WILLIAM L. PETITT, farmer, P. O. Thebes. The gentleman whose name heads this sketch is a native of Randolph County, Ill., and was born March 20, 1843. He is a son of Richard C. and Catharine Petitt, both natives of Tennessee. Our subject attended school in his native county, but left home when sixteen years old, with his father, and came to Alexander County in 1857, and settled near where the son now lives. After remaining at home with his father for a number of years, Mr. Petitt made a start in life on a rented farm of sixty acres. He only remained there one year. When his father died, he bought out the remaining heirs, and came back to the home farm. He now owns eighty acres in Section 16, Town 15, Range 3, of which forty acres are in cultivation. Subject married Miss Melissa Moore, daughter of Preston and Sallie (Overton) Moore, on March 25, 1866. This lady is the mother of eight children, five of whom are living— Richard, Hiram, Sarah, Levy and Zola. In politics, Mr. Petitt is a Republican, and is a member of the Methodist Church at Thebes.
Extracted 29 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, page 233.
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