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Thomas Pettus, Esq.

Also Known As: "Thomas Pettus", "Mayor of Norwich"
Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Rackheath Manor, Norwich, Norfolk, England
Death: January 7, 1598 (74-82)
Norwich, Norfolk, England
Place of Burial: Norwich, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of John Pettus, Esq. and Joan Pettus
Husband of Christian Pettus
Father of Alexander Pettus; Sir John Pettus, MP; Isabel Pettus; Sir Thomas Pettus, Kt., Mayor of Norwich; Elizabeth Whall and 3 others
Brother of Joan Symonds; Jone Pettus; Agnes Pettus and Anne Pettus
Half brother of John Pettous and Jane Pettus

Occupation: Sheriff (1566), Mayor (1590), Alderman (1591, 1592), sheriff and mayor of Norwich
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About Thomas Pettus, Esq.

1. Thomas Pettus (John Pettus2, Thomas Pettus1) was born ABT 1519 in Rackheath Manor, Norwich, England. Burial: ST. Simon & Jude's Church.


He married Christian Dethick 29 OCT 1548 in St Simon & St Judes, Norwich, Norfolk, England., daughter of Simon Dethick and Rose Crowe.

By his wife Christian DETHICK he had issue

  • I. Sir John PETTUS, knight, knighted at Richmond 29 June 1607. M.P. for Norwich 1601, and Mayor of Norwich 1608. He died in 1614, and was ancestor of the Baronets PETTUS, now extinct.
  • II. Thomas PETTUS of Norwich, baptized 1552; Mayor of Norwich 1614; died 1620. He married Cicely KING and had many descendants.
  • III. William PETTUS, citizen and merchant of London, married Elizabeth, daughter of Henry ROLFE of Kelvedon, Essex, gent., and was ancestor of the ROLFES of Kelvedon. Elizabeth, widow of William PETTUS, married as her second husband Sir Francis JONES, knight, Lord Mayor of London, 1620.
  • IV. Alexander PETTUS, alive 1591, of whom nothing more is known.
  • V. Elizabeth PETTUS, married at St. Simon & St. Jude's, Norwich, 1573, Augustine WHALL of Catton, Norfolk, and had issue five children: Thomas, Mary, married Martyn MONDEFORD of Wereham, Norfolk, Ann, Elizabeth, and Christian, married before 1613, John FINCHAM of Ostwell, Norfolk, and had issue.
  • VI. Isabel PETTUS, baptized at St. Simon and St. Jude's, Norwich, 1557.
  • VII. Cicely PETTUS (see table), married to Humphrey CAMDEN.
  • VIII. Anne PETTUS, baptized 1564, married (licence dated 25 February 1586) Robert DEBNEY, Alderman of Norwich. She died between 1591 and 1597, having had issue a daughter, Cicely DEBNEY, married JACOB.


Thomas Pettus, Gent., 1519-97, was sheriff of Norwich in 1566 and may or in 1590, and alderman in 1591 and 1592. In 1591 he bought Rackheath Hall, about 8 miles from Norwich. He married in S.S. Simon and Jude'sOct. 2 9, 1548 Christian, daughter of Simon Dethick, Esq. of Wormegay, Suffolk. M arriage in Norwich shows she was Thomas's stepmother's daughter. Otherwi se the marriage would have been in Suffolk. Christian died in 1578. She a nd husband buried in S.S . Siman and Jude's churchyard. Ch. John, Thomas, William, Alexander, Elizabeth, Cecily, Anne , Isabel, d.y.

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Thomas Pettus, Esq.'s Timeline

Norwich, Norfolk, England
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June 28, 1551
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