Pratt, Joshua Pilgrim on the "Anne"Abt 1600 - 1656 (~ 56 years)
Name Pratt, Joshua Suffix Pilgrim on the "Anne" Born Abt 1600 Cohesset, England Gender Male Died 1 Oct 1656 Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts Person ID I3448 32 Generations Last Modified 30 Dec 2008
Father Pratt, Henry, b. Abt 1565, Of London, London, England , d. UNKNOWN, Of London, London, England Married UNKNOWN Family ID F2861 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family ID F39091 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family Fay, Bathsheba, b. 1593, England , d. 1673 (Age 80 years) Married Abt 1630 Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts Children 1. Pratt, Hannah, b. Abt 1631, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts , d. Bef 1684 (Age ~ 52 years) Family ID F2851 Group Sheet | Family Chart
The Original Lists OF PERSONS OF QUALITY [Regi]ster of the names of all ye Passinger wch Passed from ye Port of London for on whole yeare Ending at Xmas 1635.
Joshua Pratt is believed to be the son of Henry Pratt, an English non-conformist minister who was imprisoned for preaching the gospel contrary to the rules of the established Church of England.
Tradition relates that Henry's father was John Pratt and that he had French origins, possibly under the name Plat or Platt.
see also, Phineas Pratt and some of his Descendants, 1897 by Eleazer Franklin Pratt.
Joshua is also believed to be the brother of Phineas Pratt, one of the first settlers of Weymouth, Massachusetts. Phineas had come to Weymouth from England in May, 1622 in the schooner "Sparrow". Phineas married Mary Priest, the daughter of Digorie Priest, one of the Mayflower Pilgrims who died the first winter.
It is possible that Joshua arrived on the "Anne" in 1624, because his name is on the list of the 1624 division of lands among those who arrived on the "Anne". (Phineas' name is also included on this list)
A third Pratt, Matthew, possibly another brother, settled in Weymouth a short time later.
In 1624, Joshua, as an unmarried man, was assigned to the household of Francis Cook.
Joshua was a weaver, a messenger or marshall of Plymouth Colony, a constable in 1633 for which he was paid 30 bushels of corn a year. He was a surveyor, and assessor, and often served as an arbitrator and juror.
He was allotted land as follows: 2 acres on the North side of Plymouth to both him and his brother, Phineas. Joshua's allotment was at High Cliff, a mile and a half north of the center of town on the seaward side of the Country Road (now Route 3).
In 1637, he bought a house and lot in the center of town on the south side of Summer Street, at Spring Lane, bordering on Town Brook. He also owned 2 acres of "Marsh Meddow" at the "Wood Iland"; twelve acres of upland, lying at Cedar Swamp; the meadow about a pond beyond Triangle Pond; and 5 acres of meadow in the South Meadow, toward Aggawan, Colebrook Meadows (now South Carver, Massachusetts)
JOSHUA PRATT came in the ship "Anne" 1623, and was allotted land amoung "the old comers". His widow, Bathsheba, administered upon his estate October 6, 1656. He was one of the original thirty-six purchases of Dartmouth, who met at Plymouth, March 7, 1652.
Joshua Pratt arrived at Plymouth on the Anne in 1623, and was in the 1623 land division and the 1627 cattle division. He was a Purchaser and was on the 1633 list of freemen. He was on the committee of 3 January 1627/28 to lay out the twenty-acre allotments (PCR 12:14). He was chosen as messenger of the court and constable for Plymouth on 1 January 1633/34, and he continued as constable after the messenger position was given to Mr. John Holmes on 4 December 1638 (PCR 1:21, 105). He obtained a good number of land grants and engaged in frequent land transactions (PCR, passim). On 7 March 1652/53 he was one of the purchasers of land in Dartmouth (MD 4:186-87).
Administration of his estate was granted to his wife Bathsheba on 5 October 1656 (PCR 3:108)—her surname is uncertain ( some say FAY ) , and she may have been a second wife. He has been called a brother of Phineas Pratt, q.v., and in the 1623 land division he was paired with Phineas, but proof of a relationship is lacking. His widow married (2) John Doggged 29 August 1667 (PCR 8:31). His children are thought to be Benajah, who married Persis Dunham; Hannah, who married William Spooner; Jonathan, who married Abigail Wood; and Bathsheba, who married Joshua Rice.
Source: Plymouth Colony: Its History and People 1620-169, Part Three: Biographical Sketches