Research notes on ancestors and relatives from early New England, including Boston Irish and Massachusetts Bay Puritan families.
16 Patrick O'HARA1, GG Grandfather. Born in Ireland. Died in Ireland.
Patrick O'Hara is said to have lived in a town next to Mohill, Co. Leitrim, Ireland, where he was a schoolmaster. Patrick died in Ireland in the famine, and his wife Mary Gallagher emigrated to America with her brother and his wife (John and Katherine Gallagher), and her own children.
25 Hannah DAVIS10, GG Grandmother. Born on 23 Apr 1789 in Townsend, Massachusetts. Died on 6 Apr 1856.
26 James Ozro PRATT11,7, GG Grandfather. Born on 26 Feb 1812 in Sterling, Massachusetts.11 Died on 23 Aug 1841. Buried in Chester, Vermont (Brookside Cemetery). Of Antrim, New Hampshire.12 Occupation: Schoolmaster.
James Ozro Pratt's entry in the 1998 Pratt Directory7 (with square brackets in the original) reads as follows: "JAMES OZRO, 26 Feb 1812, prob. Barnard, Vt., s/o Samuel b. 1772 and Mary (Henry). M. 1837 Almira SLEEPER b. 8 Mar 1813, d/o John and Lydia (DODGE) of Francestown, NH. He d. 23 Aug 1841, age 29; on the same stone w/mother ['M. H. P.'] at Brookside Cem'y, Chester, Vt. Wife poss. d. bef. 1850 also or her name omitted in fol'g note: 'In 1850 Francestown (Hillsboro), NH, John and Lydia SLEEPER, both 60, b. NH. Res. w/them was Ellen PRATT, 12, b. NH, prob. d/o James O. and Almira.'"
Rupp's chapter in the Henry Genealogy clearly reports that James and all his siblings were born in Sterling, not in Barnard, Vt. (as above).
In 1837 he was an assistant teacher at Hopkins Academy, Hadley, Massachusetts (History of the Hopkins Fund, Grammar School and Academy, in Hadley, p. 143), and may have also taught briefly at the New-Boston Public School in New Hampshire (New Hampshire Annual Register, 1837).. At the time of his early death, in 1841, he was principal of Chester Academy in Vermont (1814-1876) (Aldrich & Holmes, History of Windsor County, Vermont, pp. 681-682). Zadock Thompson's History of Vermont (Gazetteer section, Chester entry, p. 54): "An academy was incorporated, and a building 50 by 40 feet, three stories high, erected in 1814, in the south village. The school is now in a flourishing condition, under the instruction of James O. Pratt."
A testimonial letter under his name was printed in William Balch's "A Grammar of the English Language (1841), declaring the value of that book in the program of Chester Academy. He is described there as "James O. Pratt, A.M., Principal of Chester (Vt.) Academy."
He married Almira SLEEPER13, GG Grandmother, pub. 23 Feb 1837.12
27 Almira SLEEPER13, GG Grandmother. Born on 8 Mar 1813 in Francestown, New Hampshire.12 Of Bennington, New Hampshire.
According to the Dodge Genealogy,13 Almira Sleeper "m. _____ Pratt; he d., leaving 3 children; she m. (2), _____ Favor, who d. April, 1879. She lived in Bennington, N. H., in 1880."
"Almira, (b. Mch. 8, 1813, m. 1st, James O. Pratt of Antrim, (pub. Feb. 23, 1837,) 2nd, Emerson Favor of Bennington, June 13, 1844, res. in Bennington.)12
28 Sumner WOODS2, GG Grandfather. Born on 7 Oct 1831 in Dunstable, Massachusetts. Died on 4 Jan 1918.
Sumner Woods' name appears in a list of heads of families "then living west of Salmon Brook, in Dunstable," according to "the map of Middlesex County, published this year  by Henry F. Walling." 14 His name also appears on the Dunstable voting list prepared 20 February 1873.14
He married Augusta Frances TERRELL2, GG Grandmother, on 21 Feb 1855.8
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