From the files of Stephen M. Lawson
Pratt Ancestry in England
Matthew J. Grow's article "A Belated Reply: The English
Origins of John and William Pratt of Connecticut" (NEHGR
149:374-378) provides information from the original Hertfordshire
records which corrects the birth date of John PRATT, son of Rev.
William PRATT, from 1620 to 1607 and makes it "extremely
probable" that he was the John PRATT of Hartford, CT. A pre-publication version of this article is available on the web site of the Jared Pratt Family Association.
Thomas PRATT - b. 1500/09, Baldock, Hertfordshire; d.
1538/9, Baldock, Hertfordshire. Will dated 5 Feb. 1538/9 at Baldock,
Hertfordshire, naming his wife and four children.
Joan - b. about 1513, Baldock, Hertfordshire.
- Thomas - b. about 1530, Baldock, Hertfordshire; d. about
Oct 1561, Baldock, Hertfordshire. Married Ellen COKE. Children:
William; John; James; Elizabeth; Alice, Ellen; and Grace.
- James - b. about 1532, Baldock, Hertfordshire; d. 1604. Married
Dorothy. Children: James; John married Elizabeth PRIME; Edward;
and Jane married John RICHTON.
- Agnes - b. about 1534, Baldock, Hertfordshire.
- Andrew - b. 1534/40, Baldock, Hertfordshire; d. about
1599, Baldock, Hertfordshire.
Andrew PRATT - b. 1534/40, Baldock, Hertfordshire; d.
about 1599, Baldock, Hertfordshire. Resided at Baldock, Hertfordshire.
- Ellen - bap. 1561, Baldock, Hertfordshire.
- William - bap. Oct. 1562, Baldock,
Hertfordshire; d. 1629, Stevenage, Hertfordshire.
- Richard - bap. 27 Jun. 1567, Baldock, Hertfordshire.
Rev. William and Elizabeth Pratt
William PRATT - b. Oct. 1562, Baldock, Hertfordshire;
d. 1629, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Son of Andrew
PRATT and grandson of Thomas PRATT. Baldock
is located less than two miles from Stevenage. William attended
Emmanuel College in Cambridge, and was installed as rector of
St. Nicholas, Stevenage on 6 Dec. 1598, by Bishop CHADDERTON.
He was married about 1604 at Stevenage, Hertfordshire, and was
succeeded there by Rev. Richard MEREDITH on 27 Oct. 1629. A memorial
tablet on the north wall of the church at Stevenage, Hertfordshire
reads as follows (translated from the Latin):
Here lies William Pratt, Bachelor of Sacred Theology, and
most illustrious rector of this church during thirty years. He
had three sons, John, William, and Richard, and the same number
of daughters, Sarah, Mary, and Elizabeth, by his renowned wife,
Elizabeth. At length, the course of his life being run, and his
age becoming burdensome, he emigrated to the Celestial country
in the year of salvation 1629, aged 67.
Elizabeth - Wife of William at time of his will (1629).
Children of William and Elizabeth Pratt
- Sarah - bap. 6 Feb. 1605, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Sarah
was named in her father's will.
- John - bap. 29 Nov. 1607, Stevenage,
Hertfordshire; d. Jul. 15, 1655, Hartford, CT.
- William - bap. 6 Jun. 1609, Stevenage, Hertfordshire; d.
Oct. 19, 1678, Saybrook, CT. William arrived at Hartford, CT
with Rev. Thomas HOOKER in 1636. In 1645 he sold his lands and
moved to Saybrook, CT. William served in the Pequot Indian War,
was named Lt. in 1661, and was representative at the General
Court from Saybrook for 23 sessions. William was married in 1636
at Hartford, CT to Elizabeth CLARK, daughter of John CLARK, who
was from Great Mindon, Hertfordshire (about two miles from Stevenage).
Elizabeth married second William PARKER, Sr. Children of William
PRATT and Elizabeth: Elizabeth married second William BACKUS,
Jr.; John married Sarah JONES; Joseph married first Sarah CHAPMAN,
and second Margaret PARKER; Sarah married first Isaac WATROUS,
and second David KNIGHT; William married Hannah KIRTLAND; Samuel
married first Ruth HUNTINGTON, and second Elizabeth PECK; Lydia
married John KIRTLAND; and Nathaniel married first Sarah BEAUMONT,
second Sarah (CLARK) WILLARD, and third Rebecca.
