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View Tree for Martin PruettMartin Pruett (b. 15 Jul 1752, d. 04 Feb 1844)

Martin Pruett (son of William(II) Pruett and Mary Martin) was born 15 Jul 1752 in Yadkin Valley, North Carolina, and died 04 Feb 1844 in Bethalto, Madison Co, IL. He married Mary Martha Wood on 1771 in North Carolina.

 Includes NotesNotes for Martin Pruett:
From The Gazzetter of Madison County IL published James T Hair, Alton, Illinois in 1806.

The ancestor of the Prewitt family was a native of North Carolina and a soldier in the war of Independence and engaged in the memorable conflict at Kings Mountain NC in 1780. After the revolution he removed to Virginia and several years later to Tennessee, with all his family. His sons were Abraham, William, Isaac, and Martin. Martin Prewitt born July 15th, 1752, also a soldier in the revolutionary war and in the battle of Kings Mountain removed from Tennessee to Illinois in 1806 and died at the Home of his son Solomon Prewitt at the age of 92. He married in North Carolina in 1771 to Mary Woods, born 1753, died 1807 in Madison County IL, children all born in Abington, Washington County, Virginia. (Written on letterhead paper i.e. THOS. Preutt Live Stock Insurance, Charleston, MO.
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In a copy of a letter dated August 7, 1930 and written by E.W. Morgan, Acting Commissioner of the Pensioners Rev. War and 1812 War section, it is stated that "it appears from the papers in the Revolutionary War pension claim, S. 32455, that Martin Pruett while residing in Washington County Virginia, enlisted in the fall of 1778 and served as a spy in Captain William Campbell's Virginia company for two years, and was also in the Battle of Kings Mountain, in Captain William Edminton's company, the above William Campbell having been promoted to Colonel of the regiment. He was allowed pension on this application executed September 5, 1832 while a resident of Madison County, Illinois, aged 84 years. He died February 4, 1841. There is no data as to his family".
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Martin Pruett settled 200 acres sometime between 1803-1806 at Sand Ridge, Ft. Russell Township (a few miles east of Alton) IL. Born in NC about 1752, he accompanied his father and Daniel Boone to KY at age 15(1767) where he explored the countryside and fought Indians. He was a Rev War soldier (Battle of King's Mt in NC). He had three brothers, Abraham, William, and Isaac. After the Revolution, all the family moved to Washington Co, Virginia and after being there several years, to Tennessee. Here Abraham and William were killed by Cherokee Indians. Martin then settled in Illinois. There is a plaque honoring him at the Madison County courthouse in Edwardsville, IL, and papers of his service are on file at the National Archives in Washington DC. He did little else but hunt. He died without sickness or pain, in the year 1844, at the age of 92. He had 10 children, 6 boys and 4 girls.

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Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots Record
about Martin Jr PRUITT
Name: Martin Jr PRUITT
Cemetery: Prewitt House Cem
Location: Bethalto IL 62
Reference: Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots, Vol.3, p. Serial: 12556; Volume: 7
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SOLDIERS OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION BURIED IN ILLINOIS

Born: 1748 in Virginia
Died: 1844 in Illinois

Buried: Pruett Cemetery, Bethalto, Madison County, IL
Residences: Martin Pruett came to Illinois in 1806 settling in Madison County at Sand Ridge. Other very early arrivals: William Jones and John Finley in 1806 at Sand Ridge.

Service: Private - Sergeant - Virginia Continental. Enlisted in Fall of 1778 for two years in Capt. Wm. Campbell's and Capt. Wm. Edmondton's company, Col. Wm. Campbell's Regiment. He was in the Battle of King's Mt in North Carolina.

Pension: S32455(VA) Madison Co, IL pension roll August 22, 1833, age 85. Madison Co, IL pension census - June 1, 1840, age 93 residing with Solomon Pruett, head of family.

Marker: Name is on bronze tablet at Madison Co courthouse in Edwardsville, IL, placed by Ninian Edwards Chapter DAR, Alton, IL on 16 September 1916.
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Martin Pruit - Was born in Virginia, in 1752, he enlisted in the fall of 1778, for two years under Captains William Campbell and William Edminton with Col. William Campbell, who was made colonel in 1780; he served as sergeant. He was in the battle of Kings Mountain; he came to Illinois and resided in Madison county, where he died and lies buried in the family burying ground in Fort Russell. He applied for a pension in 1832 at the age of 84 years.

