Pettit Family Ancestry

Jan Leeming

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PETTIT family - Ancestry

Date: 3rd September 2012

PETTIT – Ancestry

When I moved down to Kent I was introduced to Rita Pettit who had carried out 20 years of research into the family – before the Internet!! She’d traced my branch of the Pettits back to 1562 and the family home at Coldred just off the main road from Dover to Canterbury still extant. The Pettits were very active in the area surrounding my present home and were regulars at Ringwould Church where the Alms box has carved on it the initials of a forbear who was a Church Warden.

Rita has now put me in touch with another member of the family who has traced Pettyte right back to the time of the Norman conquest in 1066. So I don’t know if I’m a Huguenot or take it back further to being Norman French. Never mind, I don’t really care where it comes from so long as I have the French in my ancestry. (If the family are traceable back to the Norman French then I could be very very loosely connected to Eleanor of Acquitaine. An illegitimate daughter of her son King John married a Pettit. (Eleanor and Audrey Hepburn, are two of my heroines)

It’s odd – I don’t speak French fluently although I understand and can read a great deal more than I speak – but I feel very at home in France and wish I could live there.

Attending the Huguenot Chapel on Sundays is certainly improving my knowledge of French and correct pronounciation. If I knew of a course whereby I could immerse myself and become more fluent I’d take it. Trouble is that I’m neither a beginner nor advanced so I don’t fit most courses. Perhaps the best idea would be to go and live there!!

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