Colonial Pettypool-Poole-P'Poole Families


III.a. William Pettypool[4] (of William[1] , William[2] , William[3] ) (born c1720-died c1774) married Mary Colwell.


Several researchers have listed this William[4] as the son of Seth[3] and Martha Pettypool. Seth did have a son William who lived on Aaron's Creek in Halifax County, Virginia in 1768 and died c1813. However, the William[4] who married Mary Colwell died in 1774 in Lunenburg County, Virginia. By tracing land and tax records it is clear that he was a son of William Jr. and Frances.

William[4] Pettypool married Mary Colwell. Their children were William[5] Pettypool, Colwell[5] Pettypool , Baxter[5] Pettypool (born c1742-44), Frederick[5] Pettypool, Mary Hill[5] Pettypool, and possibly a John[5] Pettypool of Lunenburg County.

William[4] Pettypool Jr purchased land on Sappony Creek (1):

William Pettypoole Jr, patent for 400 acres, Prince George County on south side of Sappony Creek at John Winfield's lower corner; 28 August 1746

Thomas Dickson, patent for 982 acres in Prince George County on south side of Sappone Creek at John Winfields corner on the Pocoson Branch of the Reedy Branch of Sappone Creek in the same county, to Munford's line, along William Pettepool Junior's line, Henry Dickson's line, Thomas Dickson's old line, 400 acres part formerly granted to said Thomas Dickson by patent dated 12 Sept 1733, 582 acres never before granted; 28 August 1746

Mary Colwell was a daughter of Colonel Edward and Tabitha Hill Colwell. Edward Colwell had 375 acres surveyed on Modest Creek in Prince George County in 1722, ten years prior to any records of William[3] and Frances Pettipool at the same place. Edward Colwell patented over 2740 acres on Couches Creek which he sold (2) and moved to Edgecombe County, North Carolina in 1752. Edward Colwell deeded 400 acres on Couches Creek as a gift to his son-in-law, William [4] Pettypool and daughter, Mary Pettypool in 1748 (3):

Edward Colwell of Cumberland Parish, Lunenburg County to son in law William Petepool and Mary his wife a gift of 400 acres in Lunenburg County on north side of Couches Creek, where Pettypool now lives; 6 June 1748

William[4] and Mary Colwell Pettypool lived on the land gifted to them by Edward Colwell. William was listed in present day Lunenburg County in 1748-52 in Lydall Bacon's District near his brother Stephen:

1748 William Petepool, 1 tithe
1748 Stephan Petepool, 1 tithe

1749 Wm. Pettipool, 1 tithe
1749 Stephen Pettipool, 2 tithes

1750 William Petypool, 2 tithes
1750 William Blaugrave
-Stephan Pettypool, 3 tithes

1751 William Pool, 2 tithes
1751 Stephen Pool, 2 tithes

1752 William PettyPoole, 3 tithes
1752 Stephen Poole, 1 tithe

William patented land on Couches Creek in 1753 and sold portions in 1754 and 1760 (4):

William Petty Pool and Mary his wife of Cumberland Parish in Lunenburg County, to John Smith of same parish and county, 600 acres in Lunenburg County, granted to Pool 20 Jun 1753 on both sides of great branch of Couches Creek, Cumberland Parish, at Gilham's corner branch, northwest and southwest to Robert Molone's lines, southwest and northwest and southeast to Jordan's line, along his line northeast; August 1754

William Pettipool of Cumberland Parish to Thomas Gafford of Cumberland Parish, 304 acres in Lunenburg County on Couches Creek adjoining Robert Malone; signed: Wm. Pettipool; 5 May 1760; recorded: 6 May 1760; Mary, wife of William Pettipool, relinquished dower right in land sold Thomas Gafford; 14 July 1769

1764 List of Tithes, Lunenburg County
William Pettipool and William Pettipool Jr 2 tithes

1769 List of Tithes, Cumberland Parish, Lunenburg County
Colwell Pettypool 8 tithes
Frederick Petty Poole 2 tithes
William Pettipool
- Benjamin Walker 6 tithes

