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  • ID: I22
  • _UID: 966304EC432444138BA49B7FFA1D52C92201
  • Name: Obediah Addison ?Obe? PRUITT
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 9 AUG 1758 in St. James Parish, Goochland Co, Va.
  • Death: AFT 1834 in Mason Co (W)Va.
  • Burial: Mason Co, (W)Va
  • Note:

    Or born July 6, 1755, Goochland Co, Va
    died May 14, 1834, West Virginia

    Also see: http://mjgen.com/pruett/1pruett.html

    Obadiah Prewitt said on his pension application of 1834 that he was born July 6, 1755 in Goochland Co, Va. ? "I was born in Goochland County Virginia in the year 1755 on the 6th day of July as I always heard and believe. . . I have no record of my age."
    [The Douglas Register shows Obediah Pruitt's birth date as Aug 9, 1758 and his baptism on April 1, 1759 (Douglas Register, p. 279) St. James Parish, Goochland Co, Va. to John Prewitt and Alice Addison.]

    He also fought in the Revolutionary War, but the DAR does not recognize him as a patriot because his application for a pension was denied (no witnesses). He spelled his name ?Obadiah Prewitt? on his pension application.
    In his 1834 pension application he said, ?I was living in Goochland Co, Va when I was called out ... I was drafted and served by rotation regular tour(s) of 3 months each as a private soldier and was called a 5th tour and fell sick.... I knew Gen. Nelson, Col. Morris & ?, Majors McCliman and Armstead.... I do not recollect the No of Regt, but I am inclined to think I belonged to the 5th VA Regt of Militia....?
    Possible military service:
    - May 1778 Obadiah Prewitt entered the Virginia militia from Goochland Co. under Capt. Miller  (R8458), 3 mos, Pvt
    - Oct 1778 served under Capt. Duke
    - Apr 1779 - Under Lt. David Rutherford, Maj. McCluman, Maj. Aarmstead - Richmond to Williamsburg across James River to Isle of Wight
    - to King William Courthouse day after militia cut to pieces by the enemy.  Under Col. Morris, Ens Lucy    
    - Apr (?) Under Lt. David Rutherford, Maj. McCluman, Maj. Aarmstead    
      Richmond to Williamsburg across James River to Isle of Wight
    - Sep 1781 - Marched to Yorktown, fell sick at Eastham.  Under Col. Rusce. 

    His pension app continues, "Since the revolution I have lived in North Carolina and Virginia where I now live in Mason County."

    There were at least 2 men named Obadiah Pruitt, about the same age, maybe cousins. He also had a nephew named Obediah Pruitt.
    [The other Obadiah was a private from VA in the Revolutionary War and is in the DAR directory -- "b ca 1752, d 1801 SC, m Molly Palmer, pvt, VA?
    After the War Obediah and Molly moved to Union Co, SC where he was in 1790. They moved to NC in 1791. In 1800 he was in Rowan Co NC where he was a planter and a slave owner. He died in 1801 in Union District, SC.]
    This is a little confusing because our Obadiah said on his pension application that he lived in NC also.

    I don?t know which had this patrimony suit against him:
    Goochland October 1784 Court: Obadiah Pruitt appears in court agreeably to his recognizance entered into before John Shelton, gentleman, for having begotten a bastard child on the body of Mary Bradshaw whereupon it being the opinion of the court the said Pruitt with Gideon Mims and George Christian his securities enter into recognizance to keep the said bastard child from becoming chargeable to the parrish himself in the sum of one hundred pounds and his two securities in the sum of fifty pounds each.

    If this was our Obadiah, he married the next year in 1785 to Frances Jarrott.

    Goochland Co, Va. Marriages & Bonds:
    - Obey Pruitt to Frances Jarrott, Dec 11, 1785. Abra Pruit, Bondsman, p 275.
    - Marriage of Obediah Pruitt & Frances Jarrett, Dec 12? 1785, Vol 6, p 161.
    - Obey Pruitt to Nancy Lovell, dau of Geo Lovell Mar 17, 1794. Harrod Pruitt and ?? bond, page 282.
    - Mar 18, 1794, Obed Pruitt and Nancy Lovell married by Lewis Chaudoin.

    Our Obadiah Pruett was also in the Revolutionary War but when he applied for a pension, evidently it was denied for lack of witnesses and evidence.
    Obadiah was in Mason Co (W)Va when he applied for a pension. He spelled his name, "Obadiah Prewitt" on his pension application.
    The DAR does not recognize our Obadiah, though he also fought in the Revolutionary War, because his application for a pension was denied.

    From Jeannine Harber: wjharber@@kscable.com
    I have a copy of a page from Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files Volume III: N-Z (abstracted by Virgil D. White, published by the National Historical Publ. Co. in Waynesboro, TN in 1992) in which Obadiah Prewett is shown as "Prewett, Obadiah, VA Line, R8458, sol was b. 6 Jul 1755 in Goochland Co VA & he lived there at enl & since the Rev lived in NC & VA, he appl in May 1834 in Mason Co VA."
    MILITARY SERVICE
    - Pvt from Virginia with Pension.
    - May 1778 Obadiah Prewitt entered the Virginia militia from Goochland Co. under Capt. Miller (R8458), 3 mos, Pvt
    - Oct 1778 under Capt. Duke
    - Apr 1779 - Richmond to Williamsburg to King William Courthouse day after militia cut to pieces by the enemy. Under Col. Morris, Ens Lucy
    Apr (?) Under Lt. David Rutherford, Maj. McCluman, Maj. Aarmstead
    Richmond to Williamsburg across James River to Isle of Wight
    Sep 1781 - Marched to Yorktown, fell sick at Eastham. Under Col. Rusce.
    - Applied for pension, too old and sick to go to court house.
    Mason Co., VA 1834, May 14, Obediah Pruitt, age 79 last Jul 6 applied for pension (R8458). Entered service May 1778 in Goochland Co. Militia under Cpt. Miller.

