Monday, May 21, 2012
Captain Solomon Preuitt.
Solomon Preuitt wrote the following to James T. Hair, Publisher of Alton, Illinios: In 1767 when my father was 15 years of age he went to the wild woods of Kentucky in company with his father, Martin Preuitt, Daniel Boone, John Finley, Isaac Belcher, and other hunters. They staid nine months when they returned with their furs to North Carolina. My father married my mother, Mary Woods, some five years after his return from this hunting expedition. When the Revolutionary War commensed my grand-father and my father joined Gen. Washington's army and served as soldiers till the colonies gained their independence. During the war Gen. Cornwallis of the British Army sent Ferguson with fourteen hundred Tories to break up some new countries along the frontier. When the backwoods mountaineers heard the news, they rallied together near King's Mountain. My father with his brother, Isaac Preuitt and my father-in-law, Philip Higgins, all took a part in that battle. Before the attack was made a council was held in which it was decided that all should return but one thousand picked men, who led on by the brave Campbell Servier, Shelby and Williams, ascended the hill, and commenced that attack. Like Sinai of old, the top of the mountain was wrapped in smoke and flame as the leaden hail came whizzing from every quarter. In forty minutes, Ferguson was slain and he entire command destoyed, either by death, wounds or prisoners. Martin Preuitt died at the age of 98 years. Martin Preuitt, Jr. died at the age of 92 years. Solomon Preuitt died at the age of 86 years. Jacob Preuitt died at
the age of 92 years.
(This report taken from the account given in the Gazetter of Madison Co.,
Illinios of 1866) Parents: Martin, Jr PREUITT and Mary WOODS.
He was married to Rebecca HIGGINS in 1809 in Kaskaskig, Madison, IL. Children were: Abraham PREUITT, Isaac PREUITT, Jacob PREUITT, Martin PREUITT, James PREUITT, Elizabeth PREUITT, William PREUITT, Nancy PREUITT, Wiley PREUITT, Mary PREUITT.
He was married to Elizabeth HIGGINS in 1855.