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Nathaniel Pettit, I

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Birthplace: Exeter, Rockingham, New Hampshire, USA
Death: Died in Hopewell, Hunterdon, New Jersey, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Pettit, I; Thomas Pettit; Christian Pettit and NN Pettit
Husband of Mary Pettit and Mary Pettit
Father of Nathaniel Pettit, Jr.; Jane Ely; Moses Pettit; Mary Pettit; Elias Pettit and 5 others
Brother of Sara Pettit; Sarah Pettit; Thomas Pettit; Thomas Pettit, II; Joseph Pettit and 7 others
Half brother of Joseph Pettit; Mary Pettit; Elizabeth Pettit; John Pettit; Hannah Pettit and 1 other

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About Nathaniel Pettit, I

The following came from this page on Thomas Pettit and Christian Mellowes

http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/p/u/r/Shelley-Lee-Purdon/BOOK-0001/0004-0001.html#IND2408REF19

Descendants of Nathaniel Pettit

Generation No. 1

1. NATHANIEL3 PETTIT (THOMAS2, HENRI1) was born 1645 in Exeter, New Hampshire, and died June 25, 1718 in Hopewell Township, New Jersey. He married MARY BAYLEY (BAILEY), daughter of ELIAS BAYLEY.

Notes for NATHANIEL PETTIT:

ref. Annals of the Forty p.31

"Nathaniel Pettit, son of Thomas & Christian (Mellows) Pettit, was born in Exeter, New Hampshire in 1645 & came to Newton with his parents. He married Mary, daughter of Elias Bayley & lived near Newton. When the Dutch captured New York & sent officers to administer the oath of allegiance, Nathaniel elected to stand by his Quaker faith, refusing to give the oath but he promised fealty to the dutch. He was one of the freeholders mentioned in the confirmatory patent known as the Dongan Charter granted 25 November 1686, to the inhabitants & freeholders of Newton, Long Island, New York.

Some time between 1690 & 1696 Nathaniel purchased a large tract of land in New Jersey, where he & his family went to live. This land was near the Falls of Delaware (now Trenton). An old map shows the location of Nathaniel's house & "Pettit's Run", a stream emptying into the Assunpink Creek. The state house is now located on this land."

Ref.John S. Wurts, Magna Charta, 1954:

"A member of the Society of Friends, Nathaniel Pettit was living in Newtown, Long Island from 1655 to 1696. About 1665 he married Mary Bailey, daughter of Elias Bailey of Newtown in 1656, who later went to Jamaica, Long Island and on 19 October 1699 bought a tract of three hundred acres from the West Jersey Society's thirty thousand acres in New Jersey above the Falls of Delaware. Mary Bailey's grandfather was John Bailey, one of the purchasers from the Indians of Elizabeth, New Jersey.

A highway was laid out through Hempstead Swamp, near Newtown, Long Island and in the apportionment of land 23 April 1668, Nathaniel and his brother Thomas received ten acres each.

In the year 1673 war was declared between Holland and England, and Captain Keith came to Newtown to tender the oath of allegiance to its ninety-nine male inhabitants. Four of these, including Nathaniel Pettit the 1st, were Quakers who, on 13 September 1673 refused the oath but promised fealty to the Dutch who had recently occupied Manhattan.

Nathaniel's name is on the Charter from Governor Dongan, 25 Novermber 1686, with his sons Nathaniel, Moses and John. In 1696 he removed to Hopewell Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, settled at the Falls of the Delaware, and in 1696 bought 200 acres from John Wilsford, Sr. and Jr., who had bought it in 1685 from Mahlon Stacy and Peter Fretwell. In 1791 Nathaniel Pettit was Collector of Hopewell Township. In 1711 he granted 100 acres in Amwell to his son Elias. In 1718 with his three sons, Elias, Jonathon and Nathaniel(who married Elizabeth Heath) he purchased a plantation, in all 1400 acres of land, at Trenton near the Assanpink Creek, including the ground where the New Jersey State Capitol now stands. Petty's Run was named for him.

Nathaniel Pettit died before 25 June 1718 in Hopewell Township, New Jersey aged 73. His Will, dated 13 March 1715 was probated at Burlington, NJ 25 June 1718 and filed also in New York 9 July 1719. His son Jonathon was Executor; Inventory dated 24 June 1718.

Children of NATHANIEL PETTIT and MARY (BAILEY) are:

2. i. NATHANIEL4 PETTIT, b. 1676, Newton, Long Island, New York; d. Abt. 1768.

3. ii. MOSES PETTIT, d. 1718.

iii. JUDITH PETTIT, m. ? NEALD.

iv. ELIAS PETTIT, m. MISS HAVENS.

v. JANE PETTIT.

vi. JONATHON PETTIT.

vii. MARY PETTIT, d. 1754, Burlington, New Jersey; m. (1) SAMUEL MOORE; m. (2) REVEREND PAUL WATKINSON.

viii. JOHN PETTIT. --------------------

Notes Note:

"Nathaniel, son of Thomas and Christian (Mellows) Pettitt, was born in Exeter, N.H., in 1645 and came to Newtown with his parents in1655. He married Mary, daughter of Elias Bayley and lived near Newtown. When the Dutch captured New York and sent officers to administer the oath of allegiance, Nathaniel elected to stand by his Quaker faith refusing to give the oath but he promised fealty to the Dutch. Some time between 1690 and 1696 Nathaniel purchased a large tract of land in New Jersey, where he and his family went to live. This land was near the Falls of Delaware (now Trenton). Old maps shows the location of Nathaniel's house and 'Pettit's Run', a stream emptying into Assunpink Creek. The State house is now located on this land." Annals of The Forty

Sources [S134] Annals of The Forty, The Grimsby Historical Society, (Loyalist and Pioneer Families of West Lincoln, 1783 - 1833), V.7, p.31, 12 Feb 2007.

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Nathaniel Pettit, I's Timeline

1645
1645
Exeter, Rockingham, New Hampshire, USA
1665
1665
Age 20
Queens, Newtown, Long Island NY
1665
Age 20
New York, NY, USA
1668
1668
Age 23
Queens, Newtown, Long Island NY
1673
September 13, 1673
Age 28
Elmhurst

A Quaker who, on 13 September 1673 refused the oath but promised fealty to the Dutch who had recently occupied Manhattan.

1676
1676
Age 31
Newtown, Long Island, New York
1678
1678
Age 33
Bucks Co., PA
1678
Age 33
Queens, Newtown, Long Island NY
1680
1680
Age 35
Queens, Newtown, Long Island NY
1718
June 25, 1718
Age 73
Hopewell, Hunterdon, New Jersey, USA