    "Obadiah Prewit" is listed on the Virginia Tax list of 1789 in Goochland Co. The other Prewits in Goochland County were: Abraham, Allan, Haward (no other spelling variations). Abraham and Harwood were Obadiah's brothers. Don't know who Allan was.

    Obediah Pruitt inherited two negroes from his father's will - " ... I give unto my son Obadiah Prewit, after the death of his mother aforesaid, my two negroes Sett and Bett, with their increase to him and his heirs forever."

    He married first to Frances Jarrett. She died July 1792, in Goochland Co, Va. He married 2nd to Nancy Lovell in 1792, Goochland Co, Va. and had 5 more children.

    - 1788, March 11, Obadiah Pruit and wife Frances sold 74 1/2 acres to Samuel Couch. Witness: Tho. L. Bates and Abraham Pruit (Goochland Bk 15, p. 37)
    - Obadiah Addison Pruett moved to North Carolina.
    - 1791 Obadiah A. Pruett returned to Goochland Co., VA from N.C.

    Obadiah married first to Frances Jarrett. They had
    1. Betsey Pruett (m George Meyers)
    2. Vernal Frank Pruett (his 1/2 brother Stokes named one of his sons Vernal)
    3. Wilson
    4. Robert - Robert was Frances' youngest child. She died when he was 6 months old and he was nursed by a negro slave woman (maybe Bett?)

    Sometime before 1810 Obadiah moved to Mason Co, (W)VA. Mason Co was created out of Kanawha Co. in 1804, but Obadiah Pruitt and son Wilson Pruitt were both on the 1809 Tax List of Kanawha Co, (W)Va. They attended the Methodist Episcopal Church there.

    The 1810 census of Mason Co, (W)VA shows:
    p375 11 Prewet, Obed 10301-1211
    1 male 0-10 [Granville-10]
    3 males 16-26 [Robert-19, Wilson-20, Vernal-22]
    1 male 45 up [Obadiah-50]
    1 female 0-10 [Frances-2]
    2 females 10-16 [Mary-13, Sarah-16]
    1 female 16-26 [Betsey-24]
    1 female 25-45 [Nancy- ]
    All Obediah?s children from both marriages are still at home. Stokes was not born until 1811.
    See: ftp://ftp.us-census.org/pub/usgenweb/census/wv/mason/1810/pg0372.txt

    also there in 1810 was:
    p376A 18 Knap, Moses [Obed's son Robert?s father-in-law]

    1820 Census, Mason Co., WVa, p. 127:
    1 m over 45 [Obadiah-62]
    1 m 18-25 [Granville-20]
    1 fem 10-15 [Frances-12]
    1 m 0-9 [Stokes-9]
    (Wife Nancy probably deceased.)

    1830 Mason Co, WV (p 157):
    1 male 40-49 [Granville]
    1 female 20-29 [Granville's wife, Lucy]
    1 male 0-4 [Granville's new baby, Marshall]
    2 males 15-19 [Stokes-19]
    1 male 70-79 [Obadiah]

    Son, Robert had moved to Indiana in 1827, then Robert moved to Illinois about 1839. All of Obediah?s other sons (Wilson, Granville, Stokes) followed Robert to Marion Co, Illinois about 1845.
    So, all of Obadiah's sons & daughters left Mason Co, WV. In 1850 there were no Pruetts in the county.
  • Change Date: 26 NOV 2015



    Father: John PRUITT b: 1736 in Blandenburg, Frederick Co, Va (or Prince George)
    Mother: Alice ADDISON

    Marriage 1 Frances "Fanny" JARRATT b: ABT 1760 in Virginia
    • Married: 11 DEC 1785 in prob Goochland Co, Va.
    Children
    1. Has No Children Betsey PRUETT b: ABT 1786
    2. Has No Children Vernal Franklin PRUITT b: ABT 1788 in Goochland Co, Va
    3. Has Children Wilson PRUETT b: ABT 1790 in Va.
    4. Has Children Robert PRUETT b: 25 DEC 1791 in near Richmond, Goochland Co, Va.

    Marriage 2 Nancy LOVELL b: AFT 1765 in Goochland Co, VA
    • Married: 18 MAR 1794 in Goochland Co, Va
    Children
    1. Has Children Sarah PRUITT b: 1794 in Goochland Co, Va.
    2. Has No Children Mary "Polly" PRUITT b: ABT 1797 in Goochland Co, Va.
    3. Has Children Granville PRUITT b: 14 FEB 1800 in Goochland Co, VA
    4. Has Children Frances PRUITT b: ABT 1808 in VA Or Mason Co, WV
    5. Has Children Stokes PRUITT b: 6 MAR 1811 in Mason Co, (W)Va
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