William Pyatt was born c1816/1818 in North Carolina (possibly Cherokee County). It is not known who his parents were though he has been erroneously connected to both Benjamin and Polly 'Mira' Fox (does not appear in family bible or will of Benjamin Pyeatt) and William and Cynthia Fox Pyatt (who had a son named William Calton Pyeatt who married Elizabeth Alford. It is almost certain that he ties into one of these families due to the fact that he lived near these families in his early years and later moved to Missouri with them. William died August 12 (or 1st), 1897.
William married Matilda Loving who was born June 5, 1821 in Burke County, North Carolina to William and Elizabeth Fair Loving and who died after 1907. Elizabeth Fair Loving (whose name is also given as "Fur" in her grandchildren's Eastern Cherokee Application) had a brother named, Lige Fair and she died in 1885. Elizabeth's mother was Nancy Choate Fair. Nancy was claimed to be a Cherokee according to testimony of Henry H Hampton who said she died in the 1840s and is buried near the Baptist Mission on the Indian Reservation in Cherokee County near the Hiawassee River. William and Elizabeth lived in North Carolina in 1851.
William and Matilda had the following known children:
Mary Elizabeth Pyatt b: 1839 NC m: J M Truitt [lived Bellingham, WA 1907]
Zipporah/Zepora E Truitt b: c1863 m: ? Duncan
J S Truitt b: c1868
Glenn M Truitt b: 1896
Charles W Truitt b: c1870
R B Truitt b: 1896
Francis C Truitt d: bef 1896 m: ? Allen
Lillie M. Allen b: c1881
Minnie Z. Allen b: 1883
James I Allen b: 1886
Martha Ann Pyatt b: Jan 1843 Cherokee Co, NC [lived Elm Springs, AR 1900 & 1907] m: Thomas Sherman c1833 NC [lived Benton Co, AR 1880]
John Sherman b: c1860 AR [could this be Martha's step-son?]
Rebecca Sherman b: c1865 AR
George Sherman b: b1867 AR
Lillian Sherman b: c1870 AR
Hannah Sherman b: c1872 AR
Lafayette Sherman b: c1874 AR
Jefferson Sherman b: Nov 1877 AR
Walter Sherman b: Jun 1880 AR
William L(afayette?) Pyatt b: c1845/1847 NC d: 15 Jun 1907 m: 23 Mar 1866 Benton Co, AR, Martha J Chastain b: c1839 NC (d/o Martha Chastain)
Mary Josephine Pyatt b: c1871 AR (probably Benton Co) d: bef 1896 m: ? Caroll
William Lawrence Carroll b: c1888
J L Carroll b: c1890
S Carroll b: c1892
Thomas M Pyatt b: 1873 AR (probably Benton Co)
Robert L Pyatt b: Nov 1877 AR (probably Benton Co) m: Esther E ?
Lois Pyatt b: 1901
James Pyatt b: 1902
Willie Pyatt b: 1904
Susan Serena/Selena Pyatt b: 1848 NC [lived Elm Springs, AR 1907]
Joseph C Pyatt b: 1850 NC m: 8 Mar 1876 Washington Co, AR, (book D pg 500) Harriett M Taylor b: c1853
John W Pyatt b: 4 Sep 1854 Cherokee Co, NC m1: bef 1880 Mary C Suttle b: 1854 (or 1857) AR (d/o Silas and Rebecca Suttle
Lee Pyatt b: 17 Oct 1879
m2: 12 Aug 1886 Washington Co, AR, S L Douthit b: c1869 (John and Mary in Elm Springs, Washington Co, AR, 1880 census; moved Afton, OK c1891; Pawnee, OK 1907)
Margaret Matilda Pyatt b: 9 Mar 1857 MO d: 10 Jun 1920 m: 19 Jan 1881 John Sherman b: Jan 1860 [lived Elm Springs, AR 1900][grandparents of Teresa Moss]
Alice Etta Sherman b: Oct 1882
Charles H Sherman b: Apr 1884
Susan R Sherman b: Jun 1886
Thomasine W Sherman b: Mar 1889
James W Sherman b: Sep 1891
Tressa Elizabeth Sherman b: Oct 1894
James N 'Jim' Pyatt b: 1859 (or 1860) Wright Co, MO m: 07 Nov 1880 Polk Co, MO, Emily Elizabeth Jane Gambol/Gambill [lived Benton Co, AR in 1894; lived Afton, OK 1907]
Edna I Pyatt b: c1882 m: Amos H Snavely
Effie S Pyatt b: c1885 m: Robert Snavely
Elsie K Pyatt b: c1889 m: Thomas Neal
Mabel Pyatt b: c1890 m: John N Oakley
Willie Pyatt b: c1893 m: William T Scott
In 1900 Martha Pyatt Sherman claimed to have had 7 children with 5 still living. However, they had 7 children with them in 1880 and she had an additional one born in 1880 making a total of 8. I have to wonder if the oldest child, John, was the product of a first marriage for Thomas.
