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GEORGE PETTIFORD
Granville County, North Carolina

George Pettiford, born about 1758 according to his pension application, was the son of Lawrence & Mary Pettiford , who showed up first in the earliest records of Granville County, North Carolina, listed as “black” or “free colored persons”.  He was married to Taby Johnson on May 1, 1837 in Granville County according to the marriage records of the County, however, he was probably also previously married  since earlier records indicate him having a family in his household.

Transcribed by Deloris Williams; notations made by me are enclosed in brackets [ ] .

W9223, B.L.Wt. 31309-160-55 [Pension file number and Bounty Land Warrant number]
North Carolina
GEORGE PETTIFORD
Of Granville Co. in the State of N. Carolina
Who was private in the company commanded
By CAPT. GOODWIN in the Regiment commanded
By COL. THAXTON in the N. Carolina line
For the term of nine months from 1778 – 1779.

Inscribed on the Roll of North Carolina at the rate
Of 8 Dollars per month, to commence on the
1st day of December 1828.
Certificate of Pension issued the 15th of June[?] 1829
And sent to Hon. D. TURNER.
Arrears to 4th March 1829, $25.03
 
[Vouchers]
Act of Mar. 3/55
TABITHA PETTIFORD, widow of GEORGE PETTIFORD, Soldier & Pensioner, Private.
Revol. Pension at rate of $96.00 per annum, N.C. Feby. 1853
 
July 27, 1856
NATHL. McLEAN, Warrenton, N.C.----------
North Carolina

TABITHA PETTIFORD
Widow of GEORGE PETTIFORD, NC
Who served in the Revolutionary War
As a Private
Inscribed on the Roll at the rate of $96.00 per annum
To commence 6th February 1853.
Certificate of Pension issued 19th day of March 1856
And sent to J. C. CORDNER, Smithfield, N.C.
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State of North Carolina
Granville County
County Court
February Term A.D. 1821

On the 10th day of February 1821, personally appeared in open Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions for the County of Granville & State as aforesaid GEORGE PETTIFORD of said County aged Sixty three years who being duly sworn according to law doth make the following declaration in order to obtain the provision made by the Act of Congress of the 18th March 1818 and the 1st May 1820, that he the said GEORGE PETTIFORD, enlisted for the term of nine months in the State aforesaid in the Company of CAPTAIN GOODWIN in the fourth Regiment under the command of COL. THAXTON in the ????? the State of North Carolina on the United States Continental establishment, that he continued to serve in the said corps until he was discharged from the said Service in said State of North Carolina. That he has no other evidence now in his power except the Certificate of ABRAM GREGORY who served with him, taken and certified under the hands & seal of the Clerk of Person County Court. And in Pursuance of the Act of First May 1820 I do solemnly swear that I was a resident citizen of the United States on the 18th day of March 1818 & that I have not, since that time by gift sale or in any manner disposed of my property or any part thereof with intent thereby so to diminish it as to bring myself within the provisions of an Act of Congress entitled “An Act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land & naval Service of the United States, in the Revolutionary War passed on the 18th of March 1818, & that I have not, nor has any person, in Trust for me, any property or Securities, contracts or debts due to me, nor have I any income other than what is contained in the schedule hereto annexed & by me subscribed.
 
GEORGE PETTIFORD (“X” his mark)
 
Inventory of George Pettiford property subscribed & sworn to in Open Court – to wit-

1 cow & calf  $12, 1 heifer $6, 1 yearling $4 - $22.00  
½ dozn chairs       1.50  
1 knife & ½ dozn forks        .25  
1 Shettis[?] & 1 pat[?] 3.00  
1 oven      2.00  
An old bed       6.00  
7 small pigs 1.75  
2 rubbing[?] hoes   1.00  
4 ax’s  4.00  
4 ?????? hoes 2.00  
2 cattles 7.00  
2 ????? hoes? 1.00  
1 ???????? 1.00  
½ dozn plates .40  
2 pitchers .50  
2 juggs/3 bottles   2.00  
Total: $49.40  
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District of North Carolina
On this 23rd day of January 1819, before me the subscriber, one of the Judges of the United States for this District of aforesaid, personally appeared GEORGE PETTIFORD, aged about Seventy two years, resident in Granville County in the said district, who being by me first duly sworn, according to law, doth on his oath, make the following declaration, in order to obtain the provision made by the late act of Congress, entitled “An Act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land & naval service of the United States in the Revolutionary War”. That he the said GEORGE PETTIFORD enlisted sometime during the Revolutionary War and to the best of his recollection in or about the fall of the year 1778 in Caswell County in the State of North Carolina, in the company commanded by CAPT. WM. MOORE, of what regiment he does not recollect, but of the North Carolina line, on the Continental establishment, in the war aforesaid, against the common enemy, for the term of nine months; that he continued to serve in the said company until the end of the enlistment to wit, in or about the Summer of 1779 when or somewhat time thereafter he was discharged from service in Hillsborough in the State of North Carolina which discharge was stolen from him & never after reclaimed; that he was in no battles; and that he is in reduced circumstances & stands in need of the assistance of his country for support.
Sworn to & declared before me the day & year aforesaid,
H. POTTER, DJUS,NC
 
