Niagara County

1897 Biography - Lorenzo N. Pratt

Pratt, Lorenzo N., was born in Wilson, N. Y., June 3, 1833, a son of Calvin, a son of Nathan Pratt, a native of Vermont, who came to Wilson in a very early day and took up land, where he lived and died. Calvin Pratt took up 100 acres on the town line and also had 100 acres in another location. His wife was Samantha, daughter of Joseph Hawks, one of the first settlers of Wilson ; she was a teacher there for many years. He died in 1883 and his widow in 1885. Lorenzo N. Pratt was reared on a farm and educated in Wilson Collegiate Institute, and has always been a farmer in Wilson. In 1856 he married Mary J. Stickles of Newfane, and they had four children; Annette (deceased), Glenn, Jennie and Calvin (deceased). Mr. Pratt is a member of Ontario Lodge No. 376, F. & A. M., and of the Peter Porter Post No. 126, G. A. R. In 1861 he enlisted in Co. M, 1st N. Y. Artillery, and served three years and nine months. He rode one horse two years and brought him home with him to his farm and used him until 1895, when he was thirty-two years old; Mr. Pratt then buried him on the old homestead and on his grave waves the red, white and blue. He was with Sherman while on the march to the sea; his position was bugler and he was in nineteen general engagements of Gettysburg, Antietam, Winchester, Army of Potomac; Army of Cumberland, Siege of Atlanta, Siege of Savannah, Peach Tree Creek, Bentonville, Resaca Campaign and at Chattanooga, was one of the first that went into Atlanta, Lookout Mountain, Slaughter's Mountain, Edenburg and many skirmishes. Mr. Pratt is a Republican and has served as assessor for three years.

Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897

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