William Nelson Pettet, Manlius, was born in Canada, March 30, 1837. Isaac Pettet, his father, was also a native of Canada and came to New York in 1847. He was a wagonmaker by trade and was employed by different wagonmakers in Manlius for a number of years. He was a member of the Methodist church. He died May 4, 1882, aged 69 years. His wife, Nancy Ellsworth, was also a native of Canada. She died July 12, 1884. Of this union seven children were born, four of whom are now living. William N., the oldest son, was educated in the common schools. After leaving school he engaged in farming, which occupation he has always followed. Aug. 26, 1862, he enlisted in Co. F, 149th Regt., N.Y. Vols., and served until the battle of Resaca, when he received a wound that incapacitated him from further service. In 1866 he bought a farm of 38 acres on lot 100, where he has since conducted a general line of farming. In 1856 Mr. Pettet married Sarah A. Keeling, of English ancestry, by whom he has six children: Cora, wife of Fred
Suiter of Rochester; Charles, a mechanic of Cortland; James, living at home; Ida, wife of John Call, a farmer, of Manlius; Albert, a farmer; and Clarence, also living at home. A grandson, Floyd Pettet, forms a part of the family." Source: Bruce, Dwight H. (Ed.), Onondaga's Centennial. Boston History Co., 1896, Vol. II, p. 355.