William[4] and Mary deeded much of the Couches Creek land to sons William[5] and Colwell[5] Pettipool. William[5] mortgaged a portion and sold another part to brother Colwell[5] (5)

William Pettipool of Lunenburg County to Buchanans, Hastie & Co., merchants Glascow, deed of trust for 150 pounds, secured by Pettipool's 100 acres and property in Lunenburg County, part of tract where father William Pettipool Senr. lives, also negroe girls Mole, Patience, boy Isaac; witness: Walter Spiers, James Mercer, Anthony Fullilove; 17 October 1772

William Pettipool and wife Mary to son William Pettipool the younger, all of Cumberland Parish, Lunenburg County, love and affection, 100 acres in Lunenburg County. on north side of Couches Creek, part of 400 acres Edward Colwell now deceased gave 6 Jun 1748 to said William and Mary adjoining land where he then lived and after their deaths same deed granted land to Coldwell's grandsons, Colwell Pettipool and William Pettipool; 25 June 1773

William Pettipool and wife Mary to son Colwell Pettipool, all of Cumberland Parish, Lunenburg County, for love and affection, 320 acres, Lunenburg County, on Couches Creek which is one-half of tract conveyed to them by Mary's father, Edward Colwell, deceased; 25 June 1773

William Petty Pool junior to Colwell Pettipool both of Cumberland Parish, Lunenburg County, 100 acres in Lunenburg County., on north side of Couches Creek, part of a tract conveyed to William PettiPool and wife Mary by Edward Colwell, being said William Pool junior's dividend of this land; 25 June 1773

The 1774 List of Tithes for Lunenburg County contained William[4] Sr and his sons William[5] Jr, Frederick, Caldwell, and another William Jr., probably a grandson of William[4]:

1774 Frederick Petty Poole, 1 tithe
William P. Poole, Jr 1 tithe
Caldwell Petty Pool
-David Burton, 8 tithes
William Petty Pool, Jr, 1 tithe
William Petty Pool, Sr, 1 tithe

William[4] Pettypool Sr died in September 1774 in Lunenburg County and left "to wife during widowhood, all his real and personal estate, later sold and divided among 3 youngest children; and he told David Burton of Lunenburg County that he said the same but mentioned three youngest sons" (6). Frederick and Baxter were two of the youngest sons. John (Petty) Pool, who along with Baxter, signed a Lunenburg County petition (1781), was the third young son (7). John lived with his mother, Mary Pettypool in 1783. Brothers Colwell, William[5] and Baxter, along with their widowed mother, Mary Colwell, were listed on the 1775 and 1776 tithe lists of Lunenburg County

1775 Caldwell Pettpool
-David Burton, 8 tithes
1775 William Pettypool, 1 tithe
1775 Daniel Degernett
-Wm. Meanly
-Baxter P. Pool, 3 tithes

1776 William Pool, 1 tithe
1776 Mary P. Poole's List, 2 tithes
1776 Coldwell P. Poole
-David Burton, 9 tithes

1783 John Glenn District
Mary Pool
- John Pool 3 Negroes 3 White tithes
William Pool 1 White tithe 21 yr, 4 Negroes, 7 White tithes

III.a1. Colwell[5] Pettypool (of William[1] , William[2] , William[3] , William[4] ).Colwell Pettypool (also referred to as Richard Colwell Pettypool) was an adult in 1758 when he witnessed a deed (8). Colwell[5] married Mary Gromarrion on 03/16/1765 in Henrico County, Virginia. She was the daughter of Gilly Gromarrin of Henrico County.

Colwell Pettypool also lived on Couches Creek, and in 1769 was on the Tithe List with 8 tithes.