©Madison County, Illinois Trails History and Genealogy
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Names of pensioners ages Names or Heads of Family
for Revolutionary or other with whom Soldier resided on
Military Service June 1, 1840


MARTIN PRUETT 93 SOLOMON PRUETT
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Other Spellings may be (Pruit) or Prewitt
it said he was born in 1752 on 7/15. Tree 4819.One record LDS said 2/26/1749 in Va. American Rev. Vet
According to "Gazetteer" of Madison Co., IL ,published by James F. Hair in 1866; From a letter to him by Major Solomon Prewitt which said; In 1767, when my father Martin Prewitt, was 15 years of age, went to the wild woods of Kentucky, in company with his father, Daniel Boone, John Findley, Isaac Belcher, and other hunters. They camped on Kentucky River , and staid 9 months, when they returned to No. Carolina, with their pack horses, peltry and furs. My father married my mother, Mary Woods in NC. When the revolutionary war commenced my grandfather and my father joined General Washington's army and served as soldiers till the colonies gained their independence. During the war General Cornwallis, of the British Army sent Ferguson with one thousand and four hundred Tories to break up some new countries on the frontier, and when the backwoods Mountaineers heard the news they rallied three hundred strong, near Kings Mountain. My father with his brother Isaac Prewitt, and my father in law, Philip Higgins , all took part in that battle. Before the attack was made a council was held, in which it was decided that all should return but one thousand picket men who, led by the brave Colonels Campbell, Cleveland, Shelby, Sevier and Williams , ascended the hill, and commenced the attack. Like Sinai of old, the top of the mountain was wrapped in smoke and flame as the leaden hail came whizzing from every quarter, and in forty minutes Ferguson was slain and the whole of his part killed, wounded and taken prisoners. When the Rev. War was over(they moved there 1770 and gone by 1790) my grandfather and all his family removed to the state of VA and remained there for several years. When TN was settled he moved there. They engaged in defensive war fair with Cherokee Indians. They lived in forts until peace in 1800. He then sold his farm and emigrated to IL and settled on the Sandridge Prairie. Here his mother died in the year. 1807. Solomon and his father, Martin, lived alone there. Solomon then married at 19, Rebecca Higgins who was 17. In 1818 Solomon removed to 1and 1/2 miles so. of Bethalto where his father lived with him until he died at age of 91years, 11mos and 8days. The Pension Bureau at Wash. DC gives the date of Martin Prewitt death at 2/4/1841. So if this statement by Sol. is true his birthday would be 2/26,1749. (B. Dillon say born. 7/15/1752)
Family tradition: When Martin Prewitt returned to camp after the battle of King MT., he was asked how many British soldiers were there in this battle, and he pointed upward, to the leaves on the tree.
The Pruitts were known in history as War Horses according to Valentine Pruitt (5) son of Abraham (4) son of Solomon (3) son of Martin (2) son of William (1). It is by Valentines daughter that he told of this and how he enjoyed it.
Also in DAR records.
In Fed Census for 1840 in Illinois, Madison Co., Upper Alton.
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Revolutionary War Soldiers Buried in Illinois

Martin Pruit - was born in Virginia in 1748. He enlisted in the fall of 1778 for two years under Capts. William Campbell and William Edminton with Col. William Campbell, who was made colonel in 1780. He served as sergeant. He was in the battle of King's Mountain. He came to Illinois in 1806 and resided in Madison county, where he died, and lies buried in the family burying ground in Fort Russell. He applied for a pension in 1832 at the age of 84 years. He died in 1844, aged 92 years. "Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917
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There is a lot of info on the internet that have Martin Pruitt's birthdate in error. His birth was 15 Jul 1752 NC. His brother William (Jr) was born sometime between 1761 and 1766 NC. Some have it William died in 1844 but he died around 1783 in a battle with the Indians.

Martin and William Jr's father William Pruitt Sr did die in AL at the age of 103 in 1817. His will is on file there. All the living children are named in it and each received $1.00 except for son Jacob and daughter Mary who lived in AL at the time and received the bulk of the estate which included land.

William Sr and his sons Martin, Fuller, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and William Jr fought in the Rev War. According to Solomon Preuitt son of Martin, his grandfather (William Sr), his father and all his uncles fought in the Battle of Kings Mountain. And yes, Solomon changed the spelling of the surname but some of his descendants reverted back to the original spelling of Pruitt.

