African-American Petticords


From the census and other records, there are a number of persons listed as blacks or malutto with the Surname of PEDDICORD or more often, PETTICORD. Most of these families are found (or originate) in Tennessee or Kentucky. The greatest concentration of persons seems to be from the area of Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY. Perhaps some additional data from Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Bowling Green would help clarify the relationships. Listed below are some of the families genealogical data taken from census and other records.

Some of the Peddicord family were slave owners, although in some cases, it seems that ownership of the slaves came from the wife's family. For instance the will of Hannah (nee Owings) Peddicord in Washington County MD names

to son Nathan negroe boy George, to son William, mullatto boy Henry, to daughter Aleithia Davis negroe woman Nanny which was lately given to me by my brother Caleb Owings. To son Leakin D. negroe boy Dick, and L10, feather bed and furniture. To daughter Rachel Peddicord, malutto woman Lidia,
Apparently, Henry appears in the 1860 census of Clark Co., KY living with the family of Xantippy Peddicord (the widow of Hannah's grandson William) as Henry Howard age 65, male, Black; day laborer, born Maryland.

John Carleton Peddicord who ran a grocery store near Goshen, in Montgomery County MD and his wife Lucy Harriett owned slaves. John Carleton Peddicord's will of 2 July 1842 (Y/28) apparently proved 27 Sept 1842 (H/1842) in Montgomery Co., leaves property to his wife Lucy Harriett (who is now sick and may not recover) The will states that his slaves are to get property if wife dies before testator and friend Lemeul Clements to be trustee and he also to purchase a lot of land for slaves. His wife's will of 26 Sept 1842 (Y/32) and proved 12 Oct 1842 (Y/279) bequests to her slaves the entire estate with Lemuel Clement as trustee to purchase land for them. Perhaps further research on Montgomery Co Probates records might provide further insight.

In the 1850 census of Ohio County, KY living in the household of Benjamin Riley is a Hannah Petticord, age 64 female, Mulatto, born in MD. In the 1860 census of Ohio Co., KY in the household of Caleb Peddicord, son of Higgenson Peddicord (brother of John Carleton above) and brother-in-law of Benjamin Riley, is Hannah PETTICORD age 80 Female Mulatto, Free b. KY. (note: Benjamin Riley;s wife was Cassandra Peddicord, Caleb's sister.)


Some of the Pieces of Families pieced together from the census are as follows:
Rubin \Ruben PEDDICORD or PETTICORD was born in Jan 1840 in TN. He died on 29 Jan 1916 in Warren Co., KY. He was buried on 30 Jan 1916 in Mt Moriah Cemetery. A death certificate for he was filed on Warren Co., KY on 30 Jan 1916 #3273 Rueben PETTICORD, male Blk married born 1841 age 75 years Occupation Cook, birthplace: Tennesee parents - don't know. Informant Amanda PETTICORD, He died Jan 29, 1916 1 AP of La Guppe following Extrem prostratment burial: Mt Moriah Cemetery
He appears in the 1900 US Census Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY on tenth? street #450/430/49?

PETTICORD Rueben BM b. Jan 1840 age 60 married 34 yrs, b. TN parents b. TN occupation cook, owns home mortgage free,
wife Amanda b. Dec 1849 age 50 married 34 yrs 2 children both living b. TN parents b. TN,
son Henry b. April 1873 age 27 single, b. KY parents b. TN a hotel porter,
grand-daughter Amanda b. June 1894 age 5 b. KY father b.KY mother b. KY.
also a cousin in houshold: Henry HOLLAND, BM b. Jan 1875 age 25 single b. KY parents b. TN
Rubin\Ruben (PEDDICORD) PETTICORD and Amanda "Mandy" WAKEFIELD were married on 16 Nov 1865 in Sumner Co., TN. Amanda "Mandy" WAKEFIELD was born in Dec 1849 in TN. She appears in the 1900 US Census Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY on tenth? street with her husband She appears in the 1920 census Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY west second st. 423 460/561
PETTICORD Mandy head FB age 60 widow b. KY parents b. KY laudress, private,
sister ALEXANDER, Nancy FB age 66 widowed b. KY parents b. KY.
grandchild Alex Alexander MB age 18 single, b. KY parents b. KY
grandchild, Lillian FB age 7. B. KY parents b. KY.

