a soldier in the Revolution and died while confined in a British prison at Charleston in 1780
4. Polly Pettigrew, daughter of John and Sarah Pettigrew, married Mr. Wilson.
5. Samuel Pettigrew, son of John and Sarah Pettigrew, died in September, 1794 in Abbeville district, SC. His wife’s name was Anne and they had a son, James Pettigrew. There were probably other children.
6. Robert Pettigrew, son of John and Sarah Pettigrew.
7. Betsy Pettigrew, daughter of John and Sarah Pettigrew was unmarried at the time of her father’s death in 1806
4. JAMES PETTIGREW, JR., born about the year 1738 in County Tyrone, Ireland; moved with his family to SC, where he was living in Abbeville district during the Revolution. He served with his brothers in Col. Robert Anderson’s regiment during the war and is mentioned in his father’s will of 1784. His receipt for payment for his services in the Revolution dated June 10, 1785 is to be found in the South Carolina stub entries on file in the state Archives. No further record.
5. CHARLES PETTIGREW, born March 20, 1743, near Chambersburg, PA., was
the first of the children of James and Mary(Cochran) Pettigrew to be born
in America. He died April 8, 1805, in Tyrell County, NC. In
1773, he was master of a school in Edenton and about that time decided
to devote his life to the ministry. In the winter of 1774-75, he
went to England to be admitted to Holy Order and was duly ordained by the
bishop of London and Rochester. He returned to America on the last
ship, which sailed before the Revolution and took up his work as a rector
of a church in Edenton, where he was located from 1778 to 1784. He
was an active Whig during the Revolution and at times accompanied the North
Carolina Militia on some of the campaigns. After the close of the
war, he and other clergymen vainly endeavored to form a diocese in NC.
He died, however, before he could be consecrated, as ill health prevented
his travelling to Philadelphia, where the ceremony was to take place.
In his “Lives of the Bishops of North Carolina”, Marshall D. Haywood says:
“Of all the zealous clergymen of the church of England in North Carolina
about the time of the Revolution, none reaked than the Rev. Charles Pettigrew,
who built Pettigrew’s chapel at his own expense and for many years ministered
there, as well as Edenton and elsewhere throughout the province.
Charles Pettigrew was a man of considerable means and owned large landed estates in Tyrell and Pasquotank counties on the Eastern Shore of NC. The census of 170 shows that he was taxed with sixteen slaves. He was twice married. His first wife whom he married October 29, 1778 was Mary, the daughter of Col. John and Sarah Elizabeth (Vail) Blount, of “Mulberry Hill”. She was born in 1734, and died March 16, 1786. Charles Pettigrew married second June 12, 1794 Mary, daughter of James Lockhart of “Scotch Hall”. There were two children by the first marriage.
(a) Ebenezer Pettigrew, son of Charles, was born March 10, 1783, at the family estate in Tyrell County, NC and died July 8, 1848, at the same place. He devoted his life to the cultivation of the fertile lands, which he inherited from his father and his public service consisted of one term each in the NC legislature and the United States Congress. He married May 17, 1815, Ann Blount Shepard, daughter of William and Mary (Blount) Shepard of Newborn, NC, who was born November 16, 1795; died July 1, 1830. They had issue three children:
(1) Charles Lockhart Pettigrew, born February 21, 1816; died November
20, 1873; married April 20, 1853; Jane Caroline North, daughter of John
Gough North and his wife, Jane Gilbert (Petigru) North, who was born July
17, 1828; died March 8, 1887.
(2) James Johnston Pettigrew, born July 4, 1828, at the family estate, “Bon Arva”, in Tyrell County, NC and died from mortal wounds received near Winchester, VA, July 17, 1863. Gen. Johnston Pettigrew was one of the distinguished leaders of the confederacy and his war record; especially his conspicuous bravery at the Battle of Gettysburg is a matter of history. He was never married. Prior to the war between the States he traveled extensively both in America and in Europe, where he studied for several years. He was a gifted writer and left several books, which show the cultivated habit of his mind. He studied law and at one time practiced his profession with his cousin the Hon. James Louis Petigru of Charleston, but foreseeing the on-coming war, he returned to NC, where his life was dedicated to the services of his native State.
