Biography of Frederick H. Pratt
Marin County, CA Biographies





Frederick H. Pratt. Was born in Saybrook, Connecticut, April 18, 1824, and was the son of Titus C and Elizabeth Pratt. At the age of seven he, with his parents, moved to Niagara county, New York, and remained there until 1841, receiving, in the meantime, a common school education. At this time he moved to Monroe county, New York, and resided there for three years. In 1844 he took a trip through the Western States looking for a location, and in 1846 located at Milwaukee and engaged in the wheat buying business on commission until 1849. On the 10th day of May of that year he crossed the Missouri river en route for California, and arrived in this State September 18th of the same year. He proceeded to the Bear River Mines, remained there a short time, and then went to Sacramento. He returned to the mines and worked in them for the following three years at various places. In June, 1853, he went to Crescent City, Del Norte county, and embarked in a mercantile enterprise; remaining there only a short time He then went to the Rouge river country and began selling goods; here he remained until 1856. On the morning of February 23d of that year an Indian massacre occurred in which twenty six were killed, and his store with other buildings were burned. This caused him to return to California, and he located in Spanish town, Butte county. He opened a store here and remained three years, and again in 1859 returned to the Rouge river country, locating this time at Ellensburg, Curry county, remaining until December, 1863. He then, with his family, started for California, and were shipwrecked and detained until April, 1864. Upon arriving in California he located at San Francisco and spent one year in that city. In 1865 he paid his old home in New York a visit, returning to San Francisco after an absence of four months. In 1866 he made a tour through Nicaragua and New Granada, being absent about seven months. In October of this year he came to San Rafael and engaged in mercantile pursuits until 1879, when he disposed of his interests. He was appointed postmaster for the San Rafael office October 14, 1867, which office he has held continuously until the present time. He 'was married June 27, 1856, to Miss Josephine Piementen, who was born March 19, 1838. Their children are: Alexander, Frances Josephine, Oscar Collins, Edwin W., Frederick W., Carrie, and William.

From:
History of Marin County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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