Charles Elijah Pyatt was born in September 1865 in Missouri. He was the son of James G and Rachel Miller Pyatt. Charles was married c1886 to Mary A (or E) Barton who was born in April 1869 in Missouri.
Charles is said to have had 14 children:
Gertrude Pyatt b: Dec 1888 MO
Modicia A Pyatt b: Jun 1892 MO
Mary Pyatt b: Jun 1892 MO (died young)
Charles D (or M or E) Pyatt b: 13 Aug 1894 Texas Co, MO d: 25 Feb 1973 Summersville, Texas Co, MO (buried Hartshorn, MO) m: Hattie Cleo Riley b: 5 Mar 1895 d: 1975 (buried Hartshorn, MO)
b: 23 Feb 1900 Hartshorn, MO d: 20 Dec 1987 Kansas City, MO m: 5 Jul 1918 Shannon Co, MO, Effie Mae Cooper b: 1903 Hartshorn, MO d: 1966
Schela D Pyatt (son) b: c1903 MO (probably Shannon Co)
Swede D (or E) Pyatt (son) b: c1905 MO (probably Shannon Co)
Pearl Pyatt b: c1908 MO (probably Shannon Co)
Rube Pyatt (one daughter; is this one already on the list?)
Carroll Ralph Pyatt b: c1912 MO (probably Shannon Co)
Carl Pyatt (four daughters; is this one already on the list - Carroll perhaps?)
Omar/Homer T Pyatt b: c1913 MO (probably Shannon Co) m: Gladys ? ch: Evelyn Pyatt m: ? Smith
Carol has information on the Charles E Pyatt line. Although, nothing is known about any of these other children except Arno though a sibling named Omar Pyatt and his wife Gladys were known to own property in Arkansas and had one daughter, Evelyn (Smith). According to Carlene, there was another child, Rube who had one daughter. She further adds that Modicia had a twin named Mary who was stillborn or died in infancy and Carlene's father, Carl, (next to youngest child) had four daughters.
Charles was with his parents in Dent County, Missouri on the 1880 census and since the 1890 census is destroyed, we first find Charles and family as follows on the 1900 census of Casto Township, Shannon County, Missouri:
Pyatt, Charles E born Sep 1865 in MO / 34 on last bday
Pyatt, Mary A (wife) born Apr 1869 in MO / 31 on last bday
Pyatt, Gertrude (daughter) born Dec 1888 in MO / 11 on last bday
Pyatt, Modicia (daughter) born Jun 1892 in MO / 8 on last bday
Pyatt, Charley M (son) born Aug 1894 in MO / 5 on last bday
Pyatt, Only/Ovly? K (son) born Feb 1896 in MO / 4 on last bday
Pyatt, Feneda/Veneda? (daughter) born Feb 1898 in MO / 2 on last bday
Pyatt, Arno D (son) born Feb 1900 in MO / 0 on last bday
Barton, John (Se = Servant?) born Sep 1882 in MO / 18 on last bday
This family was enumerated at 106/114/6/67. Is John Barton a relative of Mary?
By the 1910 census they were in Casto Township, Shannon County, Missouri:
Pyatt, Charles E age 44 born MO / wm / married1 for 24 yrs / father born IN/mother born VA / farmer / general farm
Pyatt, Mary (wife) age 40 born MO / wf / married1 for 24 yrs / 12 children/9 living / father born IL/mother born AR
Pyatt, Charles D (son) age 15 born MO / wm / single / father/mother born MO / farm laborer
Pyatt, ?Only/Ovly/Arly/Cerly K (son) age 14 born MO / wm / single / father/mother born MO / farm laborer
Pyatt, Nettie V (daughter) age 12 born MO / wf / single / father/mother born MO
Pyatt, Arno D (son) age 10 born MO / wm / single / father/mother born MO
Pyatt, Schela D (son) age 8 born MO / wm / single / father/mother born MO
Pyatt, Swede E (son) age 5 born MO / wm / single / father/mother born MO
Pyatt, Pearl (daughter) age 2 born MO / wf / single / father/mother born MO
Pyatt, Modecie A (daughter) age 18 born MO / wf / single / father/mother born MO / teacher / Comon School
This family was enumerated #45/45 (Ancestry.com image 5/12). The writing was very difficult to read. The 2nd child was especially challenging - although even 'Charles' was hard to read. The 'Schela' name was very clear - but doesn't make any sense. Mary says that she has 9 children living out of twelve. The oldest daughter, Gertrude, is not with the family. Counting her and the children above - we see all nine of the children still living. I assume Gertrude was married and living nearby - though I did not spot her. Some of these names that do not match up with the list of children might be the same child going by a nickname. Also living in Casto Township was Charles' nephew, Chester E Pyatt.