Rubin \Ruben (PEDDICORD) PETTICORD and Amanda "Mandy" WAKEFIELD had the following children:
i. Henry PETTICORD was born in Apr 1873 in KY. He appears in the 1900 US Census Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY on tenth? street with his parents ii. Unknown - Maybe the William below?
Their granddaughter Amanda, was born in Jun 1894 in KY. She appears in the 1900 US Census Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY on tenth? street with her grand parents grandduaghter of Reuben and Amanda PETTICORD An Amanda PETTICORD maried a man named Luval and had issue: Lillian K. Luval b. 16 Mar 1912 in Warren Co., KY. according the birth record indexes for KY.


William A. PETTICORD was born in Jun 1868 in TN. He died before 1920.
He appears in the 1900 US Census of Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY #365/430 PETTICORD, William A. BM b. June 1868 age 32, married 6 yrs b. TN parents b. TN a stationary fireman, wife Pearl E. BF b. May 1871 age 29 married 6 yrs has 5 children all living b. KY, father b. Unkn mother b. VA,; daugher Alicie? E. b. March 1896 age 4 b. KY father b. TN mother b. KY, son William C. b. Dec 1897 age 2. b. KY father b. TN mother b. KY, daughter Mamie J. b. April 1899 b. KY parents b. KY daughter Ella A. b. April 1899 b. KY parents b. KY
He appears in the 1910 census Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY In dwelling with Willb. Thgompson? 422 Ohio ????? street, family #212 Will PETTICORD MB age 43 married once for 17 yrs, b. TN father b. TN mother b. TN a fireman in stream laundry. rents home. wife Pearl F MU age 38 married once 17 yrs had 9 children 7 living, b. KY father b. KY mother b. VA a laundress at home. daughter Alleare F MU age 11 b. KY father b. TN mother b. KY, daughter Irene age 11F MU age b. KY father b. TN mother b. KY, son Alexander M MU age 8 b. KY father b. TN mother b. KY, daughter Elvia F MU age 6 b. KY father b. TN mother b. KY, son Lander O age 5 (3?) b. KY father b. TN mother b. KY.

William A. PETTICORD and Pearl E. LOVING were married about 1894. Pearl E. LOVING was born in May 1871 in KY.
She appears in the 1920 census In Louisville, Jefferson Co., KY on Jefferson street # 925, 119/180 PETTICORD Pearl head of household, F Mu, age 39 widowed, b. KY, father b. KY mother b. VA a nurse, practical. (living my herself)..
She appears in the 1930 US census of 2nd ward Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY 114-3/11 sheet 5B 130 State Street entry 108/123 PETTICORD, Pearl head rents $14 not on farm F Neg. widowed b. KY father b. KY mother b. VA, Irene? daughter F Neg. age 28 single b. KY father b. TN mother b. KY maid private family. Landis son M Neg. age 22 single b. KY father b. TN mother b. KY, janitor drug store. She appears in the 1900 US Census Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY with her husband William A. PETTICORD and Pearl E. LOVING had the following children:

i. Alicie E. PETTICORD was born in Mar 1896 in KY. She appears in the 1900 US Census Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY with her parents
ii. William C. PETTICORD was born in Dec 1897 in KY. He appears in the 1900 US Census Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY
iii. Mamie J.(Irene?) PETTICORD was born in Apr 1899 in KY. She appears in the 1900 US Census Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY with her parents. She appears in the 1910 census Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY with her parents. She appears in the 1930 US census 2nd ward Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY with her mother as Irene age 28
iv. Ella A. (Allene??) PETTICORD was born in Apr 1899 in KY. She appears in the 1900 US Census Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY with her parents She appears in the 1910 census Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY with her parents
v. Alexander PETTICORD was born about 1902 in KY. He appears in the 1910 census Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY with his parents
vi. Elvia Marion PETTICORD was born in 1904 in Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY. She died on 27 Jun 1928 in Warren Co., KY. She appears in the 1910 census Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY with her parents Warren Co., KY death cert: V 28/Cert 18696 She was buried on 29 Jun 1928 in Mt Moriah Cemetery. A death certificate for she was filed on Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY on 22 Aug 1928 died Bowling Greem, 8th chestnut precinct, Warren Co., KY Elvia Marion PETTICORD, of 130 State Street female col single born 1904 age 24 occupation maid, born Bowling Green, KY, father: William Petticord b. Gallatin, Tenn. mother Pearl Loving b. Bowling Green Ky informant Pearl Petticord of 130 State St. died Jun 27, 1928 of Pulmonary Tuberculosis. burial Mt Moriah Cem June 29 1928.
vii. Landis O. PETTICORD was born about 1905 in KY. He died on 14 Apr 1969 in Warren Co., KY. Landis O. Petticord b. ca 1907 b. 14 April 1969 Warren Co., KY death cert: V 69/Cert 10269 He appears in the 1910 census Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY with his parents He appears in the 1930 US census 2nd ward Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY with his mother age 22
viii. Mattie P PETTICORD was born on 18 Jun 1912 in Warren Co, Tenn. She died on 27 Aug 2001 in Warren Co., KY. The birth cert for Mattie P. Petticord b. 18 June 1912 of Warren Co., KY lists her mother as Pearl LOVING


