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 Lee 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.
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.
History: John Prescott of Standish, Lancaster, England, arrived in NewEngland in 1640 and in 1643 was one of the first settlers ofLancaster, MA. His descendants include several prominent Americans ofthe revolutionary war, including Samuel Prescott, born in Concord, MA,in 1751, whose fame lies in completing the midnight ride of warning in1775 after Paul Revere was captured.