1769 Colwell Pettypool, 8 tithes
William Pettypool
-Benjamin Walker, 6 tithes

Colwell Pettypool was in the Lunenburg County militia in 1770 (9)

1770 February 3, Capt. Lodowick Farmer, Ensign Jarrad Willingham, under Lodowick Farmer,  Lt. Edward Jordan, under Colwell Pettipool
1770 April 12, Ensign Joseph Smith under Capt. Colwell Pettipool, Capt Richard Claiborne, Lt. John Glen under Capt. Richard Claiborne, Ensign Benjamin Walker under Capt. Richard Claiborne.

Colwell was listed in the 1772 list of tithes with 7 tithes, including David Burton. David Burton was the second husband of Mary ____ Gromarrion, wife of Gilly Gromarrion, parents of Mary Gromarrion Pettypool. David was therefore the step-father-in-law of Colwell Pettypool.

1772 Thomas Winn's District (present Lunenburg Co.)
Colwell Petty Pool
-David Burton, 7 tithes

In 1779, Colwell Pettypool sold his share of 420 acres on Couches Creek (10).He divested assets to his children in 1780 to avoid paying debts owed to colonial merchants (11).

1783 Christopher Billups District
Colwell Pettypool 6 tithes

Their children were: Martha (born 01/01/1766 Lunenburg County, married 11/27/1782 to Edmund Parke Bacon, Lunenburg County), Ursula (born 1768, married 1782 Lewellyn Tucker, Lunenburg County), Wiltshire Gromarion (born 03/29/1770, married 12/21/1792 Martha Ingram, Lunenburg County), Susanna Reeves (married Henry Stokes, Lunenburg County), Francis (married 10/06/1797 Thomas Ingram, Lunenburg County), Elizabeth (married Robert Shipp, Lunenburg County), Burton and Mary (12). In 1784, he registered deeds of trust to mortgage assets in Lunenburg County (13). In 1788 Colwell[5] P. Pool of Lunenburg County, and his brother William[5] P. Pool of South Carolina, were named on a List of Insolvents for Lunenburg County (14).

III.a2. Baxter[5] Pettypool (of William[1] , William[2] , William[3] , William[4] ). Baxter[5] Pettypool lived with his mother, Mary Colwell Pettypool, in 1782. In that year he received a land bounty warrant in Ohio for three years military service in the Virginia Continental Line during the Revolution (15). However, he claimed bounty land in Franklin County, Georgia in 1783 (16). He had moved to nearby Wilkes County, Georgia by 1788 (17). A 1790 deed in Warren County, Georgia named his wife as Anne (18). Baxter was dead by 1801 and his wife remarried to William G. Sturges (19).

III.a3. William[5] Pettypool (of William[1] , William[2] , William[3] , William[4] ). In 1764, in Thomas Tabb's District (Couches Creek), William Pettypool[5], another son, was tithed and listed as William Jr in the household of his parents, which indicated that he was at least 16 years of age (born before 1748). William[5] Jr. was in the list of tithes as head of the household in 1770 indicating that he attained age 21:

1764 William Pettipool
-William Pettipool, Jr, 7 tithes

1769 Colwell Pettypool, 8 tithes
1769 William Pettypool
-Benjamin Walker, 6 tithes

John Ragsdales District of Lunenburg County
1770 William Petttipool, Jr 1 tithe

Lodowick Farmers District of Lunenburg County:
1772 William P. Pool, Jr 2 tithes

William Pettipool[5] married first to a daughter of Edward Ragsdale of Lunenburg County. He and his second wife Francis Brooks (married 02/15/1775 Lunenburg County) from Couches Creek, Lunenburg County, Virginia, were in Newberry District, South Carolina in 1793: (20)

William and Francis Petty Pool, of the State of South Carolina...have this present day appointed Michael Mackie of Lunenburg County, State of Virginia, our true and lawful attorney...to sell and dispose of a certain tract of land on Couches Creek in Lunenburg County containing 220 acres, being the land whereon we moved from and where [his] mother then lived... 12 June 1793

William[5] and Frances Brooks Pettypool moved to South Carolina in about 1787 and died before 1803 as mentioned in British Mercantile Claims: (21)

