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Frederick Pyeatt of Missouri

Frederick Pyeatt was the son of John and ? Pyeatt original settlers in the St Louis/Jefferson Co, Missouri area. His date of birth varies from 1810-1812. On each census his age varied greater/less than ten years. He is given as an heir in the will of John Pyeatt administrated by his brother Benjamin Pyeatt beginning in 1827. According to Smith family descendants, he was married first to Permelia Smith Biddick (widow of William Biddick) who had one child by that previous marriage. I find evidence of Frederick's marriage to Permelia in that when he sold his share of his father's estate in 1845, he is listed as "Frederick Peyatt and Permelia, his wife, of Ste Genevieve County" although I have found no record of this marriage in Missouri. Permelia is also listed in the will of her father as "Permelia Pyeatt". Permelia was the daughter of George Smith b: 1770/1780 d: bef 10-01-1839 in St Louis County, MO (see estate and will page on this website for an abstract) m: 1794 Mercer Co, KY, Mary Fulkerson b: 1776 NJ d: 1845/46. Permelia's sister Angelica b: 1818 was married to Frederick's brother William. And, Permelia's brother Hiram b: 1805 was married to Frederick's sister, Mary. Other of the Smith siblings were: Livisa b: 1794-1804; William b: 1797; Amanda b: 1798-1810 (m: Henry Votaw); George Washington b: 1808; Isaphena b: 1810 (m: Andrew Kelso); Artimesa b: 1812 (m: ? Shults); Nancy b: 1813 (m: ? Shults); Lucinda Jane b: 1822 (m: Willis Bittick).

City of St Louis deed book B4 pg 208 (abstracted from microfilm at the archive office of the St. Louis City Courthouse. Dec 2001) St Louis County, Missouri...7th Oct 1845...William Smith of Boon Co and Andrew Kelso and Isaphena, his wife, and Willis Biddick and Lucinda, his wife, and Frederick Pyeatt and Pamela, his wife, of county of St Genevieve and William Pyeatt and Angeleka, his wife, of St. Louis and Samuel Byrn of Jefferson Co...$50.00 to each as heirs of George and Mary Smith deceased...SW 1/4 of section N 7 Twp 43 N of Range 4 E....150 acres...(signed) William Smith; Andrew Kelso; Isaphena (her mark) Kelso; Willis Bittick; Lucinda Bittick; William Pyeatt; Angeleka (her mark) Pyeatt; Frederick (his mark) Pyeatt; Pamela (her mark) Pyeatt

Permelia apparently died between 1845 and Aug 3, 1848 (Smith family says 1846) when Frederick married Nancy A Aikens in Ste Genevieve Co, MO. According to his will he left no children of his own. He names his nephew William D Pyeatt who gets his cow, Cherry, and Williams brothers and sisters were left a dollar each. Frederick appears on various census records as follows:

1830 federal census St Louis Co, MO census - Bon Homme Township

1850 federal census Ste Genevieve Co, MO - Jackson Township 1860 federal census Ste Genevieve Co, MO - Jackson Township (William Pyatt age 28 lived next door - this is Frederick's nephew)

1870 federal census Ste Genevieve Co, MO - Jackson Township

(William Pyeatt age 39 lived next door)

Frederick's occupation for his adult life was that of road superintendant and many records exist in Ste Genevieve county to this affect. However, they contain little in the way of genealogical information. Other than listing co-workers and continued residence, etc.

Nancy remarried on September 22, 1872, in Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri, (Bk A pg 263) to Leonard B. Graves who was born c1812. Leonard's first wife, Susan Threlkeld Day Graves had died and their children were grown.

By 1880 Leonard and Nancy had adopted two of Leonard's grandchildren. They appeared as follows on the district 141, Jackson Township, Ste Genevieve, Missouri, census:

Nancy died June 15, 1894. Leonard died after Sept 1894. He is not found on the 1900 Missouri census. They are both buried in the Concord Cem in St. Genevieve County, Missouri. According to Nancy's Will, the house belonged to Nancy and went to Robert Boyd with the undestanding that Leonard could live there until he died. It was close to the Cemetery in what is called Bloomsdale.

Leonard was an election judge in Jefferson and St. Genevieve Couties and was also a Justice of the Peace. In Jefferson Co 1850, he was listed as a Wheel Right and after that a farmer. He bought and sold quite a bit of land in Jefferson, St. Francois and St. Genevieve Counties.


Updated Jan 2003

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