Re: The Leonard Carroll Prunty Bible
I should have added previously that I believe the vague or ambiguous Prunty data contained in the 1933 Boston Transcript letter and the October 1989 T.G.S. Quarterly Magazine is typical of a lot of pre-internet research. Legends and Facts weren't always verified through faraway archival sources and a high standard of evidence wasn't always maintained by some novice family researchers. I think Bible records are a great beginning source for information when they are filled out by the owners of the book in the present when events happen and checked for mistakes. This obviously wasn't done with the Barnabas addition in the Leonard C. Prunty Bible.
Prior to the Boston Transcript letter's 1966 rediscovery and various speculations, my side of the family (John Prunty Jr. down to Orrin Prunty) believed that the progenitor of our line was Capt. John Prunty Sr. (previously called Capt. Ashley Prunty) of the English and American Armies, not Barnabas of Ireland. They clearly got his first name name and English alliegence wrong, but they got some things correct.
History came down in at least one Henry County, Virginia family that Thomas Prunty was the progenitor of that line. Guy B. Prunty of Jerome, Idaho supposedly stated the following in a Jan 3, 1958 letter (I only have a transcript) to a cousin:
"This is a record taken from Mother's Bible:
Thomas Prunty purchased land about 1770 near Rocky Mount, Virginia, (located between Roanoake, Va., and Martinville) father of Robert Prunty, the father of Jesse Prunty, the father of John W. Prunty, the father of Pinkard Reed Prunty, that is my father. This all I know of my father's family."
Although, the conflicting progenitor (Thomas) in this more detailed Bible record is probably no better than the Barnabas reference in the Leonard C. Prunty Bible, some of the Henry County Pruntys apparently threw out Thomas in favor of Barnabas, who is tied to Harrison County, not Henry County. Marshall Wingfield even implies in his 1948 book, An Old Virginia Court that Thomas Prunty of Snow Creek, Henry County, was the forefather of the Pruntys in this county. Both Bible records can't be correct about the Prunty progenitor in America, but they can both be wrong if the data is not factual.