Also in Kentucky is a George Petticord (b. ca. 1815) with a wife named Sylvia (b. ca. 1810) and daughter Belle. They are listed in the 1870 census the Bedford Dist. Trimble Co KY, entry 178/178

PETTICORD, George age 55 MM farm hand b. KY illiterate.
Sylvia age 60 FB keeping house b. VA illiterate
Belle age 15 FM b. KY illiterate

Apparently Belle was married to Lafayett Green, there is marriage bond record for Lafayett Green and Belle Petticord dated 12 April 1877 in Trimble County.. Lafeyette was 26 years old b. KY, and a coachman. His parents were born in KY. Bille Petticord was age 21 also born in KY with her parents listed as born in KY.


Another Bowling Green Family in the 1900 census is:
An Unknown PETTICORD was married and divorced from a woman named Belle. Belle was born in Dec 1873 in KY. She appears in the 1900 US Census Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY on Atlanta St? 908/161/163
PETTICORD, Belle BF head b. Dec 1873 age 26 Divorced has 3 children all living b. KY parents b. KY, washwoman rents home,
daughter Stella H b. May 1889 age 11 b. KY parents b. KY at school;
son Willie H b. July 1890 age 9, b. KY parnets b. KY;
daughter Shellie b. Dec 1895 age 4, b. KY parents b. KY;
Brother Bruce PETTICORD? b. Dec 1877 age 22 single b. KY parents b. KY;
boarder Curn PETTICORD??? BM b. July 1870 age 30 b. KY parents b. TN.
(It looks like the census taker recorded everyone at the residence with the surname PETTICORD).
Unknown PETTICORD and Belle had the following children:

i. Stella H. PETTICORD was born in May 1889 in KY. She appears in the 1900 US Census Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY on Alanta street with her mother
ii. Willie H PETTICORD was born in Jul 1890 in KY. He appears in the 1900 US Census Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY on Atlanta St? with his mother
iii. Shellie PETTICORD was born in Dec 1895 in KY. She appears in the 1900 US Census Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY on Atlanta St? with her mother


Another of the Petticords in Bowling Green KY is Abe PETTICORD who born Mar 1864 in TN. He appears in the 1900 US Census Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY on Kentucky street 326/161/176
PETTICORD, Abe BM b. March 1864 age 36 married 14 yrs b. TN parents b. TN, day labaorer owns home free of mortgage;
wife Laura BF b. May 1870 age 30 married 14 yrs has 2 children living b. KY father b KY mother b. TN;
daughter Nellie b. Sept 1888 age 11 b. KY father b. TN mother b. KY at school;
daughter Bittie b. June 1890 age 10 b. KY father b. Tn mother b. KY at school,
mother-in-law Adline Theel, BF b. march 1844 age 56 widow had 13 children 5 living, b. KY parents b. KY,
sister-in-law Hariett Theel, BF b. June 1879 age 20 single b. KY parents b. KY,
sister-in-law Fannie Theel, b. May 1884 age 16 single b. KY parents b. KY
He appears in the 1920 census Munice, Delaware Co., IND Eleventh st. 709, 183/204
PETTICORD, Abe head owns mortgaged, MB age 54 married b. KY parents b. KY a laborer in Gas Works, wife.
Laura FB age 47 married b. KY parents b. KY.
Abe PETTICORD and Laura THEEL were married about 1886. Laura THEEL was born in May 1870 in KY. She appears in the 1900 US Census Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY on Kentucky street with her husband She appears in the 1920 census Muncie, Delaware Co., IND with her husband Abe PETTICORD and Laura THEEL had the following children:

i. Nellie PETTICORD was born in Sep 1888 in KY. She appears in the 1900 US Census Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY on Kentucky street with he parents ii. Bittie PETTICORD was born in Jun 1890 in KY. She appears in the 1900 US Census Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY on Kentucky street with her parents


There is a PETTICORD family in Minnesota.
This family seems to start with a Henry PETTICORD was born in Jan 1837 in TN.
He appears in the 1900 US Census St Paul, Ramsey Co., MN

Henry Petticord BM b. Jan 1837 age 63 married 40 yrs b. TN, parents b. TN a laborer rents home,
wife Martha BF b. March 1842 age 58 married 40 yrs had 5 children 3 living b. TN parnets b. TN.

