Prudence Platt

6 June 1828–3 October 1860 (Age 32)
Indiana, United States

The Life 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

Spouse and Children

    Joseph Montgomery



4 November 1847
Dearborn, Indiana, United States


    Smith Montgomery


    John Montgomery


    Mary Elizabeth Montgomery


    Lucinda Montgomery


Parents and Siblings

    Smith Platt


    Elizabeth Manlief




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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

1 English: habitational name from Platt or Platt Bridge in Lancashire, named in Middle English with Old French plat ‘flat’, ‘thin’ ( see Platte ), in the dialect sense ‘plank bridge’.2 English: topographic name from Middle English plat ‘plot of land’, ‘piece of ground’ (Old English plætt).3 Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname from German platt ‘flat’.

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

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Sources (3)

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

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