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Mary Pettigrew (Parsons)

Birthdate: (86)
Birthplace: Virginia, United States
Death: February 1892 (86)
Madison County, Indiana, United States
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Daughter of George Parsons and Esther Parsons
Wife of George Washington Pettigrew, Sr.
Mother of John Pettigrew; Samuel Pettigrew; Hettie Folk; George Washington Pettigrew, Jr.; Jane Pettigrew and 7 others

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  • Birth: Oct. 26, 1805, USA
  • Death: Feb., 1892 Madison County, Indiana, USA

Daughter of George Parsons and Esther (Anderson) Parsons from Virginia. She married Washington Pettigrew in Virginia. Madison County Indiana newspaper has the death of OLE WASHIE (PEDIGRU) Pettigrew in it and He was living with one of his children when he died.Mary Parsons Pettigrew Pioneer of Hancock County Indiana.

"...She was born in Rockbridge County, VA, October 26, 1805, her maiden name being Parsons. While yet a little maid, being 16 years old, she was married to Washington Pettigrew. Four children

were born to them in Virginia, they then moved with their family to Green County, Ohio, on a rented farm. Her husband traded in stock a great deal and prospered at it. There was a large still-house on the place on which he was living, and he purchased cattle for the proprietor. A friend of the family told our report that on one occasion Mr. Pettigrew went to Illinois and bought one hundred cattle and started home with them, and before reaching Ohio sold them to another deal at an advance of $500; went back, bought more and in returning sold the bunch for $800; making a handsome profit, went back, bought 150 head more and returned to Ohio with them, being gone a little over two months and clearing about $900 in the deals. Before leaving Ohio, however, they met with reverses and all that they had was sold, including the time honored old cradle that had rocked most of the infant boys and girls, as she had swayed it to and fro for years, and had sang to them her evening lullaby, her busy needle keeping time to the cradles rocking. Such is life. In Ohio they had eight children born to them, making twelve children in all, seven girls and five boys, 9 of whom are still living. Forty-three years ago they moved to Madison County, four miles west of Pendleton, where by prudence and economy, coupled with industry, they succeeded in acquiring much property, amounting to some 300 acres of fine farming land. Of the sons and daughters, Hettie married in Ohio to Jacob Foulk, but they have since moved to Kansas. Their son, Samuel, married in Ohio and is now dead; John married in Madison county, and is now living west of Pendleton on a good farm; David married, and is now living at the home place in Madison county; Robert was married twice and has eight children, he now lives near Anderson; Jane married John Cottrell, who now lives in Hamilton county. His wife is dead, George, nor is he among the living, married and raised a family. His widow resides near Woodbury, this county; Elizabeth married Joseph Chitwood. They are living and prospering in Missouri now; Nancy married H. Parsons. They now live near Anderson; William is married and also lives in Anderson; Marion is married and also lives in Anderson; Isabel, the baby, married F. B. Murrer and lives in Fortville. The subject of this sketch makes her home with her. The old lady has 106 living grandchildren, 64 great grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Thirteen years ago her husband died leaving her in good circumstances, but dame fortune, always fickle, has deserted her; but she has a large following of children and childrens children in good circumstances, and she need not want. Her husband's bones repose in Beech Grove cemetery in Madison county. Her ancestors were a long lived people, as her grandfather was 99 years old when he died. He was a soldier for near 7 long years in the Revolution. Three uncles and also her father fought in the war of 1812. She was the first child and stands alone, the last monument among her children. She is vigorous in mind and body. Her life has been a busy one, full of care and hardships. The fight although a long one, is being fought well, and the course almost finished. Hers will surely be a bright crown, set with many a gem..."

Mary Parsons Pettigrew Pioneer of Hancock County Indiana.Sketch No. 8 Mary Pettigrew, Fortville

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Mary Pettigrew's Timeline

Virginia, United States
September 17, 1826
Age 20
Rockbridge, VA, USA
February 15, 1827
Age 21
Rockbridge County, Virginia, United States
June 2, 1829
Age 23
Rockbridge County, Virginia, United States
March 26, 1830
Age 24
September 15, 1832
Age 26
Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, United States
Age 29
Age 31
Age 33
Greene County, Ohio, United States