The Shemwell Family

William Auburn “Willie” PruittAge: 81 years18561938

William Auburn “Willie” Pruitt
Given names
William Auburn
Birth July 23, 1856 36 44
Death of a maternal grandfatherOsborn McGehee
June 1857 (Age 10 months)
Death of a maternal grandmotherSarah Rebecca Shemwell
about 1857 (Age 5 months)
Note: Daughter Anna McGehee Hood Johnson had "boarded and clothed" both Rebecca and Osburn from March 27, 1857 to June 25, 1857. She was paid $55.35 for this service from the estate (Conway Co., Arkansas, Probate Book C, page 317) These records give us an approximate date of death for both Osborn and Rebecca.
Historical Event
Influenza Epidemic
between 1857 and 1859 (Age 5 months)

Note: In 1857-1859, there was an extremely severe worldwide outbreak of influenza -
Census June 11, 1860 (Age 3 years)
Historical Event
American Civil War
between April 1861 and May 1865 (Age 4 years)

Note: In the spring of 1861, tensions between the northern and southern United States over issues including state's right versus federal authority, westward expansion and slavery exploded into the American Civil War -
Historical Event
The Alaska Purchase
1867 (Age 10 years)
Note: The Alaska Purchase was the purchase of 586,412 square miles of new territory by the United States from the Russian Empire (a bargain at two cents an acre) -
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic
1867 (Age 10 years)
Note: 3,093 perished from yellow fever in New Orleans -
Historical Event
Transcontinental Railroad completed
1869 (Age 12 years)

Note: The First Transcontinental Railroad was a 1,907-mile contiguous railroad line constructed between 1863 and 1869 across the western United States to connect the Pacific coast with the existing Eastern U.S. rail network -
Census April 24, 1870 (Age 13 years)
MarriageCelia BeckhamView this family
March 28, 1876 (Age 19 years)
Birth of a daughter
#1Nancy Elizabeth Pruitt
May 2, 1878 (Age 21 years)
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878
1878 (Age 21 years)

Note: Over 13,000 deaths occurred from yellow fever in lower Mississippi Valley -
Census June 4, 1880 (Age 23 years)
Birth of a daughter
#2Oma Alice Pruitt
January 7, 1885 (Age 28 years)
Birth of a daughter
#3Minnie Caroline Pruitt
September 15, 1887 (Age 31 years)
Birth of a son
#4Elmer Dennis Pruitt
February 28, 1896 (Age 39 years)
Historical Event
Spanish-American War
between April 1898 and August 1898 (Age 41 years)
Note: The Spanish-American War was a conflict in 1898 between Spain and the United States, the result of American intervention in the Cuban War of Independence -
Birth of a son
#5William Delmer Pruitt
September 19, 1899 (Age 43 years)
Death of a fatherJohn Pruitt
between 1900 and 1910 (Age 43 years)
Census June 1, 1900 (Age 43 years)
Death of a motherNancy McGehee
January 14, 1908 (Age 51 years)
Census May 10, 1910 (Age 53 years)
Historical Event
Polio Epidemic
1916 (Age 59 years)

Note: Over 7,000 deaths and 27,363 cases reported in America's worst polio (infantile paralysis) epidemic -
Historical Event
World War I
between 1917 and November 1918 (Age 60 years)

Note: The United States enters 'The Great War' where more than nine million combatants were killed-
Historical Event
Spanish Influenza Epidemic
1918 (Age 61 years)

Note: Spanish Influenza killed over 500,000 people in the United States, and somewhere between 20 and 40 million in what has been cited as the most devastating epidemic in history -
Census January 15, 1920 (Age 63 years)
Death of a brotherJohn Franklin Pruitt
April 30, 1924 (Age 67 years)
Death of a daughterMinnie Caroline Pruitt
November 21, 1925 (Age 69 years)
Death of a wifeCelia Beckham
August 23, 1928 (Age 72 years)
Death of a sisterNancy J Pruitt
August 21, 1929 (Age 73 years)
Historical Event
The Great Depression
October 1929 (Age 73 years)

Note: The Wall Street Crash sets off the Great Depression, the most severe worldwide economic depression in the 20th century -
Census April 11, 1930 (Age 73 years)
Census April 23, 1930 (Age 73 years)
Death of a brotherJames Potter Pruitt Sr.
December 16, 1936 (Age 80 years)
Death April 8, 1938 (Age 81 years)
Cemetery: Raley Cemetery
Last change March 19, 202111:55:56

