Biography of Melvin D. Pratt





Pratt, Melvin D., was born in Livonia, Livingston county, N. Y., January 22, 1830, a son of David and Electa (Gibbs) Pratt, natives of New York and Connecticut, respectively, who came to Genesee county in 1836 and settled on the farm now owned by Melvin D., where they resided through life. David died in 1882, aged ninety-one years; his wife died in 1878; they had four children. The grandfathers of the subject of this sketch-Peabody Pratt and Philo Gibbs-were soldiers in the Revolutionary war. Melvin D. Pratt received his education in the district schools and at Le Roy Academy. With the exception of two years spent at manufacturing in Flint, Mich., he has always lived on his present farm of ninety-five acres, just east of the village of Le Roy; it is one of the best improved farms in that section of the county. Mr. Pratt is a prominent citizen of his town, and stands on a high plane in the estimation and confidence of his townsmen; he has served them as collector for one year, assessor twelve years, supervisor from 1882 to 1891, inclusive, and jus. tice of the peace four years, and is now serving on his second term. In 1852 Mr. Pratt was married to Cornelia L. Adams; she died in August, 1855, leaving one daughter, Cornelia L., who was married in December 1887, to Frank J. Nash. In 1856 Mr. Pratt was married to Mary A. Pratt of Flint, Mich. They are members of the Presbyterian church, of which he has been trustee, deacon and elder for several years.



Source:
Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890

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