Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

John Pratt

Male Abt 1686 - 1725  (~ 39 years)


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  • Name John Pratt 
    Born Abt 1686  Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1 Jan 1724/25  King George County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I022802  Tree1
    Last Modified 1 Jul 2020 

    Father John Pratt,   b. Bef 1666,   d. 24 Nov 1714, Westmoreland County, Virginia - Executor Bond Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 48 years) 
    Mother Mary {Unproven} Carnell,   b. Abt 1656, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1690, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 35 years) 
    Married Abt 1677  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F09270  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Elizabeth Jones,   b. Aft 1694, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1711, Hanover Parish, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 15 years) 
    Married Bef 31 Mar 1708  Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Margaret Pratt,   b. Bef 31 Mar 1708, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1731, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 24 years)
    Last Modified 1 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F13907  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Margaret Burkett,   b. Bef 1690, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jan 1749/50, King George County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 60 years) 
    Married Aft 31 Mar 1708  Hanover Parish, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John Pratt,   b. 1710, Hanover Parish, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1730, King George County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 20 years)
     2. Burkett Pratt,   b. 1713, Hanover Parish, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1761, King George County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)
     3. Anne Burkett Pratt,   b. 26 Oct 1718, King George County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 May 1800, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     4. Thomas Pratt,   b. 1721, 'Eden' King George County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1766, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
    Last Modified 1 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F13906  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Contributed by: James Hughes

      A History of Chapman and Alexander Families , Page 181
      Note:
      Robert Dade, son of Francis and Frances (Townshend) Dade was born in 1684 and died before 1714. It was said that his widow married Daniel French. If so, he had more than one wife for his (French's) widow was Margaret Pratt, widow of John Pratt (d. 1724), and daughter of John Burkett of Westmoreland Co. Daniel French died in 1735 and Margaret administered on his estate, dying in 1749. (Both of their wills are among the missing records of King George Co.) Daniel French, Jr. (son of Daniel who died in 1724, probably by his first wife, the widow of Robert Dade) died in Fairfax County, m. in 1772 and in his will mentioned his "brother-in-law" (i.e., balf brother) Townshend Dade (son of Robert) and his niece, Sarah Triplett (who was a daughter of this Townshend Dade). Daniel French, Jr., married Penelope Manley.
      Issue:
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      From Christopher Johnson in Maryland Genealogies...
      Thomas Hungerford d 4 Apr 1772; lived on Batchelors Delight in 1753 and moved to King George County, Virginia shortly thereafter married Anne Pratt, b 26Oct 1718, d 8May1800; d/o John & Birket Pratt of Westmoreland County, Virginia
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      KING GEORGE COUNTY VIRGINIA WILL BOOK A-1;1721-1752 {George Harrison Sanford King}; pg 22
      WILL OF JOHN PRATT
      [Page 22 is missing leaving the latter part of the will of John Pratt and the probate of record on pages 23-24. The copy presented here is from an attested copy under the seal of John Grigsby, Deputy Clerk of King George Court. It is of record in King George County Court Order Book 1766-1790 in the prolonged suit in chancery styled Hunger-ford vs Pratt. Recorded in these interesting chancery proceedings are several generations of Pratt genealogy. Submitted as exhibits in this cause are the wills of John Pratt, Sr., of Westmoreland County, 1714; his son, John Pratt, Jr., of King George County, 1724; and his son, Thomas Pratt, Gentleman, of Stafford County, 1766. Thomas Pratt, Gentleman, (14 March 1721 - 16 March 1766), held property in Westmoreland, King George and Stafford counties, however, he resided at his estate, "Eden," near Saint Paul's Church. Saint Paul's Parish was a part of Stafford County during the colonial period but fell into King George County upon a complex boundary alteration in 1777. This is discussed by George Harrison Sanford King in his alphabetical arrangement of The Register of Saint Paul's Parish Z715-1798, (Fredericksburg, Virginia, 1960), page xxvii et seq. This source contains many Pratt entries and the family Bible re-cord of Thomas Pratt, Gentleman, of "Eden," is also preserved. Further detail may be found in George H.S. King's volume, Marriages of Richmond County, Virginia, 2668-1853, (Fredericksburg, Virginia, 1964), pages 161-162, 256, 259.]