6. MARY PETTIGREW, daughter of James and Mary Cochran Pettigrew, was born in Pennsylvania about the year 1745. She married John Verner, who was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, and died in January, 1798, in Pendleton district, SC. This family located in Pendleton district, SC, where John Verner and three of his sons, James, John Jr. and David Verner, served in the Revolutionary War. JOHN AND MARY PETTIGREW VERNER had issue:
(a) James Verner, who died in December, 1780, after he was taken prisoner
in a battle near Lone Cane Creek, and march to Charleston. In the
Revolutionary claims filed with the State of SC the following interesting
document is found:
No. 51. The State of South Carolina to John Verner, Sr. To one silver watch lost in battle, sworn appraisement by John Luckie and William Elliott 140:0:0 in currency. Sworn before us this 12th day of July 1783. John Luckie and William Elliott. John Verner made cash before me that the above watch was taken by the enemy when his son, James Verner was taken prisoner in a battle near Long Cane Creek about the 12th of December, 1786. While he was under the command of Lt. Col. James McHall had from thence the said Verner was carried prisoner to 96, and from thence to Charleston, where he, the said Verner, died. That the affd. John Verner, father of the aforesaid James Verner, had never received any pay for the ad. Watch. Sworn this 12th day of July 1783.
Wm. Luckie, J.P. (note in a different hand)
Col. James McCall is since dead. Verner was taken prisoner as aforesaid and lost his life. Certified – Robert Anderson, Colo.
(b) John Verner, Jr., son of Mary Pettigrew and John Verner, Sr., married Rebecca Dickey. Their son, Ebenezer Pettigrew Verner, lived in Oconee County, SC, married Emily Foster. Among other children, they ere the parents of William H. Verner, born August 31, 1846 at Walhalla, SC, Capt Nineteenth Carolina Cavalry, C.S.A.; located after the War Between the States of Tyscalossa, AL, where he founded the University High School. He was one of the leading educators in the south. He married in 1875, Julia L. Oliver, of Green County, Al
(c) Charles Verner
(d) Samuel Verner
(e) David Verner, served as sergeant in the Revolutionary War
(f) Jennie Verner
(g) Nancy Verner
(h) Dianna Verner, married Mr. Wakefield
(i) Sarah Verner, married Mr. Montgomery
(j) Mary Verner, married Mr. Ewing
7. GEORGE PETTIGREW, son of James and Mary Cochran Pettigrew was born
about the year 1746 in Pennsylvania. He removed with the family to
SC, and served with the militia from Abbeville district during the Revolutionary
Wr. About the year 1794, he removed to Georgia, where he received
a grant of land in Elbert County, January 16, 1795. Later, he and
his family located in Franklin County, where he and his wife, Joan sold
property in 1804. They were the parents of several children, among
(a) James Pettigrew of Franklin County, Georgia
(b) John Pettigrew, who resided in Christian County, Kentucky, in 1813
8. CHILD of James and Mary Cochran Pettigrew died in infancy.
9. JEAN PETTIGREW, born circa 1750 in Pennsylvania; died 1839 in Gwinett county, Georgia, buried at Bethesda Methodist church; married about 1768, in Granville county, NC, Stephen Tilly, born about 1742 Orange County, Virginia; died December 1780, Wilkes Co., NC. This family did not accompany the Pettigrews to SC., but moved to the Yadkin River in Western NC, at about the same time the Witherspoons settled in that region. Stephen Tilly died in 1781, leaving his widow with four small children. She remained near her kindred in Wilkes County, NC until the year 1794, when she sold out and removed to the old Pendleton district in SC, where she located on Generostee Creek. She spent the last years of her life in the home of her son, Stephen Tilly, who settled in DeKalb County, Georgia. Stephen and Jean Pettigrew Tilly had issue four children:
(a) LaSarus Tilly, born about 1770, in NC; died December 23, 1834, Pendleton
district, SC, married Mary (probably Keys) and had issue five children:
(1) Nancy Tilly, m. David T. Ledbetter and removed to Alabama
(2) John Tilly
(3) Milla Tilly
(4) Lucinda Tilly
(5) ? Tilly
(b) Burgess Tilly, born about 1773, son of Stephen and JEAN PETTIGREW
Tilly, settled in Habersham county, GA., where he died in 1834. His
wife Nancy Tilly and Stephen Tilly administered on his estate.
(c) Frances Tilly, daughter of Stephen and Jean Pettigrew Tilly, was born about the year 1780, in Wilkes County, NC; died 1840 in Forsythe County, Ga and is buried at Mount Zion Church; married March 25, 1802 in Pendleton District, SC Robert King, born 1773; died 1837. Hall Co., Ga This family moved from Pendleton district, SC in 1822, and located on the Chattahoochee River in Hall Co., Robert and Frances (Tilly)King had issue:
(1) Nancy King, born March 23, 1803; married December 30, 1828 in Hall Co., GA, John Chambers.
