Ancestral Family Topic 124

 124   Joel Petty (c.1779-1854)
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Joel Petty, in his own words
If he could speak to us today, Joel Petty might describe his life as follows.

The only son of Joseph and Frances Petty, I married Anna Dickson in Halifax County 7 December (bond) 1805. 
When my father died in 1825, I inherited land on Cool Springs Branch and a house in Meadville - a little burg on the Banister River.
The Census of 1850 for the Northern District of Halifax County counted me and Ann, ages 69 and 65, with two sons still living with us: Davis 40 and John 38,  all of us then members of County Line Baptist Church in Pittsylvania County. Our other 5 children were married by 1850
Having outlived one wife and two children, I made my will in 1854. To be sure everything was split fairly, I listed the value of each of my 9 slaves—from $300 to $700. You can see how much we lost when Mr. Lincoln freed them in 1862. My son John Petty reported to the county authorities that I died 15 March 1854 at 75 years of age.  Anna died in 1860 at 78. 

Joel’s marriage bond says Dickson Petty, perhaps indicative of his middle name. His father, Francis Moore Petty, was surety.

His will
Joel prepared his will in Halifax County 24 Feb. 1854 and it was recorded 17 March 1856. 


Will of Joel Petty
24 February 1854
In the name of God, I Joel Petty being of sound mind and disposing memory, but weak of body do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form as follow to wit.
1st. I desire that all my estate … executor during the lifetime of my … said wife and family be supplied with…estate…and they are…
2nd. It is also my will and desire that Margaret Petty, the wife of my deceased son William Petty and her children be permitted to remain in the house they now occupy and be supported just as they are now…
3rd. … that the whole of my estate be divided into equal parts, one part thereof I give to my son Davis Petty and his heirs forever, one other Seventh part thereof I give to my son John Petty and to his heirs forever, one other Seventh part I give to my son Joseph Petty, one other Seventh part thereof I give to my son Thomas Petty, one other Seventh part thereof I give to my daughter Nancy Ferguson, wife of Henry A.K. Ferguson for her heirs forever, one other Seventh part thereof I give to the children of my deceased son William Petty, the remaining seventh part thereof I give to the children of my deceased daughter Mary Simpson.
4th. I have given to my son Davis Petty a Negro boy named … valued at Three Hundred and Fifty Dollars also a Negro boy … valued at … Hundred Dollars which he is to account for upon the division of my estate but not to account for interest upon said advancement. I give to my son John Petty a Negro boy … valued at Three Hundred and Fifty Dollars and a Negro girl … valued at Seven Hundred Dollars, which he is to account for upon the division of my estate but he is not to be charged with interest on said advancements. I give to my son Joseph Petty, Four Hundred Dollars in money and also a Negro boy Anderson, valued at Six Hundred and Fifty Dollars, but the said boy Anderson died soon after I put him in possession of my son Joseph, my wish therefore is that my said son Joseph shall yet be made to account for Anderson upon the division of my estate as I think the Negro boy Anderson was…, my will therefore is that upon the division of my said estate my son Joseph shall only account for the money advanced him and that he is not required to account for interest upon the same. I have heretofore given to my son Thomas Petty a Negro boy Israel valued at Three Hundred Dollars and a Negro girl named Minerva valued at Four Hundred and Seventy Five Dollars, which he is to account for upon the division of my estate, but is not to account for interest upon said advancements. I give to my daughter Mary Simpson in her lifetime a Negro girl Rhoda valued at Four Hundred and Fifty Dollars, which said sum of Four Hundred and Fifty Dollars is to be accounted for by the children of my said daughter Mary Simpson upon the division of my estate but no interest upon said amount is to be accounted for. I give to my son William Petty in his lifetime a Negro girl named Mary Ann, valued at Four Hundred and Fifty Dollars which is to be accounted for by the children of my said son William Petty upon the division of my estate but no interest to be accounted for by … son-in-law Henry A.K. Ferguson, executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have set my hand this 24th Day of February 1854.
Joel Petty
Witnessed by: Elisha Barksdale & William S. Barksdale



Descendants of Joel Petty
Information about the children of Joel Petty, their descendants, and allied families previously found at Virginians.com is now available as Southside Virginia Genealogies. Learn more 
Names found in this topic include the following.
 Thomas Petty (1819-1874),  
 Davis Petty (c.1808-1867),  
James Nance,  Mary Ann Bayne,  Matthew Bayne,  Anna Trammell,  
Frederick Bayne,  
Annie Bettie Petty,  
Edward Petty,  
 John Petty (c.1812-1872),  
Martha A. Nunnally,  
Louis Nunnally,  
George W. Petty,  
Zephne L. Petty,  
John D. Petty,  
Daniel B. Petty,  
Mary E. Petty,  
Lelia A. Petty,  
 William F. Petty,  
Margaret J. Thompson,  
 Joseph Petty (1813-),  
Frances A. Nowlin,  
 Nancy (Petty) Ferguson (c.1815-1859),  
Henry Anderson K. Ferguson,  
George W. Ferguson,  
Stephen P. Ferguson,  Emily Hughes,  
Frances Ferguson,  
Sallie Ferguson,  
Joel D. Ferguson,  Mary J. Powers,  
John Ferguson,  
Henry Ferguson,  
Mary Ferguson,  
Nancy Ferguson,  
 Mary (Petty) Simpson (-1838),  
Jesse B. Simpson,  
Henry Thomas Simpson,  
Stephen Landy Simpson,  
Martha Anne Simpson,  
Elizabeth Agnes Simpson,  



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