Tom Pettus

Tom Pettus

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Tom R. Pettus
Born 1960s.
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Father of [private son (1990s - unknown)] and [private son (2000s - unknown)]
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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
My Mother's name.
The three Peter Fores of Prince Edward and Charlotte County
my father's Surname. Have a Y111 from multiple lines on FamilyTreeDNA

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  • Tom Pettus: Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test Full Sequence, haplogroup H3, FTDNA kit #793447
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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

On 1 Jul 2018 at 06:54 GMT Dave Rutherford wrote:


Please remember that per our Honor Code and our pre-1700 certification, we agree to enter sources for our profiles. It is very important, particularly for pre-1700 profiles, that we show where we got our information.

Here is what our Sources help page says. It has lots of ideas:



On 20 Feb 2018 at 21:57 GMT John Kingman wrote:

Tom, you wrote:

I'm using autosomal for six generations. I manage the DNA of my myself, 3 sisters, 2 sons, 4 cousins. If I see DNA hits at up to six generations of members of my family groups with individuals on Ancestry, FTDNA, my heritage, or wikitree, with limited surname overalap, seems to me that it's pretty DNA confirmed. I also understand how mitochodria and Y dna work.

The confirmed with DNA indicator has a specific meaning on WikiTree and although you may feel that your ancestor is confirmed with DNA, the relationship indicator should not be checked unless you provide proper DNA citations (following the guidance in the pages I gave you links to) the profile is subject to having the confirmed with DNA indicator cleared.

John Kingman, for the DNA Project

On 15 Feb 2018 at 19:57 GMT John Kingman wrote:

Tom, regarding Pettus-320 Walker Pettus, and other Y-DNA connections, try to format your confirmation like the example given on the Y-DNA help page.

On 15 Feb 2018 at 19:51 GMT John Kingman wrote:

Tom, regarding Pettus-316 (DNA confirmation). Probably the best thing for getting started with DNA on WikiTree would be to go here. That info will lead you to the steps you need to take to confirm genealogy with Y-DNA on WikiTree.

Also, you have marked both parents as confirmed with DNA, but Y-DNA only can confirm fathers. You have given no DNA confirmation information to confirm the mother.

PM me if you have more questions.

On 9 Feb 2018 at 04:36 GMT Karen (Lowe) Tobo wrote:

Tom, I'm not sure what guidance to give on the early Pettus merges. We are meant to have just one profile per ancestor, so if you know there are two for a person you can always merge them and add a "Disputed Parentage" or "Uncertain Parentage" section to the biography. I was honestly just trying to connect Senator Blanche K. Bruce and don't know the early Pettus family at all.

Best regards,


On 9 Feb 2018 at 03:31 GMT Ron Norman BSN, RN wrote:

Hi Tom, I have no matches with any of the tests you asked about, nor does my wife. Please let me know if I can help further.

On 8 Feb 2018 at 01:16 GMT Ron Norman BSN, RN wrote:

Thanks for letting me know about the error with my GEDmatch ID's, I had uploaded all three and realized it was unnecessary. I appreciate you letting me know that I had not updated it on Wikitree. - Ron

On 4 Feb 2018 at 00:07 GMT N. Davidson wrote:

Nancy Ingram and Nancy Grayson are two different people as far as I know.

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