Pruett - Pruitt Family
son of Obadiah Pruitt
PRUETT was born Dec 25, 1791 in Goochland co, Va (or NC).
died when he was 6 months old and he was nursed by a negro slave.
it was Bett who was given to Obediah by his father.] When he was
just 3 months past 2 years old, his father remarried, so he was raised
by his step-mother, Nancy (Lovell).
Robert moved with his father to Mason Co, (W)Va. and married
there. Mason county was formed in 1804.
census of Mason Co, (W)Va. shows:
p375 - Prewet, Obed
p376A - Knap, Moses [his future father-in-law]
He & Mary Martha "Patsy" Knapp (b Aug 25, 1799, Fleming Co,
Ky; she was 13 when they married) were
married in Mason Co, (W)Va. Their marriage bond was signed Sept 7, 1812
by Robert Pruett and Moses Knapp. They spent their first years together
after 1815 in (W)Virginia.
He was in the War of 1812. Pictured at right
is a soldier in an 1812 uniform.
In 1827 (probably the summer), the family moved Indiana. Daughter
Jane was born in Feb 1828 in Monroe co, IN (probably around
Bloomington). Monroe County was formed in 1818 from Orange
Co. The National Road didn't move into east Indiana until 1827,
and didn't go to Indianapolis until 1831, so they must have had a rough
road to travel.
He bought land in Indiana in 1831 and 1837. The land records say he
lived in Vermillion Co, Ind.
Bureau of Land Management records at:
Robert Pruett of Vermillion co, Ind. (west side of IN) bought 80 acres
on July 1, 1831 (also Oct. 1 & 3, 1834), then again on March 18,
1837. He bought 2 pieces of land, one was 160 acres and the other was
The 1850 census has Jane, Eliza, Elizabeth and Maria born in Indiana
between 1829 & 1837.
There was a Robert H. PUETT (sic) in Vermillion Co, Indiana in 1830
[middle initial is unreadable], p221
2 males under 5 . . . . . . . . [Burrell-3]
1 male 5-9 years . . . . . . .[Meredith-15, Jarrett-13]
1 male 20-29 years . . . . .[Robert-39]
2 females under 5 . . . . . . .[Jane-2]
1 female 5-9 years . . . . . .[Cynthia-11, Mary Ann-9, Agnes-6]
1 female 20-29 years . . . .[Patsy-31]
This family on the 1830 census doesn't seem to match our Robert
Pruett's family though!
Robert moved to Illinois between 1837 and 1840, maybe it was 1839. All
his children were born in Mason Co, (W)Va. or in Indiana.
The Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales database shows 7 land
purchases in Marion Co. from 1839 to 1855.
1840 & 1850 he was in Marion Co, Il.
1840 IL census - Marion Co (twps not listed), p 168:
Robert Prewet - 0010101 - 3102101, which means:
male 40-50 [Robert, 49]
female 40-50 [Patsy, 41]
male 20-30 [Jarrett W.-23]
girl 20-30 [Cynthia-21]
2 girls 15-20 [Mary Ann-19, Agnus-16]
boy 10-15 [Burrell-13]
3 girls 0-5 [Frances Eliza-7,
Elizabeth-5, Ann Maria-3]
[on same page with Jesse Doolen; their children married each other:
Alfred Murray Doolen & Mary Ann Pruett]
1850 Marion Co, IL, District 11 -
Robert Pruett - 59, b VA, farmer 1500
Martha - 51 KY
Jane - 19 IA [Ind was often
abbreviated IA at that time; Iowa didn't become a state until 1846]
Eliza - 17 IA
Elizabeth - 15 IA
Maria - 13 IA
Thomas Daz? - 4 IL
They moved to Schulyer Co. sometime in 1855 where Martha died Oct
20, 1855. She was buried in the Mt. Harmony Burying Ground
(Davenport Cem), Birgingham twp.
again to Lydia Johnson, May 28, 1858. He died Jan 7, 1860 after being
kicked by a horse in Schuyler Co, Ill. (After Robert died Lydia
married Henry Hoyt, Aug 24, 1863). Robert & Martha are buried at Mt. Harmony
Cemetery, Birmingham, Schuyler Co, IL (According to family rumor,
his second wife's sons were responsible for hastening his death.)
1) MEREDITH PRUETT (son), b 1815. Va; m M. Switzer
2) JARRETT W. PRUETT, b 1817, Va; m Jan 5, 1843, Marion Co, Il to
Susannah M. Convin (b 1818 Ky); children:
..... a) Francis Pruett (son), b 1845, Ill
..... b) Meredith Pruett (girl), b 1847, Ill.
..... c) Jane Pruett, b 1849, Ill.
3) MARY ANN PRUETT, b Dec 17, 1821, Henderson Co, Ky; m Oct. 6,
1843 to Alfred Doolen in Ill; d July 6, 1890, Marion Co., IL, buried
Doolen Cemetery. children:
..... a) William C. Doolen, b 1844; m Lizzie Hensley
..... b) Lewis Wesley Doolen, b 1846; m Margaret Holt
..... c) Andrew Doolen, b 1848; m Almyra Parrot
..... d) Meredith Doolen, b 1849; m Matilda Rymon
..... e) Amanda Doolen, b 1853; m Jeremiah
..... f) Rhoda Doolen, b 1854; d 1871
..... g) Robert Jesse Doolen, b 1857; d 1858
..... h) Alice Doolen, b 1859; m George Hathaway
..... i) Charles Doolen, b 1861; m Elizabeth Bates
4) AGNUS PRUETT, b 1820-25 (abt 1823) Ky (prob Henderson Co); m Samuel
Robb, Apr 21, 1846, Marion Co, IL
5) CYNTHIA PRUETT, b 1820-25 (abt 1825) Ky (Henderson or Hardin co);
m ? Blurton
PRUETT, b 1828 Ky (Henderson or Hardin Co), m Virginia Pruett, his
cousin, Sept 17, 1850 in Marion Co, IL. He was a farmer and was
living in Marion Co, Ill in 1850 (Virginia’s mother, Rebecca Pruett, b
was living with them in 1850)
..... a) Sophrona Pruett, b Dec 1858, Schuyler Co, Mo
..... b) Martha Pruett, b Feb 25, 1861, Schuyler Co, Mo; d Aug
2, 1882, Scuyler Co, Mo.
PRUETT, b 11 Feb 1828, Monroe Co, Ind; m William Wyckoff, Aug 6, 1857,
Schuyler Co, IL; d Aug 26, 1916, Smith Co, Ks.
..... a) Robert Wyckoff, b abt 1858
..... b) Douglas Wyckoff, b abt 1859
..... c) John Garrett Wyckoff, b abt 1860
..... d) Martha Wyckoff, b Sept 9, 1861
..... e) Flora Belle Wyckoff, b Mar 1, 1863; m William Thomas
Smith; ch: Oscar (b Simmons, Texas Co, Mo)
..... f) Amanda Jane Wyckoff, b Jan 13, 1866
..... g) Arminta “Minnie” Wyckoff, b Jan 29, 1870
..... h) Columbus McKinery “Mike” Wyckoff, b Feb 19, 1874
8) FRANCES ELIZA PRUETT, b 1833 prob Marion Co, IL; m Alexander
Bilderback, Dec 1, 1856, Schuyler Co, IL
9) ELIZABETH PRUETT, b 1835 prob Marion Co, Il; m David
Sullinbergor, Oct 3, 1854, Marion Co, IL
10) ANN MARIA PRUETT, b 1837 prob in Marion co, IL; m Caustin
Hedgecock, Apr 22, 1858, Shuyler Co, IL
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