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John Finley Petticrew

Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: probably, Ulster Plantation, Ireland
Death: September 19, 1838 (80)
Cass, Michigan, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of David Petticrew and Elizabeth Petticrew
Husband of Elizabeth "Betsy" Petticrew
Father of David Petticrew; James Petticrew; Jane Hain; John Finley Petticrew and Sarah McPherson
Brother of Margaret Ann McCullough; Catherine Nicholl; Rosanna "Rosey" Campbell; James Petticrew and Elizabeth Petticrew

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About John Finley Petticrew

Like all the early Petticrew family members, some of the family trees on the Internet have questionable information, due to the repeated given names and the scarcity of records in early settlements in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, etc. All these early Petticrew profiles are work in progress and discussion or corrections are welcome.

Revolutionary War Service

"The Revolutionary War pension narrative of John Finley Petticrew indicates he was born in Ireland on Mar. 20 1758 (he states that the date came from his father's bible), lived in Lancaster County PA, Rockbridge County, VA and Montgomery County Ohio and "now lives in the Territory of Michigan" in 1833, the year of his application. He enlisted in the Revolutionary Army on June 10, 1776 under the command of Brig. Gen'l Fland (?) and Col James Cunningham and served in the Battle of Long Island, Westchester, and White Plains. He was discharged from his 6 month commitment on Dec. 10, 1776 after crossing the Delaware River with Washington's troops. He re-enlisted in 1777 and served in the left wing of the army at the Battle of Brandywine under General Porter, Col. Watson, and Capt. Ambrose Crane. [Ironically, a brother of James Pettigrew of Abbeville was a British officer at the same battle.] John Finley P. also states he served in three conflicts against the Indians and an accompanying statement says that he "behaved as a good soldier". His pension record was filed in LaGrange township, Cass County, Michigan in 1833 and was acted upon in 1834. (The Pension Act of 1832 had made benefits available.)"

SOURCE: Ancestry member's story

John Finley Petticrew in Rockbridge County, Virginia

Petticrew cousin and expert Bev Kline writes:

It was John Finley Petticrew who bought lot #5 in Springfield from John McConkey, the town's founder. John F.'s father was immigrant David, who is buried in Dauphin Co. PA. John F. migrated with our immigrant ancestor James Sr. and James' family, from Dauphin Co. to Rockbridge Co. VA. John F.'s brother James migrated to OH instead, before 1800.

In land and tax records in Rockbridge Co., John F. was often noted as John Pettycrew/icrew Senr. (Senior) to distinguish him from immigrant James' son John. John F. was the elder of the two, b. 1758.

The following item shows where John F. sold the Springfield lot. Because it gives his wife's name as Betsy, that is how we know it was John F. The younger John was married to Mary Ward.

Rockbridge County, VA Deed Book D, p. 370.

3 Dec 1800 (6/2/1801?)

John Pettycrew and Betsy his wife of Rockbridge County, VA sold to Laurence

Bowsman of same place for $20.00, a lot in town of Springfield, Lot #5. [gives metes and bounds]


  • John Pettycrew
  • Betsy Pettycrew

Acknowledged and recorded 2 June 1801.

John F. also owned 127 acres that were somewhere in the vicinity of where we visited along Plank Road, although he was not a next-door neighbor to our ancestor James Sr.

Rockbridge County, VA Deed Book C, p. 178.

7 July 1795

Joseph Walker and Cathy his wife and Jennett Walker, relict and widow of Alexander Walker, deceased of Rockbridge County, VA sold to John Petticrew of same place, 127 acres for 255 lbs, 9 shillings. (77acres?) This was the place whereon Alexander Walker formerly lived and left by his

last will and testament.

(Deeds from Henry Doughtery, eldest son and heir at law of Michael Doughtery, dec'd., who got from James Patton (80 acres) and plot Alexander obtained by grant on waters of Cedar Creek.)

This was adjoining Samuel Walker, John Walker, Andrew McMakin, Alex. Walker and Nathaniel Rolison.


[gives metes and bounds]

Signed: Joseph Walker

             Cathy Walker
             Jennet Walker

Produced and proven 7 July 1795

Rockbridge County, VA Deed Book F, p. 51.

10 Sept 1806

John Petticrew of Rockbridge County, VA and Betsey his wife sold to James Strange of the town of Petersburg, VA 127 acres for price of $1100.00 (330 lbs), with all appurtenances. John Petticrew now resides on this tract. (Was sold to Petticrew by Joseph, Caty, and Jennet Walker, 7 July 1795).

[gives metes and bounds]

Mentions: John Walker's line, And. McMakin, Rollinson's line.


  • John Petticrew
  • John Paxton
  • [Gilmer Cautz]

Produced and acknowledged 6 Oct 1806.

After John F. sold his 127 acres in VA he migrated to where his brother James had settled in Montgomery Co. OH. This was in the general area where our ancestor James and his new bride Sarah Kenney settled in 1817.

Documented Children of John Finley Petticrew

Children: (Gary Petticrew ... issues with birthplaces)

  1. James (1790-1862) b. Rockbridge Co, VA
  2. Elizabeth (1791 - ) b. East Hanover Township, Dauphin Co., PA
  3. Jane (1794-1860) b. East Hanover Township
  4. David (1797-1856) b. Rockbridge Co.
  5. Sarah (1800-1878) b. Rockbridge Co.
  6. Ambrose (1803-1828) b. Rockbridge Co.
  7. John Finley Jr. (1806-) b. Rockbridge Co.
  8. Margaret Ann (1813-1845) b. Clark Co., OH

Jacob Petticrew was NOT the son of John Finley Petticrew. According to Bev Kline and Pat McCracken (a descendant of Jacob) "...Jacob lived his whole life in Westmoreland Co. PA, and never was in Rockbridge Co. where he would have been if he was John Finley's son..."

Another child listed on the Hains family tree (Roseannah) is not included in Gary Petticrew's research (2012 version).


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John Finley Petticrew's Timeline

May 20, 1758
Ulster Plantation, Ireland
January 25, 1790
Age 31
Hanover Township, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, United States
October 6, 1794
Age 36
East Hanover Township, Dauphin Coungy, Pennsylvania, United States
Age 38
March 14, 1800
Age 41
Age 41
September 19, 1838
Age 80
Cass, Michigan, United States