The Pettit family played an instrumental role in the Western New York . was born in 1767 and practiced in both Madison and Onandaga Counties, N.Y. prior to coming to . His son, , was born in 1802.
For about 25 years, Eber and his wife operated an Underground Railroad station in Versailles, New York, about 15 miles northeast of Fredonia. While there, they also produced herbs and seeds for his father’s patent medicine company. Their daughter, , and her husband, , assisted in the effort of helping fugitive slaves.
James and were also active in the Underground Railroad from their home in Fredonia. The family’s medicine business led them on several trips into Ohio to get supplies. This also provided opportunities for both father and son to transport runaway slaves on the road to freedom. James died prior to 1850, but Eber and other family members continued as conductors in the Underground Railroad even after that time.
Shortly after the Emancipation Proclamation took effect in 1863, Pettit and his family closed their station and returned to Fredonia. In 1879, Eber Pettit wrote a memoir entitled The memoir was dedicated to , and was published by of the .
The above information is from the McClurg Museum and can be found on : http://mcclurgmuseum.org/blog/2011/02/18/the-pettit-family-bicentennial-biography-no-29/