William Pettypool, Jr.; note 25.16.9 1/2 lb to Buchanan Hastie & Co.; he removed c1787 to South Carolina; since dead and some of his property brought back to Lunenburg County by his children; c1803

William's[5] will was written in April of 1796 and recorded 3 January 1797 in Newberry County, South Carolina (22); he named wife Frances; son: Edward[6] Pool and (Martha[6]) Patty Ragsdale Pool and Polly Pool [legacy: 2 negroes]; six remaining children: Nancy, Richard, Frances (married Fountian Mosely), Suckey (Susannah P. Pool married Drury Satterwhite), Labun and William (underaged). One-seventh of the legacy in land was received by Frances Pool, wife, Susannah Pool, Wm. Pool, Laban P. Pool, Fountain Mosley, Drury Satterwhite and Richard P. Pool.

Frances Brooks Pettypool wrote her will in April 1811, Newberry County, South Carolina (23), naming her children: William. P. Pool, Richard P. Pool, Frances Mosley, Susannah Satterwhite, and heirs of my daughter Nancy Satterwhite, deceased; son Laban P. Pool. Executors: William P. Pool, Bartlette Satterwhite. Importantly, Edward, Patsy Ragsdale Pettypool, and Polly were not mentioned in her will which probably meant that they were not her children, but William[5], through his first marriage to a Ragsdale.

These references to Edward[6] and Patty[6] Ragsdale Pettypool are important. They were mentioned as being grandchildren of Edward Ragsdale, underage in 1773, and not married (24).

Edward Ragsdale of Cumberland Parish, Lunenburg County, to grandchildren Edward Pettipool and Patty Ragsdale Pettipool, deed/gift, lends until said grandchildren have children lawfully begotten, negroe boy Isaac & girl Patience; to be divided between them when the elder arrive to age 21 or either of them marrys; signed: Edward Ragsdale; recorded: 13 May 1773

Will of Edward Ragsdale Senr of Lunenburg County, to son Edward, part of land where testator lives; to Edward and Martha Pettypoole, Negro girl Patience to be divided agreeable to deed gift; to daughter Ann Niblett, Negro girl Lucy; rest of land divided among sons William, John, Baxter, Joshua at mother's discretion; at death of mother, all other estate equally among sons Edward, William, John, Baxter, Joshua, daughters Elizabeth, Tabby, Jemima, to wife Milly during widowhood all estate real and personal for support of their children; 17 Dec 1779; recorded: 13 Jul 1789 by executors Edward and William Ragsdale.

Edward[6] Pettypool and Martha[6] Ragsdale Pettypool moved back to Lunenburg County prior to 1800 where they married. Edward also lived in Prince Edward County, Virginia, and he married Sarah Wrenn in Lunenburg County. (Martha) Patsy Ragsdale Pettypool married Horatio Winn the same year (25). Many researchers have misidentified this Martha Ragsdale Pettypool as the wife of Seth[3] Pettypool of Halifax County, Virginia, by suggesting that Seth's wife's maiden name was Ragsdale. I have found no proof of this. Martha Ragsdale Pettypool Winn, granddaughter of Edward Ragsdale, was of the wrong generation to be the wife of Seth[4].

III.a4. Frederick[5] Pettypool (of William[1] , William[2] , William[3] , William[4] ). Frederick[5] Pettypool lived in Lunenburg County. He first appeared in the tithe lists in Lunenburg County in 1769, suggesting he was born before 1749.

