Tom Pettus

Tom Pettus

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Tom R. Pettus
Born 1960s.
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I'm working from autosomal hits to confirm all of my putative ancestors by analyzing the genetic distance. This works to 6-8 generations max at the present time. Deeper looks require Y(111) for paternal or mitochondrial for maternal.


Thomas Pettus is and professor of organic chemistry at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He grew up in Keysville in Charlotte County Virginia, which is home to the Richardson family plantation known as Maple Roads. His cousin William Walker Pettus IV wrote a 2 volume book on Thomas Petyous (Pettus) and his Pettus Descendants, tracing Pettus roots to Thomas Pettus (1598 in Norwich England). His Aunt Katherine (Early) Holden wrote a book on the Early's of Virginia.

Sources, I have 2 that I'm using


DNA Circles: according to, the group I manage of my kids, my sisters, my 1st cousins, my 2nd cousins and my 3rd cousins. I'm in the following 29 DNA circles (Thomas White Cecil, 4th GGF, 51 members), (Nancy Grayson, 4th GGM, 31 members), (Ira Howard, 3rd GGF, 29 members), (Sebastian Wygal, 4th GGF, 20 members), (Sarah Strickland, 4th GGM, 40 members), (Peter Howard, 4th GGF, 39 members), (Rhoda Stevens, 3rd GGM, 23 members), (John R Early, 3rd GGF, 23 members), (Eleanor Collinsworth, 4th GGM, 20 members), (William O'Bryan, 4th GGF, 26 members), (George William Tuck, 4th GGF, 26 members), (John Davis Richardson, 4th GGF, 18 members), (Rebeckah Davis, 4th GGM, 16 members), (Mary Yancy, 4th GGM, 42 members), (Catherine Plickenstalver, 4th GGM, 66 members), (John Lester, 4th GGF, 75 members), (Rhoda Holland, 4th GGM, 25 members), (Joseph Lane Howard, 2nd GGF, 8 members), (Ann Amanda Smith, 2nd GGM, 8 members), (William Vermilyea, 4th GGF, 18 members), (Permenila Lester, 3rd GGM, 8 members), (Willmuth Rudd 4th GGM, 15 members), (James Gordon Wygal, 3rd GGF, 7 members)


  • Pettus-324, aka William Walker Pettus IV has completed a Y(111). Pettus-324's FTDNA kit #329341 intercepts both Pettus-295, aka Tom R. Pettus, FTDNA kit #793447 and Pettus-315, aka Robert Pettus, FTDNA kit #369442 at Pettus-60, aka John Pettus, Sr. (1736-1799). In view of oral history, and secondary source [2] above, we believe this secures the separate Pettus lines to Pettus-60 married to Winston-714, which we have set as DNA confirmed.
  • Regarding other Y(111) intercepts: Pettus-295, aka Tom R. Pettus, FTDNA kit #793447 and Pettus-315, aka Robert Pettus, FTDNA kit #369442 intercept at Pettus-311, aka Richard Emerson Pettus, which we have set as DNA confirmed for both descendants.


  • So if we find several solid hits with GEDmatch numbers on a particular ladder rung, with folks not at lower rungs, and the generation predictor is +/- 20%, and there is no other surname overlap, then we set the beneath rungs to DNA-certified. 8 generations is about the limit.

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Related through Mary Curd and the Richardsons
So many Sarahs and Marys
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Tom Pettus's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Tom or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA. Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree: Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
  • Tom Pettus: Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test Full Sequence, haplogroup H3, FTDNA kit #793447
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On 14 Sep 2018 at 18:33 GMT Jane (Snell) Copes wrote:

I see your link to John Early on my page, and I'm curious about his migration to Virginia. Do you have info? Thanks from Jane

On 6 Sep 2018 at 01:57 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

yup - precocious was not that unusual, so Amey's parents could've been 17 & 15 when she was born. But there were at least four contemporary David Walkers in the Tidewater area. I think it more likely that David & Mary (Munford) Walker married at a more conventional age, but until we can find a record of their marriage, it's all just guesswork.

On 5 Sep 2018 at 22:38 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Hi Tom! I had also posted comments on Amey Ann's profile. The argument as to why the David & Mary who are her parents are not David & Mary (Munford) Walker is best explained in this post. See also this page.

Bible record names Amey's parents as David & Mary, but the dates just don't seem right to be David & Mary (Munford) Walker.

On 19 Aug 2018 at 14:17 GMT John Richburg Jr. wrote:

Tom there are some surnames of Williamson connected to the Richburg line.

On 18 Aug 2018 at 16:39 GMT John Richburg Jr. wrote:

Tom you posted on my page looking for some Williamson confirmations.

On 18 Aug 2018 at 16:36 GMT John Richburg Jr. wrote:

Tom Pettus I have not uploaded a GEDmatch but I do have a copy of this book (Simpson, William C. Jr. (1998) “The Huguenot Trail The Life and Descendants of Reverend Claude Philippe de Richebourg and His Wife Anne Chastain”) and would be happy to help if you contact me with more specific requests.

On 16 Aug 2018 at 03:27 GMT Jenny (Neumann) Ryburn wrote:

Hi, Tom

Last nigth (late) I was working on my husband's GEDCOM list and to be honest I do not remember what I did. I was on the suggestions list also. Did I mess anything up? Please forgive me if I did. My husband is direcetly related to John Frances Richardson, his 7th GGF. I'm related to him also, but I'm only a distant cousin. One of my grandffathers is Thomas Maple Carter. I wonder if there is any connection to your Maple Roads Plantation? I also have Richardsons in my tree from Virginia. Well anyway i promise not to make any more changes without checking with you first.

Thanks for your patience! Jenny

On 20 Jul 2018 at 19:37 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:

Hey, Tom. I see that you've marked a lot of ancestors as "Confirmed with DNA," apparently based on autosomal DNA, but going back several more generations than most of us have been able to achieve with autosomal DNA. AncestryDNA DNA circles aren't considered a valid basis for DNA confirmation here on WikiTree, and matches between just 2 people aren't sufficient. It's hard to believe that all of your "confirmations" meet the WikiTree standard.

Have you studied the DNA confirmation guidance here at Help:DNA Confirmation?

On 7 Jul 2018 at 17:36 GMT William Graham wrote:

Not sure what a gedmatch is. Do I know it by another name?

On 3 Jul 2018 at 15:09 GMT Kristina Wheeler wrote:

HI. . for Richard Yancey. . I 100% agree there are likely many duplicate's and confusing info..

I adopted him a bit ago and started in and swapped to another as I went in circles.

However I don't see Mary Walton as the wife of the one the comment was on .. but as his mother and those dates are realistic. That one is married to a Mary unknown that is about 10 years older... whigh although odd would be possible. if there is something else please let me know and send screen shots.

I also welcome any evifence to help straighten out that line as I think we have about 15 duplicate Richard Yancey each with slightly different versions

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