George Truitt

George Truitt Certificate of Death (1938)

George Truitt Certificate of Death

TRUITT, GEORGE (1859-1938):  George Truitt was born on December 25, 1859, to John and Martha Truitt in Troup Factory, Troup, Georgia. George Truitt married Lou Smith on November 19, 1877, in Chambers County, Alabama. By 1882, George and Lou had three children; Mike (b. 1877), George Jr. (b. 1880), and Lucy (b. 1882). In 1883, the family relocated to Pilot Point, Texas. In Pilot Point, George and Lou had seven more children—Mattie (b. 1884), Amanda (b. 1886), Mary (b. 1888), John Willie (b. 1890), Leonard (1892), Ida (b. 1894) and Agle Lee (b. 1899).
Upon moving to Texas, George had very little, but he rented land and worked as a farmer under his own account. [1883 Tax Roll]. Shortly after the move to Pilot Point, George acquired a couple of horses and was later able to purchase a buggy. The Truitts lived on the same plot of land as the Shears family (who also moved to the region from Chambers County, AL) and attended St. John’s Church in Pilot Point. Tragedy struck the Truitt family in the 1910s as tuberculosis ravaged Pilot Point. Eight members of the Truitt family succumbed to the disease within three years: Lou, Mike, Lucy, Amanda, Mary, John Willie, Ida, and Agle Lee. Many of the Truitts were interred in St. John’s cemetery, but some were laid to rest in other African American cemeteries in Pilot Point. After this family tragedy, George, now a widower, lived with his son Leonard, continued to rent his farm, and worked as a farmer until his death in1938. George Truitt died of a cerebral hemorrhage on July 16, 1938, and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery in Pilot Point. George Truitt was survived by his sons George Jr. and Leonard and daughter Mattie.

1880 Chambers County Census

1880 Census from Chambers County, Alabama

Ann Allen | Isaac Allen | Matilda Allen | Thomas Allen | Martha Billingslea | John Burton | Louisa Burton | Dora Davis | Wash Davis | Charles Ellis | Mrs. Charles Ellis | Gus Finch | Josaphine Finch | Mary Turner Fourteen | Eliza Jane White Green | Hezekiah Griffin | Lindsay Haflin | Melvinie Hays | Charity Shears Holloway Helm | Henry Holloway | Georgia Ann Holstein | Abraham Lyles | Mary Varner Lyles | Marvin Newsom | Charles Oliver | Peggy Oliver | Mary B. Finch Peace | James Robinson | Harriet Davis Shears | Henry Shears | Lucy Shears | Risom Shears | Henry Smith | Lissie Smith | Little Smith | Agle Lee Truitt | George Truitt | Lou Smith Truitt | Ceborn Vaughner | Lewis Vaughner | L.D. "Lover" Vaughner | Jennie Lyles Walker | Infant Ware | Infant Ware II | Mattie Finch Washington | John D. White | Washington Whitlow | Amanda "Mandy" Truitt Williams | Angeline Williamson

The People of St. John's - St. John's Cemetery - Gone to Texas

Citations:  "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch( : 12 August 2017), George Truitt, Huguleys Mill, Chambers, Alabama, United States; citing enumeration district ED 26, sheet 211C, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0005; FHL microfilm 1,254,005.