William D. Petty (1834-1917)
William D. Petty was the brother of my great grandfather. He was born in Fannin County, Ga., and died in Murray County, Ga. He and his two wives are buried in the same plot in Sumac Presbyterian Cemetery in Crandall, Murray County.
He was a census taker for the 1880 Census. At church he was known to get there early on Sunday mornings to get the pot belly stove going. It is also said he loved to sing in church and knew just about every verse word by word... and loved to use that skill in a positive way.
With the dark beard and CSA uniform at first glance, he reminded me of General Nathan Forrest.