Petitjean Family History




Belfort, France



Jean Baptiste Petitjean

BIRTH: 18 OCT 1800, Saint Hilaire, Allier, France


        Jean Baptiste Petitjean was listed as John Baptiste Littlejohn in the marriage record of his son, George Petitjean (also listed as Littlejohn), to Lucille Parret, on 25 Nov 1859 in Great Barrington, MA. 

DEATH: 25 MAY 1861, St. Remy's Cem. Russia, Shelby County, Ohio, USA


Catherine (Rose) Freshard  

BIRTH: 1795, France


        Rose Petitjean was listed as Rose Littlejohn in the marriage record of her son, George Petitjean (also listed as Littlejohn), to Lucille Parret, on 25 Nov 1859 in Great Barrington, MA. 

DEATH: 1840, France



Jean Baptiste Petitjean

BIRTH: 4 Dec 1828, Belfort, France


        Jean Baptiste came to the United States in about 1850, probably with his brother, George.  He married Judith Beuchet, born in Switzerland, and lived in Great Barrington, MA, where the birth of their daughter, Rose, is recorded in the town's records (b 13 Feb 1860).  Jean was referred to as John Baptiste in the town's records.  

        After his death in 1861 (also recorded in Great Barrington Town Records), Jean's wife, Judith, married a collier, Frederick Renaud, who lived with Jean's brother, George Petitjean, in Sandisfield, MA (1860 Census, Series: M653; Roll: 487; Page: 765).

DEATH: Jean Baptiste died in Great Barrington, MA, of cirrhosis of the liver, on 4 Apr 1861, at the age of 32 years, 4 months, 0 days.


George Ernest Petitjean

BIRTH: 8 Oct 1832, Belfort, France


        George arrived in the United States on 15 Nov 1853, on the Ship Fortitude.  He married Lucille Parret on 25 Nov 1859, and was listed in the marriage record as George Littlejohn.  The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Lewis Green, rector of The Trinity Church (Episcopalian), in the Van Deusenville (northern) section of Great Barrington, MA.  The record states that George resided in Great Barrington, MA, was 27, a laborer, born in France, and that his parents' names were John Baptiste and Rose Littlejohn.  Lucy was listed as Lucine Parrot, 20 years old, residing in Norfolk, CT, born in Great Barrington, MA.  Her parents were listed as Louis and Mary Parrot.    

Great Barrington, MA


        At the time of the 1860 Census, George was listed as George Petit Jean (24), living with his wife, Lucy (20), in Sandisfield, Berkshire County, MA (Series: M653; Roll: 487; Page: 765). George was a collier (one who works with charcoal), as was George Chuelet (?), age 27, who was listed as part of the household. Also living with them were John (25) and Gabriel (39) Stickle, and Frederick Renaud (27), all listed as laborers. All of the men were born in France.  After the death of George's brother, Jean Baptiste, Frederick Renaud married his widow, Judith Beuchet Petitjean, and moved to Ironton, Sauk County, Wisconsin.

        At the time of the 1870 Census, George was listed as George Littlejohn (34), living with his wife, Lucy (30), and their children, Laura (9), Rosa (8), Charles (7), Octave (6), and George (1), in Goshen, Litchfield County, CT (Series: M593; Roll: 105; Page: 109).  All of the children (except George) were born in MA and were attending school. George senior was a charcoal burner.  

        At the time of the 1880 Census, George was listed as George Pettyjohn (44), laborer, living with his wife, Lucy (40); daughter, Rose Bogaert (19), apparently widowed and working in a spoon shop; grandson, Charles Bogaert (2); and sons, Octave (16), working in a ring shop; George (12), working in a spoon shop; and Emile (4).  They lived at 4 Meadow Lane, Waterbury, New Haven County, CT (Series: T9; Roll: 103; Page: 197; District: 42).

        George was listed in the Waterbury, Connecticut Directories as living at 4 Pratt Place, Waterbury, CT, and working at the West Brass Company, for the years 1889 and 1890.  In the same directory for the year 1891, he was listed as a laborer, living at 20 Pratt Place, Waterbury, CT.

DEATH: George died on 15 April 1894, Waterbury, CT, of centro spinal meningitis.  His address at the time of his death was 25 Riverside Drive.

BURIAL: George is buried with his wife, Lucille Parret (d 5 Mar 1890), in the Riverside Cemetery in Waterbury, CT.  The family plot also includes their daughter, Laura (d 1937), their son Octave (d 26 Nov 1920) and his wife, Jennie Terrell Petitjean (d 18 Jul 1933), and Octave and Jennie's granddaughter, Betty Petitjean McHugh (d 8 Dec 1985), daughter of their son Clifford.


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