Moses Pruitt (1786-1839) & Phoebe Williams (1781-1858)

Moses Pruitt and Phoebe Williams are Todd’s 4X Great Grandparents.

Todd’s mother Marilyn is in the DNA Circles at Ancestry.com for Moses and Phoebe and both of Phoebe’s parents.

Moses Pruitt was born April 18, 1786 in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. His parents were Moses Pruitt and Rachel Spillman. I’ve found a lot of conflicting information about the family, and I’m not sure how many children they had. It’s possible that the father’s name was Morris and his nickname was Moses. It’s also possible that further along the Pruitt line, Todd’s 9X Great Grandfather was Abraham Lincoln’s 5X Great Grandfather. Fun if it’s true, and I’ll let you know if I ever chase this lead.

Phoebe Williams was born in 1781 in Virginia. Her parents were Simon Williams and Polly Ann Bennett. Phoebe was the second oldest of their 14 children. The family moved to Rowan County, North Carolina and then to Kentucky before ending up in Indiana, being some of the earliest settlers in Posey County.

On the 1800 US Census, Moses was 14 and living in the household of his father, Moses Pruitt, in Greenville, South Carolina.

Moses and Phoebe were married on June 3, 1805 in Warren County, Kentucky.

On the 1810 US Census, Moses was head of a household in Warren County, Kentucky. There were 4 in the household: 2 males under age 10 (John was 4 and William was 3); 1 male aged 16-24 (Moses was 24); 1 female aged 16-24 (Phoebe was 29).

Moses served in the 14th Regiment of the Kentucky Militia in the War of 1812.

On the 1820 US Census, Moses headed a household in Pigeon, Vanderburgh County, Indiana. There were 8 in the household: 1 male under age 10 (Simon was 7); 2 males aged 10-15 (William was 13 and John was 14); 1 male aged 26-44 (Moses was 34); 3 females under age 10 (Martha was 5, Mary was 8, and Emalina was 10); 1 female aged 26-44 (Phoebe was 39).

On the 1830 US Census, Moses headed a household in Vanderburgh County, Indiana. There were 9 in the household: 1 male aged 15-19 (Simon was 17); 1 male aged 40-49 (Moses was 44); 2 females under age 5 (both unknown); 2 females aged 5-9 (Juliet was 8 and Phoebe Elizabeth was 10); 2 females aged 15-19 (Martha was 15 and Mary was 18); 1 female aged 40-49 (Phoebe was 49).

Moses died April 6, 1839 in Armstrong, Vanderburgh County, Indiana.

On the 1840, widowed Phoebe was head of a household in Armstrong, Vanderburgh County, Indiana. There were 5 in the household: 1 male aged 15-19 (unknown); 1 male aged 20-29 (unknown); 1 female aged 15-19 (unknown); 1 female aged 20-29 (Phoebe Elizabeth was 20); 1 female aged 50-59 (Phoebe was 59.) All of Phoebe’s children were married except for Phoebe Elizabeth, who would marry the next year.

On the 1850 US Census, Phoebe was 66 and lived in Armstrong, Vanderburgh County, Indiana with her daughter Phoebe Elizabeth Pruitt Montgomery, her husband Samuel, and their 4 children.

Phoebe is thought to have died on June 18, 1858 in Vanderburgh County, Indiana.

The 8 children of Moses Pruitt and Phoebe Williams:

John Pruitt – John was born June 5, 1806. He married Mahala Green on October 5, 1826 in Vanderburgh County, Indiana, and they had 3 children. He married Elizabeth Holcomb on August 10, 1837 in Vanderburgh County, Indiana, and they had 9 children. He married Sarah Boucher Spillman Williams on February 24, 1863 in DeWitt County, Illinois, and they had 2 children. He died February 28, 1874. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

William Pruitt – William was born December 1, 1807 in Kentucky. He married Elizabeth Spain on March 14, 1830 in Gibson County, Indiana. They farmed and had 6 children. He died May 10, 1870. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Emalina Pruitt – Emalina was born in 1810. She married William Cordian Wassan. They farmed and had at least 8 children. She died August 8, 1885. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Mary E. Pruitt – Mary was born May 18, 1812 in Gibson County, Indiana. She married Isaiah Wilkinson on June 20, 1837 in Vanderburgh County, Indiana. They had 10 children. She died December 12, 1872 in Posey County, Indiana. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Simon Pruitt – Simon was born March 6, 1813 in Gibson County, Indiana. He married Lucy Ann Broyles on June 15, 1837 in Posey County, Indiana. They farmed and had 5 children. After Lucy’s death, he married Mary E. Gray on November 9, 1851 in Posey County, Indiana. They farmed and had 6 children. He died January 19, 1892 in Vanderburgh County, Indiana. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Martha Pruitt – Martha was born December 4, 1815 in Vanderburgh County, Indiana. Martha married Prettyman Marvel Montgomery on December 1, 1837 in Vanderburgh County, Indiana. They had 6 children. She died May 18, 1850 in Gibson County, Indiana. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Phoebe Elizabeth Pruitt – Phoebe is Todd’s 3X Great Grandmother. Read about her here. (Sisters Martha and Phoebe married brothers Prettyman and Samuel Montgomery.)

Juliet Pruit – Juliet was born February 14, 1822. She married Absolom Redman on October 16, 1839 in Vanderburgh County, Indiana. They had 14 children. She died February 2, 1892. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

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