Genealogies of the Early Families of Weymouth, Mass.

Source: Geo. Walter Chamberlain, Genealogies of the Early Families of Weymouth, Mass., 2 volumes in 1 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1984), pages 500-08.

1. MATTHEW1 PRATT, whose Christian name appears as Macute, Macuth, Macaeth, Micareth, was “an old resident” of Weymouth. He had twenty acres granted to him “in the mill field” (now East Weymouth) and eighteen acres on the west side of “mill River.” He was made a freeman of the Massachusetts Bay Colony 13 May, 1640. In Feb. 1648, he was chosen a “townsman” (selectman). He died at Weymouth, 29 Aug. 1672. He made his will 25 Mar. 1672, and it was proved 30 Apr. 1673. To his wife Elizabeth Pratt the use of his estate for her natural life. To son Thomas Pratt lands after his wife’s decease, and land at “Hollie” upon condition that he pay “my daughter Chard” £4. To son Matthew Pratt lands on like condition. To son John Pratt “an ewe and lamb.” To son Samuel Pratt land near his house. To son Joseph Pratt a lot at the pond. To his daughter Chard £7, and to her daughter Johannah Chard his best bed. To his daughter White a parcel of land. To his son Thomas Pratt’s daughter Sarah £5. To Thomas Pratt’s son William Pratt half of a mare. Wife to be executrix. “His Pastor Mr. Samuel Torrey and his Kinsman Elder Edward Bates, and his son Thomas Pratt” to be overseers. Witnesses: Edward Bates and Thomas Dyer. The inventory of Mathew Pratt who deceased Aug. 29, 1672, was taken 12 Dec. 1672. (Pratt Genealogy, 1889, pp. 19-21.)

Children:

2. Thomas,2 b. before 1628.

3. Matthew, b. in 1628.

4. John, marriagable 22 Nov. 1656.

5. Samuel, marriagable 19 Sept. 1660.

6. Joseph, b. at Weymouth, 10 Aug. 1637.

Elizabeth, m. 22 Nov. 1656, William Chard of Weymouth; d. 26 Feb. 1726.

Mary, m. Thomas White of Braintree.

2. SERGT. THOMAS2 PRATT (Matthew1) was born before 1628; slain by the Indians between Sudbury and Marlborough, 19 Apr. 1676. He married (1) Mary ────, the mother of his children. He married (2) Lydia ────, who survived him and married at Braintree 26 Sept. 1676, Josiah Chapin of Braintree. “Inventory of the estate of Sergt. Thomas Pratt of Weymouth who was slain by the Indians, the 19th day of April, 1676” was valued at £278 11s 1d, and Lydia Pratt appeared in Probate Court, 27 July 1676, and agreed to accept £20 and the estate she brought with her. (Suffolk Probate, 12: 49, 50.)

“Petition of William Pratt and of John Pratt as guardians to Thomas Pratt, of Thomas White, as guardian to Abigail Pratt, and Ephraim Frost, husband to Hephzibah, daughter to Thomas Pratt, deceased, children of Tho: Pratt, late of Weymouth, set forth that Thomas Pratt (dying by the late warr) left five children, — two sons and three daughters; that the eldest, then about 23 years, a daughter, from infancy was impotent both of body and mind, and John Pratt, administrator of his brother’s estate, hath obtained power to leave the estate undivided until William, the eldest son, attains 21 years, for the maintenance of their helpless sister Sarah, and the administrator hath paid Lydia, relict of Tho: Pratt, deceased £30 in full, and her present husband Josiah Chapin, and hath paid Hephzibah, the second daughter of Thomas Pratt, deceased, upon her marriage with Ephraim Frost £30, and William the eldest son will be of full age 6 Mar. next (1679-80), made an agreement that William, the eldest son, should have the house, barn, orchard and lands and to pay his sister Abigail £18; that Thomas, second son, is to receive land neere to Hingham brooke; that Sarah, the impotent daughter, shall have £80; and William and Thomas are to provide for their poore sister,” 30 Jan. 1679-80. (Suffolk Probate, 6: 321.)

Children, born at Weymouth:

Sarah,3 b. near 1653; “an impotent helpless child,” alive 30 Jan. 1679-80.

