Name: Robert PRUETT
Birth: 25 DEC 1791 in near Richmond, Goochland Co, Va.
Death: 7 JAN 1860 in Schuyler Co, IL
Burial: Mt. Harmony Cem, Birmingham, Schuyler Co, IL
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Robert's mother died when he was 6 months old and he was nursed by a negro slave. [Maybe 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.
The 1810 census of Mason Co, (W)Va. shows:
p375 - Prewet, Obed
p376A - Knap, Moses [his future father-in-law]
He and Mary Martha "Patsy" Knapp (b Aug 25, 1799, Fleming Co, Ky; she was 13 when they married) were married at Point Pleasant 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.
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. His daughter, Cynthia?s obit says they moved to Indiana in 1830.
According to Brinkerhoff?s 1909 ?History of Marion County, Illinois? (p617), Francis M. Robb?s wife, Agnes (Pruitt) Robb, was the daughter of Robert and Martha Pruitt, ?who came to Marion county in a very early day, about 1812, settling in what is now Meacham township, where they got government land, but later went to Missouri.? [this is probably NOT correct information]
He must have moved NW to Vermillion County, IN before 1830.
(Vermillion county was organized in 1824.)
There was a Robert H. PUETT (sic) in Vermillion Co, Indiana in 1830 [middle initial is unreadable]
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 totally match our Robert Pruett's family though.
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 80 acres.
The 1850 census has Jane, Eliza, Elizabeth and Almariah born in Indiana between 1829 & 1837.
Robert must have moved to Marion Co, Illinois between 1837 and 1840, maybe it was 1839.
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]
girl 5-10 [Jane-12]
3 girls 0-5 [Frances Eliza-7, Elizabeth-5, Ann Maria-3]
[on same page was Jesse Doolen; their children married each other: Alfred Murray Doolen & Mary Ann Pruett]
1850 Marion Co, IL, District 11 -
Pruett, Robert - 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
Day, Thomas - 4 IL
[Thomas? mother (unk) died when he was a baby. When his father (unk) remarried his new wife would take the girls but not the boy, so he was given away to the Pruetts. Martha Pruett died in 1855 and Robert remarried in 1858. Prob his new wife didn?t want Thomas either. Maria (Almariah) also married in 1858 and Thomas (age 11) went to live with her and her husband Caustin Hedgecock.]
They moved to Schuyler Co., IL sometime in 1855 where Martha died Oct 20, 1855. She was buried in the Mt. Harmony Burying Ground (Davenport Cem), Birmingham twp.
Robert married 2nd to Lydia Johnson, May 28, 1858.
[Source: IL Statewide Marriage Index]
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 was buried beside Martha at the Mt. Harmony Cemetery. (According to family rumor, his second wife's sons were responsible for hastening his death.)
*Find A Grave Memorial # 35126300
Father: Obediah Addison ?Obe? PRUITT b: 9 AUG 1758 in St. James Parish, Goochland Co, Va.
Mother: Frances "Fanny" JARRATT b: ABT 1760 in Virginia
Mary Martha "Patsy" KNAPP b: 25 AUG 1799 in Fleming Co, Ky
17 SEP 1812
in Pleasant Point, Mason Co, (W)Va.
- Meredith ?Matte? PRUETT b: 20 MAR 1815 in Mason Co, (W)Va.
- Jarrett Wesley PRUETT b: 1817 in Mason Co, (W)Va.
- Cynthia PRUETT b: 27 JUL 1819 in Mason Co, (W)Va
- Mary Ann PRUETT b: 27 DEC 1821 in Mason Co, (W)Va
- Agnes PRUETT b: 12 JUN 1824 in Mason Co, (W)Va
- Burrell M. PRUETT b: 7 JAN 1827 in Mason Co, (W)Va
- Jane PRUETT b: 11 FEB 1828 in Monroe Co, IN
- Frances Eliza PRUETT b: 11 AUG 1833 in Indiana
- Elizabeth PRUETT b: 1835 in Indiana
- Almariah PRUETT b: 19 JUL 1836 in Indiana
28 MAY 1858
in Schulyer Co, IL