John Wesley Prescott

Brief Life History 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 Richbourg, 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.

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

Sources (15)

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

World Events (4)


Historical Boundaries: 1841: Coffee, Alabama, United States


U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.


Civil War History - Some 11,000 Georgians gave their lives in defense of their state a state that suffered immense destruction. But wars end brought about an even more dramatic figure to tell: 460,000 African-Americans were set free from the shackles of slavery to begin new lives as free people.

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.

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.

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

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