      In the Name of God Amen. I, John Pratt of the County of King George being of perfect mind and memory thanks be God for the same do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following
      First: I give my soul to Almighty God and my body to the Earth to be interred at the discretion of my Executor and Executrix and as to my worldly estate I dispose of in manner following.
      Imprimis: I give and bequeath to my daughter Margaret Pratt one heifer of two years old.
      Item: I give to my son John Pratt all my lands in Stafford County and the Plantation that I now live on and fifty acres of land in Westmoreland County next to and adjoining to Jordan's Bridge to him and his heirs forever.
      Item: I give to my son Birket Pratt the plantation where my Father lived and died and all the lands belonging to it and the remaining part of the Folly belonging to me to him and his heirs for-ever.
      Item: I give to my daughter Anne Pratt all the lands which I bought of Edward Massey and all the Land I bought of William Whitehouse and also one of my Negroes named Sarah to her and her heirs forever.
      Item: I give to my son Thomas Pratt all the Lands I bought of Joshua Hudson and his wife allso the Lands I bought of Thomas Lesse and his wife to him and his heires forever.
      Item: I leave my Land commonly called by the name of Chapman's to be disposed of and sold at the discretion of my Executor and Executrix to pay a legacy given to my daughter Margaret Tealer [Tyler].
      Item: I Impower my Executor, Evan Price, to acknowledge that Land called by the name of Peterses to Joshua Hudson him and his heirs forever.
      Item: I give to my friend John Kendall Twenty Shillings.
      Item: I give unto my friend Evan Price my horse Chin and a new saddle and bridle.
      Item: My will is that all my children shall not possess their estates till the age of nineteen then to have possession of their estates. Also my will is that my estate shall not be appraised.
      Item: I give all the rest of my Estate to be equally divided between my four children John Pratt, Birkett Pratt, Anne Pratt and Thomas Pratt to them and their heirs forever.
      Item: I nominate and appoint my Loving friend Evan Price Executor with my beloved wife dureing her Widowhood but in case of Marriage my will is that my beloved friend Evan Price shall be sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament.
      In Wittness whereof I have put my hand and Seale this 12th day of October 1724.
      [Witnesses]
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      John Pratt *Seal* ******
      Her
      Elizabeth _[r17] Squeb Mark
      Eleaner LJY Hughs Mark
      His
      Joseph [E] Cotton
      Mark
      Jno. Kendall


      At a Court held for King George County on Friday ye 1st Jan' 1724:
      The Last Will and Testament of John Pratt, deceased, was presented into Court by Evan Price and Margaret Pratt, Executor and Executrix, and the same being proved by the Oaths of John Kendall and Hellener Hughs two of the Evidences thereto subscribed was admitted to Record. .[That is to say 1 January 1724/5.]
      Test:
      T: Turner Cl: Cur:
      [Although he directed by will that his estate "not be appraised,"the Court directed the appraisement of the handsome personal estate of Mr. John Pratt and this was done by Christopher Edrington, Joseph Minton and Thomas Monroe. These gentlemen valued his personal estate in money to 458:3:7 and also noted that this sum did not include several bills of exchange which was due Mr. John Pratt. The detailed inventory is of record in Inventory Book #1, pages 48-53, and was recorded in 1725.
      The first wife of John Pratt was Elizabeth Jones, daughter of John and Mary Jones of Westmoreland County; by her he had an only child, Margaret Pratt, who married William Tyler Sr., Gentleman, and died without issue. The second wife of John Pratt was Margaret Birkett, daughter of John and Anne (Mills) Burkett, by whom he had three sons and a daughter. Margaret (Birkett) Pratt married secondly Daniel French; she had no issue by him. The wills of Daniel French [1735/6] and Margaret (Birkett) Pratt French are both recorded in King George County Will Book A-1.]

