Name: Thomas PETTUS
Given Name: Thomas
Change Date: 26 JUL 2014
Colonel (Councilor) Thomas PETTUS, a Qualifying Ancestor for the Jamestowne Society, was an active participant in the affairs of Jamestowne and Old Fields at Middle Plantation, Williamsburg's name until the 66-year-old community was incorporated in 1699, and he is mentioned in many documents of the period. After Colonel Thomas died in 1660, the plantation house and land passed to his son Captain Thomas PETTUS, Jr. (1646-ca 1690). Captain Thomas PETTUS' relict, Mourning Glenn PETTUS, married James Bray, II. In 1700 the heirs of Colonel Thomas released the Littletown estate to James Bray II 17 for the traditional sum of "five shillings and rent of one ear of corn a year." In the Williamsburg, Virginia, Bruton Parish Church 13 (at right) a memorial pew bears Captain Thomas PETTUS, Jr.'s name and some say he is buried at the church. He served as a Vestryman of Bruton Church. Thomas PETTUS, Jnr. is listed as a headright on a 450 acre land grant 19 awarded Colonel Thomas PETTUS in January 1643.
Birth: ABT 1608 in Norwich, Norfolk, England
Immigration: BEF 1635
_SDATE: 1 JUL 1664 in Farnham Parish, Richmond Co, Virginia, USA
(1) "Genealogies of Virginia Families From Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine," Vol.II (Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1981) "Pettus Family of England and Virginia", by the Misses Wales, p.839; "Early Virginia Pettuses", by Mrs. Stacy, p.841-846. Cites: (a) Norfolk Families, by Walter Rye, Vol. 2, p.656. (b) Pedigrees, by Norris, p.917. (c) Church Heraldry of Norfolk, by Edmund Farrer, p.116. (d) Victoria History of Norfolk, Vol. II, p.515. (e) Crozier's Co. Records vi, 258. (f) Cavaliers & Pioneers, by Nugent, p.225. (g) William & Mary Quarterly vi, 127, 138. (h) Cradle of the Republic, by Lyon G. Tyler, p.149. (i) Virginia Land Book V, 285 and 303. (j) Minutes of General Court, by McIlwaine, p.253,289. (k) Virginia Historical Magazine xlix, 60,68,80.(2) Carolyn Davidson Carey, Greenwood Village, CO. Cites: (a) "Genealogical Study of the Pettus Family," by Pocahontus Stacy, comp. by A. Bohmer Rudd, Library of Congress. (b) "Hopkins and Allied Families," by Walter Lee Hopkins. (c) "Norfolk Families," by Walter Rye, 1813.(3) "Virginia Historical Magazine," Vol. 3, "Notes on Charles City County Grievances," p.153-154.(4) Ancestral File, FHL, 1995.(5) "Tidewater Virginia Families," Vol. 5, No. 2, Aug/Sep 1996, "Kingsmill on the James River, James City County," by Virginia Lee Hutcheson Davis, p.83-85.(6) Larry Anderson, Crosby, TX. Cites: (a) "The Pettus Family," by Pocahontas Stacy (1957).
Birth: (1,2) 1598. (2,5) Norwich, England. (1,2,4,6) s/o Thomas PETTUS, Esq./Cecily KING. (6a) 19 Feb 1597/8.Baptism: (1) Baptized in St. Simon & St. Jude's Church, Norwich, Eng. (4) 19 Feb 1598.Marriage to Elizabeth MOURING: (1g,h) Possibly his 2nd marriage. (2a)Death: (1i) Was living in 1662/3. Was deceased before 1671, as his wife's 3rd husband died in 1671. (2) 1662, Northumberland Co., VA. (4) 1662/3, James City Co., VA. (5) 1669. (6a) Between 1662 and Mar 1669.(6a) Called Capt. Thomas PETTUS in England.(1,2) Was known as Col. Thomas PETTUS of "Littleton", James City Co., VA.(1) Served in the Low Countries during the Thirty Years War.(1,2) 1637: Came to Virginia in charge of 40 soldiers when the colonists asked the Virginia Company for military assistance against the Indians. (5) A Colonel in the Militia.
(1,2,5) 1641-1660: Served on the Governor's Council, Virginia.
