JAMES H. PETTY


Carroll County IL Biography



This gentleman is the second son of Robert and Jane (Patterson) Petty, the former of whom was born in Kettlewell, Yorkshire, England, and the latter was a native of Franklin County, Pa. They were married in Pittsburg, Pa., where they lived until 1843, when they came to Carroll County, Ill., settling in Mt Carroll Township, where both died, the father in 1845 and the mother in the latter part of the year 1875, having survived her husband a great many years, and being again married, her second husband being John Kinney. They were the parents of three sons and one daughter, the latter of whom, Agnes, was the second child and died in infancy.

Our subject was born July 29, 1841, at Pittsburg, Pa., and was but an infant when his parents came to Carroll County. Here he received his education in the common schools, and here he has ever since made his home. He early commenced to help his father in the labor of the farm, remaining with him until his death. When twenty-two years of age he began for himself on fifty acres of his father’s land, which had become his on the division of the estate. This he subsequently traded to his mother for her share of eighty acres, paying the heirs their interest. This land is a part of the farm on which he now lives, and to which he has been adding until now he has a splendidly improved farm of 220 acres, on which he has a fine house, good barns and other out-buildings, and all the implements and tools necessary to a successful prosecution of his business. For four or five years preceding his marriage he made his home with his brother John.

May 2, 1871, Mr. Petty was united in marriage, at Mt. Carroll, Ill., with Susan H. Smith, a daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Boyer) Smith, of Mt. Carroll. The former was a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of Maryland. This couple were married at Mt. Carroll, Ill., where Mr. Smith worked at his trade of carpenter. A year before his marriage he bought a farm in Jo Daviess County, Ill., to which he removed with his family. Soon after his death they disposed of it and returned to Mt. Carroll. Mr. and Mrs. Smith were the parents of five children: Mary C. is the wife of J. S. Grove, of Mt. Carroll; Susan H. is the wife of our subject; Augustus is married to Annie Jeffres, of Carroll County; Albert has been twice married, first to Ida Grier, and, after her decease, to Emma Waney. The youngest child died in infancy, unnamed. Mrs. Petty’s mother was again married, her husband being David Kingery, of Mt. Carroll, where they are residing with their two children.

The wife of our subject was born at Mt. Carroll, Ill., Dec. 24, 1850, and in that place received a good common-school education. She lived with her parents until her marriage, after which she and Mr. Petty settled on the farm which they now own and have ever since lived. He is a progressive agriculturalist, and has been successful in farming and stock-raising, and also in his dairy operations. They now have a herd of twenty milch (sic) cows; Short-horns and Holsteins.

Mr. and Mrs. Petty are the parents of five children, still under the parental roof, and one who died July 10, 1884, in infancy. The survivors are: Mary Ellen, born May 27, 1872; Irvie A., born Aug. 13, 1873; Charles W., born Nov. 21, 1876; Adda E., April 26, 1880, and Ernest J., June 16, 1886. The father of this family has ever taken a warm interest in educational matters, and has labored hard and successfully to raise the standard of education in their local school, which he has helped to foster and build up until it is ranked as one of the best, if not the very best in the county. For this improvement credit is given to him, and it is a record of which he may well be proud.

Mr. Petty has for many years been a School Director, and has been Commissioner of Highways of Mt. Carroll Township. Politically, he is a supporter of the Republican party, and he regards the casting of his vote as a duty which should be discharged by every citizen. He and his estimable wife are members of the United Brethren Church, of which he is a Trustee, and in the management of whose affairs both take an active and leading part. When the church property of Savanna, Ill., was disposed of, Mr. Petty was one of the three Trustees appointed for that purpose, and these gentlemen satisfactorily discharged the trust imposed upon them. In missionary work both he and his wife are especially active, Mrs. Petty being Treasurer of the local society of the Women’s Missionary Association of the United Brethren Church at Center Hill, Ill. A strictly upright man in all his dealing, our subject enjoys in a marked degree the confidence and respect of all who know him.





Pictured on the left is Grover Earl Bickelhaupt and his mother Louisa M. (Lambert) Bickelhaupt.


On the right is Ernie Petty with his mother Susan H. (Smith) Petty)








Ernie Petty's full name was Ernest J. Petty; he was born June 16, 1886 in Carroll County, Illinois and he died in 1960. On October 18, 1951 he married Esther Smith in Mt. Carroll, Carroll County, Illinois. Her parents were John Franklin Smith and Gertrude (Hartman) Smith. Esther Smith was born March 5, 1900 in Carroll County, Illinois and died June 19, 1986 in Mt. Carroll, Illinois. Both Ernie Petty and Esther Smith Petty are buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll, Illinois. Ernie Petty's parents were James H. Petty and Susan H. (Smith) Petty. James H. Petty was born July 29, 1841 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and died March 1, 1930 in Mt. Carroll. He married Susan H. Smith on May 2, 1871. She was the daughter of Joseph Smith and Elizabeth (Boyer) Smith; she was born December 24, 1850 in Mt.Carroll and died February 8, 1924 in Mt. Carroll, Illinois.

Photo and information contributed by Alice Horner


Charles W. Petty (son of James H. & Susan (Smith) Petty was born November 21, 1876 in Carroll County , Illinois (probably Mt. Carroll Township ). He married Della Ross on March 9, 1902 in Carroll County ; she was the daughter of Joseph and Jennie (White) Ross, and was born May 14, 1883 in Illinois (probably Carroll County ). Charles (usually called Charlie) Petty farmed on the Petty homestead until 1930, when he moved to Mt. Carroll , Illinois . He was a city policeman in Mt. Carroll for 40 years, 30 years of which he was the night policeman there. From 1942-1952, he was in charge of the Caroline Mark Home in Mt. Carroll , a home for elderly women. He and his wife had three children:

1. Robert J. Petty, who was born February 28, 1903 in Carroll County and died January 1980 in Mt. Carroll. His first wife was Mabel Fulrath, daughter of Peter and Laura (Oberheim) Fulrath. She was born September 4, 1904 in Mt. Carroll and died in 1957, also in Carroll County . He married Dorothy Mills in July 29, 1961 in Mt. Carroll . She was the daughter of Cloyd and Lura Mills and born January 26, 1920 in Wayne City, Illinois. She died January 3, 2006 in Savanna, Carroll County , Illinois . All three are buried in Oak Hill Cemetery.

2.Helen E. Petty, who was born about 1906 in Carroll County and died July 29, 1995 in Tavares, Florida. Her husband was Earl Johnson.

3. Margaret Petty, who was born about 1912 in Illinois . Her husband was Richard Adell

Obituary of Charles W. Petty
Photo contributed by Alice Horner





This cute little girl is Zella Petty, born July 16, 1890. She is a daughter of James Petty and Susan H. Smith, born after her father's bio was written


Photo contributed by Alice Horner



Biography transcribed & contributed by Carol Parrish from Portraits and Biographical 1889 Pg 806

John Kinney 2nd husband of Jane (Patterson) Petty

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