Was born in Hartland, Vermont, July 19th, 1806. He is the third son of James and Abigail Petrie. His father was born and raised in Scotland. His mother was a native of Connecticut, and in that state they were married. From there they moved to Vermont where they engaged in agricultural pursuits. George Petrie received his early education in his native state, during the intervals of farm work. After completing his education, he taught school for several winters, remaining on the farm with his parents during the summer months. Like most Yankee boys, he early learned to practice self-reliance, which is the secret of every man's success. On arriving at maturity, he engaged in mercantile pursuits, meeting with ordinary success. At the age of twenty-four he married Miss Mary Ann Stocking. They have had five children, four of whom are yet living. In 1836, he removed with his family to Pike county, Illinois, where he engaged in farming and stock-growing for about twelve years, after which, he removed with his family to Griggsville, Illinois, where he has since resided. On the breaking out of the late rebellion, two of his sons entered the Union army, evincing in the struggle an honorable patriotism, and devotion for the cause. On the expiration of their term of service, they both received honorable discharges. The subject of this sketch has been post master at Griggsville since May, 1869, where, with his affable manners and smiling countenance, he is ever found punctual at his post. In politics he is a strong and uncompromising republican. He is now residing at his home, enjoying excellent health, surrounded by a happy family.