1769 Charles Hamlin District
Frederick Petty Poole 2 tithes

1772 Charles Hamlin District
Frederick Petty Poole 1 tithes

1774 Frederick Petty Poole, 1 tithe
William P. Poole, Jr 1 tithe
Caldwell Petty Pool
-David Burton, 8 tithes
William Petty Pool, Jr, 1 tithe
William Petty Pool, Sr, 1 tithe

1779 May 2, Lunenburg County, Virginia Deed Book 13, p. 259. Henry Buford & wife Sarah to Sanders Wray, all of Lunenburg County, for �300, 96 acres in Lunenburg County, adjoining said Wray, Joel Puett, Turner, Frederick Pettypool; signed: Henry Buford, Sara (her x mark) Buford; witnesses: Robert Blackwell; recorded: 14 October 1779

The name of Frederick Pettypool's wife is unknown. They had a sons Henry (who married-1 10/11/1788 Jenny Green, married-2 c1799 to Margaret Tarburton), John (married 02/11/1790 Lucy Clark), Isham (married 04/08/1795 Rhody Bowers) and William (Revolutionary War soldier, married 08/02/1794 Katharine Moore, and moved to Georgia), all married in Lunenburg County.


References Cited

1. Virginia Land Patent Book 25, pp. 186, 200-201 [Prince George County], In: Bowry JP III (1990) Magazine of Virginia Genealogy. 28, pp. 127-128

2. Lunenburg County, Virginia Deed Book 3, pp. 149-156, In: Evans JB (1990) Lunenburg County, Virginia Deed Book 3, 1752-1754, Bryn Ffyliaid Publications, 560 Dix Dr, Brodnax VA 23920 http://home.earthlink.net/~bryn.ffyl/, p. 21.

3. Lunenburg County, Virginia Deed Book 1, p. 326-328, In: Evans JB (1989), Lunenburg County, Virginia Deed Books 1 & 2, 1746-1752, Bryn Ffyliaid Publications, 560 Dix Dr, Brodnax VA 23920 http://home.earthlink.net/~bryn.ffyl/, p. 20.

4. Lunenburg County, Virginia Deed Book 3, pp. 540-543, In: Evans JB (1990) Lunenburg County, Virginia Deed Book 3, 1752-1754, Bryn Ffyliaid Publications, 560 Dix Dr, Brodnax VA 23920 http://home.earthlink.net/~bryn.ffyl/, pp. 54-55; Deed Book 6, pp. 32-33, In: Evans JB (1990) Lunenburg County, Virginia Deed Book 6, 1760-1761, Bryn Ffyliaid Publications, 560 Dix Dr, Brodnax VA 23920 http://home.earthlink.net/~bryn.ffyl/, p. 14; Deed Book 11, p. 278, In: Evans JB (1990) Lunenburg County, Virginia Deed Book 11, 1767-1771, Bryn Ffyliaid Publications, 560 Dix Dr, Brodnax VA 23920 http://home.earthlink.net/~bryn.ffyl/, p.40

5. Lunenburg County, Virginia Deed Book 12, pp. 266-267, 304-309 In: Evans JB (1990) Lunenburg County, Virginia Deed Book 12, 1771-1777, Bryn Ffyliaid Publications, 560 Dix Dr, Brodnax VA 23920 http://home.earthlink.net/~bryn.ffyl/, pp. 41-42, 47-48.

6. Lunenburg County, Virginia Will Book 2, pp. 416,437, In: Evans JB (1991) Lunenburg County, Virginia Will Book 2, 1767-1778, Bryn Ffyliaid Publications, 560 Dix Dr, Brodnax VA 23920 http://home.earthlink.net/~bryn.ffyl/, pp. 29, 35.

7. Anonymous (1973) Virginia executive papers [selected items], Virginia Genealogist, vol. 17, pp. 194-196.

8. Lunenburg County, Virginia Deed Book 5, pp. 255-257, In: Evans JB (1990) Lunenburg County, Virginia Deed Book 5, 1757-1760, Bryn Ffyliaid Publications, 560 Dix Dr, Brodnax VA 23920 http://home.earthlink.net/~bryn.ffyl/, p. 30.

