Fourth Generation – William Pettypool
(by tradition m. Sarah Tynes)
circa 1747 – 1813
Halifax County, Virginia
William Pettypool, son of Seth and Martha, was born by 1747, probably in either Brunswick or Lunenburg County, Virginia.3 He died before 24 May 1813 in Halifax County, Virginia.4 Frequently confused by earlier compilers with his older Lunenburg County cousin, this William lived out his life near the North Carolina border along Aaron’s Creek, the watercourse forming the boundary between Halifax and Mecklenburg counties. Serving with the rank of ensign in the Revolutionary War infantry company commanded by Captain Richard Jones, William bore the colors of his unit.5
The children of William and Sarah Pettypool who lived to adulthood were identified when William’s estate was appraised and distributed.6 They are:
- Elizabeth Pettypool, birth date unknown
- Stephen Pettypool, born 9 April 1772
- Seth Pettypool, born 1773 - 1775
- Patsy Pettypool, birth date unknown
- Rebecca Pettypool, birth date unknown
- Caldwell Pettypool, born before 1786
- Allen T. Pettypool, born 20 Jul 1786
- William Pettypool, birth date unknown
- John E. Pettypool, born before 1790
For more information...
Please see The William Pettypool Family of Southside Virginia: Lineage Reconstruction Based on Current Review of Evidence, The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 4, No. 1 (January-March, 2003) for more information about this family. The complete text of the article is available for download here.
1. This history can be found in David Bruce P’Pool, “The Pettypool Family History, Beginning about 1700 AD and down to the present time” (typewritten; Washington, D.C., 1960), copy in the Daughters of the American Revolution Library, 60.
2. Roger C. Dodson, Property Lines from an Old Survey Book, Halifax County, Virginia, 1741-1901 (Danville, Va., 1998), 50.
3. Halifax Co., Va., Deed Bk. 7, 270-271.
4. Halifax Co., Va., Pleas [Orders] 30, 228.
5. Halifax Co., Va., Pleas [Orders] 9, 179.
6. Halifax Co., Va., Pleas [Orders] 30, 228, 283, 382, 420.