Thomas Pettit1

M, #768, b. circa 1609, d. after 1686
Last Edited: 1 Apr 2015


Christian Mellows b. c 1611
  • Marriage*: November 1629; co. Essex, England; Wurts says: "Thomas is said (by Mr. Carpenter, a descendant) to have married Christian Mellows in co. Essex, England, in November 1629..."
    Moore says "His wife's maiden name was Christian Mellows."; Principal:Christian Mellows1,2


Thomas Pettit2 b. 25 Jun 1630
Sarah Pettit2 b. c 1634
Joseph Pettit2 b. 1636, d. a 1725
Elizabeth Pettit+ 2 b. c 1637, d. c 1679
John Pettit2 b. 1638, d. 1690
Mary Pettit2 b. c 1640
Nathaniel Pettit+ 1 b. 1645, d. 1718
Hannah Pettit2 b. 1 Feb 1647


  • Immigration*: 1630; Massachusetts
  • Note: In Boston by 1634
    Founder at Exeter
    At Newtown 1655.
    On Dongan Charter 16861
  • Note: "...Thomas Pettit who came to New England about 1650. He was one of a company of Englishman who,in 1652, petitioned Governor Stuyvesant for permission to settle a colony on Long Island within the jurisdiction of New Amsterdam. His son Nathaniel was a resident of Long Island in 1673 and in 1686 with Thomas, John and Moses Pettit, was a signer of the charter of Newtown, Long Island. Nathaniel removed form Newtown, Long Island, to Hopewell Township in 1696, and purchased land adjoining Joshua Ely."3
  • Note*: "[Thomas and Christian and her brother Oliver] sailed on the ship 'Talbot', which left England in March 1629/30 and after three months at sea landed at Charlestown (Cambridge) 2 July 1630...
    In 1630, seventeen vessels, called the Winthrop First Fleet, brought about 1,000 Puritan Non-Conformists to America. Most of these colonists, it is said, were from the vicinity of Saffron Walden. Two hundred of them died before December of that year. They brought with them horses, cows, goats and materials for planting, fishing and building."
    "A journeyman in Boston, Thomas Pettit 'served his brother-in-law [Oliver Mellows] more than three and a half years' to pay his debt for the passage money advanced for himself and his wife..."
    "on 8 January 1637/8 in Boston was granted a house-plot..."
    "Consistently a Non-Conformist, Thomas Pettit, with many others in 1637, sided with Mrs. Anne their controversy with the Massachusetts Bay Colony. During the trial, 7th of 1st mo. (April?) 1638, Thomas Pettit, was arrested on suspicion of slander, insubordination and inciting to riot. He was convicted and sentenced to receive thirty lashes and to be held in gaol. As the Church and State were then one, they were all arrested, but were later released upon their agreeing to leave the Colony within ten days...Thomas Pettit went to the Falls of the Piscataqua in New Hampshire with Rev. John Wheelwright and thirty-three others and...they founded the town of Exeter, and in 1638 established the Congregational Church...signed the Exeter Combination...He became in 1647 chief military man and Inspector of Staves. He served as Selectman of Exeter from 1652 to 1655.
    The Duke of York, brother of Charles II, granted to the Massachusetts Bay Colony all the land East of the earlier Connecticut grant. This enabled the Bay Colony to surround the settlement at Exeter, making it ecomomically necessry for it, in order to survive, to be reinstated with the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
    Thomas Pettit, unwilling to be again under its jurisdiction, sold his property and with his wife and eight children and other settlers, came in 1655 to Long Island and petitioned Governor Stuyvesant, who granted them the right to settle. They named the place Newtown (now, since 1895, Elmhurst, Queens County (Mespat) and formerly called Mittleburg) which the Dutch had settled in 1644.
    Soon after his arrival on Long Island the Town Marshall, one Elias Bailey, was voted out of office by the townspeople for exercizing the duties of his office in an objectionable manner, and Thomas Pettit was elected 8 May 1657 to fill the office...
    On 4 December 1666 Thomas Pettit's name was on the list of freeholders..."2
  • Note: Wurt's account of the Pettit family is undocumented. For a much more reliable account, see "Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Heath) Pettit of Hunterdon County, New Jersey" by Rev. Frank C. Baldwin, in The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, Vol. 88, No. 3 (Sept 2013), p. 99-112.


  1. [S227] James W. Moore, Rev John Moore.
  2. [S241] John S. Wurts Magna Charta.
  3. [S390] Reuben Pownall Ely, Warren Smedley Ely and Daniel Brittain Ely, Ely Revell Stacye Families.