PREUIT CEMETERY (Cotton town), COLBERT
Mapping the location
BATES, Sallie P., 16 May 1837 - 18 Apr 1862
BATES, R. V., 20 Nov 1860 - 15 Jul 1862. 8903
BATES, W. H., 22 Nov 1860 - 30 Nov 1860.
8880/footstone W.H.: 8879
BROWN, Gay PREUIT, 1894-1977. 8862/8864/8865
BROWN, Hamlin L., 1886 - 1967. 8863/8864/8865
BURROWS, Robert L., 31 Jan 1962 - 27 Dec 1997, SGT2 US Navy, "A friend to all", (died when his auto plunged off of O'neal Bridge into the Tennessee River.) 8875/8876
EVANS, William Hardy, 1 Sep 1903 - 5 Jan 1969. 8901/8902
EVANS, Betty M., 9 Mar 1909 - 25 Mar 2007. 8901/8902
PREUIT, Pope Pryor, 25 Feb 1882 - 12 Jan
1930. (death year has strike over. Is it 1872 or 1882?)
PREUIT, Mrs Jim Pruit Alsobrook, 6 May 1882 - 28 Feb 1968. (on stone with Pope Pryor PREUIT. could the name be Alsbrook instead) 8911/2nd stone from left:8914
PREUIT, Pope Pryor, son of Pope Pryor & Jim A.N. PREUIT, 25 Feb 1903 - 11 Sep 1903. 8909/3nd stone from left:8914
PREUIT, William V., 28 Sep 1854 - 18 Feb 1908. (Woodman of the World) 8872
My memories of when I was a Boy in Alabama at Preuit Hall.
I was born on my Grandfather's and Grandmother's plantation two and one half miles southeast of Leighton, Alabama.
It was a beautiful home nestled in a grove of lovely oak trees. It was self contained plantation with a gin. a blacksmith shop, large barns, a sheep shed, a carriage and buggy
house and a beautiful home as I said before. I don't remember my Grandfather, but certainly loved to go to Grandma's as my Dad built us a home over in the edge of
Leighton. On Sundays (weather permitting) we would go for a buggy ride with my Mother and Dad and wind up at Grandma's. My brother and I loved that. We as little fellows,
played around the gin which was quite a little ways from the house, but we were always looked after by an old (black) lady.
The gin by today's standards was really antique. It was just one gin head located upstairs fed by hand. The cotton was passed up in baskets by hand. As it was ginned it came out
through a hole into the lint room. When the lint built up in the lint room they would let the little black boys jump off into it to pack it down so they could take it out in
bales. That is the way they did it in the olden days.
Written by an unnamed source ( a Preuit son who lived away) back in the 1800s or early 1900 relating what life was like on the Preuit Plantation maybe even prior to the Civil War. Transcribed by C. Wayne Austin
23 Feb 2011 (Source not known)
This cemetery seems well cared for, but the fence could use some clearing around it to keep the vines in check. Some members of the Preuit family still live here, but not in the antebellum home. They care for the place I presume as it seems fairly well cared for. I am told the last folks that lived in the old home were two Preuit daughters that were widows I think. One was Betty Evans listed above and the other I am not certain of.
This publication is based on the visit 25 Apr 2013 and photography of C. Wayne Austin. I posted findagrave site with a book listing and updated it with a visit and we have more listings here due to the age of the book listing. I have not updated findagrave but have corrected some errors in the existing listings which I still control. C. Wayne Austin 28 Apr 2013.