Ezekiel Petty

Ezekiel Petty

Birth
Lancaster, Peoria County, Illinois, USA
Death 25 Nov 1910 (aged 66)
Elmwood, Peoria County, Illinois, USA
Burial Elmwood, Peoria County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 18385592 · View Source
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Ezekiel Petty
Co I
34 Regt
ILL INF

Aug 9, 1844 - Nov 25, 1910

Siblings:
Pvt.John R. Petty (1837-1905)
Pvt.Jacob Petty (1825-1895)

Private EZEKIEL PETTY, Co. I, 86th Illinois

Ezekiel Petty was born on August 9, 1844 near Lancaster, Illinois in Peoria County, one of seven sons and nine children born to John Petty and Eliza (__________) Petty. Ezekiel grew to manhood farming the land beside his father and brothers. According to the 1880 census, Ezekiel's parents were both born in Ohio. John Petty was born c. 1792/94, most likely in Ohio, but the 1850 census states he was born in Kentucky. Eliza __________ was born sometime between 1800 and 1810. John and Eliza were married c. 1820/21, most likely in Ohio. The Petty family is believed to have come west to Illinois in 1828. However, the family has not been identified in the 1830 census, so if they did come to Illinois at that time, they must have resided somewhere other than Peoria County. By the 1830's, they do reside in Peoria County. John Petty is almost certainly the John Pellis found in the typed copy of the 1840 census of Peoria County living in LaMarsh Precinct. At that time, Eliza is still living and is between the age of 30 and 40. John has two daughters listed as this time, one under the age of 5 (probably Sarah) and the other between 5 and 10 years of age (probably Mary). John is between 40 and 50 years of age. He has seven sons living at this time, one between 15 and 20 (probably Joseph), 3 between 10 and 15 (including Jacob and Aaron), one between 5 and 10, and one under the age of 5 (probably John). Following is a list of the children born to John and Eliza;
1. Joseph Petty, born c. 1821/22 in Ohio; married to Nancy __________ on __________ __, 18__ (1850's).
2. Jacob Petty, born c. 1825 in Ohio; never married.
3. (Son) __________ Petty, born between 1825 and 1830; probably died in the 1840's.
4. Aaron Petty, born c. 1828/29 in Illinois; married to Ruth Jane Shepard on July 3, 1851 in Peoria County.
5. Mary Petty, born c. 1830/31 in Illinois; married to Daniel F. Shepherd on May 5, 1853 in Peoria County.
6. (son) __________ Petty, born between 1830 and 1835; probably died in the 1840's.
7. John R. Petty, born c. 1836/37 in Illinois; married to Sophia Sams on August 9, 1855 in Peoria County.
8. Sarah M. Petty, born c. 1837/38 in Illinois; married Richard J. Green on December 25, 1856 in Peoria County.
9. Ezekiel Petty, born August 9, 1844 in Illinois

Sometime between 1841 and 1847, Eliza died. She is most likely buried in Peoria County. John Petty was married Margaret Jones on June 10, 1847 in Peoria County. Margaret Jones was born on __________ __, 18__ (c. 1820/21) in Ohio. Two sons are believed to have been born to John and Margaret. They are;

10. Jonathan Petty, born c. 1848 in Illinois
11. David Petty, born c. 1850/51 in Illinois

In the 1850 census of Peoria County, it is recorded on November 15, 1850 that the Petty family includes;
2850 Petty John 55 M Farming 1,500 KY
2850 Petty Margaret 29 F Ohio
2850 Petty Joseph 28 M Farming Ohio
2850 Petty Aaron 21 M Ill
2850 Petty Mary 19 F Ill
2850 Petty John 13 M Ill
2850 Petty Sarah 12 F Ill
2850 Petty Hezekiah 9 M Ill
2850 Petty John 2 M Ill
2850 Petty Jacob 25 M Farming 200 Ohio

(Note: Ezekiel is believed to be one of three brothers who served in Co. I of the 86th Illinois. The other two, John and Jacob, are believed to be shown in this census, John, age 13, and Jacob, age 25. Ezekiel should be about 6 years of age in this census. Is he the Hezekiah Petty listed in this census?)

At the time of the 1860 census, this is the Petty family as they are found in Timber Township;
2601 Green Richard J. 27 M farmer 175 VA
2601 Green Sarah 21 F IL
2601 Green Elizabeth 2/12 F IL
2660 Petty John 25 M laborer IL
2660 Petty Sophia 21 F IA
2660 Petty Melissa 3 F IL
2660 Petty Isadore 1 F IL
2746 Petty Joseph 40 M farmer 2,000 425 IL
2746 Petty Nancy 23 F PA
2746 Petty John 10 M IL
2746 Petty James 3 M IL
2746 Petty Eliza S 9/12 F IL

(Note: Ezekiel is not found anywhere in this census either and now no Hezekiah. John is now listed as being 25. Jacob is also missing in this census. Sarah Green is Sarah Petty, the daughter of John and Eliza Petty and the sister of Jacob, John, Ezekiel and the rest of the Petty children.)

