Possible Prewitt US progenitors...
1. Legendary Thomas
Thomas Prewitt - "The Immigrant" or "English Tom"
Birth: Dec 1616 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
Death:??(1692 in Charles City, Charles River, Virginia)??
Thomas was born probably in 1616. His birthplace was Salisbury, Wiltshire, England. Some say that a John Prewitt might be his father, but it is unproven speculation at best. Thomas is thought to have had at least three children (William, Henry, John) and possibly a fourth (Thomas).
Thomas came across the Atlantic as an indentured servant to Joanne Bennet in 1636. Thomas and family were most likely Quakers. He probably brought his wife over as a servant (maybe Sarah Lessene?) because their Quaker marriage was not recognized in most established churches.
A great deal of Prewitts claim as Thomas or one of his four children as their American progenitor. DNA testing, uncovering new materials and reexamining old ones have called many claims into question. Other possible progenitors need to be explored and not accept Thomas as a given, which is one of the reasons for this following list.
2. The Huguenot Connection
“Several people have thought that the Prewitt's of Virginia originated with the French Huguenot, Roger Pratt, and His wife Mary. When Roger and Mary Prouit or Pratt, settled at Manakin Virginia in 1699 (The Huguenot, 1926, Vol. 2, p. 15), the Prewitt's had been recorded in Henrico Co., VA records for over 20 years. John Prewitt donated to a fund to help "the poverty stricken settlement of French Huguenots at Manikin town in 1700" (Virginia Historical Collections, No. 5, Huguenot Emigration to Virginia, p. 65).”
~ Richard A. Prewitt
3. The Scottish Connection
“Pruetts are Scottish: the name "pru" means watchful of money interests and "it" means proud. The Pruetts came to American from the Cheviott Hills of Scotland. The original name was coined in the fifth century in Iceland and then the Pruetts migrated to Ireland and thence to Scotland. Sir Water Scott's mother was Pruitt and he was the 9th of 12 children. Josiah and Eliza (Smith) Pruett came to a new land grant from King Charles of England in 1697 which was composed of the area of Virginia, North and South Carolina, Florida and Franklin (now named Tennessee).”
~ Dr. L.C. Branyon
4. Thomas Pruatt of 1659
Name: Thomas Pruatt
Place of Origin: Salisbury, Wiltshire
Date of Indenture: October 13 1659
Indenture Length: 7 years
Name: Francis Webb
Place of Origin:
(From: Bristol database(s): Record Identification Number=5672)
“W.B. Bowman “Bristol to American” (London, 1929, p. 64) shows a Thomas Pruatt of Salisbury listed for Virginia 1654-1663, we do not know what became of him, whether he died at sea or settled in one of the counties whose records have been lost.”
~ Haskell Pruett
5. John and William Privett of 1619
“In 1619, Thomas Pruet, and John and William Privett were listed as leaving Salisbury for Virginia.”
(Parker’s Bristol to America, p 89 & 93)
6. The Accomack County/Tangier Island Connection
“George Prewett’s will was recorded in Accomack Co., Va. July 10, 1670, and Benjamin Pruitt was transported to Accomack Co., Va. by John Washbourne on Sept. 16, 1690.”
~ Haskell Pruett
7. The Maryland Connection
“William Pruet was transported to Maryland in 1676, and Andrew Pruett, out of Old England, came to Dorchester Co., Md. in 1678. There is a will of William Pruitt of Talbot Co., Md. in 1727, in which he mentions his eldest daughter, Alice Jones, his grandson, Lewis Jones, and granddaughter, Mary Springer,but no Pruitt’s. Among the papers of his estate is the oath of Thomas Sims, that there is no other kin of William Prewit in this country. The records of these early Pruitts in Maryland are very sparse.”
~ Haskell Pruett