MS 692 - Bruce Pratt Family Papers
|Title||MS 692 - Bruce Pratt Family Papers|
The Bruce Pratt Family Papers include correspondence, legal papers, newspapers clippings, printed and photographic materials, dating from 1839 to 1944. Filling one document box, the papers were donated by the Wood County Historical Society to the Center for Archival Collections on July 29, 1994. No restrictions exist on the duplication and research use of this collection.
A series of maps and travel brochures from the collection were transferred to the Map Library located on the first floor of the Jerome Library. This collection was arranged and the finding aid completed by Wendy Evans, during the summer of 1995.
Nelson S. Brown was born on April 15, 1844. From the correspondence in the collection, his parents appear to be H.C. Brown and Clarissa M. Brown of Ontario, NY. He also appears to have a brother George. In August, 1864, Nelson S. Brown enlisted at Ontario, Wayne County, NY. Later, he applied for a certificate of disability because he was too weak to travel. In the 1860's, notes in this collection indicate that he courted Lucy Patterson.
Lucy Patterson appears to be the daughter of Mr. Andrew Patterson (born September 29, 1822) and Miss Mary Denney (born January 22, 1832) who were married on June 7, 1849. Lucy was born on August 2, 1852. Lucy Patterson and Nelson S. Brown were married on July 3, 1867 in Ontario, NY.
According to correspondence in the collection, Nelson was employed for 3 years by Broadrup, Huffman and Co., manufacturers of Champion School Furniture, in Springfield, Ohio in the 1870's. From 1860s to 1880s, Lucy gave birth to six children with names and birthdates as follows:
Cora M. Brown, the daughter of Nelson and Lucy Brown, married Thomas Pratt. Thomas Pratt appears to be related to Nancy Pratt and John Carter, whose correspondence during the Civil War is included in this collection. Thomas and Cora Pratt had two sons, Bruce and Ray Irvin Pratt. Both Bruce and Ray Pratt joined the military 1917-1918. According to newspaper articles, Bruce Pratt worked as deputy sheriff beginning in 1924. He was elected Wood County sheriff in 1930 and ran again in 1932. In 1933, Sheriff Pratt, playing the part of Elisha Martindale, was a participant in the Bowling Green Centennial Pageant. This collection was named after Sheriff Bruce Pratt.
|Scope and Content|
This collection has been arranged in a traditional arrangement for documents. It has eight record groups with respective series.
This collection includes correspondence, deeds, military papers, insurance policies, bills and receipts, newspaper clippings, printed materials, and photographic material from the Bruce Pratt family. Dates span from 1839 to 1944. The documents has been arranged chronologically within each folder. Record series have been arranged in alphabetical order by record type except for the correspondence.
The correspondence in this collection reveals an estimated five generations.. This correspondence has been arranged chronologically by generation or by whom the letter was addressed to. The correspondence has been annotated in the box inventory. In the box inventory, the information appears as follows:
Handwritten notes on the correspondence appear after the contents of the letter. Most of these notes were probably written later by Cora Brown Pratt to help identify the letters. Also, some of the letters have multiple authors. The author is identified in (parentheses) at the end of the segment that he or she wrote.
Scope and content notes are provided for each record group. Also, a box inventory with annotations follow the series descriptions. Folders within the collection have been labeled with a title and inclusive dates. This information also appears in the box inventory.
LEGAL DOCUMENTS-FAMILY PAPERS
LEGAL DOCUMENTS-MILITARY PAPERS
FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS-LEDGER, RECEIPTS
SCRAPBOOKS AND SCRAPBOOK MATERIALS
SCRAPBOOK MATERIALS-NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS
PRINTED MATERIALS-CERTIFICATES, MEMBERSHIPS
PHOTOGRAPHIC MATERIALS - TINTYPES
Folder 1 - Correspondence-Clarissa Denney and Cary Deny
Folder 2 - Civil War Correspondence-John Carter to Nancy Pratt (mother)
Folder 3 - Correspondence-Nelson S. Brown and Lucy Patterson Brown
Folder 4 - Correspondence-Miscellaneous
Folder 5 - Correspondence-Cora Brown (Mrs. Thomas Pratt)
Folder 6 - Genealogical Information, 1822-1930
Folder 7 - Literary Productions, 1850's-1899
Folder 8 - Legal Documents-Deeds, 1892, 1916-1917
Folder 9 - Insurance Policies
Folder 10 - Marriage License of Mr. Andrew Patterson to Miss Mary Denney, June 7, 1849
Folder 11 - Military Papers-Nelson S. Brown, 1864
Folder 12 - Military Papers-Bruce and Ray Pratt, 1913-1925
Oversize & Encapsulated