Biography of Capt. James B. Pratt
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Pratt, Capt. James B., was born in the city of Rochester, March 18, 1818. He is a son of Barney, who was a native of Taunton, Mass., and came to Rochester during the early part of the present century. He was a carpenter and builder, and was deputy sheriff of Monroe county many years. He married Hannah Blake of his native place. When Captain Pratt was only six months old his mother died and he was taken by his father to Taunton, Mass., they making the entire journey in a wagon. He was left in his grandmother's care, his father returning to Rochester, where he married a Mrs. Shaw of that city. When Mr. Pratt was eight years old he joined his father in Rochester. Leaving Rochester when about sixteen years of age he came to Clarendon, Orleans county, where he resided with an uncle until he was twenty one, since which tune he has been principally engaged in public works. He had charge of the building of the embankment on the old canal at Holley. He left his men at the breaking out of the war, enlisted in Co. K, 129th Inf., under Colonel Porter, and was stationed at Baltimore for a time. In August, 1862. he was appointed captain of his company. When Grant assumed command of the army his regiment was transferred to the 8th Heavy Artillery. He was in the battle of Cold Harbor. May 2, 1864, the 8th was transferred to the Second Brigade, General Tyler's Division, under General Hancock. Captain Pratt, served until the fall of 1864, when he was discharged on account of failing health. Upon his recovery he went to Cleveland, O., and had charge of the building of the reservoir of the Cleveland Water Works, where he was employed eight years. He was foreman on the Mahoning railroad fpr two years, and was one year conductor on the Beloit & Milwaukee Railroad. In 1875 Captain Pratt purchased a steamboat on Green Lake near Whitewater, Wis., erected a hotel and opened a summer resort. In 1880 he exchanged this property for a farm in Ridgeway, Orleans county, and since 1881 has resided in Holley. Captain Pratt is a Republican, has been village trustee, highway commissioner, and is a trustee of the Hillside Cemetery Association. He married in 1882 Mrs. M. A. Ray, of Holley.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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