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John Pruett (abt. 1730 - abt. 1788)

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John Pruett aka Pruitt, Prewitt
Born about in Virginiamap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died about in Virginia, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 15 Aug 2018 | Last significant change: 17 May 2019
19:15: Mary Jo (Willard) Freeman edited the Biography for John Pruett (abt.1730-abt.1788). [Thank Mary Jo for this]
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John was born about 1730 in Virginia. He was possibly the son of Samuel Walter Pruitt and Elizabeth A. Hawker.
His middle name may have been Fields. Samuel Walter's father may have been John Fields Pruitt.
His brother?, Henry married Ann Fields, so perhaps there was a Fields family around and perhaps his father named John for him. There is no proof of this, nor that his middle name was Fields.

Soon after Samuel Pruitt’s death in 1760, his 3 sons, John, Samuel II and Zachariah, moved to an area of Halifax Co, VA, that later became Pittsylvania Co, VA. Pittsylvania Co Tax records in the 1760s confirm that Samuel II, Zachariah, and John were living there.[1]

The question is: was John (the father of Obadiah) and John (the son of Samuel) the same person?
John Pruitt (the father of Obadiah) was in Goochland Co, VA (as the births of his children on The Douglas Register indicate) from at least 1758 to 1770. This makes me wonder whether John Pruitt who married Alice Addison, was indeed the son of Samuel Pruitt of Maryland. There were several John Pruitts in Virginia, as "The Prewitt/Pruitt Records of Virginia" show (see link in sources below).

John married Alice Addison about 1752, probably Goochland Co, VA. (Their marriage is not listed in the Douglas Register[2], so they were probably married before the Register was started in 1756.)
Douglas Register of Goochland Co, Va:
1758, Aug. 9, Obadiah Addison Pruitt born in St. James Parish to John Pruitt and Alice Addison (p54). He was baptized on April 1, 1759 (p279)[2]
(but according to Obadiah’s pension application in 1834 he said, “I was born in Goochland County, Va. in the year 1755 on the 6th day of July as I always heard and believe.")

Pruitt entries in The Douglas Register
Pruit, John & Ellis/Allice Addison:
Son, Obadiah Addison, b Aug 9, 1758, bapt Apr 1, 1759, p54
Son, Meredith Field, b May 27, 1764, bapt Jul 15, 1764, p 68
Son, Meredith Field, b Apr 12, 1767, bapt May 7, 1767, p 77
Son, Harold, b Jun 12 1769, bapt Aug 27, 1770, p86 [prob should be Harwood]
Pruit, Nancy & Ben. East, both in Goochland, married Aug 26, 1773, p14
Pruit, David & Rachel Vinninghame (child born Feb 5, 1763)
Pruit, Mourning & William Webb (child born Apr 12, 1756)
____ 21, 1775, John Pruitt son’s funeral, p36
Prewit, John 1788, Will Book 16, page 346

The Douglas Register also shows 6 children born to Harrison Jones and Ruth Addison, who was probably Alice's sister (see p. 229)[3]

There was a John Prewit listed on the roll for military service, July 15, 1777, Virginia. On the same page was Caleb Addison (perhaps Alice's brother.)[4]

John's 1st will dated Mar 26, 1776 leaves his land to his son Abram. John couldn't sign his name.
John Prewit on Mar 26, 1776 of Goochland conveyed by deed of gift to son Abram Prewit, 120 acres of land "being part of the tract where I now live in Goochland county." (Book 11, p 100)[5] Or read will at p.79 of link (Pruitt Records of Virginia).[6]
1782-1878 Va. Tax Payers - John Pruitt, 1 poll, 5 slaves.

A later Will dated 11 Mar 1788 leaves most of his property to son Harwood.
Abstract of will of John Prewit of Goochland Co, made 11 March 1788.
Life estate to wife, Alice Prewit.
Son, Harwood Prewit.
Son, Obediah Prewit.
Grandson, Obediah Prewit, son of John Prewit, Jr., deceased.
Son, Abram Prewit.
Dau, Ann East. Grandson, John East.
Wife and son Harwood are apptd executors.
Proved Nov 18, 1788. Theo Bates goes surety bond for widow.
(Will recorded Will Bk 16, p. 346)[7]

John passed away about 1788, either in Goochland Co, Va or Pittsylvania Co, VA.

Children of John Pruitt and Alice Addison (most listed in The Douglas Register):[2]
1. John Jr, b abt 1742, m Elizabeth Roberts;
2. Nancy Ann, b abt 1753, m Benjamin East Sr;
3. Abraham, b abt 1755, m Ann Davidson;
4. Obediah Addison, b 1758[8];
5. Agnes, b abt 1760, m Daniel Hammock;
6&7. Meredith Field (2 of them, both died young, 1764-65[9], 1767-88[10]);
8. Harwood (Harold), b 1769[11];
9. Elijah, m Nancy Johnson;
10. Elizabeth, m ? Roberts;
11. William.

Born 1736, Blandenburg, Frederick, Virginia, USA.
Died 1788, Goochland, Virginia, USA. Age: 51-52.


  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Douglas Register of Goochland Co, VA, transcribed by Jones, 1928
  3. The Douglas Register online -
  5. Goochland County, VA Deed book
  6. Prewitt/Pruitt Records of Virginia -
  7. Goochland County, VA Will book


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On 15 May 2019 at 11:52 GMT Susan Wilson wrote:

William Webb and Mourning Pruitt mentioned in this profile have WikiTree profiles of their own: Webb-16254 and Pruitt-1892

I would be interested to work together to find a connection.

On 7 Feb 2019 at 08:28 GMT Mary Jo (Willard) Freeman wrote:

Pruitt-1074 and Pruett-702 appear to represent the same person because: These two are the same man. Spelling of last name varies Pruett/Pruitt/Prewitt. Pruett-702 has a lot bio .

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