Hephzibah, b. near 1655; m. before 30 Jan. 1679-80, Ephraim Frost of Cambridge; d. 23 Sept. 1719, ae. 64 yrs.

7. William, b. 6 Mar. 1658-59.

Abigail, b. 15 May, 1662; m. William Tirrell of Weymouth.

8. Thomas, b. near 1665.

3. MATTHEW2 PRATT (Matthew1) was born near 1628; died at Weymouth, 12 Jan. 1712-13, aged 85 years. He married at Weymouth, 1 Aug. 1661, Sarah Hunt, daughter of Enoch and Dorothy (────) Hunt, born at Weymouth, 4 July, 1640; died there 3 Aug. 1729. Through sickness he and his wife were deaf and dumb. (Mather’s Magnalia 1:495.) Matthew Pratt, Sr., of Weymouth made his will 30 July, 1711, probated 4 June, 1713. To his wife Sarah he gave his house and barn, and land adjoining for life, to son Matthew Pratt housing and lands bought of “my cousin William Pratt;” to daughter Susannah Porter £10; to son William Pratt 20 acres “in the Ferry field;” to daughter Mary Allin £15; to daughter Dorothy Whitman £10; son Samuel Pratt “his dwelling, barn , & land adjoining lying on the southerly side of the way that goeth to Brother John Pratt’s house” after his wife’s decease. To daughter Sarah Ford £10; to daughter Whitman £5; to daughter Anne White, £13; to daughter Hannah Whitmarsh land “lying near the late dwelling house of Samuel Whitmarsh in Weymouth in the Second Division.” Son Matthew, William and Samuel Pratt, executors; friends Stephen French, Sr., and Capt. John Hunt, overseers. (Suffolk Probate, 18: 109.) Inventory, £1,326 16s.

Children, born at Weymouth:

9. Matthew,3 b. 18 Sept. 1665.

Mary, b. 1667; m. ──── Allen.

Hannah, b. 4 Nov. 1670; m. Samuel Whitmarsh.

Dorothy, m. 13 Aug. 1700, John Whitman of Weymouth.

10. William, b. 5 May, 1673.

11. Samuel, bp. at Third Church of Boston, 2 Apr. 1676.

Sarah, m. Isaac Ford.

Anne, b. 14 Sept. 1682; m. Samuel White.

Susannah, b. Sept. 1684; m. Thomas Porter of Weymouth.

4. LIEUT. JOHN2 PRATT (Matthew1) was born near 1636; died at Weymouth, 3 Oct. 1716. He married at Weymouth, 22 Nov. 1656, Mary Whitman, daughter of Ensign John and Ruth (────) Whitman of Weymouth. She was born probably in England near 1634, and died at Weymouth, 10 July, 1716, aged 82 years.

John Pratt of Weymouth, “husbandman, being aged and weake in body,” made his will 12 July, 1714, and it was proved at Boston 19 Nov. 1716. To his wife Mary use of his estate for her natural life. He set at liberty his servants Ruth Pratt and Silence Critchfield at his wife’s decease, they to have liberty to dwell in his house until they see cause to dispose of themselves otherwise. To the aforesaid Ruth Pratt £40. To Silence Critchfield £20 at 18 years. To his Kinsman John Gurney £25 at 21 “if he live with me so long as I live.” To his nephew Lieut. John Pratt of Weymouth £10, provided he cancels a bond which I gave for him 11 Dec. 1708, unto Philip Torrey of Weymouth. To his nephew Dea. Thomas Pratt of the North Purchase £10. To his nephew Ebenezer Pratt of Weymouth £40, “if he bring up a son of his at the Colledge,” and “when he dose put his son to the Grammer School” to have £5. If any die their children shall have their part. “As my kinswoman Mary Dyer has for ten years before she was married lived with me and my wife and approved herself kind and faithful, now near two years since she was married with her husband William Dyer has lived in my house and family, I give the said Mary Dyer all the remainder of my estate after my wife’s decease.” William Dyer and Mary Dyer to be executors. Witnesses: Margaret Humphrey, Silence Humphrey and James Humphrey. (Suffolk Probate, 19: 216.) No children.

