NameSusanna Pettus
Birthca 1656
FatherStephen Pettus (1619-ca1686)
Misc. Notes
The identity of the wife of Evan RAGLAND Sr. is not supported by any known document, but is apparently founded on conjecture based on naming patterns of RAGLAND descendants. Various family histories name her as Susanna PETTUS, daughter of Stephen PETTUS of New Kent Co., VA. Any evidence identifying the wife of Evan RAGLAND Sr., or that Stephen PETTUS had a daughter named Susanna is desired.
[November 2 03.ged]
William Pettus
The Virginia land patents show that Stephen Pettis was in Virginia by 1637. A Stephen Pettu s was assigned an interest in land on the James River in 1642 (Byrd Title Book). Later in th e 17th C., Stephen Pettus lived on Ware Creek in New Kent Co. (Virginia land patents). He ha d some troubles with the sheriff of New Kent Co. (Minutes of the Council). Stephen Pettus i s mentioned on a few occasions in 17th C. court records of York Co., which is SE of New Ken t and north of James City Co.In 1700, a Stephen Pettus of Blisland Parish, New Kent Co., wa s one of the grantors in the sale of the Pettus estates (including Littletown Plantation) i n James City and New Kent counties. Ware Creek is in Blisland Parish. Some writers believed t hat the grantor was the son of Thomas Pettus II of Littletown Plantation, but why did he liv e in Blisland Parish in the next county? More likely, he was a descendant of the immigrant St ephen.Allowing for poor handwriting on the part of a clerk, Stephen Pettus may have been th e Stephen Petty who was on the Quit Rent Roll for New Kent Co. in 1704. The name Stephen Pett us/Pettis shows up in the parish records of New Kent and later Hanover County from about 171 0 to 1720. Stephen Pettus patented land in what became Louisa Co., Va. (Virginia land patents ). Stephen Pettus married a daughter of Capt. George Dabney (holographic will, 1729) and ha d sons Stephen, Jr., Dabney, George, and John (not necessarily in that order). Stephen, Jr. , evidently inherited his father's plantation, and the younger sons got the land in Louisa Co unty. A good deal is known from extant records about the lives of Stephen, Jr., Dabney, Georg e, and John. Furthermore, some solid genealogy has been accomplished for the later generation s descending from Stephen.How many generations of Stephen Pettuses are mentioned above? Tha t is open to interpretation, since no birth or death records are extant. My forthcoming boo k examines the possibilities and reaches some conclusions.Pocahontas Stacy (The Pettus Fami ly, 1957) thought that the immigrant Stephen was the son of Col. Thomas Pettus of the Virgini a Council, but she cited no record showing that Thomas married before coming to Virginia. Bea r in mind that if Stephen was the eldest son, he would have inherited his father's plantation s under the law of primogeniture. But the plantations were inherited by Thomas Pettus II, wh o was an orphan in 1672 (Minutes of the Council). About a year after Thomas's daughter Elizab eth died unmarried in 1700, Stephen Pettus of Blisland Parish sold the plantations (deed). I know of no record of the birth of a Stephen Pettus in Norwich in 1619 or any other year. 16 19 sounds a bit too convenient to me, because that was the year that Thomas Pettus of Norwic h and Virginia became 21 (he was born in 1599). On the other hand I did find a Stephen Pettu s who was born in England in 1629 and orphaned in 1634. This Stephen Pettus is the only one t hat I have found in the English records (I have copies of at least two different original rec ords that mention his father). This Stephen was Col. Thomas Pettus's first cousin, once-remov ed. I am presently documenting my research in the notes to my forthcoming book.You mentione d two Thomas Pettuses arriving in Virginia about the same time. Perhaps you have in mind (1 ) [Mr., Capt. (1643), Col. (ca. 1650)] Thomas Pettus, who was in Virginia by 1641 as a membe r of the Council of State (commission from Charles I), and (2) Thomas Pettus, Jr., who was na med as a headright by Capt. Thomas Pettus in 1643 (land patents). Note that Thomas Pettus, Jr . was not Thomas Pettus who inherited the plantations. Thomas Pettus II was an orphan in 1672 . If Thomas Pettus, Jr., was the son of Col. Thomas Pettus of the council, he must have die d young, and a later son was given the same name.The supposed marriage of Susanna, suppose d daughter of Stephen Pettus of New Kent, to Evan Ragland is largely based upon Ragland famil y tradition and the fact that some early Raglands used the name Stephen or Pettus (parish an d land records). I cannot confirm the marriage, nor can I disprove it, but I have no reason t o doubt that the conjecture or tradition is valid. Have you read the recent books (ca. 1997 ) on the Ragland Family by Charles Ragland? Unfortunately, these books are no longer in print .For more details and analysis of the relevant documents, you will have to wait for the pub lication of my forthcoming book.------------------------------------------------------------ --------------------
Birth1656, St. Decuman’s Pars., Somerset, England
Death1717, St. Peter’s Par., New Kent County, VA
FatherThomas Ragland (ca1628-1684)
Marriageca 1680
ChildrenCatherine (1681-)
 Evan (1683-1739)
 Thomas (1685-1719)
 Stephen (1688-1747)
 John (1690-1751)
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