(2) Mary King, born November 3, 1804; married March 9, 1824; Abner Bishop
(3) Rebecca King, born November 21, 1806; died April 9, 1837; mar. February 19, 1826, Hall Co., GA. Ephraim Malone Johnson.
(4) Jane King, born July 23, 1808; m. Mr. Brice
(5) James R King, born November 27, 1811; m. March 1, 1832, Hall Co., Ga., Cinthia Conley
(6) Lucinda King, born apr5il 13, 1814, m. Obed Smith
(7) Robert A King, born July 15, 1817, m. Miss Gober
(8) Ebenezer King, born July 25, 1829, m. Miss smith, sister of Obed Smith
(d) Stephen Tilly, son of Stephen and JEAN PETTIGREW Tilly was born in 1781, in Wilkes Co., N.C.; died in June 1862 in DeKalb County, GA; m. in 1812 Pendleton district, S. Carolina, Rebecca King, sister of Robert King, who m. Frances Tilly. Rebecca King Tilly died June 12, 1826 in Pendleton district S.C., while on a visit to relatives. Stephen Tilly moved with his family in 1819 to Georgia and located in DeKalb County. Stephen and Rebecca (King) Tilly had issue:
(1) Ebenezer Tilly, married Miss Ballenger; resided in Chambles, GA
(2) Margaret Malina Tilly, born February 12, 1815, Pendleton district, SC, m. William McElroy, and resided at Norcross, BA. She lived to be over 100 years old and retained her mental faculties until the end of life. From Mrs. McElroy many interesting incidents in this family record were secured.
(3) Adeline Tilly, marry Mr. Ballenger, a Methodist preacher
(4) Robert Tilly, settled at Case Spring, Ga,; m. Miss Conway.
(5) Caroline Tilly, m. Mr. Williamson, a preacher in the South Ga. Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
(6) Jane Tilly married Bludord Dean and resided at Alexander City, Ga.
(7) John Wesley Fletcher Tilly, m. Susan Medlock and resided at Doraville, GA.
10. EBENEZER PETTIGREW, son of James and Mary (Cochran) Pettigrew was
born the year 1752 in Pennsylvania, and died in May 1795 in Abbeville District,
S. Carolina. He served with his brothers in Col. Robert Anderson’s
regiment of So. Carolina Militia during the Revolutionary War. From
his father he inherited half of the home plantation and was a successful
farmer. His estate was administered in June 1795, by his widow Sarah
Pettigrew, and Thomas Finley, esqr. Further reports show that the
widow and Thomas Finley were married some time before September 3, 1799.
Records of this estate show that there were three minor heirs, viz.:
(A) JOHN MCLAIN PETTIGREW
(b) Ebenezer Pettigrew, who died in 1821 in Green Co., Alabama, leaving a wife, Nancy Pettigrew, and two children: (1) Lewis Franklin Pettigrew, (2) Harriet Gilbert Pettigrew.
(c) Sarah B. Pettigrew
11. daughter died of fever in 1780, of James and Mary (Cochran) Pettigrew
12. daughter died of fever in 1780, of James and Mary (Cochran) Pettigrew
13. WILLIAM PETTIGREW, youngest child of James and Mary (Cochran) Pettigrew, was born February 26, 1758 in Lunenburg County, Virginia. He died January 23, 1837, at Badwell, Abbeville District, SC; m. Louise Guy Gibert, born September 14, 1767, and died September 14, 1826 in Abbeville district, SC. William served with his brothers in the South Carolina militia during the Revolution and received a pension for his service. William and Louise had issue:
(a) James Louis Petigru, born May 10, 1789; died March 10, 1863, distinguished statesman and lawyer of SC, who changed the spelling of his name to the ancient French form.
(b) Thomas Petigru, captain in the US Navy
(c) Charles Petigru, U.S.A.
(d) John G. Petigru, who went West
(e) Mary Petigru, who never married.
(f) Jane Gilbret Petigru, married her cousin, John Gough North.
(g) Louise Petigru, married Philip Johnston Porcher
(h) Adeline Petigru, married Robert F. A. Allston, governor of SC. There daughter, Elizabeth W. Allston Pringle is the author of “A Woman Rice Planter: and “Chronicles of Chicora Wood”.
(i) Harriet Petigru m. Henry Deas Lesesne.
(This was published in the Chattanooga, Tenn. paper. Writer was Mrs. Penelope Johnson Allen.)