5. SAMUEL2 PRATT (Matthew1) was born near 1640; died at Weymouth, shortly before 5 Sept. 1679. He married at Weymouth, 19 Sept. 1660, Hannah Rogers, daughter of Dea. John Rogers. Her father called her “Hannah Pratt wife of Samuel Pratt” in his will 8 Feb. 1660-61. She died at Weymouth, 16 Oct. 1715. Samuel Pratt of Weymouth “being sick & weake & minding his mortallity” made his will 12 Apr. 1679, and it was proved 16 Oct. 1679. He appointed his loving wife and his brother John Rogers to be executors. His wife to have his whole estate until his children are of age. If his wife Hannah Pratt marry again she shall have £20. To his son John Pratt certain lands. To son Samuel Pratt half of his lot “at pen plaine.” Son Ebenezer Pratt one-half of his housing and land adjoining. All the rest of his children £7 apiece. His son John Pratt to have half of a certain lot and a part of his 40 acre lot “neere Pen plaine.” Son Samuel Pratt remainder of lot “at pen plaine.” His brother Joseph Pratt, John Richards and Samuel White to be overseers. Witnesses: John Rogers, Jonas Humphrey and Joseph Dyer. (Suffolk Probate, 6: 307.) Inventory taken 5 Sept. 1679. Item: “12 acres neere Hezekiah Kings house £24.” Total, £275 12s. (Ibid. 12: 325.)

Children, born at Weymouth:

Judith,3 b. 25 June or 1 July, 1661.

12. John, b. 17 Aug. 1663.

Hannah, b. 21 Dec. 1665.

Mary, b. 3 Mar. 1668; m. William Dyer and took care of her uncle John PRATT and his wife in their old age.

13. Samuel, b. 15 Nov. 1670.

Experience, b. 8 Jan. 1672.

14. Ebenezer, b. near 1674; called “nephew” by Lieut. John Pratt, 12 July, 1714.

6. JOSEPH2 PRATT (Matthew1) was born at Weymouth, 10 Aug. 1637; died there 24 Dec. 1720. He married at Weymouth, 7 May, 1662, Sarah Judkins, probably daughter of Job and Sarah Judkins of Boston, born in Boston, 7 Dec. 1645. She died at Weymouth, a widow, 14 Jan. 1726. Joseph Pratt of Weymouth made his will 5 Mar. 1718-19, and it was proved 10 Feb. 1720-21. He styled himself, “husbandman, being through the decay and desease of old age weak in body.” To his wife Sarah he gave a good maintenance. To his son Joseph Pratt 10s. besides what was formerly given him. To son John Pratt 10s. “if he should ever come hither again.” Son William Pratt, 5s. besides what he hath had already. Son Ephraim Pratt likewise same. To his son-in-law Aaron Pratt and to the children born of his late daughter Sarah Pratt, deceased, his late wife, 10s. To his daughter Experience Battle £8 besides what she already hath had. To his daughter Hannah Hines £5 besides what she hath had in bringing up one of her daughters. Son Samuel Pratt, executor. Witnesses: Edward Bates, John Reed and Joshua Torrey. (Suffolk Probate, 22: 81.)

Children, born at Weymouth:

Sarah,3 b. 31 May, 1664; m. Aaron Pratt, son of Phinehas Pratt; d. 22 June, 1706.

15. Joseph, b. 2 Feb. 1665.

16. John, b. 17 May, 1668.

17. William, alive 5 Mar. 1718-19.

18. Ephraim, alive 5 Mar. 1718-19.

Experience, m. David Battle of Hingham, 13 Mar. 1706-07.

Hannah, m. ──── Hines.

19. Samuel, inherited the homestead in Weymouth.

7. WILLIAM3 PRATT (Sergt. Thomas,2 Matthew1) was born at Weymouth, 6 Mar. 1659; died at Easton, 13 Jan. 1713. He married at Dorchester, 26 Oct. 1680, Elizabeth Baker of Dorchester, daughter of Richard and Faith (Withington) Baker, born in 1655 and died 20 Aug. 1728. He removed to Dorchester in 1690, and was ordained Ruling Elder of a Massachusetts colony that settled at Dorchester on the Ashley River in South Carolina in 1695. He soon returned to Weymouth as the climate did not agree with him. He removed from Weymouth to Bridgewater, 19 Dec. 1705. His diary is in possession of Joshua E. Crane, 1920, of Bridgewater and Taunton. (Pratt Genealogy, 1889, pp. 26-31.)

