My name is Marla Schalow and I’m related to James Petty. He is my Great-Great-Great Uncle. His sister, Mariah, is my Great-Great-Great Grandmother.
His parents were originally from the Maryland/Virginia area but moved to Richland Township, Wyandot County, Ohio prior to 1835. They were married in Athens County, Ohio. James is one of 6 siblings (4 sisters and brother Thomas Petty)
His family/Wyandot Ohio life
James’ dad was a farmer. According to the 1850 Census, he lists his trade as “farmer” and he’s the owner of “personal property” according to this website: http://www.ohiogenealogyexpress.com/wyandot/wyandotco_hist_1884/wyandotco_hist_1884_richland.htm
Upon his father’s death, his mother was left with the following: The estate of James Petty was settled in November 1872. It included 80 acres of land in Richland Township, a lot in the town of Whartonburgh, Ohio. The household goods owned by the widow at the time of her marriage included 2 beds, tablestand, chairs, carpet. Other estate items: 4 1/3 acres of wheat in ground – $13.00; 114 bushes of corn more or less – $34.20; one windmille – $.50; One grain box – $1.50; One plow – $.50; Three stands of bees – $9.00; One Grind Stone – $.25; One saw – $.50; One bookcase – $.25; Four and 1/3 bushels of buckwheat – $3.25; One Wagon – $3.00; One half corn sheller – $3.00.
James married Louisa M. Passet on May 3, 1868 in Wyandot, Ohio.
“Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XDK7-NJ5 : 8 December 2014), James A. Petty and Lousia M. Passet, 03 May 1868; citing Wyandot,Ohio, reference ; FHL microfilm 0905933 V. 4-5.
1890 Census of Veterans/Widows (see attached)
At this point he was living in Beaver Crossing, Nebraska. Notes say that he has a disability from the war: gun shot to right leg.
1910 US Census (see attached)
Shows him living in Nebraska, working as a carpenter
Louisa Petty Grave information/James Petty – Both are buried at Beaver Crossing Cemetery in Nebraska
Additionally, I found this about James on this person’s website:
Ernstina Catherine Margaret Louise “Louisy” (A_) Petty (b. Dec 1849, Frankfort-on-the-Maine, Germany) came to Wharton with her parents in 1853. She lived to be 81. On May 3, 1868 she married James Asbury Petty (b. OH, Jun 1847). His father was from Virginia, his mother Ohio. The 1870 census lists James F. Petty and his wife Mary E. Petty living in Whartonsburgh, Richland Twp., Wyandot Co., Ohio. James F. was born in Virginia and Mary born in Maryland. They had four children; Thomas W. Petty (a. 22), Matilda Petty (a. 15), James A. Petty (a. 14), and Susannah Petty (a. 11).
(note that my family group sheet has more information/6 kids)
By 1880 the Petty’s (Ernstina and James A.) were farming in Richland township, Wyandot county, Ohio. At the time they had three children living at home; Nina B., Charles, and William R. They had a total of five children; Minnie “Nina” B. (Petty) Wright (b. OH, c1871), Charles O. Petty (b. OH, c1873), Lottie (Petty) Macoy, Lulu (Petty) Opp, and William Rene Petty (b. c1877). They left Wharton in 1884 and by 1900 lived in Beaver Crossing, Seward Co., Nebraska where J.A. working as a carpenter. At that time they had one daughter living with them, Lulu Petty (b. OH, Sep 1883). By 1910, James operated his own carpenter shop and Lulu was a dressmaker living at home.
Thomas Petty, Company I
Thomas Petty, was also in the Regiment. Company I, 49th Ohio Volunteer Infantry and was a musician (bugler). Thomas joined February 24, 1864 and was killed at the Battle of Burnt Hickory in 1864.
Thomas Petty’s service record:
- Enlisted as a Private on 23rd of August, 1861 at age 23
- Enlisted in Company I, 49th Infantry Regiment Ohio on 26th of August, 1861
- Transfered on 1st of September, 1864
- Promoted to Full Principal Musician on 1st of September, 1864
- Killed on 16th of December, 1864 in Nashville, TN
Source: Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio. (OHRoster) Published in 1886