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In a copy of a letter dated August 7, 1930 and written by E.W. Morgan, Acting Commissioner of the Pensioners Rev. War and 1812 War section, it is stated that "it appears from the papers in the Revolutionary War pension claim, S. 32455, that Martin Pruett while residing in Washington County Virginia, enlisted in the fall of 1778 and served as a spy in Captain William Campbell's Virginia company for two years, and was also in the Battle of Kings Mountain, in Captain William Edminton's company, the above William Campbell having been promoted to Colonel of the regiment. He was allowed pension on this application executed September 5, 1832 while a resident of Madison County, Illinois, aged 84 years. He died February 4, 1841. There is no data as to his family".
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Martin Pruett settled 200 acres sometime between 1803-1806 at Sand Ridge, Ft. Russell Township (a few miles east of Alton) IL. Born in NC about 1752, he accompanied his father and Daniel Boone to KY at age 15(1767) where he explored the countryside and fought Indians. He was a Rev War soldier (Battle of King's Mt in NC). He had three brothers, Abraham, William, and Isaac. After the Revolution, all the family moved to Washington Co, Virginia and after being there several years, to Tennessee. Here Abraham and William were killed by Cherokee Indians. Martin then settled in Illinois. There is a plaque honoring him at the Madison County courthouse in Edwardsville, IL, and papers of his service are on file at the National Archives in Washington DC. He did little else but hunt. He died without sickness or pain, in the year 1844, at the age of 92. He had 10 children, 6 boys and 4 girls.

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Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots Record
about Martin Jr PRUITT
Name: Martin Jr PRUITT
Cemetery: Prewitt House Cem
Location: Bethalto IL 62
Reference: Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots, Vol.3, p. Serial: 12556; Volume: 7
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SOLDIERS OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION BURIED IN ILLINOIS

Born: 1748 in Virginia
Died: 1844 in Illinois

Buried: Pruett Cemetery, Bethalto, Madison County, IL
Residences: Martin Pruett came to Illinois in 1806 settling in Madison County at Sand Ridge. Other very early arrivals: William Jones and John Finley in 1806 at Sand Ridge.

Service: Private - Sergeant - Virginia Continental. Enlisted in Fall of 1778 for two years in Capt. Wm. Campbell's and Capt. Wm. Edmondton's company, Col. Wm. Campbell's Regiment. He was in the Battle of King's Mt in North Carolina.

Pension: S32455(VA) Madison Co, IL pension roll August 22, 1833, age 85. Madison Co, IL pension census - June 1, 1840, age 93 residing with Solomon Pruett, head of family.

Marker: Name is on bronze tablet at Madison Co courthouse in Edwardsville, IL, placed by Ninian Edwards Chapter DAR, Alton, IL on 16 September 1916.
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1840 United States Federal Census
about Martin Pruitt
Name: Martin Pruitt
Township: Upper Alton
County: Madison
State: Illinois
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Martin Pruit - Was born in Virginia, in 1748, he enlisted in the fall of 1778, for two years under Captains William Campbell and William Edminton with Col. William Campbell, who was made colonel in 1780; he served as sergeant. He was in the battle of Kings Mountain; he came to Illinois and resided in Madison county, where he died and lies buried in the family burying ground in Fort Russell. He applied for a pension in 1832 at the age of 84 years.

©Madison County, Illinois Trails History and Genealogy
MADISON COUNTY
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Names of pensioners ages Names or Heads of Family
for Revolutionary or other with whom Soldier resided on
Military Service June 1, 1840
MARTIN PRUETT 93 SOLOMON PRUETT
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Illinois Census, 1810-90
about Martin Pruitt
Name: Martin Pruitt
State: IL
County: Madison County
Township: Age 93 No Township Listed
Year: 1840
Page: 187
Database: IL 1840 Pensioners List
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More About Martin Pruett:
Burial: 1844, Bethalto,Madison Co, IL.

More About Martin Pruett and Mary Martha Wood:
Marriage: 1771, North Carolina.

Children of Martin Pruett and Mary Martha Wood are:
  1. +Jacob Pruett, b. 25 Nov 1782, Abington, Washington, VA, d. 25 Aug 1849, Fredericktown, Madison, MO.
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