Child, born at Weymouth:

Thankful,4 4 Oct. 1683; m. 12 May 1702, Daniel Axtel of Berkley. Nine children.

8. DEA. THOMAS3 PRATT (Sergt. Thomas,2 Matthew1) was born at Weymouth, near 1661; died at Easton, 1 Dec. 1744. He married (1), near 1688, Deborah ────, who died at Easton, 12 Jan. 1727. He married (2), 5 Mar. 1729-30, Desire Bonney. He removed from Weymouth to Middleborough, near 1695, and to Easton in 1710.

Children, first two born at Weymouth others at Middleborough:

Thomas, b. near 1690.

Mary, b. near 1692.

Jane, m. 19 Oct. 1726, Nathaniel Alger.

James, b. near 1699.

Abigail, b. 23 June, 1701.

Hepzibah, b. 23 Apr. 1705.

9. MATTHEW3 PRATT (Matthew2) was born at Weymouth, 18 Sept. 1665; died at Abington, 1 July, 1746. He married Susannah Porter, daughter of John and Deliverance (Byram) Porter, born at Weymouth 2 June 1665. John Porter called her “my daughter Susannah Pratt” in his will, 8 Feb. 1715-16. Tradition says that she died at Abington in 1761 aged 96 years. He apparently removed from Weymouth to Abington about 1713.

Children, presumably born at Weymouth:

John,4 b. 4 Oct. 1691; removed to Bridgewater, 1705. A John Pratt from Weymouth purchased a farm in Bridgewater in 1705.

Micah, b. 1692; removed to Taunton.

20. Samuel, b. near 1695.

Mary, b. 22 Nov. 1699; m. 11 Feb. 1718-19, Rev. Samuel Brown of Abington. Her birth and marriage are both on Weymouth records.

10. WILLIAM3 PRATT (Matthew2) was born at Weymouth, 5 May, 1673; died there 18 Sept. 1714. He married, near 1700, Hannah ────, who married (2), at Weymouth, 23 Dec. 1719, Thomas Randall of the “East Precinct annexed to Norton” (Easton). Hannah Pratt of Weymouth, widow granted administration on the estate of her late husband William Pratt, late of Weymouth, boatman, 3 Oct. 1715. (Suffolk Probate, 18: 501.) She died 14 Feb. 1757. Matthew Pratt, aged about 18, Mary Pratt, about 20, Betty Pratt about 18, Ann Pratt about 16, children of William Pratt, late of Weymouth, boatman, deceased, made choice of their father- in-law Thomas Randall of Easton, husbandman, to be their guardian, 16 May, 1727. (Suffolk Probate, 25: 332-335.) William Pratt, eldest son, had the homestead (saving unto his mother Hannah Randall her dower), he to pay his brothers and sisters, viz., Joshua Pratt, Matthew and James Pratt, Hannah Ford, Sarah Spooner, Mary Pratt, Betty and Ann Pratt, £35 apiece, 21 Jan. 1728. (Ibid. 27: 32, 33.)

Children, born at Weymouth:

Sarah,4 b. 25 Feb. 1702; m. ──── Spooner.

21. William, b. 18 Oct. 1703; inherited the homestead, 21 Jan. 1728.

Joshua, b. 23 Mar. 1704-05; removed to Bridgewater.

Mary, b. near 1707.

Matthew, b. near 1709; resided in Braintree.

Betty, b. near 1709; m. 19 Dec. 1734, Joshua Lovell of Weymouth.

Ann, b. near 1711; m. Robert Randall of Easton.

James, b. 29 Mar. 1713; d. 31 May, 1713.

Hannah, m. int. 7 Mar. 1718-19, Nathaniel Ford of Weymouth.

James, b. 11 May, 1714; alive 21 Jan. 1728; d. at Taunton, unm., 21 July 1754.

11. SAMUEL3 PRATT (Matthew2) was baptized at the Third or Old South Church of Boston, 2 Apr. 1676. He married (1) near 1704, Hannah ────, who died at Weymouth, 16 Oct. 1715.

Children, born at Weymouth:

22. Samuel,4 b. 2 July, 1705.

23. Daniel, b. 11 Feb. 1707-08.

Hannah, b. 29 Sept. 1710; m. 30 Nov. 1732, Benjamin Vining of Weymouth.

John, b. 13 July, 1713.

12. LIEUT. JOHN3 PRATT (Samuel2) was born at Weymouth, 17 Aug. 1663; died there 8 Feb. 1743-44, “in his 81st year.” He married (1), near 1681, Mary ────. He married (2) Elizabeth Swift, daughter of Thomas Swift of Milton. She was born at Milton, 21 Aug. 1662; died at Weymouth, 25 Dec. 1736. He married (3) (intention at Weymouth, 18 Sept. 1737) Mrs. Sarah (Dunbar) Gardner, probably widow of Benjamin Gardner of Hingham, and daughter of Robert and Rose (────) Dunbar also of Hingham.

Child by first wife, born at Weymouth:

24. Samuel,4 b. 15 Oct. 1686.

Children by second wife, born at Weymouth:

25. Nathaniel, b. 26 Oct. 1702.

26. Thomas, b. 3 Jan. 1704-05.

13. SAMUEL3 PRATT (Samuel2) was born at Weymouth, 15 Nov. 1670; died 11 Aug. 1728. He married (1) Patience Chard, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Pratt) Chard, born at Weymouth, 20 Apr. 1671. She was his wife 10 Mar. 1710. Samuel Pratt, Sr., of Weymouth, weaver, for £260, sells Edward Derby of Taunton, husbandman, 40 acres in Weymouth with the dwelling house thereon. Signed Thomas Pratt and Patience Pratt, his wife, 30 Mar. 1710. (Suffolk Deeds, 30: 23.) He removed from Weymouth to Taunton about 1710.

Children, born at Weymouth:

Judith,4 b. 23 Nov. 1695.

Samuel, b. ──── (date not preserved on town records).

Perhaps other children were born at Weymouth.

14. EBENEZER3 PRATT (Samuel2) was born near 1674; died before 11 Feb. 1752. He married (1), near 1700, Martha ────, who died at Weymouth, 18 May, 1720. He married (2) at Bridgewater, 15 Dec. 1720, Waitstill Washburn. He married (3) Hannah ────, who survived him.

Ebenezer Pratt of Weymouth made his will 5 Dec. 1744; proved 11 Feb. 1752. To wife Hannah use of a part of his dwelling, and £12 yearly. To son Ebenezer certain lands; to son Samuel part of dwelling house he now lives in; to daughter Ann Allen £30 to be paid in consideration of her part of her mother’s land, which bond is now lost, my will is that my executors pay said £30 unto the children of my said daughter Ann as they come of age. To daughter Mary Pool £15. To daughter Sarah Pratt £5 yearly for life. Sons Ebenezer and Samuel, executors. “If my wife considers our marriage contract of force after my decease, in that case what I have given her I give to my daughters Ann & Mary.” (Suffolk Probate, 46: 24.) The widow did not accept the bequest of the testator.

Children by first wife, born at Weymouth:

27. Ebenezer,4 b. 6 Aug. 1702.

Ann, b. 24 Apr. 1704; m. ──── Allen.

Mary, b. 23 Aug. 1706; m. 4 Jan. 1732-33, John Pool of Weymouth.

Sarah, b. 3 Oct. 1708.

28. Samuel, b. 19 Dec. 1712.

15. JOSEPH3 PRATT (Joseph2) was born at Weymouth, 2 Feb. 1665; died at Bridgewater, 13 or 14 Jan. 1765, aged 99 years 11 months. The Boston News-Letter of 31 Jan. 1765, contains the following: “On the fourteenth of this month died at Bridgewater Joseph Pratt, aged 100 years. A man of good character and religious profession. He had twenty children by his first wife, but none by his second, who still survives him, about 90 years of age.” He married (1) Sarah Benson of Hull, the mother of his children. He married (2) at Weymouth, 14 Dec. 1721, Anna Richards, who died at Bridgewater, 20 or 21 Mar. 1766, in her 92d year. He removed from Weymouth to Bridgewater about 1705. Of the twenty children, only two are recorded on Weymouth records. In his will he names seven, 13 Mar. 1755.

Children, probably born at Weymouth:

Joseph,4 resided in Bridgewater.

Benjamin, b. near 1693; removed from town.

Jonathan, b. 3 May, 1700, at Weymouth; not mentioned in his father’s will.

Nathaniel, b. 23 Mar. 1700-01, at Weymouth.

Solomon; resided in Bridgewater.

David, b. near 1708; resided in East Bridgewater.

Samuel, settled in East Bridgewater.

Sarah, m. Ebenezer Snow.

16. JOHN3 PRATT (Joseph2) was born at Weymouth, 17 May, 1668. He married Mercy Newcomb, daughter of John and Ruth Newcomb, born at Braintree, 1665; died before 13 May, 1721. Her father made his will on the last-named date, and mentioned “my grandchildren, the children of my daughter Mercy Pratt deceased which I give and bequeath to them as that which in right belonged to their mother.” (Suffolk Probate, 22: 560.)

Children, born at Weymouth:

Ruth,4 b. 1 Nov. 1690 (see Vital Records of Weymouth, 1: 238); living in the home of Lieut. John Pratt, 12 July, 1714; m. perhaps 11 Feb. 1720-21, William Freeman of Boston.

29. Micah, b. 4 Oct. 1691.

John, b. 8 Mar. 1692; d. young.

30. John, 2d, b. 26 May, 1696.

17. WILLIAM3 PRATT (Joseph2) was born at Weymouth near 1670; mentioned in his father’s will, 5 Mar. 1718-19, as a son. He married, near 1690, Experience King, daughter of Samuel and Experience (Phillips) King, born at Weymouth, 6 Oct. 1664.

Children, born at Weymouth:

Joanna,4 b. 23 Sept. 1692.

William, b. 3 Oct. 1695; removed to Easton.

Isaac, b. 20 Feb. 1700; surveyor, 1729.

Experience, b. 3 Apr. 1703.

Ann, b. 30 Mar. 1704-05.

18. EPHRAIM3 PRATT (Joseph2) was born at Weymouth near 1675; died before 6 Jan. 1748. He married, near 1695, Phebe ────, who died at Weymouth, 2 Dec. 1736. “Being advanced in years” he made his will 9 Feb. 1740, and it was proved 7 Feb. 1748. To his son Ephraim Pratt he gave 20s. To son Joseph Pratt his homestead and all the buildings and 10 acres at “Hanny Hill” (Honey Hill). To his grandchildren, the children of his daughter Phebe Shaw, 20s apiece. Unto his daughter Mary Pratt, the wife of Daniel Pratt, warming pan, brass pan, and pewter. To granddaughter Phebe Pratt, daughter of Joseph Pratt, a bed. Son Joseph Pratt, executor. Witnesses: Adam Cushing, Jacob Turner and Caleb Beal. (Suffolk Probate, 42: 165.) The inventory of his estate was taken 6 Jan. 1748.

Children, born at Weymouth:

31. Ephraim,4 b. 15 June, 1698.

Phebe, b. 20 Mar. 1699-1700; m. 18 Jan. 1718-19, Zachariah Shaw of Weymouth.

32. Joseph, b. Sept. 1703.

33. John, b. 1 Mar. 1704-05; not mentioned in his father’s will, 9 Feb. 1740.

Mary, b. 28 June, 1711; m. 1 Nov. 1739, Daniel Pratt of Weymouth.

19. SAMUEL3 PRATT (Joseph2) inherited his father’s homestead, 10 Feb. 1720-21. Samuel Pratt, son of Joseph Pratt, had land granted to him in Weymouth in 1710 …

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  1. 14 May 2008 at 12:46 am

    this is amazing history I have a cousin her father was Phillip Pratt they lived in maine
    aroostook county thank you

    cynthia chapin

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