As you have seen from the last few messages, I know a great deal about Asa Pratt Sr. In contrast, I know very little about my great-great grandfather Asa Pratt Jr.
He was born about 1798 to Asa Sr and his second wife Sarah Bond in Plymouth, Vermont, right down the road from the Coolidge homestead. He grew up in Pinney Hollow with three half siblings, children of his father's first wife, and a brother and sister of his own.
He was married to Alpha Bartlett. She was born in 1800 in Norwich, Vermont, the daughter of Ithemar Bartlett Jr. Asa and Alpha had four children of whom our ancestor William Bond was the eldest. They must have lived in Rutland, Vermont, since William was born there, but Asa died in Bridgewater, Vermont. Bridgewater is a few miles nothwest of Plymouth in the Ottauquechee River valley. He and Alpha are buried there in the South Road Cemetery. I couldn't find it on the topographic map.
His estate was apparently probated in Woodstock, Vermont (Probate Vol. 13, p. 347): "Joseph Eaton of Bridgewater appointed adm. of est. for Asa Pratt Jr., late of Bridgewater, dec'd, Apr 1839. Widow declined said trust. Est. insolvent. Creditors incl. Timothy Pratt (his half-brother) $1.65. Widow Alpha Pratt; minor heirs William B., three minors under 14." He was only 41.
William would have been nearly 15, his brother Ithamer 13, his sister Mary Ann 10, and his sister Alpha E. 7. Life must have been difficult for Alpha. Her husband died broke, she had four kids to raise and her brother-in-law was owed $1.65. William's Uncle Moses Pratt and cousin Celesta lived in Plymouth also. Maybe there was some family support. Certainly Uncle Timothy wouldn't have been any help wanting his $1.65. Our ancestor William Bond Pratt left home four years later when he was ninteen.
The 1850 Census showed that the widow Alpha Pratt, 48, was a resident of the Vermont Asylum at Brattleboro. She died at the asylum in November of 1870 at age 71. I think that is really sad; my great-great grandmother and ancestor to all of us dying in an asylum.
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