Henry PETTICORD and Martha were married about 1860. Martha was born in Mar 1842 in TN. She appears in the 1900 US Census St Paul, Ramsey Co., MN Among the children of Henry PETTICORD and Martha was Henry R. PETTICORD (born in May 1861).
Henry R. PETTICORD was born in May 1861 in TN. He appears in the 1900 US Census St Paul, Ramsey Co., MN
Henry R PETTICORD BM, b. May 1861 age 39 married 12 yrs b. TN parents b. TN, occupation: RR porter,
wife Laura BF b. Dec 1869 age 30, married 12 yrs, had 6 children 4 living b. Ill. parents b. Ill.
daughter Olivia b. Oct 1889 age 10 b. MN father b. TN mother b. Ill
son Thomas b. Aug 1892 age 7 b. MN, father b. TN mother b. ILL.
daughter Laura May b. Feb 1895 age 5 b. MN, father b. TN mother b. IL.
son Henry b. Nov 1896 age 4 b. MN father b. TN mother b. IL.
Henry R. PETTICORD and Laura were married about 1888. Laura was born in Dec 1869 in IL. She appears in the 1900 US Census St Paul, Ramsy Co., MN with her husband Henry R. PETTICORD and Laura had the following children:
i. Olivia PETTICORD was born in Oct 1889 in MN. She appears in the 1900 US Census St Paul, Ramsy Co., MN with her parents ii. Thomas PETTICORD was born in Aug 1892 in MN. He appears in the 1900 US Census St Paul, Ramsy Co., MN with his parents He appears in the 1930 US census 5th ward Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN 27-85/7 sheet 16B 610 5th street south, entry 50/50 houshold of Albert Wolf who rents $35 a month has several roomers - including PETTICORD, Thomas roomer M Neg. age 35 single b. MN parents b. MN, waiter in hotel iii. Laura May PETTICORD was born in Feb 1895 in MN. She appears in the 1900 US Census St Paul, Ramsy Co., MN with her parents iv. Henry C. PETTICORD was born in Nov 1896 in MN. He appears in the 1900 US Census St Paul, Ramsy Co., MN with his parents He appears in the 1930 US census St Paul, Ramsey Co., MN 62-164/8 sheet 19B page 3468 Ward 12 St Paul, 953 B?????? st. entry 211/256 household of SCHUCH, Fred C. head, and family includes: PETTICORD, Henry C. lodger M Neg age 32 single b. MN father b. KY mother b. IL. waiter, dining car steam railroad.

Glover Shull and his wife Lillian apparently had a daughter who married a Petticord. In the 1920 census of Mineapolis, MN we find: at 3518 Clinton Ave South,. entry 170 243

SHULL Glover head owns $8000 has radio M Neg age 53 married age 21 b. MO parents b. US, porter and waiter - clubs.
Lillian wife F Neg age 52 married age 20 b. KS father b. Germany mother b. KS
Ceciia daughter F Neg age 30 single b. KS father b. MO mother b. KS
PETTICORD Mildred granddaughter F Neg age 9 single attends school b. MN parents b. KS
PETTICORD Jeanee granddaughter F Neg age 7 single attends school b. MN parents b. KS


In the 1930 census of Baltimore City, MD there is another Divorcee, Louise Petticord at 923 EUTAW Street
entry 102/106:

PEDDICORD, Louise head rents $20 F Neg. age 43 divorced first married age 16 b. VA parents b. VA,
Clara daughter F Neg. age 21 single b. VA, parents b. VA, no occupation.
Ernest son M Neg. age 26 single b. VA parents b. VA, Cook - Restraunt.
George M Neg age 24 b. VA parents b. VA, a stevadore - sugar Pl.
Betty daughter F Neg age 17 single b. VA parents b. VA, Dish Washer.
Luella daughter F Neg. age 11 b. VA parents b. VA.
Ruth daughter F Neg. age 4 yrs and 6? months b. MD, parents b. VA.
OWENS Mack, son M Neg age 28 single b. VA parents b. VA laborer shipping.


It appears that William WRIGHT and Bessie PETTICORD were the parents of John Wesley (aka Briscoe) PETTICORD. According to his death certificate, John Wesley was born on 1 Jan 1878 in Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY. He died on 10 Apr 1949 in Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY. He was buried Mr Mariah Cemetery in Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY.
He seems to be the same person as Brice or Briscoe Petticord, who appears in the 1920 census of Columbus, Barthalomew Co., IND as a roomer in the household of Ella Washington, as PETTICORD, Brice (or Briscoe - the handwritting is difficult to make out) Male Black age 35 single b. KY parents b. KY occupation Janitor? Elks home.
He appears in the 1930 US census of Columbus, Bartholomew Co., IND at 501 third street entry 72/79 PETTICORD John W. head rents $16, Male Neg. age 52 single b. KY parents b. KY porter at Elks Club.


