William King Petty

Brief Life History of William

When William King Petty was born on 10 May 1811, in Duck River, Hickman, Tennessee, United States, his father, Thomas Petty Jr., was 12 and his mother, Kiziah Albina Humble, was 22. He married Emeline George on 8 February 1836, in Dickson, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Hickman, Tennessee, United States in 1850. He died on 21 November 1858, in Duck River, Hickman, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 47, and was buried in Duck River, Hickman, Tennessee, United States.

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Family Time Line

William King Petty
Emeline George
Marriage: 8 February 1836
Thomas Daniel Petty
Amilla Petty
Anderson J. Petty
Gilbert Holland Petty
Nancy C Petty
Malisa Permilla Petty
Terry Armantha H Petty
William Miles Petty
Franklin C. Petty

Sources (20)

  • Wm K Petty, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Legacy NFS Source: William King Petty - birth-name: William King Petty
  • Wm F Petty, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950"

World Events (6)


War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

1812 · War of 1812

Because of the outbreak of war from Napoleonic France, Britain decided to blockade the trade between the United States and the French. The US then fought this action and said it was illegal under international law. Britain supplied Native Americans who raided settlers living on the frontier and halting expansion westward. In 1814, one of the British raids stormed into Washington D.C. burning down the capital. Neither the Americans or the British wanted to continue fighting, so negotiations of peace began. After Treaty of Ghent was signed, Unaware of the treaty, British forces invaded Louisiana but were defeated in January 1815.

1825 · The Crimes Act

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.

Name Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English king ‘king’ (Old English cyning, cyng), perhaps acquired by someone with kingly qualities or as a pageant name by someone who had acted the part of a king or had been chosen as the master of ceremonies or ‘king’ of an event such as a tournament, festival or folk ritual. In North America, the surname King has absorbed several European cognates and equivalents with the same meaning, for example German König (see Koenig ) and Küng, French Roy , Slovenian, Croatian, or Serbian Kralj , Polish Krol . It is also very common among African Americans. It is also found as an artificial Jewish surname.

English: occasionally from the Middle English personal name King, originally an Old English nickname from the vocabulary word cyning, cyng ‘king’.

Irish: adopted for a variety of names containing the syllable (which means ‘king’ in Irish).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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