Pettit, George, was born in Galloway, Saratoga county, N. Y., February 6, 1825, a son of Thomas and Martha Pettit. Thomas Pettit was born in Claverack, Columbia county, and Martha, his wife, was born in Greenfield, Saratoga county. They lived and died in Saratoga county, where he was an extensive farmer and miller; they had ten sons and five daughters. He died February 3, 1826, and his widow March 9, 1843. George Pettit was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools and Wilson Collegiate Institute, He came to Wilson when a young man of seventeen years and worked on a farm for a short time, when he purchased himself a farm and now owns 130 acres in Wilson, where he now resides. He was engaged in the mercantile business for four years and was engaged as commercial traveler, selling to wholesale trade for twenty years. In politics he has been a Republican since 1856 and was postmaster under Fillmore. He is a member of Ontario Lodge No. 376, F. & A. M., and Chapter No. 511, R. M. R. ;also several of the minor lodges. February 6, 1850, he married Anna L. Pease, daughter of Enoch Pease (see biography of A. Douglas Pease), and they had two children: Grace L., a graduate of St. Joseph's Academy and married E. H. Moote, a cabinet maker in Pullman Car Works, who died November 17, 1894; and Lizzie M., wife of Ira Brown. Mr. Moote was a son of George L. and grandson of Jacob Moote, who came from Germany to Porter in an early day, where he lived and died. George L. Moote married Zermah Wilson, daughter of Luther, son of Reuben Wilson, the man from whom the village of Wilson was named. Mr. Pettit's grandfather, Seth Pettit, was born in New York city and was an only child of his father, whose home was in New York city. He married and went to sea and was never heard of. His son, born and named Seth, was the starting of this branch of the Pettit family and was the father of fourteen children, most of whom had large families.
Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897
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