Re: Gertrude Marie Pettis

Thanks Dave
A family of 12 and only Norris in Parrsboro. He must have inherited the old home place. A good example of the migration that took place.

From: David Winter <davidwinter@...>
To: nscumber <>
Sent: Friday, October 18, 2013 5:52:10 PM
Subject: Re: [nscumber] Gertrude Marie Pettis

Frank Elwin Pettis – don’t know who his wife is:
Springhill Parrsboro Record, Thursday, April 10, 1958, pg. #4; Reel #3218, NSARM, Halifax, N.S.
OBITUARY: Frank Pettis
Many friends here learned with regret of the death of Frank Pettis of Denver, Colorado, on Sunday, March 30th, after several months illness. Born in Parrsboro sixty-five years ago, he was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry F. Pettis. He has resided in Denver for many years and until his retirement several years ago, he was an employee of Swift and Company. Mr. Pettis frequently visited his home town of Parrsboro and was always warmly welcomed by many friends here. He is survived by his wife in Denver, and by six brothers - Wylie in Arizona; Lorne, Thornton and Murray in New York; Morris in Parrsboro; and Fred in Truro; and by two sisters, (Gertrude) Mrs. L.M. Davis in Belmont, California and (Marjorie) Mrs. R.F. Spear in Sunnydale, California, both of whom in recent weeks visited their brother in a Denver Hospital.

Source: Dave Winter, 6 Dec 2007
More Parrsboro Volunteers -  Frank Pettis, son of Mr. & Mrs. Henry Pettis has joined the Saskatchewan Light Horse, for Oversea Service with the second Contingent.  This is the third volunteer from this family of fine young men.

Source Unknown

Then, on Attestation Papers, he was discharged Nov 1915 as a WWI deserter. Maybe why he went Stateside?
I have Norris McKenzie Pettis, born 8 Mar 1895 at Parrsboro from WWI Attestation Papers. M/1 Gladys Isabella Jenkins from Boston on 10 Sep 1917 at Saint John, N.B.
PANB marriage registrations (Saint John Co)
Number: 3119 Ref: B4/1917 Microfilm: F15973
Groom: PETTIS, Norris M, 22, b, Army officer
living Parrsboro, NS; born Parrsboro, NS
s/o Henry Pettis, Bertha Morris
Bride: JENKINS, Gladys J, 21, s
living Saint John, NB; born Saint John, NB
d/o John M Jenkins, Mary L Fletcher
married 1917-09-10 Saint John, NB
by H A Goodwin, 202 Princess, Saint John, NB
[collected by EMKeys 2011-06-15]
Chronicle Herald, Tuesday, November 24, 1981, pg. #30; Reel #6159, NSARM, Halifax, N.S.
OBITUARY: Mrs. Norris Pettis
Parrsboro - Mrs. Norris Pettis, 85, of Parrsboro and Winnipeg, Man., died October 17, in Winnipeg. Born in Boston, Mass., she was the former Gladys Isabella Jenkins. She is survived by a son, Norris, Calabogie, Ont.; a brother, John and two sisters, Freda (Mrs. Mack Summerville) and Edith (Mrs. Charles Noble), all of Saint John, N.B. Three grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Norris; and two sons, Fletcher and Donald. Graveside committal service will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday in St. George's Anglican Cemetery, Parrsboro, Rev. Whitley Truman officiating.

Source: Dave Winter, 8 Jun 2010


On 13-10-18 4:59 PM, "Steve Cameron" <truemanville@...> wrote:


Thanks Dave
I never found any info on Frank Elmo Pettis in Colorado. Do you know which is correct, Norris or Morris M.???

From: David Winter <davidwinter@...>
To: nscumber <>
Sent: Friday, October 18, 2013 3:21:44 PM
Subject: Re: [nscumber] Gertrude Marie Pettis

I have her Hubby as Lester Davis.

Per her father’s 1940 obit, she was Miss Gertrude Pettis, R.N., of Boston. Gertrude, Marjorie and Sadie were all in Boston in 1940.

Marjorie must be Mrs. Richard Follett Spear by process of elimination.

