John E. (1822-1899) and Elizabeth “Betsy” Ann Hampton Pruett (1841-1911) were born in Carroll County, Tenn., and died in Rector, Clay County, Ark. They were married in Carroll County, Tenn., on Dec. 22, 1846, and came to Clay County, Ark., sometime before 1880. They appear on the 1880 Census with these children-William Eldridge, John A., Mary Lacy, Albert Hay and Joseph Wesley, all born in Carroll County. Elizabeth had 13 children as stated on the 1900 Clay County Census, but only these children are accounted for-Eliza J., James Martin, Elizabeth “Bettie” R., Filmore, William Ethridge, Mary Lacy, John A. Albert Hay and Joseph Wesley.
John E. Pruett was a Union soldier in Co. D, 7th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry as a private. He filed for a pension in Arkansas. He is buried in the Hopewell Community, Greene County, Ark., in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery, which is located just across the Clay County line west of Rector. A total of 13 other Pruetts are also buried in this cemetery.
Eliza J. Pruett (1848-1871), daughter of John E. and Elizabeth, married William Thomas Haywood (1843-1907) on Dec. 10, 1865, in Carroll County, Tenn., and they are buried in Carroll County. Their children were Lory Ann, Alexandorus John, Victoria and James T. Pruett.
James Martin Pruett (1850-1916), son of John E., was born in Carroll County, Tenn., and died in Clay County and is also buried in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Greene County. His first marriage was to Rebecca “Becky” L. King (1853-1897). He moved to Clay County as a young man and spent the rest of his life here. He was a retired farmer, a Methodist and liked fox hunting. His children by Rebecca were John M. (1872-1897), William Eurang (1876-1967), James Ursley (1877-1970), George Truly (1883-1953) and Albert Ethridge (1890-1918). James Martin's second marriage was to Louella “Ella” M. Toombs and they had Vera F. (1899-?), Edith (1910-?), James Wesley and Henry Pruett.
Elizabeth “Betsy” A. Pruett (1855-1936), daughter of John E. Pruett, married William Riley Bateman in Carroll County, Tenn., in June of 1870, and they are buried in the Woodland Heights Cemetery at Rector. Their children were John W., Addison Burr, Mary Elizabeth, James David, Eliza M., Ninnie M., Jessie Martin, Hayward Harrison, Dora Florence and Sidney Mark Bateman. (The Pruett story was first started in an attempt to try to find out if the Pruett and Bateman families came together to Clay County, but at this point it is still unproven.)
Filmore Pruett (1857-?) son of John E., must have died young.
William Ethridge “Eff” Pruett (1858-1958), son of John E., lived to be 100 years, two months and three days old. He was born in Huntington, Carroll County, Tenn., and is buried in Rector. His first marriage was to Rebecca Teague and they had three children- (1) Lillian Elizabeth married Jesse McKeel and had Louis, Ethridge, James Lee, Ethel Bucy and Mary Scott. (2) Royall N. Pruett married Sophia Elizabeth Null. (3) Bertha Estell married Ben Williams.
Eff's second marriage was to Paralee Young in 1893 and they had-Willie L., Agnes Stenrud, Amos Pruett, Emmett “Nick” Pruett, Ezra Pruett, Ora Pruett, Jesse Lloyd Pruett, Floyd Louis Pruett, Mattie Midcalf and John Harold Pruett. Eff had lived in his community since he was a young man, having driven a herd of cattle up from Texas with his parents.
Mary Lacy Pruett (1866-1946), daughter of John E., married William Jack Morris (1861-1943) and they are both buried in Rector. Their children were—Minnie A., Connie Ida Amsey, William Jack, Jr., Ruth Lillian, Bertha M., Dixie, Otha H., Beulah, Floyd J., Claudie C. and Raymond Parrish Morris.
John A. Pruett (1864-?) was born in Tennessee and died in Clay County, date unknown.
Albert Hays “Tosh” Pruett, (1868-1947), married Pamela “Nola” G. Hickson and their children were Lonnie Eric, Troy Velmar and John Pruett. Albert married Mrs. Cora A. Hickson in 1920. In July of 1965, William Ethridge, 91, Albert Hays, 78, and Eb Woolf, 60, made a trip to visit the towns of Huntington and Rosser in Carroll County, Tenn. They visited the Long Rock School which W.E. had attended, and to cemeteries where relatives were buried. W.E. Failed to recognize the old family home place.
Joseph Wesley “Wess” Pruett, (1871-1958), son of John E., came to Clay County with his parents. He married Judy J. Huggins and had Bessie B., who married Gourley Sprouse, Charles D. Pruett and Rudy Leon Pruett.