Lawrence County Blacks have an ancestor who fought in the Revolutionary war.
William Pettiford, born about 1761, was listed in the 1778 militia returns for Granville County, NC in Capt. William Gill’s Company as a 17 year old black man. William was head of a Granville County household of one male and three females in Fishing Creek district in the 1786 North Carolina state census and head of an Orange County, NC household of 14 ‘other free’ in 1810 and 8 ‘free colored’ in 1820. He was about 58 years old on February 19, 1819 when he made a deposition before one of the justices of Orange County to obtain a pension for his services in the American Revolution. He made a second deposition on September 1, 1820 when he testified that his wife was 52 years old and very infirm. He had a 15-year-old son named Ruben living with him as well as five daughters: age 19, 17, 12, 10 and three.
Three of those children had moved with their families to Lawrence County, Il by 1850, as shown by the 1850 census for this county.
A daughter named Love, born about 1798, was married to Jesse Day, January 27, 1819 in Orange County, NC.
Another daughter named Jinsey, born about 1799, was married to William Day, October 6, 1818 in Orange County.Wm Day died April 18,1855; he was about 60 years old. He is buried in a grove of trees east of the Centerville Cemetery in the SE part of the SE 1/4 of Sec 24 T4,R11 in Allison Township. (Cemetery on Private property.)
A son Nelson, born about 1800, was married to Clara Collins, August 19, 1823 Orange County, NC.
Don't forget to stop by our booth at the Craft Fair located at the 4-H center on Hwy 50 from 9-3 this Saturday to do some Christmas shopping. We have just the book for you! Also the Museum will be open Saturday Dec 6 at 10:00 so if you want to pay your dues, make a donation, or buy a book there, you can do it while you are waiting for Santa to arrive in the parade later in the day. Be sure and check out the beautiful window display at Mike Neal's office (West side of the square) and also the greenery that decorates the museum building....(Thanks Esther and Kaye and Larry C)