The marriage for James N Pyatt is indexed in Polk County, Missouri, as "James H Pyatt" and "Emly Elizabeth Jane Gambol both of Benton County, AR".
Where was William on the 1840 census? Since he had children born on both sides of that census in North Carolina - I need to figure out which William he was. That might give me a clue as to his parentage.
William and family appeared on the 1850 census of North Carolina - Cherokee County - Murphytown as follows:
Pyatt, William Jr age 32 M farmer born NC
Pyatt, Matilda age 29 F born NC cannot read/write
Pyatt, Mary E age 11 F born NC
Pyatt, Martha N age 7 F born NC
Pyatt, William L age 5 M born NC
Pyatt, Susan S/D age 2 F born NC
This family was enumerated #157/157 pg 12B (ancestry image 24/155); neighbors were William Pyatt Sr and wife Cynthia, William Pyatt and wife Sarah; #153 James & Elizabeth Hughes, #154 Nathan & Polly Broihill, #155 Abram & Catherine Faw, #156 Samuel Johnson, #158 William & Elizabeth Lovin, #159 William & Mary Zimmerman, #160 Soloman & Avaline ?Heavey. While it may appear at first that William's father would have been the William Sr enumerated nearby, at that time, a junior and senior only denoted an elder and younger man of the same name, not necessarily a father/son relationship. Matilda's parents (at #158) appeared as follows:
Lovin, William age 75 M born NC farmer $800 cannot read/write
Lovin, Elizabeth age 52 F born NC
Farr, Elvira age 22 F born NC (This family enumerated #158)
About 1857/58 John S. Pyatt, Joseph Pyatt and William Calton Pyatt (the sons of William and Cynthia A Fox Pyatt) and their families started west. Some say they started for Kansas. They stopped in Wright County, Missouri, and many descendants are still there today. William and wife Matilda went with these three Pyatt brothers. William and Matilda Loving Pyatt were on the 1860 census in Webster County, Missouri, and then removed from there to Benton County, Arkansas. William is most likely a cousin of these three brothers, at least one connection is that Cynthia Fox Pyatt's mother was Elizabeth Loving, the daughter of Gabriel Loving.
William and family appeared as follows on the 1860 census of Hazelwood Township, Webster County, Missouri:
Pyatt, William age 44 born NC / male / $0/$305
Pyatt, Matilda age 35 born NC / female / cannot read/write
Pyatt, Martha A age 17 born NC / female / att school
Pyatt, William L age 15 born NC / male / att school
Pyatt, Susan S age 13 born NC / female / att school
Pyatt, Joseph C age 9 born NC / male / att school
Pyatt, John W age 6 born NC / male
Pyatt, Margaret M age 2 born MO / female
Pyatt, James N ?7/12 born MO / male
The family was enumerated #124/124 22 Aug 1860 sheet 19 pg (ancestry image 19/25). Their neighbors were #118 Pleasant & Edna Davis, #119 William & Sarah Glenn, #120 John & Mary Ann Hall, #121 Samuel & Jane Cook, #122 Moses Young, #123 Thomas H & Sarah Cantrell, #125 James & Martha Pitchford, #126 Eli & Elizabeth Pitchford, #127 Syrus & Mary J Pitchford, #128 John Norfsinger. I do not know why this William settled in Webster County instead of in Wright County were his ?cousins had decided to settle.
They were enumerated in Bentonville, Benton County, Arkansas, on the 1870 census as follows:
Pyath, William age 25 (this appears to be wrong age) born NC / wm / farmer / $300/$500
Pyath, Tilda age 49 born NC / wf / keeping house / cannot read/write
Pyath, Susan age 21 born NC / wf / at home
Pyath, Joseph age 19 born NC / wm
Pyath, John age 14 born NC / wm / attended school
Pyath, Margrat age 12 born MO / wf / attended school
Pyath, James age 10 born MO / wm / attended school
This family was enumerated #720/720 27 July 1870 pg 296A.
By the 1880 census, the family was in Colville, Benton County, Arkansas, as follows:
Pyatt, William age 63 born NC / WM / Married / Farmer / father/mother born NC
Pyatt, Matilda (Wife) age 59 born NC / WF / Married / Keeping House / father/mother born NC
Pyatt, Serena (Daughter) age 32 born NC / WF / Single / At Home / father/mother born NC
Pyatt, Margaret M (Daughter) age 23 born MO / WF / Single / At Home / father/mother born NC
James N (Son) age 20 born MO / WM / Single / Works on Farm / father/mother born NC (from familysearch.org; page 387A)
Lafayette Pyatt, age 33 born NC, lived in Benton County as well. He is appears to be their son, William L Pyatt, so I have added the information from this census enumeration to the son above.
In 1896 D L Duncan (a recognized citizen of the Cherokee tribe) claimed to be related by marriage and to be well acquainted with the Truitt and Duncan families. This was in regard to Pyatt attempts to apply for Cherokee citizenship.
Who are the John S and Mary A Pyatt born c1822 and c1824 in North Carolina on the 1910 census of Webster County, Missouri?
"The Pyatt Family of Western North Carolina" 1977 Martha A Pyatte