Thursday, May 12, 2011

Who Do I Think I Am? Wow! Part 52

Elijah Petty's daughters

Daniel Webster Petty’s were Elijah Petty (1806-1881) and Letty Lewis (1809-1849). They had 5 children, all born in North Carolina, probably McDowell County. After Letty died Elijah married Sarah Parker (1818-1907) and they moved to Fannin County, Georgia, and had 7 children.

Elijah and his twin Elisha were born in Surry County, North Carolina, and also their 10 siblings, to the parents of Zachariah Petty (1761-c1834) and Nancy Dodson (1765-1811). More about them later.

Back to Elijah’s off-springs. Some of his off springs moved to Texas and Oklahoma and some moved Fort Mountain to Murray County.

Here are a few that made me do a double-take, or say WOW!:

William D. Petty, young CSA soldier

William D. Petty (1834 – 1917) was Elijah’s oldest son. He fought for the South in the Civil War. He was married three times. He was a civic leader in Murray County, being Postmaster in Cisco, Georgia, Census taker, and on the Murray County Board of Education.
What impressed me about him he could quote any part of the Bible, verse by verse, word by word. Also impressive was at Sunday School he was the first one there and got the stoves going before anybody else arrived. And it is said he loved to sing religious hymns. Although I have not read it, I think he was probably a very positive person.

William D. Petty & second wife

His daughter-in-law Eliza “Lizzie” Lackey Petty (1858-1899). Cause of Death: Train accident.

Luclille Petty in 103 year old dress

This obituary should have been included with Jim Petty’s family in the last “Who Do I Think I Am?” post but it slipped by me:
Lucille Petty Raulston
Dalton Daily News, June 9, 2007
Lucille Petty Raulston, 96, of Dalton and formerly of Knoxville, Tenn., died Thursday, June 7, 2007, at Regency Park.
She was born Feb. 27, 1911.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Raulston; parents, Jim and Lilly Henry Petty; sisters, Nena Clark and Lois Edgemon; brothers, Bill, Carlton and Dr. Glenn Petty.
Mrs. Raulston was employed for many years at Oak Ridge, Tenn. from which she retired. She was a lab technician in a chemical lab during the development of the atomic bomb, though she nor most other employees knew what they were trying to accomplish until after the bombing took place.

Mrs. Raulston enjoyed traveling and visited multiple countries and cities throughout the world on her journeys. She was a longtime member of Central Baptist Church of Fountain City, Tenn. She was a faithful servant who loved her savior and served in many capacities in the church. She lived her life by example, caring for others. In turn, she was loved and cherished by her 22 nieces and nephews, 33 great-nieces and great-nephews and 20 great-great nieces and nephews.

She is survived by brother, Cecil Petty of Crandall; sisters, Elizabeth Sexton of Bradenton, Fla. and formerly of Dayton, Ohio and Chatsworth; and Jean Runge of Hutchinson, Kan.
Services are today at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Chatsworth with the Rev. Larry Chastain officiating.
The family will receive friends today from 10 to 11 a.m.
Jones Funeral Home of Chatsworth is in charge of arrangements.

And Holbert Walker (1915-1937. Holbert was great grandson of Elijah Petty. His grandmother was Elijah’s daughter Mary Petty, that married William Peyton Walker.
Here is the Holbert’s brief account of the ending of his life which needs more details:

Hobert and another boy were carrying Lester (his younger brother) on a rail during what was called a (Sereande) to celebrate the marriage of Lester and Dean Tanner. An accident happened to Hobert that caused him to lose his life.

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