Biography of Melvin D. Pratt of Le Roy, NY

Melvin D. Pratt, son of David and Electa (Gibbs) Pratt, was born January 21, 1830, in Livonia, Livingston County, and Since six years of age he has lived where he now resides, except four years, two years of which he spent in Flint, Mich., engaged in the agricultural furnace business. He has filled several responsible positions in his town: has been 12 years assessor, one year clerk, and three terms supervisor. He married, first, Cornelia L., daughter of Robert and Dolly (Warner) Adams, by whom he had one daughter, Cornelia L. His second wife was Mary A., daughter of Peabody Pratt, of Flint, Mich. David Pratt was born in Greenville, Albany County, N. Y., June 11, 1791. and his wife in Litchfield, Conn. He came to Livonia in 1810, served in the War of 1812, was a shoemaker in early life, and in 1816 moved to Aurora, Erie County, where he resided six years, when he returned to Livonia. In 1836 he located on 50 acres about one mile east of Le Roy. He served in several responsible positions of trust. His children were Augustus G., Melvin D., Peabody W., and Lydia A. He was a son of Peabody Pratt, a soldier in the war for independence, from Connecticut, who married Sarah Buckingham, of Saybrook, Conn., who was a relative of Governor Buckingham. They had five Sons and two daughters. He died in Livonia and his wife in Mount Morris, over 80 years of age. ThePratt. family sprung from Lieut. William Pratt, who came to Cambridge, Mass., in 1633, and settled in Saybrook. Electa (Gibbs) Pratt was a daughter of Philo and Lydia (Lindsley) Gibbs, who came from Litchfield, Conn., and settled in Livonia in 1803, where they resided. He was a soldier in the Revolution, and had three sons and one daughter.

Gazetteer and Biographical Record
of Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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