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John W and Lydia E Andrews Pyatt

John Washington Pyatt was born June 22, 1820, in Jackson County, Illinois, to Samuel Pyatt and Mary Phelps and died September 1887 in Perry County, Illinois. He is buried in the Galum Presbyterian Cemetery in Perry County, Illinois. He married on July 2, 1859, in Perry County, Illinois, Lydia E Andrews who was born c1830 in New York and was first married to ? Burnell. Their marriage license was for 'John W Pyatt' and 'Mrs. Lydia E Burnell' book 3 pg 132. I searched for a Burnell marriage to anyone named Lydia and found no match in the Illinois database.

I do not have children for John and Lydia.

On the 1850 federal census of Perry County, Illinois, John and his siblings appeared as follows:

John W Pyatt was the Sheriff of Perry County in 1850.

Also living nearby was thier brother, Milburn Pyeatt. Soon after the census, Izra J Pyatt married Mary J Craig on December 26, 1850.

It was not until just before the 1860 census before John and Lydia married and appeared as follows:

This family was enumerated 2 July 1860 #706/706 pg 99B ( image 21/28) T5R3W Pinckneyville, Perry County, Illinois. John was indexed at as 'John W Pink' (I found him searching with first name and age only in Perry County). I was curious about the Gillis children living with John and Lydia. I found 'Samuel J Gillis' age 6 born OH and 'Francis G Gillis' age 4 born OH on the 1850 census of Perry Township, Columbiana County, Ohio, with their parents, Samuel and Amanda Gillis. Samuel was listed as a 'pedler'. Did the Gillis' move to Illinois and then orphan or abandon the children? Did John and Lydia adopt them or just raise them? Guardianship records of Perry County, Illinois, might shed some light.

By the 1870 census John and Lydia appeared as follows:

This family was enumerated #11/11 pg 273 13 Aug 1870 [Pickneyville marked through and changed to Denmark] ancestry image 2/20 (pg 3 on top left corner). Their neighbors were #9 Charles Preston, #10 Robert Preston, #12 A Y Wallis, and #13 H M Temple. At #79/79 was John's brother Ebenezer J Pyatt. Note that George and Frank Gillis from the 1860 census are still living with John and Lydia. I note that a George W Gillis married Susan Wagner in Perry County Oct 8, 1885 and Frank P Gillis married Etta M Chamness Feb 29, 1896.

By the 1880 census, the widowed John was living with Izra and family as follows in Pickneyville, Perry County, Illinois:

I guess John progressed from County Clerk to County Commissioner. I found these records of Perry County, Illinois, office holders:

These land records from Illinois public land claims are probably for this John Pyatt as they occurred between 1852 and 1855 when he is the only John that I have found in the area:


Updated Oct 2006

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