Brighton Pruitt

1 October 1820–27 December 1858 (Age 38)
Jefferson, Kentucky, United States

The Life of Brighton

When Brighton Pruitt was born on 1 October 1820, in Jefferson, Kentucky, United States, his father, Eli Pruitt, was 29 and his mother, Nancy Williams, was 21. He married Rachel Belinda Kivett on 23 November 1843, in Morgan, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Adams, Green Township, Morgan, Indiana, United States in 1850. He died on 27 December 1858, in Adams Township, Morgan, Indiana, United States, at the age of 38, and was buried in Little Point, Adams Township, Morgan, Indiana, United States.

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Brighton Pruitt
Rachel Belinda Kivett
Marriage: 23 November 1843
Eli Joel Pruitt
Nancy J Pruitt
Thomas A. Pruitt
Mary Pruitt
Matilda A Pruitt
Elizabeth E. Pruitt

Spouse and Children

23 November 1843
Morgan, Indiana, United States


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World Events (8)

1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land

Age 1

A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.
1830 · Louisville and Portland Canal Opens

Age 10

The Louisville and Portland canal opened in 1830. It was a 2 mile canal. It helped with the barrier caused by the Falls of the Ohio River at Louisville by making a route around them.
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 12

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Name Meaning

French and English: nickname from a pet form of Old French proux ‘valiant’, ‘brave’, or ‘wise’ ( see Proulx , Prue ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Bright Pruitt in household of Eli Pruitt, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Bright Pruitt, "Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959"
  • Bright Pruitt, "Find A Grave Index"

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