This family was enumerated 82/96/9/65 (ancestry image 1034). The writing was clearer on this enumeration. But, the spelling of names is still a little odd. We see the addition of 'Carroll' who is 8 and Omar T age 7.
By the 1930 census of Casto Townhip, the remaining family members were as follows:
Pyatt, Charles E age 66 born MO / wm / married 20 yrs (married at age 20) / father born IN/mother born NC / farmer / general farm
Pyatt, Mary A age 59 born MO / wf / married 17 yrs (married at age 17) / father born IL/mother born AR
Pyatt, Ralph E (son) age 18 born MO / wm / single / father/mother born MO / farmer / general farm
Pyatt, Homer T (son) age 17 born MO / wm / single / father/mother born MO / farmer / general farm
Pyatt, Elberta B (grand-son) age 11 born MO / wm / single / father/mother born MO / farmer / general farm
This family enumerated #102/102 on Salem Road. In the next household was a female that might be their daughter, Gertrude, born c1888.
Hawkins, Alfred B age 46 born MO / wm / married 22 yrs (married at age 22) / father/mother born MO
Hawkins, Gertrude (wife) age 42 born MO / wf / married 17 yrs (married at age 17) / father/mother born TN
Bungstiner, Lou (aunt) age 64 born MO / wf / widowed / married 21 yrs (married at age 21) / father/mother born MO
The age and place of parent's birth do not match up for this Gertrude. But, it's a possibility that should be investigated. In Charles' household, the 'Carroll R' from 1920 is now 'Ralph E' and 'Omar T' from 1920 is now 'Homer T'. The names 'Rube' and 'Carl' from the family listing never appear and I assume they are one of the children already identified on the census. I will leave the listing as it is until this can be resolved. Probably some of the children of Charles and Mary lived and died between enumerations and were never seen. Was 'Rube' the Evelyn Ruby Pyatt daughter of Omar T Pyatt? I need to check the 1920 census to see who had a 1 year old named Elberta B who was the grandson enumerated with Charles and Mary in 1930.
Cleo's obituary appeared in the Houston Herald, Texas County, Missouri, as follows:
Cleo Pyatt Afre, 66, daughter of the late Charles D. Pyatt and Hattie Cleo Riley Pyatt, was born Sept. 2, 1937, at Summersville. She died Jan. 6, 2004, at Cleveland Clinic Hospital at Weston, Fla. She attended Summersville High School and graduated from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield. She attended many of the alumni gatherings, often getting the award for the one who traveled the farthest. She married Jose Luis Afre Oct. 25, 1956. They were married 26 years before his death in 1982. Mrs. Afre lived in Guatemala 47 years, founding one of the most prestigious secretarial schools and helping others in different areas. More than 2,000 students graduated from the school. The government of Guatemala awarded Mrs. Afre the "Orden del Quetzal", the highest award in that country. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, June Henry; and two brothers, Jim and Bert Pyatt.
Surviving are her children, Steve Afre, Diane Aquino and Anthony Afre; and three grandchildren. Services were Jan. 10 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville with burial in the Riley Cemetery near Summersville.