Notes and Queries: Axtell-Pratt

Source: Joseph W. Porter, “Notes and Queries: Axtell–Pratt,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 30[1876]:239.

[page 239]

AXTELL–PRATT (ante, p. 111). – William,3 son of Thomas2 PRATT, of Weymouth, who was “slayne by the Indians” April 19, 1676, was born in 1659.  He married Elizabeth BAKER, of Dorchester, Oct. 26, 1680, by whom he had but one child, as far as I can find, Thankful, born 1683.  In a Diary written by him, lately found, and now in possession of his descendant, Hon. J.E. CRANE, of Bridgewater, he states that “in 1690 he moved to Dorchester, in 1695 he went with the Dorchester Colony to Ashley river in South Carolina (to promote religion on the southern plantations), where he arrived Dec. 20th, “and he and Increase SUMNER were kindly entertained by Lady AXTELL; in 1697 he was ordained a Ruling Elder of the Church of Christ,” and “May 12, 1702, my daughter Thankful was married to Daniel AXTELL.”  He soon after returned to Weymouth, and from thence, in 1705, removed to Bridgewater, and soon again removed to Easton.  I believe he was a Presbyterian in his form of religion.  He died in 1713, and was buried in the old burying-ground in Easton, the inscription on his grave-stone being as follows: “HERE-LISE-THE-BODY-OF-ELDER-WILLIAM-PRATT-AGED-54-IN-THE-YEA-1713-IANVARY-THE-13.”

Daniel AXTELL, probably the son of “Lady AXTELL,” came with his father-in-law or about the same time he returned, and settled in that part of Bridgewater which afterward became Abington.  He bought one half of the BRIGGS grant, which was given to the children of Clement BRIGGS, “old comer,” by Plymouth Colony in 1661.  In 1712, Jan. 30, he sold his farm in Abington to Samuel3 PORTER (ancestor of the writer), from Weymouth, and removed to Taunton, that part which afterward became Dighton or Berkeley.

JOSEPH W. PORTER

Burlington, Me.

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