Amended & sworn to,
H. POTTER, DJUSNC
11 Oct. 1819
 
 
State of North Carolina
County of Granville
 
On this fourth day of February One thousand eight hundred and fifty six before the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions held within and for the County and State aforesaid, personally appeared MRS. TABATHA PETTIFORD aged Sixty eight years a resident near Oxford in the County of Granville in the State of North Carolina, who being duly sworn according to law doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the Act of Congress passed on the third day of February A.D. 1853, granting pensions to widows of persons who served during the Revolutionary War that she is the widow of GEORGE PETTIFORD deceased who was private in the North Carolina Continental line in the War of the Revolution that her said husband was a pensioner of the United States under the act of March 17th A.D. 1818 at the rate of Ninety six dollars per annum which was paid to him at the agency in Fayettville in the State of North Carolina she further states that she was married to the said GEORGE PETTIFORD in Granville County in the tenth day of May 1837 by one JOHN MALLORY a Minister of the Gospel and that her name before her said marriage was TABITHA JOHNSON that her said husband died at his residence in the County of Granville in the State of North Carolina on the Fifth day of February in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty three that she was not married to the said GEORGE PETTIFORD prior to the second day of January eighteen hundred but at the time above stated she further stated that there is a public record of her marriage and that there is a private record of her marriage and further declares that she is now a widow and has not married since his death that she cannot file herewith her husband’s original certificate of pension from the fact that it was sent to the office of the 3d addition of the treasury to which she refers in support of this her claim.
 
She hereby appoints J. C. CODNER of Smithfield North Carolina (irrevocably) her true and lawful attorney to prosecute this her claim for pension to receive the certificate when issued and to do all other acts necessary and proper in the premises.
 
TABATHA PETTIFORD [“X” her mark]
 
L. A. PASCHALL Clk
Of Granville County Court
 
 
State of North Carolina, Granville County
 
We acknowledge ourselves indebted to the State of North Carolina, in the sum of Five hundred pounds: to be void under condition that there is no lawful cause to obstruct a marriage between GEORGE PETTIFORD and *LUCY JOHNSON for a whom a license now issues.
Witness our hands and seals this first day of May eighteen hundred and thirty seven
GEORGE PETTIFORD (“X” his mark)
EDMUND PETTIFORD(“X” his mark)
 
Witness
G. C. WIGGINS
 
 
North Carolina
Granville County
 
I, AUGUSTINE LANDIS, Clerk of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true Copy of the Marriage Bond filed by GEORGE PETTIFORD authorizing a marriage between said PETTIFORD and TABITHA JOHNSON.
Given under by hand and seal of office at office in Oxford this 5th day of February A.D. 1856.
 
