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Mrs Cornelia Pettit Gates
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Birth: 1823
Genesee County
New York, USA
Death: Aug. 22, 1846
Muscatine County
Iowa, USA

From: Biographies for Muscatine County Iowa 1879.

Cornelia was Mr. Seth G. Gates 1st wife - Married September 5, 1839

3 children - 2 that were living. Silas R. & Louis W. Gates

2nd wife was Eve.

gender: Female
birth: 1822 Feb 26
Johnstown, Somerset, Pa
death: 1902 Oct 18
Muscatine, Muscatine, Ia
burial: Oak Grove Cemetery Near Cranst, Ia
AFN: 5H8V-80

father: FITZGERALD (AFN: 5H8V-FT )
mother: Eve FAUST (AFN: 5H8V-G1 )

Marriages (2)
spouse: Reuben FRY (AFN: 5H8V-7S )
marriage: 1840 EST

Show children (2)

child 1: Deborah (Debbie) Ann Alice FRY (AFN: 5H8V-2X )
gender: Female
birth: 1843 Feb 15
Johnstown, Somerset, Pa
death: 1915 Dec 20
Davenport, Scott, Ia
burial: Oak Grove Cemetery, Cranston, Muscatine, Ia

child 2: Lucretia FRY (AFN: 5H8V-TW )
gender: Female
birth: Or 30 Jun 1841 07 Est
Near Johnstown, Somerset, Pa
death: 1871 Jun 18

spouse: Seth G. GATES (AFN: D59K-Z1 )
marriage: 1848 Jun 8

Mrs. Eve Gates,Sec. 13; P. O. Letts; Mrs. Gates is the widow of the late Seth G. Gates, who died February 7, 1878; her maiden name was Fitzgerald; she was born in Pennsylvania in 1822. She married in 1840 Mr. Reuben Fry, who was born in Somerset Co., Penn., in 1820; she had two children--Lucretia now deceased, and Debbie, who married William R. DeWitt; resides in Missouri. Mr. Gates was first married to Cornelia Pettit September 5, 1839; she died August 22, 1846; Mr. Gates had three children by his first marriage, two of whom are living -Silas R. and Louis W. both of whom served in the Union army during the rebellion. Mrs. Gates has six children by her second marriage--Harriet (married Mr. John W. Meeker), James B., H. N., Cornelia A., Jesse A., and George W. Mrs. Gates' mother, Mrs. Oaks resides with her.

Greenwood 1st burial was 1843 per Muscatine Historical lady - 8 March 2011. She is checking for information on the family.

Clinton was named after Clinton DeWitt who was known as the Grandfather of th Erie Canal and one of the 1st governor of New York. Who was friends of his family in New York.

Clinton was said to have never married.

His father John Riddell Pettit was the executor of his probate which were dated 1846. So did he die in 1846 or just do them in 1846? and if he died in 1856 which some in the family think - how could John Riddell Pettit have excuted his probate when he died in Nov. 1855? I will still be working on these issue and family burial in the future.

Mother was Huldah Gleason Pettit 1796 - 1834 born in NY or Ohio - Married 1820 to John Riddell Pettit

2nd Winterset court house burt down - losing many records. Probate says died in Winterset, Iowa too.

Married Huldah Gleason about 1820 in Genesee, Monroe Co. NY. She was born 1795 in NY. Died 1835 in Ny or Ohio.

Children were:

Clinton Dewitt Pettit - born abt 1821 died in Muscatine, Iowa.

Cornelia Pettit - born abt 1823 married Seth Gates
in Muscatine, Iowa - It was Seths 1st marriage. 3 kids by this marriage. Died 1864 in Muscatine, Muscatine Co. Iowa

Malvina Pettit - born abt 1825 Married Milton Gillet 1864 in Ohio.

Nathaniel Pettit - born abt 1827 Died 1864 Union Township, Madison Co. Married Ann Doe about 1838 in Iowa.

George Washington Pettit - born abt June 1828 Died 8 October 1876 in Cherokee, Kansas Married ELizabeth Williamson 28 Jan 1852 in Harrison, Louisa Co. Iowa. SHe died 4 February 1911 in Ramah, EL Paso Co. Colorado.

