m. ABT 1744
m. 14 Apr 1790
Facts and Events
A History of Stewart County Tennessee by Iris Hopkins McClain, provides the following information from old records:
Current-day Petty Street in Dover dead ends at the Cumberland River. At the end of Petty Street is the Dover Hotel where Gen. Buckner of CSA surrendered to Gen. Grant of the Union Army following the Battle of Fort Donelson. According to the genealogist at the Dover Public Library, there used to be two hotels on this street long ago, but one burned down in a fire. So the Dover Hotel is at least approximately the site of George Petty's tavern, even if perhaps not exactly so.
Will of George Petty, dated 8 Jan 1838, proven March Term, 1840, mentions wife Lydia, son John H Petty, boarder Nancy Stokes, grand daughter Eliza Ann Colson, daughters Nancy Polk, Sally Mallory, Catharine Petty, Eliza Lashley, Jane McGowan, and Prianna Bruton. He also gifted "heirs begotten and to be begotten on the bodies of my daughters Rachael Boyd and Betsy Colson and that immediately after my decease Guardians be appointed agreeably to the laws of this State, who shall receive from my Executor the portions of the Children of my said daughter Rachael and Betsy and I further desire that neither John A. M. Boyd , his wife Rachael or Benjamin K. Colson or his wife Betsy be the Guardians". [Since both daughters were explicitly prohibited from being Guardians, they were alive, and for whatever reason, he is bypassing these particular two daughters in favor of their children.]