Birth: Phineas Pratt was born in England about 1593.
Death: He died in Charlestown on April 19, 1680, and was
buried in the Phipps Street Burying Ground, Charlestown.
Ship: Sparrow, 1622
Life in England: Nothing is known of his life in England.
Life in New England: Phineas Pratt came to New England as
one of Thomas Weston’s men who settled Wessagusset (Weymouth). He fled
to Plymouth after the dissolution of Wessagusset, and years later wrote
of the experience in his Declaration (1662). He was a joiner. He
and his family moved to Charlestown in 1648. He apparently fell on hard
times in the 1660s, and petitioned the General Court for assistance in
1668. The petition was refused, but the Charlestown selectmen granted
him several payments in money and goods between 1668 and 1679. The town
later came to his widow’s assistance. He has often been identified as
the brother of Joshua Pratt, who came to Plymouth in 1623 but such
kinship has not been proven.
Family: Phineas Pratt married Marah Priest by about 1633
and had eight children. She died in 1689 in Charlestown.
Children of Phineas and Marah Priest: