Re: Pruntys and the Boston Transcript
I have not received any responses to my various Prunty queries over the last year, but I have found a lot of apparently unknown or little known information. On this historic day in American history, I believe I've effectively connected my ancestor Capt. John Prunty Sr. of Hampshire and Harrison County, West Virginia to the Prunty family that lived in York County, Pennsylvania in the late 1760s. I've done this by locating an obscure November 22, 1768 land grant application letter for 200 acres in Newberry Township, York County for a John Prunty. This old document, which is really just a scrap of paper addressed to the secretary of the land office in Philadelphia, PA is signed. This John Prunty signature is almost identical to later signatures of my ancestor, when he was seving asa Hampshire County deputy sheriff in 1781 and as a Harrison County, General Assembly delegate in 1805. I also found two 1767 applications for Thomas and James Prunty in Warrington Twp., York County with the available text. I've known for awhile that there was a John Prunty in Warrington, Washington, Newberry and Fairview townships, but I wasn't sure he was my ancestor. All of these men might be descended from the Bryan Prunty of Philadelphia that I mentioned in a previous query.
PS. Coincidentally, an American hero and fireman Capt. Richard Prunty was killed eleven years ago today trying to rescue people
from the Twin Towers. I don't know if he is descended from my Capt. John Prunty Sr., but I appreciate his sacrifice.