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Re: John Pratt/Mary White 1700's VA.
Posted by: Warren Pratt (ID *****7759) Date: February 18, 2012 at 21:56:52
In Reply to: John Pratt/Mary White 1700's VA. by Mark Martin of 5876

Greetings Mark,

I cannot specifically answer your question of this John Pratt's ancestry or origin. However, I have studied this family a bit. This John Pratt Sr. appears in the records of Bedford County, Virginia, as far back as 1755. He died in 1795. He appears to have had a long history in the area and possibly lived in predecessor counties before Bedford's formation. You're possibly aware that his son Stephen has a fairly extensive Revolutionary War pension file. That's definitely worth a read if you haven't. Among his other sons was John Jr. who appears in Bedford County records and then moved to Tennessee after his marriage to Polly Hail, daughter of Abednigo and Joannah (Smith) Hail.

I'm curious how you concluded that John Sr.'s wife was Mary WHITE. Perhaps we could share some information.

I should also say that among researchers there has been some confusion among this John Sr., John Jr., and two other Pratts that were nearby and overlapping in timeframe--another John Pratt and a Jonathan Pratt. These latter two Pratts are my relatives. However, I have found no familial connection with your John Sr. and John Jr. These latter Pratts arrived in Bedford much later than your Pratts and don't appear to have had the same origin.

One other thought, Y-DNA testing could be useful in trying to associate this Pratt line with another line.

Best regards,
Warren Pratt


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