This Web site was created to complement the Pruett/Pruitt/Prewitt DNA Family Group Web site on Ancestry.com. Both sites encompass all variations of the family name pronounced as "Prew-it". Due to the constraints of our Ancestry.com site, this site will be used to aggregate useful information about the Prew-its generally (e.g., early history and migrations) and about our eight Family Groups specifically (e.g., family trees, descendancy charts and related Web sites). The Ancestry site will remain the primary site for initiating Discussions and posting Files and Pictures.
Marcia McClure, in a very insightful post on her Web site, says:
DNA evidence is disproving the long accepted origins of a number of Prewitt, Pruitt, Pruett families. Everyone does not descend from Thomas Prewitt 1616, who was not a Quaker in 1648 (there were no Quakers here in 1648) and who was not born in Salisbury (British examination of the original says that the parish record was misread) - both are common "Thomas notes" that recent research has disproven.Our DNA research indicates there were several distinct family groups in Virginia in the late 1600s and early 1700s (see descriptions of those family groups below and links to more information about them in the right column of this Web site). One of those groups may be descended from Thomas Prewitt 1616, but at this time DNA evidence would indicate that no more than one of our existing groups can be descended from Thomas - and, due to the lack of available archival records, it's possible that none of our currently identified family groups are descended from Thomas.
By looking at the 1790, 1800, and 1810 census records (none of the three censuses cover all counties in all states at that time), we can infer that there were more than a hundred "Prew-it" families living in the United States around 1800. It's assumed that most of these families were descended from immigrants from Great Britain, particularly England, but there has not been a single verifiable connection made between an American Prew-it and an English Prew-it. More DNA testing will be needed to help us establish such links. For an interesting discussion on the migrations of some of our Prew-it families, see this page on our primary Ancestry.com site. For a listing of all the variations of the Prew-it surname, see this page.
Click on the links to the right to see our specific Family Groups (as determined by research and DNA analysis). Under each group, there are links to family trees, descendancy charts and related Web sites. Below is a list of our Family Groups, the locations in which they lived and their currently verified Most Distant Ancestor(s):
|DNA Family||Earliest Locations||Most Distant Ancestor(s)|
|Group A||Va. (Caroline, K&Q), Ky., N.C., Tenn.||Archibald, Reuben, Joseph, Elijah|
|Group B||Va., Al., Ga., Ky., N.C., Tenn.||Solomon Sr., Francis Marion Pruett|
|Group C||Va. (Henrico), N.C., S.C., Ga.||Henry Prewitt, b. 1654|
|Group D||Va. (Pittsylvania), N.C. (Wilkes)||Joseph, Sr., 1722-1790|
|Group E||Va. (Holston River), Al. (Madison), Ill.||William, b. 1817, father of Martin|
|Group F||Md. (Prince George's), Va. (Pittsylvania)||Samuel Pruitt I, b. ~1700|
|Group G||Ill.||John Prewitt, Schuylar, Ill., b. ~1812 in Tenn.|
|Group H||Tenn., Al.||Johnathon G. Pruitt, b. 1832 in Monroe, Tenn., d. 1862 in Al.|