John R. Petty and Margaret E. Thomas
John R. Petty was born about 1836 in Tennessee. The exact location and the name of his parents are not proven but his father was possibly the John Petty who lived in Bradley County, Tennessee in 1860 and 1870.
Margaret E. Thomas was born about 1836 in Georgia. She was the daughter of Jesse Thomas and his wife, Rebecca (maiden name unknown). The Thomas family lived in Murray County, Georgia in 1840 and 1860 and in Lumpkin County in 1850. Margaret has at least 7 siblings including brothers named William, Oliver P. and Daniel W. and sisters named Mary and Nancy.
John and Margaret were married on 20 Sep 1857 in Whitfield County, Georgia. They were living in McMinn County, Tennessee in 1860 when the census was taken. The oldest two children had been born by that time. They had moved to Dalton in Whitfield County, Georgia by April, 1861 when their daughter, Samantha was born and lived there until about 1867 when they went back to Tennessee. The exact location is not known but it was likely the McMinn/Bradley County area. They were in Logan County, Kentucky in 1870 and had probably been there since 1869. Sometime between 1870 and 1874 they moved to Hopkins County, Kentucky.
Margaret died on 28 Jul 1876 in Hopkins County. John's fate is unknown. In 1880, most of the minor children were living with Margaret's sister, Mary Thomas Echols (and her husband, James), in Forsyth County, Georgia.
Children of John and Margaret:
Melissa A. was born about 1858 in Tennessee. She was listed with her parents in the 1860 and 1870 census but nothing further is know about her.
Henry Milton was born on 3 Apr 1860 in Tennessee. He was living in Hopkins County in 1880 after his mother's death and apparently never married. He was 20 years old and listed in that census as an inmate of the poor house. Henry died on 9 Apr 1893, probably in Hopkins County.
Samantha Angeline was born on 3 Apr 1861 in Dalton, Whitfield County, Georgia. She married Thomas Leander Hankins on 14 May 1879 in Hopkins County. They had 7 children and Samantha died on 7 Jan 1944 in Hopkins County. She was buried there in Grapevine Cemetery.
Mary "Molly" was born in 1865 in Georgia (probably Whitfield County). She married Benjamin H. Hawkins and they had 5 children. Molly died in 1891 when her children were still very young - the oldest about 11 years old and the youngest only 1. She is buried in Friendship Cemetery in Forsyth County, Georgia.
Daniel Boone was born on 4 Apr 1867 in Georgia (probably Whitfield County). He married Mary Rebecca Cornelison and they had 7 children. He died before 1944, maybe on 26 Nov 1932. At least, there is a Daniel B. Petty who died in Fulton County, Georgia on that date. (Still need the death certificate to determine if it is this Daniel.)
Joseph Bunyan was born on 20 Apr 1869 in Kentucky. He married Fredonia "Donie" Cagle and they had 13 children. Joe died on 10 Apr 1937 in Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia.
Oliver Perry was born on 23 Jan 1871 in Kentucky. He married Vada L. Bramlett and they had 4 children. Vada died in 1899 and he later married Eliza Duckett. Perry and Eliza had 6 children. Perry died on 5 Feb 1943 in Fulton County, Georgia.
Nathaniel was born about 1873 in Kentucky. Nothing further is known about him.
John Franklin was born on 15 Sep 1874 in Hopkins County, Kentucky. He married Elizabeth Ann Givens and they had 3 children. John died on 30 Jun 1943 in Harrisburg, Saline County, Illinois.
W. O. Petty was born on 5 Jun 1876 in Hopkins County, Kentucky and died there just a few weeks later on 30 Jun 1876.
John and Margaret were my 2nd great-grandparents through their daughter, Samantha Angeline. Click on the links above for sources and additional information. If you have a connection to this family leave a comment or e-mail me.
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Thomas Leander Hankins and Samantha Angeline Petty