A. LANDIS, Clk.
 
State of North Carolina
Granville County
 
On the fourth day of February A.D. One thousand eight hundred and fifty six personally appeared before me, a justice of the peace, within and for the county and State aforesaid TABITHA PETTIFORD aged abouth sixty eight years a resident of Granville County in the State of North Carolina who being duly sworn according to law, declares that she is the widow of GEORGE PETTIFORD deceased, who was s soldier in the company commanded by Captain [name blank] in the North Carolina Continental line in the Revolutionary War with Great Britain, that her said husband was a pensioner of the United States under Act of March 17th 1818 at the rate of Ninety six dollars per annum as will appear by refference to evidence now on file at the department. She further states that she was married to the said GEORGE PETTIFORD in Granville County N. Carolina on the tenth day of May A.D. 1837 by one JOHN MALERY a minister of the gospel and that her name before her said marriage was TABITHA JOHNSON; that her said husband died at his residence in Granville County, North Carolina on the fifth day of February A.D. 1853, and that she is now a widow. The ?????? record of their marriage or his death and refers to evidence on file in her application for Pension under act of February 3d A.D. 1853.
She makes the declaration for the purpose of obtaining the bounty land to which she may be entitled under the act approved March 3, 1855.
She hereby appoints JOHN C. CODNER, of Smithfield, North Carolina her true and lawful Attorney irrevocably with powere of substitution to prsecute this her claim for land to receive the certificate or warrant when issued, and to do all other acts necessary and proper in the premises.
 
TABITHA PETTIFORD [“X” her mark]
 
We WM. H. REAVES & JOSEPH MINOR residents of Granville County, in the State of North Carolina on our oat declare that the foregoing declaration and power of attorney thereto subjoined were signed and acknowledged by MRS. TABITHA PETTIFORD in our presence, and from our acquaintance with her we do know that she is the identical person she represents herself to be; that we are each well acquainted with MRIS. TABITHA PETTIFORD the above applicant for bounty land, that we have known her for Twenty years last past, and that we were acquainted with GEORGE PETTIFORD her late husband, having known him for nineteen years previous to his death; that they, the said TABITHA PETTIFORD and GEORGE PETTIFORD lived together as husband and wife, and were reputed to be; that we the deponents never heard the fact of their marriage disputed or questioned and that the said GEORGE PETTIFORD died as stated in the accompany declaration that we reside in said County and have a knowledge of the fact that he is actually dead and died as above stated. And fro personal knowledge we do know that the aforesaid MRS. TABITHA PETTIFORD is now a widow.
 
WM. H. REAVES
JOSEPH MINOR
The foregoing declaration and affidavit were sworn to and subscribed before me on the day and year above written; and I certify that I know the affiants to be credible persons; that the claimant is the person she represents herself to be, and did before me acknowledge the power of Attorney subjoined to the foregoing declaration to be her free act and deed for the purpose therein expressed, and that I have no interest in this claim.
 
State of North Carolina
County of Granville
as
L. A. PASCHALL, J.P.
Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions
 
I, AUGUSTIN LANDIS Clerk for the County aforesaid do certify that L. A. PASCHALL, Esq. whose name appears to the foregoing certificate was at the date thereof an acting Magistrate for said County duly commissioned and sworn, and that his signature thereto is genuine.
In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name, and affixed the seal of said Court at office in Oxford this Fourth day of February A.D. 1856.
 
A. LANDIS, Clk.
 
 
State of North Carolina
Warren County
 
On this 2nd day of July 1855 personally came before me THOS. J. JUDKINS one of the acting justices of the peace for the County aforesaid TABITHA PETTERFORD a resident of Warren County aforesaid aged about 64 years. Who being duly sworn according to law did make the following declaration to wit that she is the widow of GEORGE PETTERFORD deceased who was a soldier in the War of the Revolution and a pensioner of the United States at the rate of Ninety six dollars per annum from the state of North Carolina. She further states that she was married to the said GEORGE PETTERFORD in the County of Granville and the State of North Carolina on the 2nd day of May 1837 by one JOHN MALLORY a Justice of the Peace and that her name before her said marriage was TABITHA JOHNSON. That her said husband died in the County of Granville and state aforesaid on the 15th day of February 1853 and that she continues still a widow never having intermarried with any other person since his death but continues still a widow. She makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the Bounty Land to which she may be entitled by virtue of the aforesaid service under the act of Congress passed in 1855 never having received nor applied for any under this or any other act of Congress.
 
In presence of THOS. J. JUDKINS
TABITHA PETTIFORD [“X” her mark]
 
The above declaration was sworn to and subscribed before me the day and date above and I certify that I believe from appearances that this claimant is the person she represents herself to be and that I have no interest in this claim nor in any way concerned in its prosecution.
 
THOS. J. JUDKINS, J.P.
 
*Note: The copy of the marriage record included in the file shows that the clerk apparently mistakenly wrote the bride’s first name as “Lucy” instead of “Taby”. There is also a difference in the clerk’s copy of the Marriage date versus what was actually on file in Granville County.

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