Elizabeth Ward Prevatt
This is a photograph of my 3-great grandmother Elizabeth Ward, wife of Thomas Prevatt, III.
Thomas Prevatt, III, is thought to have been born on 15 June 1793 on
the Neuse River in Craven County, North Carolina. He died on 28
December 1837 in Decatur County, Georgia. He was a 2-great
grandson of the Huguenot immigrant Pierre Prevatt who departed London
in 1699 on the ship Ye Peter & Anthony and settled in Manakin Town Virginia, in 1700.
Elizabeth Ward was born in Robeson County, North Carolina, on 4 May
1799. I have no information about her family. She married
Thomas Prevatt at the Ashpole Baptist Church in Robeson County about
1819. On 11 May 1853 Elizibeth remarried to a native of Germany,
Frederick P. Ibe (often spelled Eby), in Decatur County, Georgia.
She died 1 November 1882 and was buried at Smyrna Baptist Church in
Henry (now Houston) County, Alabama.
Her children were:
Pamela Prevatt (born in Robeson County, North Carolina 11 November
1820). Pamela married James Joshua Dawsey in Decatur County,
Georgia, on 18 November 1837 and died in Houston County, Alabama, on 19
Clarissa ("Clarissy") Prevatt (born in Robeson County, North Carolina,
on 9 February 1822). Clarissa married Jonas B. Davis in Decatur
County, Georgia, on 23 November 1837. Clarissa and Jonas B. were
my 2-great grandparents. Jonas B. Davis served as first sergeant
in Captain Hawthorn's Decatur County mounted militia during the Second
Creek War. As a result of this service some in the family
humorously referred to him as the "general".
David Ward Prevatt (born in Robeson County, North Carolina, circa
1824). David married Nancy Graham in Decatur County, Georgia, on
11 October 1848. I have no information on their children.
David served in the 11th Florida Infantry and was recorded as captured
in late 1864 at one of the battles over the Weldon Railroad near
Petersburg in the records of the 11th Florida, but he does not appear
in any Union prisoner of war records and from this it must be assumed
that he died before arriving in a place of detention where such records
Elizabeth Prevatt (born in Robeson County, North Carolina, on 17 August
1825). Elizabeth married William Paulk in Decatur County,
Georgia, on 12 January 1842 and died on 2 March 1861.
Delilah Prevatt (born in Robeson County, North Carolina, on 17
September 1827). Delilah married George Kelly in Decatur County,
Georgia, on 29 September 1827 and died 22 March 1870 at Climax, Decatur
Sarah Ann Prevatt (born in Robeson County, North Carolina, circa
1831). Sarah Ann married Thomas C. Holton (place not known by me)
on 17 January 1847, and died in Robertson County, Texas (date unknown
Thomas King Prevatt (born in Robeson County, North Carolina, circa
1832). T. K. Prevatt married Sarah Jane Lodge in Robeson County,
North Carolina, on 4 January 1855. He served in Company B of the
8th Florida Infantry, and died in a Confederate military hospital in
Lynchburg, Virginia, on 3 May 1863. The records of his
hospitalization are very confused and confusing. He was wounded
in the battle of Fredericksburg in December of 1862 and it is my
best interpretation that he eventually died of complications of that
wound without leaving the hospital. However, it is possible that
he returned to duty briefly but was wounded again. Official
records list him as killed at Chancellorsville, but I believe that to
be an outright error stemming from extended hospitalization prior to
his death. It seems unlikely that the exact sequence of events
related to his death can be ascertained, however the date and place of
his death are clear. I have no information about Sarah Jane's
death, but several children of T. K. and Sarah Jane were raised in
Decatur County, Georgia, by my 2-great grandparents, Jonas B. and
Clarissa Prevatt Davis.
Nancy Prevatt (born in Decatur County, Georgia, circa 1836).
Nancy (she's listed as "Mary Purviatt" as transcribed from Decatur
County marriage records) married John F. Singletary on 15 November
1855. John F. Singletary served in Company K of the 29th Georgia
Infantry Regiment (which was raised in Thomas County, Georgia).
He died of pneumonia in North Carolina on 3 January 1863. I have
no further information about Nancy. John F. Singletary and Nancy
Prevatt's children Riley Singletary and Nancy Singletary were raised by my 2-great
grandparents Jonas B. and Clarissa Prevatt Davis.
Demarius Prevatt (born in Decatur County, Georgia, on 10 October
1837). Demarius married Henry Cherry (place unknown) on 10 March
1875, and I have no other information about them.
NOTE: Many thanks go to Scott Dawsey for providing a copy of this photo to me.
16 January 2006