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      URL (Click on link) http://image.lva.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/GetLONN.pl?first=82&last=&g_p=G4&col lection=NN Grant
      Title Latham, Stephen.
      Publication 26 May 1712.
      Other Format Available on microfilm. Northern Neck Grants, reels 288-311.
      Note Location: Westmoreland County.
      Description: 50 acres on the north side of Petomak Road bounded by the land of John Franklyn, Thomas Buttler, Robert Howson, and John Pratt.
      Source: Northern Neck Grants No. 4, 1710-1712 , p. 82 (Reel 289).
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      WESTMORELAND COUNTY, VIRGINIA ORDER BOOK, 1705-1707 {Antient Press}: pg 81
      Westmoreland County Court 28th of March 1707
      - POPE p MASON v PRATT p FINCH, Ejectione firme JOHN FINCH in custody, &c., was attached to answer JAMES MASON of a Plea for that (vizt) one NATHANIELL POPE, Practitioner at Law, on the first day of October 1705 at the Parish ofWashington in the sd County had demised unto JAMES MASON one messuage, one garden, one orchard, two hundred acres ofland, two hundred acres of woods, one hundred acres ofpasture and one hundred acres ofMarsh scituate in Parish and County aforesd to hold the land &c. with the appurtenances unto JAMES MASON and his assignes from the last day ofSeptember last past untill full and term ofthree yeares then next comeing and to be fully and ended and compleated, by vertue ofwhich demise said JAMES into the Plantation and premises did enter and was thereof possessed ,and being soe possessed JOHN FINCH afterwards, to witt, the second day of October the yeare aforesaid with force and armes and contrary to the peace &c., into the lands and tenements aforewsd did enter and said JAMES from his farm his term not being ended did dispell eject and amove, &c., and said JAMES from the possession thereof did hold out and still doth hold out and other enormities to him did doe to his damage thirty pounds sterling, therefore brought this suite &c. And at a Court held for the sd County the 27th day ofMarch 1706, Oath being made that the tenant in possession was duely served with a copy ofthe Plaintiffs Declaration and the notice thereon endorsed, it was ordered that if the tenant in possession or those under whom hee claimed haveing legall notice by the Sheriff of this County or his Deputy did not appeare at the then next court and make him or themselves Defendants, confess Lease Entry and Ouster and insist only on the mere mise of the premises, then Judgment to go for the Plaintiff, &c., And at a Court held for sd County the 26th day ofJune 1706 appeared JOHN PRATT, SENR., by JOHN PRATT, JUNR., his Attorney, and confessed Lease Entry and Ouster and was admitted Defendant in the roome ofJOHN FINCH and prayed Lycence of Imparlance till the then next Court which was granted, &c. And at a Court held for the sd County the 28th ofAugust 1706, the Defendant faileing to enter a Plea to the Plaintiffs Declaration, it was ordered that unless hee appeared at the then next Court and pleaded to the same, Judgment to pass against him by default; And now at this Court both Plaintiffand Defendant being present by mutuall consent ofboth parties, it was agreed and the Defendant acknowledged the whole matter offact, And that hee the said PRATT was in possession of the land &c. in the Plaintiffs Declaraton sett forth by vertue ofa Deed from one JOHN ROOSER, SENR., made to his Daughter, then ELIZABETH LEFTWICH, Wife of THOMAS LEFTWICH, the Deed bearing date the 25th day ofNovember 1700, and also byvertue of a Deed from THOMAS LEFTWICH bearing date September the 13th 1702, and by no other title; and the beforementioned NATHANIELL POPE, the Demisor in the Declaration before named likewise acknowledged to claime only by virtue ofthe Last Will and
      Testament of the aforenamed JOHN ROSSER, SENR .justices for this County, and by the Will expressed to bee given to him, the said NATHANIELL in fee, and by THOMAS LEFTWICH further confirming to said NATHANIELL by virtue of a Deed beareing date the 20th day of October 1705 by which hee conveyed his whole right and title ofand unto the aforenamed land and to im, NATHANIELL POPE, all which matters offact as aforesd being by both Plaintiff and Defendant acknowledged as aforesd, they wholly submitted the matter of Law as to the mere mise of the premises to the Judgment and determination ofthe Court; And upon heareing of all mattes and arguements ofboth parties and mature deliberation thereon had, it being principally insisted upon that THOMAS LEFTWICH was Father to a Child by him begotten on the body of the said ELIZABEETH, and therefore claimed a right to the land in dispute as tenant by the courtesie ofEngland for that it fully appeared to this Court by the words of the Will ofJOHN ROSSER from whom the Defendant, JOHN PRATT, claimed, that the land in dispute was given to the aforesaid ELIZABETH LEFTWICH and her heires begotten by the issue ofher body freely and quietly without any manner ofchallenge claime or demand ofhim JOHN ROSSER, &c., It is therefore the oppinion ofthe Court that THOMAS LEFTWICH could not bee any wayes intituled to the land by vertue of the Deed of Guift from JOHN ROSSER and consequently not tenant by courtesie of England, and further adjudged that the Deed ofSale of the land from THOMAS LEFTWICH to JOHN PRATT is null and void and that the title by which NATHANIELL POPE doth claime is valid and sufficient in the Law, and they do therefore ordered that her Majtie's Writt ofhabere facias possessionem be issued and directed to her Majtie's Sheriffofthe County aforesd thereby requireing him to putt JAMES MASON into the peaceable and quiet possession of the land and premises for and dureing his term aforenamed