9. Bockstruck LD, Virginia's Colonial Soldiers, Genealogical Publishing County, Baltimore, MD, p. 23.

10. Lunenburg County, Virginia Deed Book 13, p. 246, In: Evans JB (1991) Lunenburg County, Virginia Deed Book 13, 1777-1784, Bryn Ffyliaid Publications, 560 Dix Dr, Brodnax VA 23920 http://home.earthlink.net/~bryn.ffyl/, p. 50.

11. Anonymous (1974) British mercantile claims, The Virginia Genealogist, vol. 18, p. 127.

12. Lunenburg County, Virginia Deed Book 13, pp. 364-365, In: Evans JB (1991) Lunenburg County, Virginia Deed Book 13, 1777-1784, Bryn Ffyliaid Publications, 560 Dix Dr, Brodnax VA 23920 http://home.earthlink.net/~bryn.ffyl/, p. 72.

13. Lunenburg County, Virginia Deed Book 14, p. 79, 119, In: Evans JB (1991) Lunenburg County, Virginia Deed Book 14, 1784-1787, Bryn Ffyliaid Publications, 560 Dix Dr, Brodnax VA 23920 http://home.earthlink.net/~bryn.ffyl/, pp. 17-18, 21.

14. Clay, RY (1978) Some delinquent taxpayers, 1787-1790, The Virginia Genealogist, vol. 22, p. 46.

15. Brumbaugh GM (1936) Revolutionary War Records, Volume I, Virginia, Lancaster Press Inc, Lancaster, PA, p. 486.

16. Franklin County, Georgia Headrights and Bounty Grands 1790-1795, In: De Lamar MD and E Rothstein (1985) The Reconstucted 1790 Census of Georgia. Substitutes for Georgia's Lost 1790 Census, Genealogical Publishing County, Baltimore, MD, p. 93.

17. Lunenburg County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists 1782 & 1785, (1992) TLC Genealogy, P.O. Box 403369, Miami Beach, FL, p. 26.

18. Warren County, Georgia Deed Book B, pp. 357-358, In: Lucas SE Jr (1977) Some Georgia County Records, vol. 1, Southern Historical Press, Easley, South Carolina, p. 288.

19. Jasper County, Georgia Deed Book 2, pp. 179-180, In: Lucas ES Jr (1991) Some Georgia County Records, Vol. 4, Southern Historical Press, Easley, South Carolina, p. 351.

20. Lunenburg County, Virginia Deed Book 16, p. 356, In: Evans JB (1992) Lunenburg County, Virginia Deed Book 16, 1790-1795, Bryn Ffyliaid Publications, 560 Dix Dr, Brodnax VA 23920 http://home.earthlink.net/~bryn.ffyl/, p. 56.

21. Anonymous (1974) British mercantile claims, The Virginia Genealogist, vol. 18, p. 171.

22. Newberry County, South Carolina Probate Estate Box 16, package 15, In: Bundrick GW (1989) Newberry County South Carolina Probate Estate Abstracts, Vol 2, Probate Estate Boxes 11-25, Newberry SC, p. 504.

23. Newberry County, South Carolina Probate Estate Box 16, package 14, In: Ibid., p. 504.

24. Lunenburg County, Virginia Deed Book 12, p. 279, In: Evans JB (1990) Lunenburg County, Virginia Deed Book 12, 1771-1777, Bryn Ffyliaid Publications, 560 Dix Dr, Brodnax VA 23920 http://home.earthlink.net/~bryn.ffyl/, pp. 43-44; Will Book 3, pp. 46-47, In: Evans JB (1991) Lunenburg County Virginia Will Book 3, 1778-1791, Bryn Ffyliaid Publications, 560 Dix Dr, Brodnax VA 23920 http://home.earthlink.net/~bryn.ffyl/, p. 19.

25. Lunenburg County, Virginia Will Book 5, p. 51 [8 Jan 1801], In: Evans JB (1992) Lunenburg County Virginia Will Book 5, 1800-1802, Bryn Ffyliaid Publications, 560 Dix Dr, Brodnax VA 23920 http://home.earthlink.net/~bryn.ffyl/, pp. 16-17.


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