- Mary - b. about 1611. Mary was named in her father's will.
- Elizabeth - bap. 2 Apr. 1613, Stevenage, Hertfordshire.
- Richard - bap. 16 Feb 1618, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Richard
was named in his father's will.
The Pratt Family in America
For information on the immigrant family, refer to The Great
Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Vols.
I-III, by Robert Charles Anderson (Boston, 1995).
John and Elizabeth Pratt
John PRATT - bap. 29 Nov. 1607, Stevenage, Hertfordshire,
England; d. Jul. 8, 1655, Hartford, CT. Son of Rev.
William PRATT and Elizabeth of Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England.
At Cambridge, MA by 1633, and at Hartford, CT between 1636 and
1639. His name appears on Hartford's Founders
Monument. Townsman 1641/2 and 1653/4; constable 1644/5; surveyor
of highways 1647/8; several times a juror; and 8 times deputy
to the Connecticut General Court 1639-1641. Will dated Oct. 11,
1654, naming wife Elizabeth and two sons. Estate appraised at
£515.02.06 on Sep. 1, 1655. Married in England about 1633.
Elizabeth - Wife of John at time of his will (1654).
She may have been the Elizabeth YOUNG who married a John PRATT
in 1626 at Baldock, Hertfordshire.
Children of John and Elizabeth Pratt
- John - b. by 1634, England or Cambridge,
MA; d. Nov. 23, 1689, Hartford, CT.
- Daniel - bur. Apr. 24, 1691, First Church of Hartford, CT.
Named in father's will. Married Hannah WARNER (b. about 1632;
d. Sep. 3, 1682), daughter of Andrew WARNER and Mary HUMPHREY.
Children of Daniel and Hannah PRATT: Daniel married Elizabeth LEE (ancestors of actor Humphrey
BOGART); Hannah married Daniel CLARK; Elizabeth married Nathaniel
GOODWIN; Sarah married Timothy PHELPS; Rachel married John SKINNER;
Mary married Robert SANFORD; a daughter died in infancy; and
James and Alice Boosey
James BOOSEY - d. by 1652, CT. An immigrant from Colchester,
Essex, or vicinity, James settled at Wethersfield, Hartford Co.,
CT by 1639 when he was clerk of the trainband. He was deputy to
the General Court in April & September 1639, and many times
thereafter. The will of James BOOSEY was dated Jun. 21, 1649,
naming his five children, with Joseph being his "eldest son."
The inventory of his estate on Aug. 4, 1649 totaled £983
8s. and reveals his occupation as a joiner and wheelwright.
Alice - d. 1683, CT. Alice was married second on 5 Oct 1652
in Hartford, Hartford Co., CT to James WAKELEY, apparently under
duress. They moved to Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT, and James fled to
RI in 1663 and in 1665 amid accusations of being a wizard. James
WAKELEY (or WAKELEE) and his first wife, name unknown, had three
children: Henry married Sarah BURT (daughter of Henry BURT and Ulalia
MARCHE); Richard WAKELEE married Rebecca; and Rebecca married Ezekiel
SANFORD (son of Thomas SANFORD and Sarah). The inventory of Alice
WAKELEY's estate was taken on Sep. 6, 1683, totaling £348 19s.
Children of James and Alice Boosey
- Joseph - b. about 1630. Married by 1655 to Esther, probably
the daughter of Andrew WARD. Esther married second Jehu BURR,
- Mary - b. Sep. 10, 1635, Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT.
Married by 1652 to Lt. Samuel STEELE (b. 1626, Cambridgeport,
England; d. Aug. 1675, Farmington, Hartford Co., CT), son of
John STEELE and Rachel TALCOTT. Children of Mary and Samuel STEELE:
Mary married William TRYON, Jr.; Rachel; Sarah married Samuel
BOARDMAN; Samuel; John; Capt. James married Ann(a) WELLES; Hannah;
and Ebenezer married Sarah HART.
