John W. Pritchett was born in Harrison county, Ind., Nov. 20, 1844, and came to Floyd county, Ind., in 1886. His father, John L. Pritchett is deceased, but his mother, Margaret (Jones) Pritchett who was born in 1822 in still living. The first wife of Mr. Pritchett was named Addie L. Stoddard and their children are three: Mattie T., Maud E., and Edward M., deceased. She was born in Olden [Oldham] County, Ky., in 1846, they were married in Ky., in 1869 and she passed from life Sept. 5, 1891. His second wife, whom he married in Corydon, Ind., December, 1894, was Rosaltha (Keithly) Davis. She was born in Georgetown, Ind., in 1847, and was a daughter of John W. and Minerva (Lynn) Keithly, the former deceased, the latter still spared. Comrade Pritchett served in the Union army as a private in Co. A, 9th Ky. Cav. He was engaged in farming when he was enrolled Aug. 10, 1862, at Louisville, Ky., for one year. He was not in hospital, although he was treated in Qtrs., for rheumatism, diarrhea and piles and is still a sufferer from same. July, 1863, he was captured near Cheshire, O., by six of Morganís men; after an hourís parley, he led his captors into the Union lines and delivered them to Col. Jacobs of 9th Ky. Cav.† He fought at Richmond, Perryville, Burksville, Lawranceburg, Middltown, Columbia, Cumberland River, Dog Walk, Marrowbone and numerous skirmishes. He was honorably discharged Sept. 10, 1863, at Eminence, Ky., at expiration of time. He had two brothers in the war, William in 71st Ind. V.I., and James in Co. A, 9th Ky. Cav., both were wounded and captured. His great-grandfather, Pritchett served in the Revolutionary war. His wifeís brother, Dell served in 66th Ind. V.I., and was wounded. Comrade Pritchett belongs to Branch Post, 71, he is a farmer and his address in Galena, Ind.
From the book,Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen Vol. II
H.H. Hardesty, Publisher
N.Y., Toledo, Chicago
1893, Pg. 1216
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