Jonathan H. Pettit - born abt 1829 Married Sarah Buckingham died in IL, Buried in Guymon Cemetery - some thought Benton Co. Arkansas, but his unit served there and he was a disable veteran and live in Danville, IL soldiers home for years. Died in the snow walking to see his Niece per newspaper.

Zidania Lenora Pettit born 10 March 1831 Died 8 march 1911 in Auburn, nemaha Co. NE Married William Henry Peck 27 October 1850 in Muscatine, Muscatine Co. Iowa.

Huldah Ann Pettit born 19 Octtober 1832 in Knox Co. Ohio. Died 8 June 1919 in Marshalltown, Iowa. Married John Ricketts in Adel, Dallas Co. Iowa.

2nd wife was Mary L (______) Pettit - per John Riddell Pettits Probate in Winterset in 1856.

Melancton Pettit - born in 1840 in Winterset, Iowa. buried in Lincoln Cemetery Lincoln, Missouri in a unmarked grave. Married Mary Jane Strickland in Muscatine, Iowa in 4 Sept 1861 per IAGENWEB.

John Wesley Pettit born in 1854 in Iowa - Married Sarah Gilliam, 2nd wife Julia Ann Rice. Had 9 Children - was killed 24 Nov 1903 in mine explosion in Bonanza, AR. 13 men were killed.

Agnes Pettit born in 1843 in Winterset, Iowa

Lucy Pettit born in 1846 in Winterset, Iowa

Hi Gary,

Your Gates family seen to be buried at the Cranston Cemetery and Oak Grove Cemetery. The two cemeteries are only a few miles away from each other. One is in Cedar Twp. and the other in 76 Twp.
If you scroll down the cemetery listing page you will see more complete listings per cemetery.

I found them by searching the WPA Graves Registration project who's link is posted on the page. select Muscatine County, then enter the last name and it will give you a list. I also checked Pettit. It only pulled up one Mainda H. Pettit wife of David d. 27 Aug 1879.

If you go to the Iowa Gravestone Photo Project and enter Gates we do have a photo of L.W. Gate and his wife Mary. There is also one of Rev. Peter Gates & wife Elizabeth.

Those photos are under copy right. You may download a copy for your personal records. YOU MAY NOT COPY THE PICTURE AND SEND IT TO FIND A GRAVE. Only the person who took the picture may do that.

As to going out to take photos, now is not the time of year to do it. It is rain, ice, snow and mud season here. I can go to the cemeteries to take pictures however being they are quite a distance away request $.35 per mile for gas. It is a good 20-25 min drive to get to those cemeteries. People may or may not have a marker. Won't know until I get there.

What is the full date listed on the probate record that you have? I see your last name spelled as Petit, Pettit, Pettitt, Pettite to name a few. Newspapers are on microfilm at Musser Public Library. It is possible that an obituary might be found. I will search for you at $3.00 per person (includes cost of copy & postage).

Winterset is in Madison County, Iowa. try: to see if you can find something on that site about the family.

What might be your thoughts?

Family links: 
  John Riddell Pettit (1793 - 1855)
  Huldah Gleason Pettit (1796 - 1834)
  Seth G. Gates (1816 - 1878)
  Silas R Gates*
  Lewis W. Gates (1843 - 1911)*
  Clinton Dewitt Pettit (1821 - 1856)*
  Cornelia Pettit Gates (1823 - 1846)
  Jonathan H. Pettit (1827 - 1905)*
  Nathaniel Pettit (1827 - 1864)*
  George Washington Pettit (1828 - 1875)*
  Zidania Leonora Pettit Peck (1831 - 1911)*
  John Wesley Pettit (1848 - 1903)**
  John Wesley Pettit (1848 - 1903)*
  Melancton Pettit (1849 - 1923)*
*Calculated relationship
Oak Grove Cemetery
Muscatine County
Iowa, USA
Created by: Gary L. Pettit
Record added: Mar 09, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 66672125
Mrs Cornelia <i>Pettit</i> Gates
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- Gary L. Pettit
 Added: Mar. 8, 2013
Rest in peace. I will still be working on your records of death in the future! I know life was hard back then. Sorry you lived only 20 some years. RIP
- Gary L. Pettit
 Added: Mar. 9, 2011

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