Charles Clifton Pettaway

6 July 1922–2 December 1995 (Age 73)
Virginia, United States

The Life of Charles Clifton

When Charles Clifton Pettaway was born on 6 July 1922, in Virginia, United States, his father, Edward William Pettaway, was 37 and his mother, Edith Corrine Alexander, was 28. He married Bessie Louise Wilson on 14 November 1943, in Surry, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Brandon, Prince George, Virginia, United States in 1930 and Brandon Magisterial District, Prince George, Virginia, United States in 1940. He died on 2 December 1995, in Spring Grove, Surry, Virginia, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in Lebanon Baptist Church Cemetery, Disputanta, Prince George, Virginia, United States.

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Charles Clifton Pettaway
Bessie Louise Wilson
Marriage: 14 November 1943
Floyd Clayton Pettaway

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14 November 1943
Surry, Virginia, United States


    Floyd Clayton Pettaway


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World Events (8)

1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 1

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.
1941 · Pentagon is Built in Arlington

Age 19

The Pentagon was developed as the Department of Defense had outgrown the other buildings were it was previous located.The groundbreaking for the Pentagon was on September 11, 1941. When the Pentagon was being built, it was determined that it could be no taller than four stories high. Colonel Leslie R. Groves was the supervisor of the project, he would later become known for helping on the Manhattan Project.
1942 · The Japanese American internment

Age 20

Caused by the tensions between the United States and the Empire of Japan, the internment of Japanese Americans caused many to be forced out of their homes and forcibly relocated into concentration camps in the western states. More than 110,000 Japanese Americans were forced into these camps in fear that some of them were spies for Japan.

Name Meaning

Altered spelling of English Pittaway, which is probably a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place named with Old English pytt ‘pit’, ‘hollow’ + weg ‘path’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Clifton Pettaway in household of Edward W Pettaway, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Charles C Petteway in household of Edward W Petteway, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Charles Clifton Pettaway in entry for James Curtis Bailey and Ruth Deloris Pettaway, "Virginia, Marriage Certificates, 1936-1988"

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