How to I collaborate with other Pratt's on here?

+2 votes
I have been stuck on my tree for about two years.  Trying to see if anyone has actual proof of lineage on my fathers side.
in Genealogy Help by Vladimir Pratt G2G Rookie (190 points)

4 Answers

+2 votes
Hello Vladimir,

I have Silas Pratt born 1726, son of Ephriam Pratt born 1704 at Sudbury, Middlesex, MA who married Martha Wheelock. We must be cousins.
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.1m points)
I need to add some generations to my WikiTree familytree to show the connection of my more recent Pratt's back to Silas, Ephriam and earlier Pratts. I have it that the line goes back to Hingham, Norfolk, England.

From Ephriam Pratt born 1704, it goes back to Ephriam born abt 1669, then to Thomas, Joshua and Henry Pratt born 1570, Hingham, Norfolk, England.
Always nice to meet family.  I have questions about Silas Pratt.  I have been working on the Pratt line for almost two years and keep getting stuck. I know the records are scarce but I have seen so many trees that have Ebeneezer instead of Ephraim as well as different Silas Pratts from Weymouth Mass.  I am trying to collect actual proof that Silas was indeed my 5th great grandfather as he is Ephraims son and not Ebenezers.  This has proved difficult.  Thanks for responding and again nice to meet you.


Vladimir Pratt.
Hi there. I've been researching the Pratt family line all summer.   Nehemiah is my fourth great grandfather and I have Silas as his father and another Silas as his great grandfather.  I have Ebenezer as the next in line, but also see Ephriam in some records.  I am so confused.  I have found some books on Pratt genealogy and I think they say that Ebenezer Pratt and Tabitha Crane are Silas' parents.
+3 votes
Silas Pratt
Massachusetts Births and Christenings
Name    Silas Pratt
Gender    Male
Birth Date    28 Dec 1726
Father's Name    Ephraim Pratt
Mother's Name    Martha
 No image available
Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915
Indexing Project (Batch) Number    C50135-1
System Origin    Massachusetts-ODM
GS Film number    0982288 IT 3
Citing this Record
"Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch ( : 4 December 2014), Silas Pratt, 28 Dec 1726; citing SHREWSBURY,WORCESTER,MASSACHUSETTS, ; FHL microfilm 0982288 IT 3.
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.1m points)
Amazing!  Thank you.  I am still learning how to navigate this website.  I am not sure how to view others trees.  I can not find any proof of Silas Pratt having a wife.  The two Silas Pratts born about a year apart from each other are both said to have had a wife named Desire, but most people say its Hannah Parker.  It is confusing.

Silas Pratt is at Pratt-1714.

Silas Pratt

Born 28 Dec 1726 in Shrewsbury, Worcester, Massachusetts Bay Provincemap

ANCESTORS ancestors

Son of Ephraim Pratt and Martha (Wheelock) Pratt

Brother of Tyrus PrattEphraim PrattNoah PrattMicah PrattAbel Pratt Sr.Rachel Pratt and Olive Pratt

Husband of Desire (Unk.) Pratt — married [date unknown] [location unknown]

I think that Unk. means unknown.  Desire's middle or maiden name is unknown. 

That is what I keep finding.  I have built a tree on Ancestry and Family Search.  Silas is where most trees differ and if you follow Ephraim as his father then people disagree again with Thomas Pratt.  I have read several books about the first settlers of Mass and the records are varied.  The family search tree changes on a weekly basis.  I appreciate all your help.  Feel free to look at my ancestry or familytree page and let me know if you see any mistakes
I tried to send you a private message, but for some reason it was not permitted and I have no idea why. Here's my response to your message:

Hello Vladimir,

I have Thomas Pratt born about 1630, d 1692 m Susannah Gleason in my line.

My most recent Pratt married Seth Hayward in 1748 in MA She was Tabitha Pratt born abt 1724 at Bridgewater, Plymouth, MA per my Hayward book.  Tabitha Pratt's father was Joseph L Pratt Jr. whose father was Joseph Pratt who was the son of another Joseph Pratt.  The last two Joseph Pratt's were born in Weymouth, MA. Prior to that was Matthew Pratt, born in England in 1695 in England.

In my research I have not found any proof that Thomas Pratt was the son of any Pratt born in America, therefore I can not say with certainty who his parents are.  I can trace my Pratt family from myself to Thomas Pratt 1615-1706 and Elizabeth Kingham 1600-1673.  I am almost positive that Macuth and Joseph Pratt are not in my family line as great grandparents, most likely cousins or uncles.
+3 votes

Hi, Vladimir --

Have you ever looked at the "genealogists" list for the PRATT surname? You can see it here:

There are a couple of other ways to get to that, too

  • You can type PRATT into the Last Name box on any WikiTree page (except in G2G)
  • On your profile page, you can click the PRATT tag, and you'll see a list of other WikiTree genealogists interested in that surname
  • In G2G, you can click the PRATT tag, and you'll see a list of questions using that tag, and you'll see a link for "PRATT Genealogy." That link will take you to a list of profiles with the PRATT surname, and you'll also see a link on that page for "genealogists," which will take you to the list of other WikiTree genealogists interested in that surname.
  • And, of course, you can post a note in G2G, which you did! ;-)
Good luck with your research. Pretty cool that you and Frank share an ancestor. Frank's great at finding records!!
by Julie Ricketts G2G6 Pilot (359k points)
Thank you so much. I will look at this right away.  I am still trying to figure out how to navigate this website.  I am used to using others.  I look forward to learning.

There is definitely a learning curve here. It looks like you joined just a couple of months before we started giving our new members the tutorial pages. They might help you find your way around a little easier: New Member How To

Have fun!

+1 vote


Tho. Pratt

mentioned in the record of Thomas Pratt

Name Tho. Pratt
gender Male
Wife /
Son Thomas Pratt

Other information in the record of Thomas Pratt

from Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records

Name Thomas Pratt
Event Type Birth
Event Date 03 Nov 1682
Event Place Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Gender Male
Father's Name Tho. Pratt
Mother's Name /

Citing this Record

"Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch( : 13 July 2016), Tho. Pratt in entry for Thomas Pratt, 03 Nov 1682; citing Birth, Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, , town clerk offices, Massachusetts; FHL microfilm 892,249.

by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.1m points)
Please pass on the secret of how you get the Family Search output to format so neatly as text.
You highlight the output, right click to copy it, and then paste it in the WikiTree answer or comment space.

If you don't have the marriage year for a couple, but know the birth year of the child, you can enter that year as the upper end of the range and pick something like 10 or 20 years prior for the earliest likely year of the marriage. You can assume that they married in the same county and city as the child was born in.

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