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      WESTMORELAND COUNTY, VIRGINIA ORDER BOOK, 1707-1709 {Antient Press}: pg 9
      Westmorland Ss. At a Court held for the sd County the twenty fourth day of September 1707
      - MARCEY's Acknowledment to PRATT EDWARD MARCEYacknowledged a Sale of Land from him to JOHN PRATT ofSTAFFORD County, Gent., to bee his proper act and deed which at the request of the said PRATT is ordered to bee entered on the Records ofthis County
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      WESTMORELAND COUNTY, VIRGINIA ORDER BOOK, 1707-1709 {Antient Press}: pg 28
      Westmoreland County Court 31st of March 1708
      - JOHN PRATT, JUNE. Administration in right &c. on MARY JONES
      Administration is granted JOHN PRATT, JUNR, Gent., of the Estate of MARY JONES, deceased, in right of MARGRETT PRATT, Daughter of the sd JOHN PRATT, JUNR. and ELIZABETH his Wife, Daughter of the said MARY JONES, and hee is ordered to return a true and perfect Inventory of the deced.'s Estate to the next Court upon Oath, Mr. FRANCIS REDMAN assumeing with him in the sume of twenty thousand pounds of tobacco for his due performance ofthe Trust reposed in him; It is also ordered that CHARLES TYLER, DANIELL FIELD, ROBERT LOVELL, WILLIAM RUST and COSSOM BENNETT or any four ofthem being first sworn before some one ofher Majtie's Justices ofthe Peace for this County, do sometyme before the next Court value and appraize the Estate and return their valuation to the sd next Court
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      1721-1735 King George County Deed Book 1, Part 1, (Antient Press); pp. 55
      We the Subscribers doe acknowledge to have received from COLONEL WILLIAM ROBINSON and Mr. JOHN GILBERT (Executors of the Last Will and Testament of Mr. JOHN BURKET Deced) all and Singular the Estate which was left by him to ELIZABETH, ANNE and MARGET our wives (his money in England only excepted) and we do own and confess that we have received every one of our equal part of the said Estate according to the intent of the will of said JOHN BURKET Decd .. We promise to acknowledge in the County of Richmond when thereunto required .. 9th October 1719.
      Testes: Tho. Sharp, George White
      Elienor x Hughs her Mk. Cor. Edmonds
      John x Murphey his MK John Pratt
      At a court held ffriday the ffifth January 1721 .. WILLIAM ROBINSON Gent. produced this receipt at his motion was ordered to be Recorded and is Recorded. E. Turberville ClCur
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      WESTMORELAND COUNTY, VIRGINIA DEEDS & WILLS. No. 8. Part 1
      1723-1738 {Antient Press}: pp 20-21
      THIS INDENTURE made the 22d day of June in the year of our Lord God one
      thousand seven hundred and twenty four Between JOSHUA HUDSON and JOYCE his Wife of the Parish of Washington in the County of Westmoreland within the Colony of Virginia. Planters, of one part and JOHN PRATT of the Parish of SITTENBOURNE in the County of KING GEORGE & Colony of Virginia, Gentl. of the other part. Witnesseth that JOSHUA HUDSON and JOYCE his Wife in consideracon of the sum of Ten shillings of lawful! money of England to him in hand paid by JOHN PRATT, the receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge, by these presents doth bargain & sell unto JOHN PRATT all that parcell of land containing by estimation three hundred acres (be the same more or less) scituate in the Parish of Washington & County of Westmoreland, it being part of a tract of land containing seven hundred eighty & three acres granted unto JOHN ASHTON by Pattent dated the Sixteenth day of November one thousand six hundred sixty four and by said ASHTON sold to STEPHEN HOWARD by Deed dated the seventh day of October one thousand six hundred & sixty seven and by the said HOWARD sold unto WILLIAM BALTHROP by. his Deed dated the twelfth day of December one thousand six hundred & seventy, and by the said BALTHROP given unto his Son, WILLIAM, as by his Last Will and from him sold to DANIEL FIELD as by Deed dated the twenty first day of March one thousand seven hundred and three and by DANIEL FIELD given unto his Daughter, JOYCE HUDSON, party to these presents, & to her heires as may appear by his Last Will, and all houses orchards profitts and appurtenances belonging; To have and to hold the the land and premisses with appurtenances unto JOHN PRATT his assignes during the full term of one whole year paying therefore the Rent of one pepper corn at the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel next coming if lawfully demanded to the intent that by vertue thereof and by force of the Statute for transferring uses into possession JOHN PRATT may be in the actual possession of the parcell of land & premisses and may be thereby also enabled to take a release of the inheritance thereof; In Witness whereof the parties first above named to these present Indentures interchangeably their hands & seals have set the day and year first above written Sealed & Delivered in the presence of
      the word September in the first line struck out & June put in before signing
      WILL ROBINSON, JOSHUA HUDSON
      ANN EDMONDS, WILLIAM JETT JOYCE HUDSON
      Westmoreland ss, At a Court held for the sd. County the 24th day of June 1724
      JOSHUA HUDSON & JOYCE his Wife (she being first privately examined according to Law) personally acknowledged this Lease of Land by them passed to JOHN PRATT, Gent,, to be their proper act & deed, which at his request is admitted to Record
      Test THO: SORRELL
      Recordat Sexto die July 1724

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