William King Petty

10 May 1811–21 November 1858 (Age 47)
Duck River, Hickman, Tennessee, United States

The Life of William

When William King Petty was born on 10 May 1811, in Duck River, Hickman, Tennessee, United States, his father, Thomas Daniel Petty Jr., was 20 and his mother, Kiziah Albina Humble, was 21. He married Emeline George on 8 February 1836. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 3 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
Anderson J. Petty
Gilbert Holland Petty
Nancy C Petty
Malisa Permilla Petty
Terry Armantha H Petty
William Miles Petty
Wyatt Franklin Petty
Franklin C. Petty

Spouse and Children

8 February 1836
, Dickson, Tennessee, United States


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World Events (6)


Age 1

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

Age 1

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

Age 14

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

1 English and Scottish: nickname from Middle English king, Old English cyning ‘king’ (originally merely a tribal leader, from Old English cyn(n) ‘tribe’, ‘race’ + the Germanic suffix -ing). The word was already used as a byname before the Norman Conquest, and the nickname was common in the Middle Ages, being used to refer to someone who conducted himself in a kingly manner, or one who had played the part of a king in a pageant, or one who had won the title in a tournament. In other cases it may actually have referred to someone who served in the king's household. The American surname has absorbed several European cognates and equivalents with the same meaning, for example German König ( see Koenig ), Swiss German Küng, French Leroy . It is also found as an Ashkenazic Jewish surname, of ornamental origin.2 Chinese 金: variant of Jin 1.3 Chinese 景, 荆, 井, 金: see Jing .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Wm K Petty, "United States Census, 1850"
  • King Petty in entry for Gilbert Holland Petty, "Tennessee Deaths, 1914-1966"
  • King Petty in entry for William Miles Petty, "Tennessee Death Records, 1914-1963"

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