Contributed by Dick Pratt
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November 11th, 2004
This information is for the surname of Pratt. Lott H. Pratt and his
younger brother John Pratt, were born in Vermont, and migrated to
Greenup County. It is suspected that they spent a short time in the
French Grant in Ohio, before ending up in Greenup County, but no
documentation actually exists.
The brothers arrived in Greenup County prior to 1820, and established a tannery and shoemaking business that flourished until the early 1850's. The town they founded around their business was named "Liberty" and was located near what is now called Lynn. At one time, there were approximately 40 homes surrounding the tannery/shoemaking factory, as well as a church/dwelling that John Pratt built to house some of the tannery workers. The site is now called the "Old Liberty Farm" located on Liberty Road.
There are three graves in an open area, where the family home of John Pratt stood. One grave is unmarked and unknown, but is most surely a family member. Two stones, lying down and still readable, mark the burial sites of John Pratt and his wife Eliza Pratt. They are as follows:
JOHN PRATT ELIZA
BORN wife of
______ 10, 1800 JOHN PRATT
JULY 26, 1849 MAY 19, 1804
JUNE 22, 1894
Our mother is gone
She lies beneath the sod
Dear mother tho we miss you much
We hope you rest with God
There is another small Pratt Cemetery located in the Argillite area, on the Od Manuel Virgin Farm, on Rt 1459/Low Gap Road. It is located on the top of a steep hill, next to some other small family cemeteries. There are three stones in this small cemetery. I know that there are more graves here, but no others are marked, that I have been able to uncover as of yet.
The oldest is that of Nelson Pratt, son of the aforementioned Lott H. Pratt, and nephew of the John Pratt of the Liberty tannery. This Nelson Pratt is my G-G-G-Grandfather. His stone is knocked over and broken in three main pieces, but is readable, thusly:
DECEMBER 15, 1855
40 YRS. 8 MOS.
& 18 DYS.
Amiable and beloved husband, farewell; thy
years were few, but thy virtues were many.
They are recorded not on this perishing
stone, but in the book of life in the
hearts of thy afflicted friends.
The second stone here is that of John Pratt, son of Nelson:
Oct 12 1843
Feb 14 1912
The third stone is the wife of John Pratt, and four infant children, all on the same stone:
Virginia L. Pratt
TILL WE MEET AGAIN
This stone has also been knocked off of it's base and is lying on the ground.
Nelson Pratt had a daughter, Julia Ann, who died at the age of 14 months, on August 20, 1855, just 4 months before Nelson's own death. I would imagine that she is buried in this small Pratt Cemetery also, but there are no other markers.
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