Parrsboro Record, Tuesday, July 30, 1940, pg. #1; Reel #2863, NSARM, Halifax, N.S.
OBITUARY: Henry F. Pettis
Following an illness of several months, the death of Henry Freeman Pettis occurred at his home on Spring Street early Saturday morning. Born at Diligent River 74 years ago, a son of the late Hiram and Sarah Glennie Pettis, he was a life-long and highly esteemed resident of Parrsboro. He was long been associated with the business life of the town, and also for many years successfully conducted a farm on Western Avenue until his retirement from this work some years ago when he purchased a residence on Spring Street. Always taking a keen interest in present day affairs, as well as possessing a good memory for reminiscences, he will be much missed by a wide circle of friends, who for years have called at his shop for a friendly chat. A keen follower of horse racing in the days of the local track, the late Mr. Pettis has always been a familiar figure at the county meets. He leaves to mourn their loss - his wife, the former Miss Bertha Morris of Advocate; nine sons and three daughters - Wylie of Yucca, Arizona; Frank of Denver, Colorado; Thornton, Lorne and Murray of New York; Norris of Winnipeg; Harry of Prince George, B.C.; Glen of Erskine, Alta.; Fred of Truro; Miss Gertrude Pettis, RN, Miss Marjorie Pettis, RN and (Sadie) Mrs. T.E. MacRae, all of Boston. A brother, Fred Pettis of New Glasgow, also survives. It was possible for most of the family to visit their father during the last few months while he was in failing health and Lorne, Murray, Fred and the three daughters were at home when his death occurred. The funeral service, which was largely attended, was held in St. George's Church yesterday afternoon, with Rev. C.R. Harris officiating. Interment was in the Anglican Cemetery. The pallbearers were: V.B. Fullerton,KC, Chief of Police, W.H. Moore, Percy McNamara, A.R. Howard, William MCKay and Harvey MacAloney. There were many beautiful flowers and other expressions of sympathy.

Source: Dave Winter 20 Sep 2007
Glenn Pettis
TRURO, June 24 - Word has been received by Fred W. Pettis, 46 Wood Street of the death of his brother Glenn Pettis which occurred at a hospital in Calgary, Alberta, June 13, following a major operation the previous week. Born in Parrsboro 56 years ago Mr. Pettis went to the Canadian West before the First World War. He enlisted with a Winnipeg regiment, and following his return from Overseas service, accompanied by his English war bride, he visited his parents in Parrsboro. He then took up his residence in Alberta where for years he has been engaged in cattle ranching and conducted a business in the town of Erskine. His last visit to his native town was in the winter of 1948, when he spent a few days with his brother, Fred in Truro. Surviving are his wife, and a son Keith and daughter Joan, both married and living in Calgary. Besides his mother in Parrsboro, there are seven brothers and three sisters, Harry in Prince George, B.C.; Norris, in Winnipeg; Fred in Truro; Frank in Denver, Colorado; Lorne, Thornton and Murray in New York, and three sisters: Mrs. T. E. MacRae, in Brighton, Mass.; Mrs. Lester Davis, of San Francisco, who is now visiting her mother in Parrsboro, and Mrs. R. F. Spear, in Brookline, Mass. Also surviving is a half-brother, Wylie Pettis in California.
(Truro Daily News June 24, 1950, page 6)
Deb Everett, 14 Aug 2013
Middle name given as Harlowe
Parrsboro Record, Tuesday, September 3, 1940, pg. #1; Reel #2863, NSARM, Halifax, N.S.
WEDDING: Spear - Pettis
A quiet but pretty wedding of interest to a large circle of friends was solemnized at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Allston, Mass., at 4 o'clock Saturday, August 31st, when Miss Marjorie Jean Pettis, RN, daughter of Mrs. Henry Pettis and the late Mr. Pettis of Parrsboro, was united in marriage to Richard Follett Spear of Boston. They were attended by the bride's sister, Mrs. T.E. MacRae and Fraser MacRae of Allston.

(didn't copy who wore what and when)

The bride is on staff at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

Source: Dave Winter 18 Sep 2007

On 13-10-18 2:51 PM, "Steve Cameron" <truemanville@...> wrote:


Gertrude was the d/o Henry Freeman Pettis and Bertha Castera Morris. Not sure of the first entry unless she was married twice. Did not find anything on husband, L.M. Davis. Not enough to go on.
Gertrude Pettis, "United States Census, 1940"
Name: Gertrude Pettis  
 Titles and Terms:  
 Event Type: Census  
 Event Date: 1940  
 Event Place: Ward 21, Boston, Boston City, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States  
 Gender: Female  
 Age: 33  
 Marital Status: Widowed***???
 Race (Original): White  
 Race: White  
 Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Head  
 Relationship to Head of Household: Head  
 Birthplace: Canada  
 Birth Year (Estimated): 1907  
 Last Place of Residence: Same Place  
 District: 15-729  
 Family Number: 302  
 Sheet Number and Letter: 8A  
 Line Number: 29  
 Affiliate Publication Number: T627  
 Affiliate Film Number: 1681  
 Digital Folder Number: 005460953  
 Image Number: 00584  
Pettis in entry for Gertrude Marie Davis, "California, Death Index, 1940-1997"
Name: Gertrude Marie Davis  
 Event Type: Death  
 Event Date: 10 Sep 1984  
 Event Place: San Mateo, California, United States  
 Birth Date: 15 Jan 1907  
 Birthplace: Canada  
 Gender: Female  
 Father's Name: Pettis  
 Mother's Name: Morris