John Wesley Prescott

6 August 1839–3 June 1864 (Age 24)
Pike, Alabama, United States

The Life of John Wesley

When John Wesley Prescott was born on 6 August 1839, in Pike, Alabama, United States, his father, William Daniel Prescott, was 33 and his mother, Harriett Elizabeth Richburg, was 27. He married Lou Dicey Helms in 1857, in Coffee, Alabama, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 daughters. He lived in Coffee, Alabama, United States in 1850 and Election Precinct 10 Victoria, Coffee, Alabama, United States in 1860. He registered for military service in 1863. He died on 3 June 1864, in Georgia, United States, at the age of 24.

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Family Time Line

John Wesley Prescott
Lou Dicey Helms
Marriage: 1857
A. Ann Prescott
Lucy Prescott
Eady Elizabeth Prescott
Ophelia Prescott

Spouse and Children

Coffee, Alabama, United States


Parents and Siblings

    William Daniel Prescott


    Harriett Elizabeth Richburg




    William Daniel Prescott Jr


    Harriett Elizabeth Prescott


    James Hiram Prescott


    Sarah Rebecca Prescott


    Mary Sileta Prescott


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World Events (5)


Age 7

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1849 · Capitol Building Destroyed by Fire

Age 10

The capitol building in Montgomery was destroyed by fire on December 14, 1849, the 30th anniversary of the state.

Age 12

Alabama State Capitol Building was completed in 1851. Additions to the building were made several times. The Capitol was restored in 1992.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the places so called, in southwestern Lancashire (now Merseyside), Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Shropshire, and Devon, all of which are named from Old English prēost ‘priest’ + cot ‘cottage’, ‘dwelling’. The surname is most common in Lancashire, and so it seems likely that the first of these places is the most frequent source. It is also present in Ireland, being recorded there first in the 15th century.

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

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Sources (3)

  • John W Prescoat, "United States Census, 1860"
  • John Prescott in household of Daniel Prescott, "United States Census, 1850"
  • John Prescott in entry for Edie Tew, "Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974"

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