The TRUITT Family
& Their American Roots
By Steven C. Gardner
NOTE: This post includes only the "Introduction" at this time. Additional posts to follow of each Chapter upon completion. Table of Contents list below. All sections are subject to re-editing as needed.
(Truitt, Trewhitt, Trewett, Trywhitt, Truitt, Trwhyt, Treuit...)
1 - Introduction
The crisp Northumberland English landscape of the high moorlands, with its vast undeveloped landscapes, stretches along the eastern borders of the Anglo-Scottish line and is the ancestral land of the Truitt family. With their persistent beginnings, this families fascinating adventures focus on a culture full of personal struggles, religious identity, and national pride. From these Northern English roots grew a cultural line whose adventures would eventually cross the great Atlantic Ocean to participate in the founding of the Virginia colonial experience. The consequences that follow stretch from the virgin tobacco fields of this new wilderness, through struggles of religious hardships, and culminates in a war for a new Nations identity. The story that surrounds this family is entwined in the birth of the American Experience and the foundation of a Nation.
Through the efforts of numerous family historians, the tale of this Truitt’s families adventures dramatically come to life. Scrupulously gathered facts gleaned from ancient documents, combined and collaborated through modern research, sprinkled with conjecture, formulated and weld together to form a story that was once lived by these forefathers, and gives us a peek into the lives of those ancestors whose struggles and triumphs must be retold.
The original emigrant of this Truitt family to the Americas was George Truitt, who arrived in the thriving community of the Virginia Colonies sometime between 1635 and November of 1640. He became a stalwart landowner and tobacco farmer on the eastern shore of Northampton County, Virginia, married twice and had nine offspring. He converted and became a staunch practitioner of the Quaker faith, an upstart religion that challenged the structure of the dominant Anglican religious base during the Virginia colonial years. Through his struggles and successes, he set the path that several generations of posterity came to embrace and to be deeply influenced by.
The following articles will faithfully attempt to compile as much formulative information about these progenitors of the Truitt family, tracing their history from Northumberland County, England, down through the American Revolutionary War. The attempt to accurately compile and faithfully portray the Truitt family line, is vast and complex, and it is hoped that this presentation will be informative, insightful, and entertaining, and will be a lasting tribute to the history of a family whose lives influence us to this day.
~ Main Line being followed in this Article ~
George Truitt (~1617-1670) & Frances Graves (1621-1691)
George Truitt (1647-1721) & Eleanor Meredith (1646-1732)
Samuel Truitt (1686-1756) & Jennet Porter (1693- )
Samuel Truitt (1725-1801) & Mary Collins/Collings (1734-1836)
John Truitt (1753-1821) & Elizabeth Gray (1757- )