- Hannah - b. Feb. 10, 1641/2, Wethersfield,
CT; d. 1671-1676, Hartford, CT. Married John
- Sarah - b. Nov. 12, 1643, Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT;
d. Aug. 18, 1716. Married on Jun. 2, 1659 at hartford, Hartford
Co., CT to Nathaniel STANLEY (b. about 1638, Hadley, Hampshire
Co., MA; d. Nov. 14, 1712, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT), son of
Thomas STANLEY and Benet TRITTON. Sarah and Nathaniel were in
Hartford by 1669, and were received by the Hartford Second Church
Mar. 31, 1678. Both were buried in the Center Church Cemetery.
Children of Sarah and Nathaniel STANLEY: Nathaniel died in infancy; Sarah died at age 20; Joseph
died at age 4; Hannah died at age 7; Mary married first Nathaniel
HOOKER (son of Rev. Samuel, and grandson of Rev. Thomas), and
second John AUSTIN; Susanna died at age 2; and Nathaniel.
- James - b. Feb. 1, 1645/6, Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT;
died young. Named in father's will, with no further record.
John and Hannah (Boosey) Pratt
John PRATT - b. by 1634, England or Cambridge, MA; d.
Nov. 23, 1689, Hartford, CT. Son of John PRATT
and Elizabeth. Will dated Apr. 9, 1687, names wife, two youngest
sons, and five daughters. John administered father's estate in
1655. Freeman 1657; constable 1670. Married first about 1657;
and second about 1676 Hepzibah WYATT (bap. Oct. 23, 1653, Farmington,
CT; d. Dec. 20, 1711, Hartford, CT), daughter of John WYATT and
Mary BRONSON. Hepzibah married second about 1690 John SADD, Jr.
Hannah BOOSEY - b. Feb. 10, 1641/2, Wethersfield, CT;
d. 1671-1676, Hartford, CT. Daughter of James
BOOSEY and Alice.
Children of John and Hannah Pratt
- Hannah - b. Nov. 25, 1658,
Hartford, CT; d. Oct. 22, 1692, Hartford, CT. Married Jared
- John - b. May 17, 1661, Hartford, CT; d. 1747, Hartford,
CT. Will dated Mar. 18, 1741/2, codicil Dec. 15, 1744, and proved
May 5, 1747. Married Susannah GOODWIN, daughter of William and
Susannah. Children of John and Susannah PRATT: John married; William married first Mary
CALDWELL, and second Amy PINNEY; and Esther married Joseph TALCOTT.
- Elizabeth - b. Oct. 17, 1664, Hartford, CT.
- Sarah - b. Jun. 20, 1668; Hartford, CT. Married Dec. 10,
1690, Hadley, MA Israel WYATT (b. about Mar. 1668; d. before
May 2, 1729, Colchester, CT), son of John WYATT and Mary BRONSON.
Children of Sarah and Israel WYATT: Sarah; Israel died young; Susannah; Israel; and Hannah.
- Joseph - b. Mar. 6, 1671, Hartford, CT; d. after 1730. Sgt.
Joseph married Jul. 22, 1697 Sarah COLLIER (b. about 1673; d.
Nov. 20, 1730), daughter of Joseph COLLIER and Elizabeth SANFORD;
and second after 1730 a daughter of John MARSH and Sarah LYMAN.
Children of Joseph and Sarah PRATT: Joseph died in infancy; Joseph
married Edith KELLOGG; Azariah married Hannah COLEMAN; Abigail;
Ruth; Elisha married Ann PORTER; Daniel married first Mary SWIFT
and second Abigail; and Sarah.
Children of John and Hepzibah Pratt
- Ruth - b. Dec. 21, 1677, Hartford, CT; d. 1704-1709. Married
Jan. 1, 1702, Hartford, CT Wilterton MERRILL, who married second
Jan. 20, 1708/9 Hannah WATERS. Child of Ruth and Wilterton MERRILL: Ruth
- Susannah - b. Oct. 2, 1680, Hartford, CT. Married Jan. 18,
1697/8, Hartford, CT Daniel MERRILL (b. Jun. 15, 1673, Hartford,
CT; d. 1750), son of John MERRILL and Sarah WATSON, who married
second Mindwell KING. Refer to Daniel MERRILL for children.
- b. Oct. 6, 1683, Hartford, CT; d. Dec. 6, 1755, East Hartford,
Hartford Co., CT. Married second Mary BENTON (b. 1691), daughter of
Andrew BENTON and Martha SPENCER. Daughter of Jonathan and Mary PRATT: