Biography of William N. Pratt
Hancock County, OH Biographies

WILLIAM N. PRATT, blacksmith, McComb, was born in Putnam County, N. Y., December 18, 1836; son of William N. and Jane (Barrett) Pratt, also natives of that county, and who had a family of thirteen children, nine of whom grew to manhood and womanhood. Our subject learned the blacksmith's trade with his father in his native county, at which he worked till he came to Ohio, in 1872, when he settled in McComb, where he has since lived, and followed his trade with success. At the breaking out of the late civil war, he promptly enlisted in Company I, Fifty ninth New York Volunteer Infantry, and was appointed second sergeant; was wounded September 17, 1862, in the leg, and on the eighteenth of the same month was shot in the arm, which disabled him, and he lay on the battlefield four days before he was picked up. He was discharged from hospital on account of disability, February 3, 1863, and returned to New York. Mr. Pratt was married, December 26, 1863, to Phebe, daughter of E. H. and Betsey A. (Adams) Teller, the former of German descent, a blacksmith by trade, the latter of Irish origin. Mr. and Mrs. Pratt have been blessed with seven children, four now living; Emma, wife of Charles Font; Lillie May, Edward J. and Daisy. Mr. Pratt is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he has served as steward and class leader. He was elected marshal of McComb in 1881, and served during the construction of the railroad, which drew a rough class of men to the place, he at one time being compelled to shoot one man to protect himself and the town. It is said that he put more men in the "cooler" than any other marshal of McComb He is a member of the G. A. R., of the Beneficial Association, and of the I. O. O. F. society.

History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: Warner, Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois 1886

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