Some lists begin with a ? Petty born at St. Peters at Moncroft, Norfolk, England (whatever that means) at
an unknown date
NOTE: December 17, 2000
I now believe that the entry above should read
"St. Peter Mancroft,
There are still mysteries here. Is "St. Peter
Mancroft" the name of a saint other than
well-known Saint Peter? Or is the church named
after the same "Saint Peter" and located in a
section of Norwich
known as "Mancroft"? Also,
what connection does the Petty ancestor listed
here have with the church?
generation sometimes listed is Thomas Petty I, who supposedly was born in 1608 at Norwich, England, was married to Katherine
Morris, and died in 1663 or 1664 at Rappahannock County, Virginia. That might be true, but does not make sense when joined
with the next entry, which makes Thomas II born about the same time Thomas I died. That's possible, but it isn't likely that
Thomas I fathered his first son at the age of 56!
From here on, we will hope that the record is correct. Keep in mind
that it is patchwork done by an amateur. Beyond the time of my great-great grandparents I am not sure of the facts.
Petty II was a son of Thomas Petty I and Katherine Morris
Thomas Petty II was born in Rappahannock County, Virginia
He married Rachel Wilson
He died in Rappahannock County, Virginia on May 17, 1720
Thomas Petty III
was (POSSIBLY) a son of Thomas Petty II and Rachel Wilson
??? ANOTHER RECORD STATES THAT THE ABOVE IS AN ERROR PERPETUATED
FROM A 1940'S PUBLICATION. THOMAS PETTY, WHO MARRIED CATHERINE GARTON, IS SHOWN BY COURT RECORDS TO BE A SON OF HUBERT, WHO
CAME TO AMERICA AS THE INDENTURED SERVANT OF WILLIAM TURNER IN 1650.
When I created this site, I wrote on the first page, "None of our ancestors were famous but all of them were important--"
After about six weeks of following tangled ancestral lines, I discovered the possibility that we are, in fact, descended
from royalty. I cannot prove anything in this site, beyond my great-grandparents' time, and this page should be taken with
even more "grains of salt" than the others. I'll try to explain here why I believe we may be related to some famous
WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR
William the Conqueror was the illegitimate son of the Norman Duke Robert I. When William conquered England, he became the
first of a royal line that continues today. Thus, if we are, in fact, descended from King William I, we are "umpteenth"
cousins to the current British royal family. This is one of those cases where I "don't understand all I know."
Internet sources seem to indicate that we are related to William the Conqueror through the Avent line (on my Davis/Hawk
page), which may be connected to the Claiborne line. I'm getting dizzy from looking at all these lines. It would please me
to discover that our relationship to William I is through a son other than the one who became William II. William I was
a Christian and a faithful husband but his son was the opposite. William II has been accused of dabbling in witchcraft.
Pocahontas had one son, Thomas Rolfe. His daughter, Jane, married our ancestor Robert Bolling. They had been married only
a year when Jane died, leaving one son, John. Robert married again and had several children by his second wife. The two
Bolling lines are called "the red Bollings" and "the white Bollings." Those descended from Jane Rolfe
are "red" because of their Native American ancestry. I am not sure whether I am descended from the "red"
or the "white" Bollings. It depends on whether my 8th great-grandmother was Robert's first or second wife.
DAVY CROCKETT, KING OF THE WILD FRONTIER
THE CROCKETT CONNECTION
The family story is that Thomas Jefferson Mason's mother's maiden name was Crockett and
she was a cousin of Davy's. Research has shown this to be false but I am leaving the connection here because I still
believe there may be a grain of truth in the story. Possibly it is just one generation off. I have not found the
parents of great-great grandfather Daniel Mason so I'm thinking that instead of my 2g grandmother, Cassandra Crockett
may be my 3g grandmother.
THE MCCOY CONNECTION
(Lest we get too proud of our possible royal origins,
I include here the family legend that we are descended from the McCoys who participated in that famous feud with the Hatfields.)
As with the Crockett connection, the McCoy connection has not been proved. My mother wrote in the family Bible
that T. J. Mason's father's mother was named McCoy.
Another 3 g grandmother yet to be found.