by: Barry Shemwell
Family with parents - View this family
Marriage: about 1835
3 years
elder sister
8 years
elder brother
4 years
elder brother
2 years
elder sister
Nancy J Pruitt
Birth: April 8, 1850 29 38Arkansas, United States
Death: August 21, 1929Boone, Arkansas, United States
3 years
elder brother
3 years
Family with Celia Beckham - View this family
Marriage: March 28, 1876Newton, Arkansas, United States
2 years
Nancy Elizabeth Pruitt
Birth: May 2, 1878 21 19Boone, Arkansas, United States
Death: November 4, 1969Boone, Arkansas, United States
7 years
Oma Alice Pruitt
Birth: January 7, 1885 28 26Arkansas, United States
Death: February 23, 1968Arkansas, United States
3 years
Minnie Caroline Pruitt
Birth: September 15, 1887 31 29Newton, Arkansas, United States
Death: November 21, 1925Lead Hill, Boone, Arkansas, United States
8 years
Elmer Dennis Pruitt
Birth: February 28, 1896 39 37Arkansas, United States
Death: July 4, 1972Farmington, San Joaquin, California, United States
4 years
William Delmer Pruitt
Birth: September 19, 1899 43 41Arkansas, United States
Death: October 10, 1981Boone, Arkansas, United States

William Auburn “Willie” Pruitt has 32 first cousins recorded

Census1860 United States - Census transcript - John Pruitt - Household

Collin, Texas, United States

John Pruitthead39MWDay Laborer500KY
Nancy Pruittwife44FWKY
James Proctor Pruitt Sr.son12MWAR
Nancy J Pruittdaughter10FWAR
John Franklin Pruittson7MWAR
William Auburn Pruittson4MWAR

Census1870 United States - Census transcript - John Pruitt - Household

Boston, Newton, Arkansas, United States

Pruitt, Johnhead50MWFarmer300IN
Pruitt, Nancywife53FWKeeps HouseKY
Pruitt, James Pson23MWFarmerAR
Pruitt, Nancy Jdaughter19FWAt HomeAR
Curtis, Nancy Pdaughter-in-law16FWKeeps HouseTN
Pruitt, John Fson18MWFarmer100AR
Pruitt, William Ason14MWAt HomeAR

Census1880 United States - Census transcript - William Auburn “Willie” Pruitt - Household

Bear Creek, Boone, Arkansas, United States

Pruitt, William AWM24headMFarmer1ARINTN
Pruitt, CeliaWF20wifeMKeeping House11ARTNTN
Pruitt, Nancy EWF2daughterS11ARARAR

Census1900 United States - Census transcript - William Auburn “Willie” Pruitt - Household

Sugarloaf, Boone, Arkansas, United States

Pruitt, William AheadWMJul185643M24ARFarmer0YesNoYesRF
Pruitt, CeliawifeWFAug185841M2465ARTNGANoNoYes
Pruitt, Oma AdaughterWFJan188515SARARARYesYesYes
Pruitt, Minnie CdaughterWFSep188712SARARAR2YesYesYes
Pruitt, Elmer DsonWMFeb18964SARARAR
Pruitt, William DsonWMSep18998/12SARARAR

Census1910 United States - Census transcript - William Auburn “Willie” Pruitt - Household

Scott, Taney, Missouri, United States

Pruitt, William AheadMW53M234KYGAGAEnglishFarmerOAYesYesYesRFF
Pruitt, CeliawifeFW51M11665KYVAVAEnglishNoneYesYes
Pruitt, Elmer DsonMW14SMOKYKYEnglishNoneYesYesYes
Pruitt, William DsonMW10SARKYKYEnglishNoneYesYesYes
Deaton, AnnienieceFW4SOKKYKYEnglishNone

Census1920 United States - Census transcript - William Auburn “Willie” Pruitt - Household

Sugarloaf, Boone, Arkansas, United States

NameRelationHomeMortSexRaceAgeConditionImmNatNatYSchoolRWBPLangFBPFather langMBPMother langEngOccupationIndEmp
Pruitt, William AheadOFMW63MYesYesARUSUSYesFarmerGeneral FarmOA
Pruitt, CeliawifeFW62MNoN oARUSTNYesNone

Census1930 United States - Census transcript - Elmer Dennis Pruitt - Household

Big Creek, Marion, Arkansas, United States

Pruitt, Elmer DheadOYesMW34M20ARARARYesFarmerGeneralOYesNo
Pruitt, MinniewifeYesFWM26ARGAARYesNone
Pruitt, OmarsonYesMWSARARARYesNone
Pruitt, ArzeldaughterYesFWSARARARYesNone
Pruitt, William AfatherYesMW73Wd20ARININYesNone

Census1930 United States - Census transcript - William Delmer Pruitt - Household

Sugarloaf, Boone, Arkansas, United States

Pruitt, William DheadO1500YesMW30M20NoYesARARARYesFarmerGeneral FarmOYesNo
Pruitt, Autie DwifeFW26M16NoYesARARARYesNone
Pruitt, Dorothy LdaughterFW4/12SNoARARARNone
Pruitt, William AfatherMW74Wd20NoYesARUSUSNone