Puckett Family

In researching the Puckett family, I have really had a difficult time in being able to find any proof of anything other than three Puckett men have married three Corel sisters.  I have struggled with how to create this page.  I even did some ‘old fashioned’ research hoping that I might be able to get something to click.  Since I haven’t had that ‘aha’ moment, I will share what I have found in my digging.

First, to start off with what is known.

  • John Puckett married Mary Ester Corel on August 19, 1839 in Tazewell County, Virginia, officiated by William Henkel.
  • Joshua Puckett married Margaret Corel on November 26, 1842 in Tazewell County, Virginia, officiated by William Henkel.
  • William John Puckett married Louisa Corel on December 18, 1842 in Tazewell County, Virginia, officiated by William Henkel.

Then I began going through the census records for the counties around Tazewell County, Virginia.  I have found some Puckett families, but as the early census records only list the head of household, I am unable to say anything definitively on what I have found.

Here are the census records I have located:

1820 Census

All in Lebanon, Russell County, Virginia

  • George Pucket:  2 males under 10, 2 males 16 – 18, 2 males 18 – 26, 1 male over 45; 2 females under 10, 1 female 10 – 16, 1 female 26 – 45.
  • George P Pucket:  1 male under 10, 1 male 18 – 26; 1 female under 10, 1 female 16 – 26.
  • John Pucket:  1 male 26 – 45; 1 female under 10, 1 female 26 – 45.
  • John Pucket:  1 male 18 – 26; 2 females under 10, 1 female 16 – 26.

If John Puckett who married Mary Ester Corel was living in the area at this time, he would have been about 6 years old.  This would put him in either the George Pucket household, or the George P. Pucket household.  Joshua Puckett was born about 1821 and William John Puckett was born about 1820.  There is no way to determine anything precisely on either Joshua or William John with the 1820 census.

1830 Census

Russell County, Virginia

  • George Puckett (1):  1 male 5 – 10, 2 males 10 – 15, 3 males 20 – 30, 1 male 60 – 70; 1 female 10 – 15, 1 female 15 – 20, 1 female 40 – 50.
  • George Puckett (2):  1 male under 5, 2 males 5 – 10, 1 male 30 – 40; 2 females under 5, 1 female 5 – 10, 1 female 10 – 15, 1 female 20 – 30.
  • John Puckett:  1 male 5 – 10, 1 male 30 – 40; 1 female 15 – 20.

Wythe County, Virginia

  • Thomas Puckett:  2 males 5 – 10, 1 male 15 – 20, 1 male 50 – 60; 1 female 5 – 10, 1 female 10 – 15, 1 female 15 – 20, 3 females 20 – 30, 1 female 50 – 60.

John Puckett who married Mary Ester Corel could fall into either the 10 – 15 or 15 – 20 age bracket in 1830.  This could place him in either the George Puckett (1) or Thomas Puckett household.  William John Puckett could fall into the 5 – 10 or 10 – 15 age bracket.  This could put him into any of the households I have found.  Joshua Puckett would most likely be in the 5 – 10 age bracket in the 1830 census.  This could also put him with any of the households found.  At this point, I would guess that if the three men who married the Corel sisters are brothers, they would likely be sons of the elder George Puckett or of Thomas Puckett.

1840 Census

Russell County, Virginia

  • Daniel Puckett:  3 males under 5, 1 male 5 – 10, 1 male 20 – 30; 1 female 20 – 30.
  • Drury Puckett:  1 male 30 – 40; 1 female 15 – 20.
  • George Puckett:  2 males under 5, 1 male 5 – 10, 1 male 10 – 15, 1 male 15 – 20, 1 male 50 – 40; 1 female under 5, 1 female 5 – 10, 1 female 10 – 15, 1 female 15 – 20, 1 female 30 – 40.
  • James Puckett:  1 male 20 – 30; 1 female under 5, 1 female 15 – 20.
  • Jane Puckett:  1 male 20 – 30, 1 male 30 – 40; 1 female 20 – 30, 1 female 50 – 60.
  • John Puckett:  1 male 20 – 30; 1 female 20 – 30.  This may the household of John and Mary Ester Corel Puckett.
  • John Puckett:  1 male 40 – 50; 2 females under 5, 1 female 20 – 30.
  • Robert Puckett:  1 male under 5, 1 male 20 – 30; 1 female 15 – 20.

Tazewell County, Virginia

  • Henry Puckett:  1 male 20 – 30; 1 female 20 – 30, 1 female 60 – 70.

Wythe County, Virginia

  • Allen Puckett:  1 male 20 – 30; 1 female 20 – 30.
  • James Puckett:  1 male 5 – 10, 1 male 10 – 15, 1 male 15 – 20, 1 male 40 – 50; 1 female 5 – 10, 1 female 10 – 15, 1 female 15 – 20, 1 female 20 – 30, 1 female 40 – 50.
  • John Puckett:  2 males 5 – 10, 2 males 10 – 15, 1 male 40 – 50; 1 female under 5, 2 females 5 – 10, 1 female 10 – 15, 1 female 15 – 20, 1 female 30 – 40.
  • Samuel Puckett:  2 males 5 – 10, 1 male 30 – 40; 3 females under 5, 2 females 20 – 30, 1 female 50 – 60.

By the 1840 Census, John Puckett and Mary Ester Corel are married and living in Russell County.  This leaves William John and Joshua Puckett, who at this time could considered in the 15 – 20 or 20 – 30 age brackets.  With the families found in the 1840 census records, William John and Joshua could not have been living in the same households.  Either William or Joshua could be residing with George Puckett or Jane Puckett of Russell County, or James Puckett of Wythe County.

A Different Source

The History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas provides a great portrait of a son of William and Louisa Corel Puckett.  I will go into greater detail about this prominent Corel descendant at a later time, but wanted to share the brief genealogy included in this biography of Joshua J. Puckett.

He is descended from Virginian ancestry. His grandfather, Lewis Puckett, was a native of the Old Dominion, and William Puckett, the father of our subject first opened his eyes to the light of day in the same state, in 1820. After attaining his majority he removed to Kentucky, but was married in Virginia to Miss Louisa Corel, a daughter of William Corel, a cabinet maker who spent his active life in the Old Dominion and died in Jackson County, Missouri.

Although this cannot be used as a primary source for the ancestry of any of the Puckett lines, it is at least something to look into.

Lewis Puckett Findings

1820 Census

  • Lewis Puckett in Amelia County, Virginia.
  • L Puckett in Norfolk Borough, Virginia.
  • Lewis Puckett in Grayson County, Virginia.

1830 Census

I did not find any Lewis, Louis, or L Pucket or Puckett’s listed.

1840 Census

  • Louis Puckett in Hickman County, Kentucky.

Summary

I feel in my heart that John, William John, and Joshua Puckett are all related.  Perhaps not brothers, but possibly cousins.  I have not been able to find anything other than that they married three sisters and moved to Kansas about the same time.

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