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Phineas Pratt was born 1591 in London, Middlesex, England and died 20 April 1680 in Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. He married Mary Priest (1612-1689) 1630 in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.


Vital Statistics Edit

  • Born ca 1590 or 1592 - in London, England
  • Died 19-Apr-1680 - Charleston, MA
  • Married (1630) - Mary Priest, Niece of Plymouth Pilgrim - Isaac Allerton (1586-1658)

Biography Edit

1623 Weymouth Settlement Edit

In July 1622, two ships, (Swan and Charitie) arrive at Plymouth with a different group of adventures. They stay a couple of months before moving to establish a nearby at Weymouth (or Wessagusset). This groups is financed by Mr Thomas Weston. They are joined by a 3rd ship (Sparrow) with Phineas Pratt aboard. This groups fares badly with the Indians and is forced to abandon their settlement after a rescue by Plymouth militia.

Bowman in MD 4:87, 129 relates much of what is known about Pratt, including his role in alerting the Plymouth settlers about the plight of the Wessagusset settlers. See Pratt's own Petition, found in Mass. Historical Society Collections - 4:479 (4th Series).

In Sept 1623, the ship Katherine arrives with a group of settlers financed by Sir Ferdinando Gorges. They stop shortly at Plymouth before continuing onwards to the Weymouth Settlment.

Move to Plymouth Colony Edit

One settler from the Sparrow, Phineas Pratt, after the breakup of the first Weymouth settlment, joins the group at Plymouth

Move to Charlestown Edit

After sometime, Pratt moved to Charlestown in the Bay Colony where he died in 1680 at age 90.

Marriage & Family Edit

While in Plymouth Colony, Phineas marries Mary Priest, daugher of Mayflower pilgrim Degory Priest, and a niece of Isaac Allerton (1586-1658). Was married after the Land Division of 1627 and before receiving property from Cuthbert Cuthbertson in 1633. Mary Priest was a stepdaughter to Cuthbert.

His children are listed on his will.

  1. Mary Pratt (1632-1702) - md John Swann
  2. John Pratt (1635-) = md Ann Barker
  3. Samuel Pratt (1637-1676) - md Mary Barker
  4. Daniel Pratt (1641-1791)
  5. Mercy Pratt (1643-)
  6. Joseph Pratt (1647-) - Md Dorcas Folger
  7. Sarah Pratt (1650-1727)
  8. Aaron Pratt (1654-1735) - md 1st Sarah Pratt, 2) Sarah Wright Cummings




Children


Offspring of Phineas Pratt and Mary Priest (1612-1689)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Mary Pratt (1632-1702)
John Pratt (1635-)
Samuel Pratt (1637-1676)
Daniel Pratt (1641-1791)
Mercy Pratt (1643-)
Joseph Pratt (1647-)
Sarah Pratt (1650-1727)
Aaron Pratt (1654-1735)

Siblings

Vital Records Edit

Charlestown Gravestone Edit

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Gravestone of Phineas Pratt in Charlestown MA.

Gravestone Location: Phipps Street Burying Ground - Charlestown MA.

Gravestone Inscription:

HERE LIES Ye BODY OF PHINEHAS PRATT AG.D A BOUT 90 Y.RS. DEC.D APRIL Ye 19 1680 & WAS ONE OF Ye FIRST ENGLISH INHABITANTS of Ye MASSACHUSETTS COLONY


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