Another person in the apparent extended Bowling Green KY family is a Frank Petticord. Frank is found living in the household of John Moxley age 31 a Male Black, b. TN and wife Hattie age 33 Female Black , along with quite a few relative, (sister-in-laws, nephews) including a nephew Frank PETTICORD Male Black age 5 b. KY father b. KY mother b. TN.


Living In Kansas in 1900 and 1930 was a Joseph PETTICORD who was born in Feb 1860 in KY. He appears in the 1900 US Census Atchison, , Atchison Co., KS street unreadible, 1357/ 188/192
PEDICORD Joseph head BM b. Feb 1860 age 40 married 0 yrs b. KY parents b. KY a day laborer owns home free
wife Sallie BF b. Nov 1865 age 35 married 0 yrs b. KY parents b. KY

He appears in the 1930 US census Atchison, Atchison Co., KS
3-4/5 sheet 3B 1337 Walmont St. entry 80/80
PETTICORD, Joe head owns $800 not on farm M Neg. age 50 married age 35 b. KY parents b. TN. Laborer lumber yard.
Sallie wife F Negro age 50 married age 35 b. KY married KY.

Joseph PETTICORD and Sallie were married about 1900. Sallie was born in Mar 1865 in KY. She appears in the 1900 US Census Atchison, Atchison Co., KS with her husband She appears in the 1930 US census Atchison, Atchison Co., KS


1. Reuben L PETTICORD was born on 25 Dec 1875 in KY. He died in May 1966 in Cook Co., ILL.1 He appears in the 1900 US Census Hyde Park, Chicago, Cook Co., IL as a lodger in hh of Carrie Sanders -

PETTICORD, Reuben BM b. Dec 1874 age 25 single b. FL, father b. Mexico mother b. FL, occupation waiter.
He appears in the 1920 census Town of Lake, Chicago, Cook Co., IL Town of Lake Chicago ILL. Lafeyette Ave, 5610 21/28
PETTICORD Reuben L. M MU age 43 b. KY, parents b. US, decorator - building,
wife Carrie FB age 37 b. KY parents b. KY,
daughter Joyce R. age FB age 1 -5/12 b. IL parents b. KY

Reuben L PETTICORD and Carrie were married. Carrie was born about 1883 in KY. She appears in the 1920 census Town of Lake, Chicago, Cook Co., IL with husband. Reuben L PETTICORD and Carrie had the following children:
i. Joyce R PETTICORD (born about Jul 1918).

Joyce R PETTICORD was the mother of an infant who died age 1 day on 15 Mar 1941 According the death certificate: A male PETTICORD was born on 14 Mar 1941 in Chicago, Cook Co., IL. He died on 15 Mar 1941 in Cook County Hospital, Chicago, Cook Co., IL. He was buried on 20 Mar 1941 in Oak Forest, Cook Co., IL. The residence of the mother was 352 W 60th street Chicago.IL. Baby of Joyce PETTICORD, male black single died March 15 1941 8:30 PM Prematurity Cogative Atetscrsis.


A William Petticord born ca. 1903 in KY is in the 1930 census of Allegheny Co., PA living at 935 Fourth Ave,
PETTICORD, William head rents $18 has radio not a farm, M Neg age 25 married age 23 b. KY parents b. KY, janitor - apartment
Gwendolyn wife F Neg age 19 married age 16 b. Canada -English, parents b. Canada


A Nathan PEDDICORD was born ca 1867 in Mason Co., KY. He died on 21 May 1937 in Mason Co., KY. According to his death certificate: he died at Mason County Infirmary, Dietrich Precinct, Mason Co., sex: male race: col maritial status:- don;t know, born about 1867 age about 70 yrs birth place Mason Co., KY parents - don;t know, Informant: County Infirmary, burial: County Infirmary May 22 1937, Date of Death May 21 1937 - cause Diabetes Melitis contributory: Gangrene of Foot.


Another Nathan PETTYCORD, appears in the census of Fayette Co., WVA in 1900. According to this census data:

PETTYCORD, Nathan BM b. Aug 1860 age 40 mar 15 yrs, b. NC, father b. NC mother b. NC a coal miner, rents home cannot read or write
wife Jose, BF b. Apr 1855 age 45 0 children, b. VA parents b. VA cannot read or write


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