Ancestral Family Topic 248

 248   Joseph Petty (c.1750-1825)
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Joseph Petty, in his own words
If he could speak to us today, Joseph Petty might describe his life as follows.

The eldest son of Francis Moore Petty, I was born around 1750. My father gave me 200 acres on the draughts of Polecat and Bad Luck creeks in Halifax County in 1777 and this is apparently where I lived the rest of my live.  Not a very appealing address, was it? Polecat Creek flows into present-day Banister Lake, about five miles north of South Boston. Someone had the good manners to change its name because the USGS no longer recognizes Bad Luck Creek.
We later bought a lot in the little town of Meadville, near the Banister River. Like my father, I was literate and often witnessed deeds for Halifax County neighbors, and although I didn’t do any fighting during the Revolution, I did provide our army with some bacon, for which I was later reimbursed. 
In 1800 I owned 6 horses and 3 slaves more than 12 years of age. 
My 1822 will disposed of “what it has pleased God to keep me with” to my “beloved wife” Frances, a son, and 4 daughters. Some of our children had apparently died or moved far away because I had a household of 10 whites and 2 blacks in Halifax County in 1782 and 9 whites in 1785. 

Joseph was married to Frances by 13 March 1786 when she witnessed a deed for Samuel Tidwell and Elizabeth, his wife. 
Richard Carter and Joseph Petty witnessed a deed for land on Bad Luck Creek 19 Jan. 1774.  Many others followed. Joseph was a qualified voter in Halifax County in 1800-12. 

His will
Joseph prepared his will in Halifax County 10 Aug. 1822.  He lived 3 more years, dying 26 Dec. 1825.

Will of Joseph Petty
10 August 1822
In the name of God Amen.
I Joseph Petty of Halifax Co, Virginia, being at this time of sound mind and disposing memory, Do make this my last will and testament, and desire it to received by all men as such and as to what it has pleased God to keep me with, I desire and dispose of in manner and form as follows.
Item 1. My will is that my Negro man London shall remain with my beloved wife during her natural life or widowhood, and after her death or intermarriage, that my executors hereafter named shall take of him and support him out of my estate together with his own reasonable labors during his natural life.
Item 2. After my decease I give to my son Joel Petty, the part of my tract of land lying east side of Cool Springs Branch, also my lot and improvements in the town of Meadville. Also one Negro boy named London.
Item 3. I lend to my beloved wife Francis Petty the part of my tract lying west of Cool Springs Branch, also all of my personal belongings that is not hereafter disposed of by me. Together with my stock of every description, also my household furniture during her natural life or widowhood.
Item 4. I give unto my daughter Sally Wood one Negro woman named Rebecca with all of her increase to her and her heirs forever.
Item 5. I give to my beloved daughter Linah Seamore one Negro man named Rob to her and her heirs forever.
Item 6. I give to my daughter Mary Dickson one Negro girl named Anna with all of her increase to her and her heirs forever.
Item 7. I give to my daughter Francis Farmer one Negro girl named Luna with all of her increase to her and her heirs forever.
Item 8. It is my will and desire that at the decease or intermarriage of my beloved wife Francis Petty that my son Joel Petty shall have the balance of my land, making in the whole together with the part before given him, Three Hundred and a Half acres be the same more or less, to him and his heirs forever.
Item 9. My will and desire is that after the death or intermarriage of my wife Frances Petty, that my executors make an equal distribution of the whole of my estate and its increase, not before disposal of in manner and form as follows, one fifth part to Joel Petty, one fifth part to Sally Wood to her and her heirs forever, one fifth part to Linah Seamore to her and her heirs forever, one fifth part to Frances Farmer to her and her heirs forever, one fifth part to Mary Dickson to her and her heirs forever. By and lastly, I do constitute and appoint my beloved son Joel Petty and my friend Charles T. Harris the executors of this my last will and testament revoking all others therefore made by me. In whereof I have set my hand and affix my seal this 10th Day of August in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Twenty Two. Signed, Sealed, Acknowledged and Delivered.
Joseph Petty

Descendants of Joseph Petty
Information about the children of Joseph Petty, their descendants, and allied families previously found at is now available as Southside Virginia Genealogies. Learn more 
Names found in this topic include the following.
 Joel Petty (c.1779-1854),  
 Sally (Petty) Wood,  
Archer Smith Wood,  
 Linah (Petty) Seymour,  
 Mary (Petty) Dickson,  
Thomas Dickson,  
 Frances (Petty) Farmer (1789-1844),  
Stephen Farmer,  

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