Rev. Enoch Pratt
A Comprehensive History, Ecclesiastical and Civil, of
Eastham, Wellfleet and Orleans, County of Barnstable, Mass. from
1644 to 1844.
1844. Yarmouth Massachusetts: W. S. Fisher and Co.
The book is 180 pages plus
several pages of title, contents and preface: I have divided it into 20
page blocks for convenience, plus the front material. The blocks
overlap a little where necessary so that sentences and context are not
broken. I moved most footnotes to parentheses immediately after the
Eastham begins on page 1, Wellfleet
on p 110, and Orleans on p 150. There is an additional note about
a legal battle over ownership of formerly common lands on p 175. The last section, beginning on
page 177, is A brief account of
the customs and manner of living in the days of our forefathers.
Title page, table of contents, preface
revised organization: all of Wellfleet,
all of Orleans
Enoch Pratt was born in
Middleborough, Massachusetts, on 31 July 1781, and died in Brewster,
Massachusetts, 2 February 1860. He was graduated at Brown university in
1803, then studied theology with Dr Kirkland in Boston. He was ordained
28 October 1807 as pastor of the Congregational church at West
Barnstable, Massachusetts, where he remained till his resignation in
1837. He moved to Brewster and continued to preach, supplying vacant
pulpits, and as agent for Bible societies, distributing the Scriptures
through the country. He was a supply minister for the South Wellfleet
Congregational Church in 1836 (Deyo, 1890), and served at Eastham
Congregational from 1842 to at least 1844 (Pratt, 1844; Deyo, 1890.)
He was married three times,
and had twelve childen - details in my genealogy files.
sources: Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography,
1887-1889, via www.famousamericans.net/enochpratt/; and Rootsweb file
A brief account of the
customs and manner of living in the days of our forefathers seems
to have been written as a separate essay. I wish there was more context
for it - the time frame is not mentioned, and may be a jumble of them.
It has been previously posted on the web in several places.
I scanned the book owned by
the University of Hartford, a nice volume. The Presto OCR application does a crappy
job with old text, requiring many hours of proofreading and
reformatting, and I'm sure there are dozens of errors left. I think
some of Pratt's genealogical information is incorrect, but I left it as
printed. I incorporated the errata which he noted on p 176, and fixed some trivial typos.
Should anyone care to correct
Pratt's errors, I'll enter them on this page, if referenced. If you
report my errors (concerning this text) I'll fix them.
There were several old
handwritten corrections (or imagined corrections) in the book:
[original] >> handwritten
p 24: [Mary], daughter of Constant Southworth >> Mercy
p 28: Richard Higgins, [brother] of the above >> father
p 41: [Samuel] Rich was here about 1665 >> Richard 1681
p 113: Isaac
Baker, who married Sarah Rich, daughter of [John] Rich
p 136 and 138: B. F [Lombard] >> Lambord
p 142: [Isaiah K. Baker] >> Isaiah R. Baker
There was another Enoch
Pratt, 1808-1896, also born in Middleborough. He made a fortune as an
ironmonger in Baltimore, and gave money to establish Baltimore's Enoch
Pratt Free Library (inspiring Andrew Carnegie to fund 20 more), and
other educational and charitable institutions.
sources: www.tauntonriver.org/prattschool.htm, www.famousamericans.net