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John R and Elizabeth Buchanan Pyeatt

John Rankin Pyeatt was born in November of 1805 in Warren County, Kentucky, to James and Catherine Finley Pyeatt and died January 5, 1897, in Cane Hill, Washington County, Arkansas. John married on March 16, 1831, in Pulaski County, Arkansas, Elizabeth Buchanan who was born January 10, 1809, in west Tennessee and who died November 8, 1869, in Cane Hill, Washington County, Arkansas.

The children of John and Elizabeth were:

John and family appeared as follows on the 1850 census of Cane Hill, Washington County, AR:

This family was enumerated #35 on page #412B. I believe this Mary Carnahan is John's sister, Mary "Lame Polly" Pyeatt Carnahan, who was widowed in 1838. The other Mary Pyeatt Carnahan age 51 born KY on the 1850 census of Cane Hill is living with husband, Samuel Carnahan, and children at #34 nextdoor. She is a first cousin to John R and Mary. Nextdoor to Samuel and Mary, at #33, were John's daughter and her husband, Audley J and Paulina (Pyeatt) Maxwell. John's other neighbors were: #29 John & Elizabeth Tilly, #30 Crawford & Minty West, #31 John & Ellen Buchanan, #32 Susan Crawford, #36 David & Emily Licklyter, #37 Joseph & Amanda Love, #38 Maurice & Ruth Wright.

In the Special Collections Department at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville are twelve letters or letter fragments, chiefly from Pyeatt to his wife, Elizabeth, at home in Cane Hill, Arkansas, pertain to his travels in Alabama, 1948, to his overland expedition to the California gold fields as member of Captain Lewis Evans's Company, 1849, and to his experiences in California, 1849-1850. One letter is from A.B.T. [i.e., Andrew? ] Pyeatt to his mother, Elizabeth Buchanan Pyeatt, 1850.

By the 1860 census of Boonesboro, Cane Hill Township, Washington County, Arkansas, they appeared as follows:

This family was enumerated #618/47 pg 564 image 88/338. John's widowed sister is still living with them as-well-as Katherine Jane's future husband, William S Moore. The only Andrew Pyeatt age 27 that I find in Washington County is living with his brother, Jacob Pyeatt (these two brothers would be cousins to this Andrew Pyeatt). Does anyone know if John's son, Andrew, died or moved away? Other neighbors were George Larrimore, John Oliver, William Reed, James Bates, James Moore, John McAffrey, Robert Johnson.

On the 1870 census of Boonesboro, Cane Hill Township, Washington County, Arkansas, the family appeared as follows:

This family was enumerated #123 pg 90 Boonesboro September 1870. Neighbors were Caney Flour, W S Moore, H C Pyatt, John Lackey, Ellis Bolen, Wm Fane, and R B Prather. Kate and her husband, William Moore, and family were next door at #124/125 and Henry Pyatt and wife were next to them in #125/126.

While I believe that I have all of the 1880 census entries (through a soundex search of - I do not find John R on that census.

The following sketch from Goodspeed's tells much of the story of John Rankin Pyeatt:
J.R. PYEATT "The biographical department of this work would be incomplete without mentioning the Pyeatts, who were among the pioneer settlers of Arkansas, and were first represented in this State by James and Kate (Finley) Pyeatt, natives of North Carolina, who, in 1812, removed from Kentucky to about thirteen miles above Little Rock. Here they spent the remainder of their days. J. R. Pyeatt was born in Kentucky in 1805, and came to Arkansas with his parents, and was here reared to manhood. In August, 1827, he came to Washington County, and erected the first frame house ever built in the county, which is in good preservation, and in which he still resides. Having a natural taste for mechanics, he opened a wagon and blacksmith shop shortly after his arrival here, and followed that occupation for a number of years. He and his brother purchased some raw land, which they improved, but in 1861 Mr. Pyeatt engaged in the milling business, in partnership with his son-in-law, William S. Moore, and has since given that business the most of his attention. In 1831 he was married to Miss Elizabeth Buchanan, who was born and reared [p.1006] in West Tennessee. Her death occurred in 1868. William S. Moore, miller and farmer, was born in Greene County, Tenn., February 20, 1835, the son of Capt. Anthony, and grandson of David Moore, the latter being a soldier in the Revolutionary War. Anthony Moore was a farmer by occupation, and died in Greene County, Tenn., in the spring of 1880. His wife whose maiden name was Nancy Helt, was also born in Tennessee. William S. Moore spent his youthful days on a farm in Tennessee, and made his home with his father until twenty-one years of age. He then learned the wagon-maker's trade and in the fall of 1858 came to Arkansas, locating in Cane Hill, where he worked at his trade until the summer of 1862, when he joined the Thirty-fourth Arkansas Infantry, Confederate States Army, and served until the close of the war. He participated in the battle of Prairie Grove, and was paroled in the summer of 1865. He then returned home, and formed a partnership with Mr. Pyeatt in the milling business, and erected the Cane Hill Mills, which was in running order by the spring of 1866. The mill has been remodeled and improved since it was erected, and is now one of the finest mills in Washington County. It has a combined roller and buhr process, and has a capacity of about forty barrels per day. They also manufacture some lumber, and in 1869 added a carding machine, which has proved very profitable. In 1861 Mr. Moore married Miss Kate Pyeatt, a daughter of his partner, J. R. Pyeatt, and their union was blessed in the birth of four children: Henry (who is a physician of the county), Charles R., Bettie and Lucy. Mrs. Moore died in 1877, and he afterward married his present wife, Miss Josephine Moore, a daughter of James Moore. She was born in East Tennessee, and was reared in Texas and Missouri. They are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and are worthy citizens of the county. Mr. Moore has a good farm, which he manages in connection with his mill, and a fine orchard of forty-five acres.


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