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Pratt, John M.

Male 1829 - 1924  (94 years)


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  • Name Pratt, John M. 
    Nickname Knock 
    Born 29 Nov 1829  Indian Bottom, Perry (now Letcher), Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1870  Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Moved Abt 1875  Mason's Creek, Perry, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    from Letcher County 
    Died 10 Mar 1924 
    • In 1920 Index to Perry Co., KY Census, he was living in the household of James D. Pratt; his age was listed as 90.
    Misc 10 Jun 1924 
    was the subject of an article in the Middlesboro Daily News 
    • A transcription of the article is as follows (courtesy of Laura Brenner, by e-mail of 24 Apr 2006):

      Newspaper: Middlesboro Daily News, Middlesboro, Bell, Ky
      Edition: Tuesday, June 10, 1924.
      Headline: Letcher County Man has 345 Descendants, Many in Ky
      Hazard, Ky, June 10--Five Generations of mountaineers are descended from John M. Pratt; 345 person, 281 living and most of them residing in Eastern Kentucky.
      Blood is a great deal thicker than water in Eastern Kentucky. Almost every native has an army of relatives and ties of kinship are strong ones (last word of this sentence is illegible due to graininess of the copy). They are felt a great deal in business and social life, but especially in politics.
      (Illegible) to the family are bankers, (illegible) business leaders in all walks of life. John M. Pratt was born in Floyd County, Ky, November 29, 1829 and died on March 10, 1924. He came to Letcher County with his father when a small boy and settled on Rockhouse Creek. At the age of 19 he married Miss Elizabeth Campbell, who died about 30 years ago. From this union was born 14 children, 9 yet living.
      There are seventy-nine grandchildren, sixty-eight of whom are living; 219 great-grandchildren, 178 of whom are living; thirty-three great-great-grandchildren. The grand total of descendants is 345, with 281 yet living, and sixty-four dead.
      Among them are John M. Pratt, 95; Mrs. Judith Brashears, the fourth from the oldest in her generation, age 70 years and 7 months; Mrs. Elizabeth Brashear, oldest of the family, 49; Tug McDaniel, merchant of Viper, 26; Buford C. McDaniel, oldest son of the McDaniels, age 4.
      Mr. Pratt served three years in the (illegible) Kentucky Riflemen of the Confederate Army. About the year 1875, he removed from Letcher County to Perry County, settling on the right-hand fork of Mason's Creek. Here he resided with his family until his death. His early days were spent in farming, fishing and hunting, using no other gun than a flintlock and later a hog rifle. Mr. Pratt was a good sport and a crack shot.
      Mrs. Elizabeth Brashear is the wife Gay Brashear of Viper, Ky., he being the former member of the Kentucky legislature, having represented Perry and Letcher counties.
    Buried John "Knock" Pratt Cemetery, Viper, Perry, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Person ID I411  Pioneers of the Appalachian Highlands
    Last Modified 31 Oct 2018 

    Father Pratt, Henry,   b. 12 Jun 1809, Culpeper, Virginia, British America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jun 1886, Knott, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Gibson, Sarah,   b. 20 Sep 1808, Floyd, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1833, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years) 
    Married 20 Sep 1828  Floyd, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F184  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Campbell, Elizabeth,   b. Abt 1832,   d. Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1848 
    Children 
     1. Pratt, Elizabeth Ann,   b. 14 Jan 1852, Perry, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1921, Laurel, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     2. Pratt, Juda,   b. 29 Jul 1854, Blackey, Letcher, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1938, Harlan, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     3. Pratt, Hiram,   b. 5 May 1856, Perry, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 1856, Perry, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     4. Pratt, William,   b. 1857, Letcher, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Pratt, Lucinda,   b. 18 Apr 1859, Letcher, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Mar 1943, Perry, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     6. Pratt, Celia,   b. 1862, Perry, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1934  (Age 72 years)
     7. Pratt, John C.,   b. 1 Apr 1864, Perry, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1945, Floyd, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     8. Pratt, Eli B.,   b. 1867, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Pratt, Anna,   b. Feb 1868, Perry, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1956  (Age ~ 87 years)
     10. Pratt, James D.,   b. 1871, Floyd, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 1945, Perry, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     11. Pratt, Sally,   b. Abt 1873,   d. 4 Jul 1951, Perry, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years)
     12. Pratt, Rhoda,   b. Abt 1876, Mason's Creek, Perry, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1913, Perry, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 37 years)
    Last Modified 24 Nov 2021 
    Family ID F310  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 29 Nov 1829 - Indian Bottom, Perry (now Letcher), Kentucky, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1870 - Kentucky, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMoved - from Letcher County - Abt 1875 - Mason's Creek, Perry, Kentucky, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - John "Knock" Pratt Cemetery, Viper, Perry, Kentucky, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Further information on the family of John "Knock" Pratt can be found in a booklet entitled "A History and Genealogy of Right Hand Fork, Masons Creek, Perry County, Kentucky", by Dora DeHart, Franklin, OH. Booklet is available on microfiche from Latter Day Saints Family History Centers, call #6048598.
      According to this booklet, Pratt served in Unit B, 13th Kentucky Cavalry, CSA, during the Civil War.