On February 2, 1862, Ezekiel Petty is known to have volunteered to serve in what was to become Co. C of the 57th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry. For some reason, little information is found in his record. It is not known when he was mustered into the service or how long he served as there is no information about his mustered out either. It is known that Ezekiel was mustered out of the service by at least December of 1863 as he is known to have been back in Peoria County by this time.

ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES
Illinois Civil War Detail Report

Name PETTY, EZEKIEL Rank PVT
Company C Unit 57 IL US INF

Personal Characteristics
Residence LANCASTER, PEORIA CO, IL
Age 21 Height 5' 9 3/4
Hair LIGHT Eyes BROWN
Complexion LIGHT
Marital Status SINGLE
Occupation FARMER
Nativity PEORIA CO, IL

Service Record
Joined When FEB 2, 1862
Joined Where
Joined By Whom
Period 3 YRS
Muster In
Muster In Where
Muster In By Whom
Muster Out
Muster Out Where
Muster Out By Whom
Remarks

On the morning of August 11, 1862, Jacob Petty volunteered to serve in a company which was being recruited in the Timber Township/Hollis Township area of Peoria County by a well known area businessman by the name of Allen L. Fahnestock. Fahnestock had been recruiting for several days and by the afternoon of the 11th of August, he had 101 volunteers. That afternoon, Fahnestock led the Timber/Hollis company into Peoria, where they went into camp at the old Peoria County fairgrounds, not known as Camp Lyon, which was located directly across the street from what is today Glen Oak Park. On August 27, 1862, Fahnestock and 96 of the other Timber/Hollis Township volunteers, including now Private Jacob Petty, were mustered in as Company I of the 86th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry.
The men of the 85th & 86th Illinois marched out of the gates of Camp Lyon on September 7, 1862, with much fanfare, through the streets of Peoria down to the railroad depot. Undoubtedly scattered among the crowd were probably members of the Petty family including possibly John R. Petty and his family. At the train station the 85th and 86th boarded trains bound for Camp Joe Holt in Jeffersonville, Indiana, located across the river from Louisville. Three weeks later the men of the 85th & 86th were in the field in Kentucky as part of Colonel Daniel McCook's Brigade in General Buell's Union army chasing Confederate troops under the command of General Braxton Bragg. On October 8, 1862, the men of McCook's Brigade were engaged with those Confederate troops during the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky, suffering their first casualties. There would be many more in the next few years.
After the Battle of Perryville, the Confederate forces withdrew from Kentucky, while the men of McCook's Brigade marched on to Nashville, Tennessee, where they went into winter camp. The men of McCook's Brigade also spent the spring and early summer of 1863 in the Nashville area. In the late summer of 1863, the men of McCook's Brigade participating in the Campaign for Chattanooga and were heavily engaged in the Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia in September of 1863. By December of 1863, the Union had secured Chattanooga and the men of McCook's Brigade went into camp at McAfee's Church in north Georgia on the southern end of the Chickamauga battlefield. During their sixteen months in the service, the Diet, the life style and the Confederates had taken a terrible toll on the regiments that made up McCook's Briagde. Back in Peoria, Union officers were actively recruiting replacements to help fill up the rank of these regiments. By this time, Ezekiel Petty was back in Peoria County.
Late in December of 1863, Ezekiel Petty made the decision to volunteer and join his brother in Co. I. John R. Petty also volunteered to serve at this time. On December 28, 1863, Ezekiel and John R. Petty were mustered into the service along with 5 other Timber Township men and they were soon on their way to Georgia. At the time Ezekiel enlisted, he gave his age as 22 and his place of residence as Timber Township, though up to this point he has never been found in a Peoria County census.

ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES
Illinois Civil War Detail Report

Name PETTY, EZEKIEL Rank PVT
Company I Unit 86 IL US INF

Personal Characteristics
Residence TIMBER, PEORIA CO, IL
Age 22 Height 5' 8 3/4
Hair LIGHT Eyes BROWN
Complexion LIGHT
Marital Status
Occupation FARMER
Nativity PEORIA CO, IL

Service Record
Joined When DEC 28, 1863
Joined Where PEORIA, IL
Joined By Whom CPT ALLAN
Period 3 YRS
Muster In DEC 28, 1863
Muster In Where PEORIA, IL
Muster In By Whom
Muster Out
Muster Out Where
Muster Out By Whom
Remarks VETERAN RECRUIT TRANS TO CO I 34 ILL INF MAY 18, 1865

In January of 1864, the three Petty brothers were joined at McAfee's Church in north Georgia. For the next year and a half, the three Petty brothers served side by side. During this time they were witness to and participants in numerous battles and skirmishes, some of the bloodiest fighting in the Western Theatre of the war, including the Battles of Resaca, Georgia; Rome, Georgia; Peach Tree Creek, Georgia; Jonesboro, Georgia, Averysboro, North Carolina; and Bentonville, North Carolina, just to name a few. They also participated on General Sherman's famous "March to the Sea".
After the war came to a close, the men of McCook's Brigade marched on to Washington City (now D.C.) where they marched down Pennsylvania Avenue on the 2nd day of the Grand Review in May of 1865. In May it was decided that the original surviving members of the 86th who were still with the 86th would be mustered out of the service and sent home. However, it was decided that the late war recruits like Ezekiel and John R. Petty would be transferred to out unit for a little more duty. So, on May 18, 1865, Ezekiel and John R. Petty and the other late were recruits were at least on paper transferred to the 34th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infatry. The Co. I men were transferred to Co. I of the 34th Illinois. However, at this point, it is believed that the recruits did not actually join the 34th until June 2, 1865. On June 6, 1865, Private Jacob Petty was among the surviving members of the 86th who were mustered out of the service and sent home.

ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES
Illinois Civil War Detail Report

Name PETTY, EZEKIEL Rank PVT
Company I Unit 34 IL US INF

Personal Characteristics
Residence TIMBER, PEORIA CO, IL
Age 22 Height 5' 8 3/4
Hair LIGHT Eyes BROWN
Complexion LIGHT
Marital Status
Occupation FARMER
Nativity IL

Service Record
Joined When DEC 28, 1863
Joined Where PEORIA, IL
Joined By Whom CPT ALLEN
Period 3 YRS
Muster In JAN 5, 1864
Muster In Where PEORIA, IL
Muster In By Whom
Muster Out JUL 12, 1865
Muster Out Where LOUISVILLE, KY
Muster Out By Whom CPT PAPST
Remarks TRANS FROM 86 ILL INF JUN 2, 1865

The men of the 34th Illinois only remained in the service another 5 weeks or so. Soon they found themselves in Louisville, Kentucky where on July 12, 1865, they, too, were mustered out of the service and sent home. By the end of July of 1865, the three Petty brothers were back home together in Peoria County. They had all survived the war.

There is a record of an Ezekiel Petty being married to a Mary L. (Wolgamott) Bitner on April 18, 1866 in Peoria County. This may very well be our Ezekiel Petty. Mary was the widow of Private Samuel Bitner, who was also a member of Co. I. Samuel Bitner was killed in action on June 27, 1864 during the charge up Cheatham Hill during the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia. Samuel and Mary Bitner also resided in Timber township, most likely knew each other even before the war and most likely, all three Petty brothers were with Samuel when he was killed. If this is our Ezekiel Petty, which it almost certainly is, the three Petty brothers were most likely with Samuel when he was killed and may have helped to bury him two days later.
If this is our Ezekiel Petty, then the marriage was most likely a short one as Mary Bitner is believed to have remarried on December 24, 1874 when she is believed to have been married to Thomas G. (or B.) Davis in Peoria County.
Ezekiel continues to be missing from all Peoria County Census records until 1900 and no wife or children are mentioned in his obituary so at this point we just can't be certain about the marriage between Ezekiel Petty and Mary L. (Wolgamott) Bitner.
It is believed that Ezekiel remained in Peoria County although again he has not been located in the Peoria County census of 1870. This is the Petty family as it is found in Timber Township;
88 Green R. J. 37 M farmer 800 Virginia
88 Green Sarah M. 31 F wife Illinois
88 Green Elizabeth J.10 F Illinois
88 Green Ellen 8 F Illinois
88 Green Rachel 6 F Illinois
88 Green Rayena 3 F Illinois
88 Petty Jonathan 17 M farmer Illinois
88 Petty David 19 M farmer Illinois
216 Petty Joseph 45 M farmer 3,000 200 Ohio
216 Petty Nancy 33 F wife Pennsylvania
219 Petty Aaron 39 M farmer 200 Illinois
219 Petty Ruth Jane 35 F wife Kentucky
219 Petty Saliza 18 F at home Illinois
219 Petty Charlotte 15 F at home Illinois
219 Petty Allen 12 M at home Illinois
219 Petty John 8 M Illinois
219 Petty Nathaniel 5 M Illinois
219 Petty Marion 3 M Illinois
219 Petty Jacob 43 M Ohio
264 Petty John 35 M farmer 150 Ohio
264 Petty Mary 33 F wife Illinois
264 Petty Sarah 13 F Illinois
264 Petty Dora 10 F Illinois
264 Petty Jane 8 F Illinois
264 Petty Oscar 4 M Illinois
264 Petty George 9/12 M Illinois Nov. 1869

(Note: Jonathan and David Petty, believed to be the sons of John and Margaret (Jones) Petty, are residing with Richard J. & Sarah (Petty) Green near Kingston Mines. Sarah is the daughter of John and Eliza (_________) Petty. So Sarah is the older half sister of Jonathan and David. The rest of the family have a P.O. of Glasford, Illinois.)

In the 1880 census of Timber Township, 22 members of the Petty family are found. Still no Ezekiel Petty.
self John R. Petty M 42 Illinois
wife Sophia M. Petty F 39 Indiana
dau Elizabeth J. Petty F 18 Illinois
son Oscar Petty M 12 Illinois
son George Petty M 10 Illinois
son Joseph Petty M 6 Illinois
dau Mary M. Petty F 3 Illinois
dau Annie Petty F 1 Illinois

self Joseph Petty M 58 Ohio
wife Nancy E. Petty F 43 Pennsylvania
dau Eliza Petty F 20 Illinois
son William Petty M 18 Illinois
dau Mary E. Petty F 15 Illinois
bro Jacob Petty M 54 Ohio

In the 1900 census of Peoria County, for the first time in 55 years, Ezekiel Petty is found. He is living with his niece, Elizabeth Jane (Petty) Worthington, the daughter of his brother, John R. Petty, in the City of Elmwood. It is now know that he moved in with her about 1892;
138 Worthington Jane Head F Jan 1862 38 W 5 5 Illinois Illinois Illinois
138 Worthington Anna Daughter F Feb 1884 16 S Illinois Illinois Illinois
138 Worthington Pearl Daughter F May 1885 15 S Illinois Illinois Illinois
138 Worthington Mable Daughter F Mar 1887 13 S Illinois Illinois Illinois At school
138 Worthington Grace Daughter F Feb 1889 11 S Illinois Illinois Illinois At school
138 Worthington Sophia Daughter F Feb 1891 9 S Illinois Illinois Illinois At school
138 Petty Ezikel Uncle M Aug 1845 54 S Illinois
New York Ohio

In the 1910 census, Ezekiel Petty is again found residing with his niece, Elizabeth Jane (Petty) Worthington and Ezekiel is listed as Head of the household. They are still in the City of Elmwood. They live on Althea Street in Elmwood;
239 PETTY Ezekiel Head M 65 WD Illinois New Jersey Ohio
239 WORTHINGTON Elizabeth J. Sister F 60 WD 3 3 Illinois New Jersey Illinois House Keeper

Of the three Petty brothers who served in the Civil War, Jacob died in October of 1895, John died next in 1905 and Ezekiel died on November 25, 1910. After his death, the following obituary appeared in the Elmwood Gazette edition on November 20, 1910;
".................EZEKIEL PETTY..................
Ezekiel Petty was born near Glasford, Illinois, August 9, 1844, and departed this life at Elmwood, Illinois, Nov. 25, 1910, at the age of 66 years, 3 months and 16 days. He served his country in the war of the Rebellion, being a member of the 86th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry, Co. I.
He was the son of John and Eliza Petty, being one of a family of nine children, Joseph, Jacob, Aaron, John R., Jonathan, David, Mary, Sarah and Ezekiel, of which only two are now living, Mrs. Sarah Green, Canton, Ill., and Mrs. Mary Shepherd, Glasford, Ill.
For the past eighteen years he has made his home with his niece, Mrs. Jane Worthington, in and near Elmwood. He was a member of the Baptist Church of Glasford. Funeral services were held at the M. E. Church Sunday afternoon, Rev. Ioder officiating. Internment was in the Elmwood Cemetery."

Private Ezekiel Petty's earthly remains were laid to rest in the Elmwood Cemetery beside those of his brother, Private John R. Petty.

by Baxter B. Fite III (FAG Contributor #47203738) and Derri Petty, whose husband is a great great grandson of Ezekiel's brother, Jacob Petty. Derri's email address is genepool858@aol.com and she is FAG Contributor #47832658 a.k.a. Mrsswerv.

(Baxter would enjoy hearing from anyone, especially descendants of the Petty family, who might be able to add to the biographical material that we have on Private Ezekiel Petty and the Petty family. Baxter would also like to see copies of any photographs of Ezekiel Petty that may have survived the years, added to his Find A Grave site for all to see.)


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  • Originally Created by: Heather Timmons Binder
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 18385592
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