(1,2,3) 1643: Had a land grant for 886 acres in James City Co. between Jamestown and Middle Plantation (now Williamsburg), a part being by reason of marriage to Elizabeth DURANT, widow of Richard DURANT, who patented it in 1636.(1,2) c1643: Purchased "Little-Towne", whose owner, Capt. George MENIFEE, died in 1642. It was east of "Kingsmill", which was east of Archer's Hope Creek on the north side of the James River.(5) c.1650: In 1619, Richard KINGSMILL, William FAIRFAX, William CLAIBORNE, John JEFFERSON, William SPENCE, Richard STAPLES and Richard BREWSTER were the first Virginia Company members to receive grants of land in what was later to become "Kingsmill" on the James River, James City Co., VA. By 1648 the 350 acres of land originally owned by William CLAIBORNE and John COMMANDRES and variously called "Cosbie's," "Mount's Bay" or "Quarterland" had been acquired by Richard RICHARDS and renamed "Littleton" or "Littletown." Around 1650 "Littletown" and John WAREHAM's "Hampton Key Plantation" (George SANDY's former "Utopia") were acquired by Col. Thomas PETTUS. He built his home on the bluffs overlooking the James River.
(3) 1660, 22 Jan: Thomas PETTUS of "little towne in Virginia, Esq." and Elizabeth his wife gave power of attorney in Westmoreland Co., VA to Sgt.-Major Edward GRIFFITH of Mulberry Island, authorizing him to act with Mr. Henry MEESE in regard to 1,000 acres of land patented by Thomas PETTUS on Potomac Creek, and adjoining the land lately taken up by Sir Thomas LUNSFORD, deceased.
(1) Was vestryman of old Harrup parish, called Bruton after 1674. His name is on the old list which ends in 1669. (5) Vestryman of Bruton Parish.(5) 1691: His "Littletown" property in James City Co., VA property passed through his son's wife to her second husband, James BRAY II.
(1g) Had son Capt. Thomas, possibly sons Stephen and John of Rappahannock and New Kent, daughters Mary (m1. Edmund BERKELEY, m2. John MANN 1631-1694) and Ann (m. Philip HUNLEY in 1701), possibly a daughter who married FREEMAN. Stephen was probably son of a 1st wife, & came to VA with or before his father. The Misses Wales in "Pettus Family of England and Virginia", name Mary and Ann as daughters of his son Thomas.(2) Children are Henry PETTUS of Rappahannock Co, VA, John PETTUS, Augustine PETTUS who died in 1668 as a child, Capt. Thomas, & Cecily (m. PYE). (1k) Henry PETTUS of Rappahannock Co. is a nephew, not a son.
!SOURCE: "The Pettus Family" by Pocahontas (Hutchinson) Stacy, p. 183-187 ofTyler's Quarterly Magazine", Vol 26. Col. Thomas Pettus was a member of theGovernor's Council, 1641-1660. He bought "Littleton", James City, Va., fromits former owner about 1642. He came to Virginia about 1638 from Norwich, England as commander of 40 soldiers to assist the colonists against the Indians.
Father: William PETTUS b: 12 AUG 1583 in Norwich, Norfolk, England c: 12 AUG 1583 in St Simon & Jude, Norwich, Norfolk, England
Mother: Mary GLENE b: 1585 in Norwich, Norfolk, England c: 27 JUL 1585 in St Petermancroft, Norwich, Norfolk, England
Elizabeth MOURNING b: ABT 1615 in New Kent Co, Virginia, USA
in New Kent Co, Virginia, USA
- Thomas PETTUS b: APR 1646 in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA
Katherine MORRIS b: in Norfolk, England
- John PETTUS b: 1635 in Williamsburg, James City Co, Virginia, USA
- Elizabeth PETTUS b: ABT 1636 in Williamsburg, James City Co, Virginia, USA
- Augustine PETTUS b: 1637
- Mary PETTUS b: ABT 1639 in New Kent Co, Virginia, USA
- Ann PETTUS b: ABT 1640 in New Kent Co, Virginia, USA
- Cecily PETTUS b: ABT 1641
- Dorothy PETTUS b: 1661
- Thomas PETTUS b: APR 1663 in Rappahannock Co, Virginia, USA