Andrew Jackson Petty
Born: October 1, 1852
Married: Married Sarah Elizabeth Hinchey November
20, 1873 in Henry County, Tennessee.
Died: June 15, 1942 at Davis, Oklahoma
Buried at Greenhill Cemetery, Davis, Oklahoma
Some of my first memories are of my Granddaddy, Andrew Jackson Petty. As a very small child, I sat on his lap and
bit into chocolate covered sugar candies. As soon as I knew what color the inside of a piece of candy was - pink, yellow,
pastel green, white, or chocolate brown - I put it down and reached for another. Granddaddy never scolded me about it. He
just laughed. He gave me a string of clear glass beads that I cherished throughout my childhood.
I am told that Granddaddy
said, "They should have named me Moses". He was referring to Deuteronomy 34:7, where the Bible says of Moses, "his eye was
not dim." Granddaddy's eyesight and hearing were excellent throughout his long life.
Granddaddy died when I was three
years old. They buried him in an elegant white suit. Our house was only a block from the church were the funeral was held,
so when I cried loudly, my Granny took me home before the service was over. She put a chair next to the front door and I stood
on it and looked through the tiny pane of glass until I saw the rest of the family walking home.