Caroline Louisa Pratt

20 August 1822–24 April 1853 (Age 30)
Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Caroline Louisa

When Caroline Louisa Pratt was born on 20 August 1822, in Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Thomas O. Pratt, was 37 and her mother, Nancy Miller, was 35. She married Melzar H. Merritt on 10 October 1841, in Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. She died on 24 April 1853, in Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 30.

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Melzar H. Merritt
Caroline Louisa Pratt
Marriage: 10 October 1841
Maria Bass Merritt
Quincy Allen Merritt
Ellen Maria Merritt
Eliza Frances Merritt

Spouse and Children

10 October 1841
Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States


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World Events (5)

1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 3

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 8

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.
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 10

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Name Meaning

English: nickname for a clever trickster, from Old English prætt ‘trick’, ‘tricky’, ‘cunning’ (which is found in use as a byname in the 11th century). This surname is quite common in southeastern Ireland.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Caroline L Merritt in household of Melrae Merritt, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Caroline L. Merritt, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915"
  • Caroline L. Pratt, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"

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