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James Louis Pettigrew, III

Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: The "Crilly House", Aughnacloy, Tyrone, Ulster Ireland
Death: December 24, 1784 (71)
Abbeville District, South Carolina, United States (pneumonia)
Immediate Family:

Son of James Louis Pettigrew, II and Dame Martha Ann Pettigrew
Husband of Mary Ann Pettigrew
Father of Sarah Elizabeth Moore; Rachel Pettigrew; Martha Witherspoon (Pettigrew); John Pettigrew (Rev. War soldier); James Louis Pettigrew, IV and 10 others
Brother of William Pettigrew; Robert Pettigrew; Samuel Pettigrew; John Pettigrew; Charles Pettigrew and 3 others

Occupation: Farmer
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About James Louis Pettigrew, III

A Patriot of the American Revolution for SOUTH CAROLINA. DAR Ancestor # A089849

James Pettigrew left a will, dated December 18, 1784, in Ninety Sixth District, South Carolina. Witnesses were Handy Harris and James and William Pettigrew. He named his wife, Mary Pettigrew, and children: John, James, George, Ebenezer, William, Martha Witherspoon, and Mary Verner. Inventory was made on August 14, 1789 by William McKinley Handy Harris, and Moses Davis.

--from Christa Pitcock




Last Will & Testament of James Pettigrew } In the name of God amen. I James Pettigrew of the District of Ninety Six South Carolina, being weak in body, but of perfect mind & memory. Thanks be given unto God, calling to mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to Die, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament; that is to say, principally & first of all, I give & recommend my soul into the hand of my Almighty Redeemer that gave it, and my body I recommend it to earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors, nothing doubting but at the resurrection, I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God. And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this Life, I give, demise, & dispose of the same, in the following manner, and form - Imprimis I give & bequeath to Mary my dearly beloved wife & Companion in all my tribulations, for & during her life the one half of the tract of Land on which I now live the dividing line beginning at the Corner North East & running to the South West, with all the improvements thereon; likewise my Negroe man named Jack, & Negroe woman named Phillis, likewise two Horses, & two Cows, to be chosen by her out of my stock, as also all the Sheep, Hogs, & C. I possess - Item I give & bequeath to my daughter Martha Witherspoon, to my son John Pettigrew, to my daughter Mary Verner, & to my daughter Jean Tilley, to each, one Dollar if demanded, likewise to my sons James & George Pettigrew each one Dollar - Item I give & bequeath to my son Ebenezer the one half of the tract of Land on which I now live the part which he now possesses, together with all the Improvements thereon, to be his forever together with whatever I have given him heretofore - Item I give and bequeath to my son William the one half of the tract of Land on which I live. The part upon which I dwell, to be possessed by him peacibly at his Mothers death, & to be his for ever; likewise my Negroe Man Jack, together with all the stock left to my wife her lifetime & other Stock I possess to be, at her death his forever, except one Milch-Cow ?? which I give and bequeath to my daughter Jean Tilley to be put into her possession at her mothers death - Item I Will and bequeath that my Negroe woman named Phillis shall at my wifes death be valued by two judicious men & that one half of her value be paid to my son Ebenezer by my son William & that said Phillis remains with her husband, & be my son Williams forever - and I do hereby revoke & utterly disannul all and every other former Wills or Testaments and do ratify and confirm this to be my Last Will & Testament, in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this the eighteenth day of December one thousand seven hundred & eighty four - Jas. Pettigrew L.S. Signed sealed and delivered in presence of us } Handy Harris Jas Pettigrew Wm Pettigrew

Source: "Abbeville County, South Carolina Wills"

Records of the Pettigrew Family, which was originally French, but migrated to Scotland and Ireland prior to 1496 – James Pettigrew, of Irish branch, emigrated to Delaware and Pennsylvania, then settled in South Carolina.

The Pettigrew family is French in origin, but at what time it left France is unknown; however, it was prior to 1496, as in that year, during the reign of King James IV, of Scotland, it appears in the records that one Matthew Petigru held lands under the Archbishop of Glasgow.

The family seems to have divided; one branch located in West Scotland and the other settled in North Ireland, and it is from the latter that the line here traced descends. According to the traditions of this family, the first known ancestor was James Louis Petigru, who served as an officer in the army of Oliver Cromwell. James Louis Petigru I, was the father of a son, James Petigru II, who married a Scottish lady and because of the enmity then existing between the English and the French, the name was changed to Pettigrew. William Pettigrew, was the son of James II, and was an officer in the army of King William and participated in the Battle of the Boyne. After peace was declared he was awarded a tract of 300 acres of land in County Tyrone, Ireland. This William Pettigrew married Martha Moore, and his Irish home was called “Crilly House”. Here he lived, reared a family of nine children and died at a ripe old age.

Among the children of William and Martha (Moore) Pettigrew was a son, James Pettigrew, who was born in April, 1713 at “Crilly House”, County Tyrone, Ireland, and he was the first American ancestor of the family here traced.

James Pettigrew is said to have been wild in his youth and of a forward and daring disposition. While preparing for Trinity College at Dublin, he eloped in 1731 with Mary, a daughter of Capt. George and Rachel (Higginbotham) Cochran, of “The Grange”, a beautiful Irish estate. Mary was a famous beauty of her time and was the same age as her young husband. The couple had 13 children, twelve of who -- six boys and six girls -- reached the age of maturity.

James and Mary immigrated to America in 1743.

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James Louis Pettigrew, III's Timeline

April 16, 1713
The "Crilly House", Aughnacloy, Tyrone, Ulster Ireland
Age 6
Prince Henry, Virginia
Age 18
Age 18
Tyrone Co., Ireland
Age 20
Aughnacloy,County Tyrone,IRE
Age 22
Crilly, Dungannon and South Tyrone, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
December 17, 1738
Age 25
Crilly House, County Tyrone, Ireland
March 20, 1744
Age 30
Chambersburg, Lancaster County, Province of Pennsylvania
Age 31
Chambersburg, Lancaster, PA