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About The Pettiford Family of North Carolina - Past & Present
Welcome to the History of the Pettiford Family of North Carolina. Please take a moment to sign the "Guest Book" before leaving the site.


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Also please use the "Relationship Tool" above under the "People" section to understand connections with various relatives. If you don't see a connection, don't worry, this is a work in progress database and it is not yet complete, keep checking back.

Susan Hall researched Pettiford ancestry for over 20 years. She was the granddaughter of the late Mary  Louise Pettiford and R. Henry Hall Sr. of Queens Village, NY. My  Pettiford ancestors migrated to Plymouth, NC from Halifax and Vance Counties, and Warrenton, NC in the mid-1800s, and further from Granville County, NC in the 1700s. They were classified as "Free- Born African-Americans".

Here is Our history:

On this site, most Pettifords from the Central NC area were classified as "Mulattos"  often mixed with African-American and Native American Ancestry ( also there are some Pettifords of  European and Australian descent also featured on the database) of tribes such as the "Lumbee" Tribe, the "Nansemond" Tribe and the "Tuscarora" Native American Tribes.  There were a lot of Pettifords' also in servitude or locked into Indentured Servitude until a certain period of time and then bound out and given their complete "Freedom".  During the Pre-Antebellum periods, the Free Negro Codes of North Carolina were repealed, and a lot of "Free-Born" Blacks were forced back into servitude, and a lot of them left NC and migrated west to areas such as Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Canada,  Illinois, Oklahoma, and other midwest US territories to avoid being institutionalized or re-institutionalized into the bonds of Slavery. Many Pettifords followed these migrations mid-west and also settled and established themselves in new areas around the United States of America besides NC and Va. Some of the Vital Records are available, and some of the following information has been passed down through many generations of the various Pettiford families across the nation who originate from  North Carolina and of course, some of the information is unavailable or missing or inconsistent because of the era of time of which we are researching.

The earliest evidence of "Free Born African American Ancestry" amongst the Pettifords  begins with three "3" brothers in Granville County, NC:

1) Lawrence Pettiford - 1732
 2) Lewis Pettiford - 1734
 3) George Pettiford - 1736

On the following 
 pages, you will find information on their history, their spouses, and their  descendants along with pictures, stories, family tree data, and more of various family  members that have their origin in Granville, Warren, Wake, Nash, Alamance, Carteret,  Franklin, Orange, Stokes, 
 Bertie, &  Washington Counties. This is the history and the story of many "Free Born"  African American and Native American ancestors of the Pettiford family. The history has many different branches that spread from the East to the West Coast of the United  States. This family tree database also includes members with many other surnames that married into the  Pettiford Family and had many lineages of offspring. Many members have a variety of other surnames such as Armistead, Artis, Bass, Basnight, Billups,  Boston, Burden, Bullock, Chavis, Crews, Doby, Dorsey, Evans, Faison, Gregory, Hall,  Knight, Linear, Morris, Norman, Parker, Perry, Pettiford, Pierce, Smith, Weaver,  Webb, Wheelock, Wiggins, Wilson & many more. Many members of the Pettiford family inter-married into the Bass Family that descends from English ancestry and the Native  American Indian tribe called, "Nansemond". The Nansemond Indian Tribe has its origins. Copyright@1999- 2010. All Rights Reserved. Property of Mega Pettiford 
 Family Reunion Family Tree Book. - Author Susan Hall - pettifordreunion2010@yahoo.com

Add'l Data supplied by  & Special Thanks to:

Robert Jackson, Major Samuel E. Pettiford, Mauri Pettiford,  Petrella Robinson, Ozzie Hayes, Charles Greene, Tony Roesser, Belinda Pettiford- Brown, Lynda Pettiford Marcus, Geraldine Pettiford-Manley, Candace Henderson, Jill  Gulston, Lisa Wood, Kay Kline, Leamond A. Allen,
 Paulette Pettiford of Ohio, Wilberta Lankford, Cornelia Coverdale, Rachel Adonis,  Rev. Samuel Smith, Reginald Doby, Renee Billups Dew, Francis Pettiford, Sylvia  Robertson Hill, Randye Bullock, Randy Greene, Angela Pettiford King, Paulette  Pettiford Brown, Nelda Webb, Charles Highbaugh, Barbara Jones, Brenda Pitts, Rejean  Wilson, Earl Pettiford III, Robyn Hayes, Gloria Totten, Vanessa Pettiford Samuels,  Taft Pettiford Sr., Tim Pettiford, Norma Johnson, Bobbie Jean Pettiford, Norman  Alexander, Leonzo Pettiford, Joseph Pettiford Sr., Joseph Pettiford Jr., Yvette  Pettiford of Florida, Yvonne Pettiford Maxwell, the late Gladys Pettiford  Staplefoote  of Plymouth, NC, Savannah Doby, Joyce Peterson Coleman, Roy Lee  Pettiford, Michael Pettiford, Greg Gaskin Phyllis Shurn-Hannah, Pat Thompson,  Pastor John Henry Pettiford, Glynn Pettiford, Lafay Pettiford, Calvin James, George  Linyear, Bill Linyear, Arthur Morris, Catherine Cross Hawley, Parril Pettiford,  Vernon Pettiford, Eric Billups, Richard Hall Jr., Jacqueline Pettiford Graham of  Plymouth, Shirley C. Washington of El Paso, Tx., Alfonso Sneed Sr, Sally Sneed-Harris, Jahrod Pender, Raymond Pettiford III, Deborah Pettiford-Carver, Sallyanna Pettiford, Donna Merritt, Joann Pettiford Brooker, Demetrice L. Pettiford, Teresa Hester-Sisco,  Radkiah Johnson-Patterson, Akilah Pettiford, Selena Burwell, Reginald Crews, Christine Evans-Davis,  Isaac Evans Jr, Vivica Aycox, Kim Isaac, Kathy Long, Sharron Pettiford, Rebecca Pettiford-Leonard,  & many more relatives and Genealogy source and periodicals dating back from 1510 to the present.

This is the Pettiford Ancestry of Pettiford in Central and the North Eastern coastal  areas of North Carolina and the Southeast corridor of 
 Virginia dating back to 1732. These ancestors of these lineages are primarily of  African -American and Native American origin. Although some Pettiford descendants of this family who were born or classified as "Mulatto" merged and assumed the identity of Anglo Americans better known as Caucasian Americans and migrated to areas such as  Nash and Edgecombe Counties of NC, also area of Kentucky and Tennessee too.

There is additional family history documented here on 
 The Bass, and Boston surnames and ancestry with English and Native American ancestry bloodlines which date back to 1520.

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Please email any corrections, pictures or updates for the family tree database to:  - Marrius Pettiford at Marrius_p@yahoo.com or Bobbie Pettiford at msbobbiep60@gmail.com

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