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Thomas and Icyphenia Pruett Marriage Document
Thomas and Icyphenia Pruett Marriage Document

Susan (Epperson) Pruett must have died before 1858. On Aug. 19, 1858, Thomas S. Pruett married Icyphenia B. Ford. The marriage document indicated his new wife's name was "Isia B. Ford" and that she was the daughter of "Salley Ford." The marriage took place at "Beckey Ford's in Pittsylvania County." It also indicated that Thomas S. Pruett was the son of Zachariah and Tabitha Pruett. While Tabitha was his mother, Zachariah was the relative who raised him after his father and mother died. Children of Thomas S. and Icyphenia B. Pruett were:

While Icyphenia B. Ford's marriage document indicated that her mother was Salley Ford, the identity of her father and her relationship to Beckey Ford are not known at this time. It's interesting that William Ford and Elisha Ford appear on the same page of the 1840 census as Thomas's brother, William Pruit, and just one page removed from Thomas S. Pruett. Elsewhere in the 1840 census for Pittsylvania County and nearby Halifax County are households headed by Byrd Ford, John Ford, Thomas Ford, Giles Ford, Jarrel (Jerrald?) Ford, another William Ford and Henry Ford. Icyphenia Ford was born in June 1840 according to the 1900 census. It's possible she was born into one of these households. Elisha Ford (born around 1767) married Rebecca Haley (born around 1778 or 1787 depending on the source) on Sept. 28, 1807 in Halifax Co., Va. Byrd H. Ford (born April 28, 1812) was the son of Elisha and Rebecca (Haley) Ford. William H. Ford was the son of Elisha Ford's brother, Jerrald Ford. The 1860 census shows Rebecca Ford, age 72, as the head of a household with Sallie F. Ford, age 50, living with her. Thus, Rebecca Ford would have been 52 in 1840 and was likely the female, age 50-60, living in Elisha Ford's household. Was Salley Ford also in that household? Or, was she married to one of the other Fords in the two counties? Salley would have been 30 years old in 1840. John Ford, Thomas Ford, both William Fords, Byrd Ford, Elisha Ford, Jerrald Ford and Henry Ford each had a female in the right age range living in their households (i.e., ages 20-30 or 30-40). Both William Ford and Byrd Ford were married in the 1830s and their spouses were still with them according to 1850 census records, so they can be ruled out as potential husbands of Salley Ford. Therefore, at this time, John Ford, Thomas Ford, one of the William Fords, and Henry Ford are candidates as Salley Ford's husband and Icyphenia Ford's father. Another possibility is that Salley Ford was a married or unmarried member of either household of Elisha Ford or Jerrald Ford in 1840. So far, we have been unable to find Salley or Icyphenia Ford in the 1850 census. Nor have we found a marriage record for Salley Ford.

Thomas S. Prewett Deed of Gift
Thomas S. Prewett Deed of Gift

On May 30, 1859, Thomas S. Prewett recorded a deed in which he "doth give, grant, bargain and sell" a one-hundred and twenty-five acre tract of land, "known and called the Mann tract of land," to his children from his first marriage, Francis Ann Pruett, Sarah Jane Pruett and Thomas M. Pruett. He described the tract as "the land whereon the said Thomas S. Prewett now lives" and that he had purchased the land from Elisha D. Waller and Hugh Fallen. Thomas S. Prewett stipulated that he was "to hold and enjoy the land aforesaid for and during his natural life" and that his children "are to hold the said land jointly for twenty-five years and they are not to sell the same or their interest in the same for twenty-five years ... and then they may dispose of the same as they may think proper."

At the time of the 1860 census, Thomas and Icyphenia Pruett had the following children and others living in their household:


1860 Census - Southern District, Pittsylvania County [Census Record]
NameAgeSexProfessionRealPersonalPlace of BirthAttend SchoolRead/Write
Thomas S. Prewitt46MFarmer$1,950$750VirginiaNo
Isafenda Prewitt19FVirginia
Frances A. Prewitt22FVirginia
Thomas M. Prewitt15MFarm HandVirginia
William Prewitt1MVirginia
James Jackson21MFarm HandVirginiaNo
Thomas Alderson26MFarm HandVirginia

Sometime between 1850 and 1860, William C. and Frances Pruett moved to Halifax County, just across the Pittsylvania County line. Their old homestead is located on Mercy Seat Church Road. William, Fannie and some of their descendants are buried in the cemetery near the homestead.

1860 Census - Southern District, Halifax County [Census Record]
NameAgeSexProfessionRealPersonalPlace of BirthAttend SchoolRead/Write
Wm C. Pruett46MFarmer$1,250$1000VirginiaNo
Frances Pruett48FVirginiaNo
Nathl Pruett23MLaborerVirginiaNo
Thos Pruett19MLaborerVirginia
John Pruett16MLaborerVirginia
Robt Pruett14MLaborerVirginia
Z[achariah] T Pruett11MVirginia

The 1860 census listed a son, Nathaniel, age 23, living with William C. and Frances Pruett. Nathaniel was not listed on their 1850 census record.

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