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Elias Prunty


Posted By: Mary E Boyer (email)
Date: 11/30/2006 at 00:13:07

Pioneers of Marion County - Page 214 - 215
Red Rock Township - Marion County - Iowa

The next person that succeeded Mr. Hall as a settler in the same neighborhood, was Elias Prunty. He was born in Scott Co., Ky., in 1809, moved to Morgan Co., Ill., in the fall of ‘33, and in the fall of ‘43 to Red Rock township, three miles north of the village.

On reaching the residence of Thomas Tuttle, where Pella now stands, Mr. Prunty began his search for a claim, and continued it in the direction of the river till they reached Red Rock village, then consisting of one or two small cabins. Here they found Claiborn Hall, who was camped on his claim, and proceeded at once to secure a location in the immediate neighborhood, and put up a cabin.

Mr. Prunty’s family consisted of his wife and four children, and his stock of domestic animals were two horses and two cows that he brought with him. But, like most of the early settlers, he was without a supply of provisions for the winter; and was obliged to repair to the Old Purchase for such articles of consumption as were indispensable to life. He obtained his supply of corn and meat from Round Grove, Jefferson county, and to this place he made four trips during that first winter, leaving his family exposed to whatever inconveniences might be incidental to their entire separation from neighbors, and to the annoying visits of the Indians, who made them a call every few days. they were, however, kindly treated by Mrs. Prunty and the children, and manifested no disposition to be uncivil in return.
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*Continuing from Page 214 through the end of the chapter is more about Mr. Prunty, and his adventures as a Pioneer in the early days of Red Rock Township.

Transcribed by Mary E. Boyer for Iowa Gen Project - Marion County (of no relation)


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