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The Pruiett Family

Part 3

Zachariah Pruitt, son of Samuel Pruitt II and Lucy Owen, was born in Frederick, Md. in 1758. He served in the Revolutionary War in Virginia and North Carolina. On October 17, 1785, he married Jane Burgess in Pittsylvania Co., Va. Their children were:

John Pruitt, Jr. had the following children:

According to the 1840 census, Absolum Pruit was between 60 and 70 years of age and his wife was between 50 and 60 years of age. This suggests a year of birth for Absolum of around 1780. That would have made his father, John Pruitt, Jr., around 18 years of age when Absolum was born and it would have made Absolum 60 years of age at the time of the 1840 census.

The 1789 personal property tax lists for Pittsylvania Co., Va. showed that the number of Pruitt family members was increasing. The lists were sorted alphabetically, so the date processed may be the best indication as to how close individuals lived to each other. All of the Pruitt family members were enumerated by the same Commissioner.

1789 List of Taxable Personal Property - Pittsylvania County
ListProcessedChargeableWhite Males (+16)BlacksHorses, etc.Relationship*
BMarch 24John Pruitt, Sr.1-4Son of Samuel Pruitt I
BMarch 24Joshua Pruitt1-2Unknown
BMarch 24Joseph [Japheth] Pruitt1-2Son of Samuel Pruitt II
BMarch 24John Pruitt, Jr.1-1Son of John Pruitt, Sr.
BMarch 24William Pruitt1-1Son of John Pruitt, Sr.
BApril 11Joseph Pruitt (Bannister)1-3Unknown
BApril 18Samuel Pruitt, Jr.1--Son of Samuel Pruitt II
BMay 1Samuel Pruitt2-4Son of Samuel Pruitt I
BMay 1Zachariah Pruitt1-3Son of Samuel Pruitt II
* Relationship was not a part of the original tax list. This is a best guess based on this and other sources.

By 1800, Samuel Pruitt III (Samuel Pruitt, Jr. in the 1789 tax list) had moved to Georgia. Otherwise, the list of known family members on the tax rolls stayed the same, with the exception of the addition of John Pruitt, Sr.'s youngest son, Elijah. Also, they seem to have made a decision to change the spelling of their name to "Prewett." Family members were enumerated by two different Commissioners, noted by the A or B under the column heading "List." It's interesting to note that nearly 2300 individuals appeared on the tax lists as "Persons Named" and that the average tax was around 79 cents. All Prewett family members were significantly below this average except Japheth Prewett.

1800 List of Taxable Personal Property - Pittsylvania County
ListProcessedPersons NamedWhite Males (+16)NegroesHorses, etc.Tax ($)Relationship*
AMarch 17Joshua Prewett1-3.36Unknown
AApril 4John Prewett1-2.24Son of John Pruitt, Sr.
AApril 4Joseph Prewett111.56Unknown
AJuly 22John Prewett, Sr.1-1.12Son of Samuel Pruitt I
AJuly 22William Prewett1-2.24Son of John Pruitt, Sr.
BApril 5Elijah Prewett1-1.12Son of John Pruitt, Sr.
BApril 5Mary Prewett1-1.12Unknown
BJune 14Japheth Prewett2211.00Son of Samuel Pruitt II
BJune 14Samuel Pruitt1-3.36Son of Samuel Pruitt I
BJune 14Zachariah Prewett1-3.36Son of Samuel Pruitt II
* Relationship was not a part of the original tax list. This is a best guess based on this and other sources.

Asa Prewitt (son of John Pruitt, Jr.) was born in Pittsylvania Co., Va. about 1786. He married Tabitha Ferguson in Pittsylvania Co. on March 14, 1809. Asa wrote his own consent. Charles Seal was Bondsman and Reverend George Dodson officiated. Tabitha was the daughter of Robert Ferguson. Asa and Tabitha Prewitt had four sons:

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