Charles Pettit Heath family

Genealogy for the Heath family's of Saffordshire and surrounding areas.

Charles Pettit Heath family

Postby Donna Tunison » Sat Apr 15, 2017 8:41 pm

Charles Pettit Heath (David Andrew [2], Andrew [1]) (1773-1858), brother of Joseph Worthington Heath, and named for Charles Pettit (b. 1736 - d. 1806), who between 1771 to 1778 was an aide to William Franklin (son of Benjamin Franklin) and the last colonial governor of East Jersey; then was an aide to William Livingston, first governor of New Jersey. In Mar 1778, Pettit was enlisted in the Continental Army and was given the commission of Assistant Quartermaster under General Nathaniel Greene. After the war moved back to Philadelphia becoming an important merchant was elected in 1784/85 to the Pennsylvania legislature, then served two terms in the Continental Congress 1785-87. He was one of the first directors of the Insurance Company of North America (still in existence) and became its president before his death. Charles was a trustee of the University of the State of Pennsylvania in 1786, which became the University of Pennsylvania after its merger with the College of Philadelphia, serving as a trustee until 1802. Some Heath researchers believe that Heath and Charles Pettit are cousins, but it is not likely. Charles’ father was John Pettit, a wealthy Philadelphia importer who founded the first marine insurance company in America.

C. P. Heath graduated from Princeton College and was a member of the First Troop Philadelphia City Calvary between 1818-21 and connected himself to prominent men of Philadelphia. The First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry began in 1774, is one of the oldest military organizations in America, whose early members were professional men of Philadelphia, ship-owners, traders, and men of conspicuous prominence who were selected to defend the colonies. Today its membership includes outstanding individuals from all branches of the military, as well as people in public and civil life.

C. P. married Esther Keely, whose first cousin once removed was American soldier and historical figure, General “Mad” Anthony Wayne. C. P. and Esther had twelve children, which five of the eight daughters married men of distinction:

1. Louisa Adelaide Heath, b. abt 1807, Philadelphia; d. 1878, London, England) married Peter Gaskell-Penn (1803-1866) direct descendant of William Penn and heir to the Penn-Gaskell estates in Pennsylvania and Ireland.

Louisa and Peter had ten children of which two were males, and their youngest Peter, Jr. inherited the estate after his father’s death. During the Civil War Peter, Jr. served first in the Union Army with a commission on 07 Apr 1862, as a second lieutenant in the First Regiment, New Jersey Calvary, and promoted 07 Nov 1862 to First Lieutenant, then captain on 23 Oct 1863. He resigned his commission of 03 Feb 1864 and joined the Confederates with the commission of major in the Second Louisiana Calvary where he served until 07 Sep 1864.

2. Fanny Rundle Heath, (b. abt 1815, Philadelphia; d. 1881, Philadelphia). Her first husband was Benjamin Norris McLaughlin who died in 1838 in Indiana two years after their marriage. Her second husband was the widower of her youngest sister Amanda, William L. Hobson, whose biography is below.

3. Caroline Julia Heath (b. 1817, Philadelphia; died 1886, Camden, New Jersey), married David Seeger Heyl, who was a Philadelphia merchant and after their move to Camden, he was appointed assistant of the port. They had seven children:
i. Dr. Theodore C. Heyl, was appointed in 1869, assistant surgeon of the United States Navy and in 1881 promoted to surgeon. Theodore’s son Dr. Ashton Heyl, married the daughter of one of the founders of Bell Telephone.
ii. Helen Louise Heyl, married U.S. Senator William Joyce Sewell from New Jersey. He served in the Union Army during the Civil War, and in 1896, received the United States Congressional Medal of Honor for his assuming command at the Battle of Chancellorville (Virginia) on 03 May 1863. It is considered one of the bloodiest battles of the war.
iii. Colonel Edward Miles Heyl, at the time of his death was Inspector General of the U.S. Army with the rank of Colonel. He married Mary Delphine Turner and had three children: Julia, Edward and Helen.
iv. Caroline Julia Heyl
v. Amanda Hobson Heyl
vi. Mary Heath Heyl
vii. Lt. Colonel Charles Pettit Heath Heyl, married Mary Delphine Turner, his brother’s widow and raised his nephew and nieces, Edward, Julia and Helen; and with Mary had two children: Charles and Delphine. In 1897, Charles was award the United States Congressional Medal of Honor for gallantry in his action on 28 Apr 1876 against the Sioux Indians near Hartsnuff, Nebraska. At his retirement from the U.S. Army in 1904, he was Inspector-General of the Army. His son Charles was a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army serving in the European Theater during WWII, and was governor of Bavaria after the war until his retirement.

4. Virginia Worthington Heath (Abt 1820, Philadelphia; d. 1912, Bournemouth, England) married Alfred Ward in 1846, Valparaiso, Chile. He was a merchant who went to Chile, representing Heyman, Pfingsthorn & Co., a general commission business. Alfred was appointed temporary U.S. Consul in Valparaiso, with the recommendation of Balie Peyton, U.S. Ambassador to Chile, (who was appointed by President Zachary Taylor) from 1850 - 1853. In 1862, Alfred was an agent for the Steamer “Paquete de Maule.” Alfred’s brother, Horatio was a wealthy Virginia banker who relocated to London at the outbreak of the Civil War, and involved in Anglo-American social circles. Alfred died in 1867 in Paris one day after Horatio, who died in London. Horatio’s will named Alfred as executor, and his estate to be divided, $19,000 to the daughters of Henry Morris, a friend from Virginia; $100,000 to the National Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home; $100,000 to various Orphanages of the “Loyal States” for orphans of the Civil War; and about $500,000 to be divided among three of Alfred’s children, but by the time the estate was settled (about ten years later), it’s value was less. After Alfred’s death, Virginia moved to Kensington, London, where her sister Fanny would visit for extended periods.

i. Virginia Ward, born Abt. 1846; died 1849.

ii. Alfred Ward, appears in the 1871 England and Wales Census lists living in St John Paddington, Kensington, London; and the 1901 England/Wales Census living in St. Mary Abbots, Kensington, London as a visitor in the household.
iii. Alice Ward.
iv. Dudley Ward.
v. Baillie Peyton Ward.
vi. Virginia Ward

vii. Osbert Ward married Eleanor Louise MacFarlan; died 1933 in Oratova, Tenerife. Osbert wrote a guide book which was first published in 1886, “The Vale of Orotava,” about one of the municipalities in the northern part of Tenerife, Canary Islands of Spain. John Reid-Young, author of the “Skipping Verger and other Tales,” wrote of Osbert, “that he lived in Puerto de la Cruz between the 1880s and 1940, and was one of those true English gentlemen who always showed gratitude to his hosts, and local inhabitants of Orotava Valley for their hospitality. He had senior positions in British institutions of the valley, All Saints Church and the English Library.

viii. Amelia Rowe “Amy” Ward married British General Woodford Woodforde-Finden in1893 in Bombay, India. Amy studied music privately under Adolph Schloeser, Herr Winter, and Amy Horrocks. She composed a large number of successful late 19th and early 20th century songs, among them Four Indian Love Lyrics, Lover in Damascus, O Flower of all The World. Woodford was a Brigadier General and Surgeon in the 11th Bengal Calvary, the 2nd Gurkhas, Indian Army. He was the only son of George Corfield Finden of Gloucester Terrace, Hyde Park.

ix. Richard Ward, born Abt. 1864.

5. Amanda C. Heath (b. 1823, Philadelphia; d. 1845, Hamilton Village, Pennsylvania) married William L. Hobson in Baltimore, Maryland in 1841 and died four years later of consumption.

William moved to Valparaiso, Chile in the 1830s. On 17 Jul 1840, Henry replaced his brother George, as U.S. Vice-Consul in Valparaiso. In the 1840s, Valparaiso was the busiest port in the world and records indicate he was working in the family business, G. L. Hobson & Company, which later became Cross, Hobson & Co. In 1849, William's firm was involved in shipments of gold from the California gold rush, as well as building materials for infrastructure of their mining business; and tools, food and clothing for prospectors. Hobson’s firm built the first commercial storehouse/warehouse on the San Francisco pier in August 1849.

In December 1847, William was a passenger on the Maria Helena returning to Valparaiso from Honolulu, Hawaii, when the ship was caught in a storm and wreaked off the coast of an uninhabited island in the Christmas Island chains, east of Honolulu. The survivors salvaged foodstuff and water from their ship which was not enough for all to survive on for an extended period, but after exploring the island they found another wrecked ship (whose survivors had been rescued after a brief period), which had enough provisions to hold them until help arrived. Some of the ship’s crew built a makeshift boat to row back to Honolulu for help. The castaways’ experiences were detailed in a Honolulu newspaper in May 1848.
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