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Louisa Pratt (Barnes)

Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: Warwick, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States
Death: September 8, 1880 (77)
Beaver, Beaver, Utah Territory, United States
Place of Burial: Beaver, Beaver, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Willard Barnes and Dolly Barnes
Wife of Addison Pratt
Mother of Ellen Sophronia Mc Gary; Frances Stevens Pratt; Lois Barnes Hunt and Ann Louisa Pratt
Sister of Horace Greeley Barnes; Caroline Crosby; Savinah Barnes; Dolly Sawyer Barnes; Cyprian Barnes and 4 others

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About Louisa Pratt

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

"...Louisa Barnes Pratt (Nov. 10, 1802-1880) was a prominent advocate for women's vote and other related causes in the 19th century as well as a Latter-day Saint missionary..."

Louisa Barnes was born in Warwick, Massachusetts a daughter of Willard Barnes and his wife Dolly Stevens.

"...Louisa married Addison Pratt on April 3, 1831 in Canada. Shortly after their marriage they moved to Buffalo, New York..."

"...Pratt joined the LDS Church along with her husband Addison in 1835. They were introduced to the Church by her sister Caroline Crosby and her husband Jonathan Crosby who stopped by their home in western New York on their way to Kirtland, Ohio, to gather with the body of the Latter-day Saints. In 1843 Addison left to serve a mission in Polynesia (originally intending to go to Hawaii but actually ending up in Tahiti). Louisa stayed behind at Nauvoo to care for their four children, and was not reunited with Addison until her after her arrival at Salt Lake City in 1848..."

"...Pratt's Autobiography was published in a version edited by S. George Ellsworth by Utah State University Press...."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'Louisa Barnes Pratt', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 13 November 2010, 10:40 UTC, <> [accessed 18 February 2011]



Birth: Nov. 10, 1802, Warwick, Franklin County, Massachusetts, USA

Death: Sep. 8, 1880, Beaver, Beaver County, Utah, USA

Daughter of Willard Barnes and Dolly Stevens

Married Addison Pratt, 3 Apr 1831, Dunham, Canada

Children - Ellen Saphronia Pratt, Lois Barnes Pratt, Ann Louisa Pratt, Frances Stevens Pratt

Heart Throbs of the West, Kate B. Carter, Vol. 4, p. 199 - 201

Louisa Barnes Pratt, was the first woman called and set apart to fill a mission for the Latter-day Saint Church. At the conference in Salt Lake City on April 6, 1850, she was called by President Brigham Young to take her family, consisting of four daughters, and go, in company with other missionaries, some of whom were taking their families, and labor as a missionary on the Society Islands. Her husband, Addison Pratt, had gone to the Island on his second mission eight months previous. In just one month from the time of her call, she was ready to begin her long journey of 1,000 miles by land and 5,000 miles by water. She had already come from Nauvoo to Salt Lake Valley without the aid of her husband, who was then absent on his first mission.

Louisa Pratt was born and reared in Massachusetts, and had a very good education for that early day. She had taught school in the States, Canada, Nauvoo, Winter Quarters, and Salt Lake City, and now she was to continue her teaching among these dark-skinned people. Her eldest daughter Ellen, a young lady almost nineteen years of age, learned the language very rapidly and acted as interpreter for her mother until she, too, had mastered the language. She taught the native children to read and write their own language, the half-breed and white children she taught English. The women she taught cleanliness, and the gospel of Christ as given in the Bible, and as revealed by the Prophet Joseph Smith in this day. They grasped the truths she taught them very quickly.

She also taught them to sew and to knit. Each day she gathered them around her in the "prayer room" (meeting house) and gave them a lesson from the Bible. She set herself the task of translating a chapter every day, which helped her very much in learning the language.

Heart Throbs of the West, Vol. 8, p. 211

I now return to the subject of my own marriage. I was a member of the Episcopal church. It was required that "the banns of matrimony" be published three Sabbaths in succession in the church. There was a blunder made in the reading thereof, much to the amusement of the young girls. Instead of reading "Addison Pratt, Winchester, N. H.," they left off the first name, connected the second with Winchester, so the gentleman came out with a new name, by which he was accosted at the close of the services. On the third day of April, 1831, we were married. The nuptial rites were celebrated at my father's house in presence of many of my relatives.

Ephraim Pratt was a adopted son of Louisa B. Pratt. He entered the U.S. service under his father's name, Frank Grouard, and received distinguished honors as an Indian scout. Twice he was captured by the Indians, but the color of his skin saved his life.

Siblings - Lavinia Barnes, Dolly Barnes, Caroline Barnes, Lois Barnes, Cyprian Barnes, Lyman Franklin Barnes, Joseph Barnes, Catherine Barnes, Horace Barnes

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The History of Louisa Barnes Pratt:


Addison Pratt 1802 - 1872



Ellen Saphronia Pratt McGary 1832 - 1895


Lois Barnes Pratt Hunt 1837 - 1885

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Record added: Aug 22, 2007

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Louisa Pratt's Timeline

November 10, 1802
Warwick, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States
February 6, 1832
Age 29
Ripley, Chautauqua, New York, USA
November 7, 1834
Age 31
Ripley, Chautauqua, New York, USA
March 6, 1837
Age 34
Ripley, Chautauqua County, New York, United States
April 6, 1840
Age 37
Clay Co., Ill.
September 8, 1880
Age 77
Beaver, Beaver, Utah Territory, United States
Beaver, Beaver, Utah, United States