NameBenjamin Franklin Pettit, 1C4R
BirthJul 1848, Bath Co., Kentucky
Marriage31 May 1888, Rowan Co., Kentucky
SpouseMary L. Anna Donahue
Birthabt 1843, Morgan Co., Kentucky
Death27 Sep 1913, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Census Notes for Benjamin Franklin Pettit
Possibly the Frank Pettet listed as age 22 (along with 2 other young boarders) with the Michael Farrish family in the 1870 census of Bath Co., Ky., Bethel precinct, dwelling #111. But if so, he is listed twice in 1870, as he appears as Franklin, age 23, with his parents.
Notes for Mary L. Anna Donahue
John Donohew’s online GEDCOM11
shows Mary’s middle name as “Thomas”.
Her death certificate records Mary Donahue Corsthwait, age 57, born in 1856 in Rowan Co., Ky, died 27 Sep 1913 in Morehead, Rowan Co., Ky, marital status “single had been married”, father Alford Donahue, mother’s maiden name Mar(scribbled out y) Donahue, both born in Rowan Co., Ky, cause of death “don’t know, never saw her sent med one or two times”, informant blank, burial info fields blank, with “(no permit granted)” noted in the bottom margin.
She was listed as Mary age 7 in 1850 and Mary L. age 17 in 1860, so despite the great variance in later records, the early ones are consistent with a birthdate in late 1842 or early 1843.
In the 1910 census she was recorded as Anna Crosthwait, age 65, mother-in-law, widowed, with her daughter Lou and Lou’s second husband Alex Bradley. She also signed the consent note for Lou’s first marriage, to Davis Turner, as Mrs. Ann Crosthwait. Those are the only two records I know of that show her name as Ann or Anna. It may be that her middle name was Luanna, or that she had three names, such as Mary Anna Louisa.
Notes for Benjamin Franklin & Mary L. Anna (Family)
Rowan Co. marriage book 1, p. 173, and Book A, p. 15, record marriage of Ben F. Petitt and Mary Crosthwait on 31 May 1888, at her house by W. W. Phillips, witnesses James W. Evans and James A. Ferand, bond surety John H. Mabry.
From comparing the 1880 and 1900 censuses, Mary's first husband was Owen Crosthwait.
The marriage to Ben may have ended in divorce, since Mary had returned to using the surname Crosthwaite by 1910.
1900 census of Rowan Co., Pierce prec., family #52, as:
Benj. F. Pettitt, 57, b. July 1852; wife Mary, 52, b. May 1848; married 16 years, Mary the mother of 5 children, 4 living; Onie Crosthwait (male), 22, b. May 1878. All born Ky Ky Ky.
The birthyear for Ben would be off by 4 years if he is the son of Andrew, but the number of years married is definitely off by four years, so it wouldn't be surprising if they got both wrong. The ages for Mary and Onie are also three years less than would be implied by the 1880 census, which listed Mary 35 and Owen 5.