(Much Pattillo data was supplied by Cousin Goldie (Cook) Shaffer)
The Patillo name appears variously as Pattillo and Pittullo. There
is speculation the name came from Italy; that "the family left
the Roman Empire at an early date."
A researcher of another line felt the name originated in the Roman
Empire, and it was pronounced "Pittulus;" that "it is possible
the family fled religious persecution in Rome and later in France."
One thing we do know is our Pittullo (Pattillo) came from Scotland.
From other evidence it appears the Pittullo family had been there
a long time. A man told me in Salt Lake City he came across the
name in reference to the Battle of Culloden Moor.
James Pittullo, Sr.
Old James Pittullo probably immigrated to America about 1810,
although he may have been there before, and likely landed at the
Port of Philadelphia. He either journeyed down river or over land
to southern Illinois and acquired some low priced "government
land" and decided to stay.
He was probably a clerk and is said to have been a world traveler
who inherited a fortune at age 21. He taught school in Pope County,
Illinois and also in Grant County, Wisconsin.
James Pittullo, Sr. was born about 1768 in the East Indies, according
to his son Nathaniel. He died around 1844 in Grant County, Wisconsin
and was buried in Old Cass Hollow Cemetery, that has since been
James married Mary Samuels October 27, 1789 at Cannongate Parish,
Edinburgh, Scotland. She was born about 1770 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Her father was Alexander Samuels. She died June 27, 1808 in Edinburgh.
James married again, about 1809, to Ann Drysdale, born about 1790
James and Mary had three sons. When Mary died James married Ann
Drysdale. Ann was not much older than the children and family
tradition claims that "the boys hated their stepmother;" that
Ann didn't care at all for Old James, she was only interested
in his money and prestige." Their mother, Mary, was a Protestant
and Ann was a Catholic, which further separated them.
James and Ann had two girls and one boy. Ann was apparently unhappy
in Illinois and wanted to go back to Scotland. James wanted to
stay in Illinois and wished to keep his son, James Drysdale, with
him. They agreed that their son would remain with James and the
money and the girls go with Ann. She took his money and the girls
and returned to Scotland.
Later, without any money, Old James said, "I didn't learn to work,
but I'll teach your children." And that's how James Pittullo got
started teaching school.
Children of James Pittullo and Mary Samuels
|John S. Pattillo
||Mary "Polly" Sullenger
||Oct 29, 1793, Edinburgh, Scot
||Jun 16, 1796, Edinburgh, Scot
||Sep 2, 1798, Edinburgh, Scot
|Jean Wright Pattillo
||Mar 21, 1801, Edinburgh, Scot
||abt 1805, Edinburgh, Scot
||Eleanor Nelly Bowman
Children of James Pittullo and Ann Drysdale
|Ann Love Pattillo
||Apr 22, 1810, Edinburgh, Scot
||Apr 12, 1811, Edinburgh, Scot
|James Drysdale Pattillo
||Dec 4, 1831, Golconda, IL
John S. Pattillo
John S. (Samuels?) Pattillo was born about 1791. He died in late fall 1839 and his
estate was settled December 27, 1839 in Gallatin County, Illinois.
His birth place is unknown and it is not certain that he was the
son of James Pittullo and Mary Samuels.
If it is ever determined he was born in Scotland he is where he
belongs, otherwise... John S. married Mary "Polly" (Trousdale)
Sullinger, on April 4, 1815 in Pope County, Illinois. She was
a widow with a son, Alexander Sullenger, probably named after
Child of Mary Sullenger
|Alexander T. Sullenger
|Alexander was registered as a Private on the 1831 - 1832 record
of Blackhawk War enlistees, as "Alexander Patillo."
|Children of John S. and Mary Sullenger
|Martha A. Patillo
||abt 1817, Pope Co., IL
||Barnabas G. Skelton
|William H. Patillo
||Martha D. Bruce
|Felix Grundy Patillo
||Eleanor Elizabeth Parker
|Lemuel J. Patillo
||Jan 7, 1825, Gallatin Co., IL
|Milton G. Patillo
||Margaret E. "Patsy" Sherwood
|Elizabeth D. Patillo
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