Prudence Platt

Female6 June 1828–3 October 1860

Brief Life History of Prudence

When Prudence Platt was born on 6 June 1828, in Indiana, United States, her father, Smith Platt, was 25 and her mother, Elizabeth Manlief, was 20. She married Joseph Montgomery on 4 November 1847, in Dearborn, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. She died on 3 October 1860, at the age of 32.

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Joseph Montgomery
Prudence Platt
Marriage: 4 November 1847
Smith Montgomery
John Montgomery
Mary Elizabeth Montgomery
Lucinda Montgomery

Sources (5)

  • Prudence Montgomey in household of Joseph Montgomey, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Prudence Platt, "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007"
  • Prudence Montgomery in household of Joseph Montgomery, "United States Census, 1850"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    4 November 1847Dearborn, Indiana, United States
  • Children (4)

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    Siblings (12)

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    World Events (6)

    1830 · The Second Great Awakening

    Age 2

    Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

    1836 · The Massive Internal Improvements Act

    Age 8

    The Massive Internal Improvements Act of 1836 loaned Indiana $10,000,000 to create infrastructure such as canals, railroads, and roads across the state. The act was signed by Whig Governor Noah Noble and passed by the Indiana General Assembly. However, the financial crisis known as the Panic of 1837 thwarted these plans as costs ballooned. Construction on the infrastructure was not completed and the state debt rapidly increased.

    1841 · Indiana Nears Bankruptcy

    Age 13

    The State of Indiana was near bankruptcy in 1841 due to the inability to repay interest incurred for the Massive Internal Improvement Act. The state liquidated much of its public works. Many of the projects were handed over to the state’s creditors as a way to reduce debt. Only two of the eight proposed infrastructure projects were completed by the creditors.

    Name Meaning

    English: Middle English plat, platte ‘flat surface’ (Anglo-Norman French plat, plast), often with the senses ‘footbridge’ or ‘plot of land’. The name may be topographic, for one who lived near such a feature, or habitational, from a place so named, such as Platt in Manchester or Platt Bridge in Wigan (both Lancashire).

    Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname from German platt ‘flat’.

    German: variant of Platte 3.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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