The Pratt Family from Bibb County, Alabama is one of many that belonged to a rich, complex social network of rural roots, steeped in tradition and honor. The patriarch, Joab B. Marion Pratt became a church Elder and eventually a pastor- a deep commitment to family and neighbors that he took seriously. In 1841, he led more than 30 families from west central Alabama to south central Arkansas. Once there, he founded his own church, traveled the region preaching the gospel and having such an influence, now has a town named in his honor: Prattsville, Arkansas. An article written in a local paper tells his story in greater detail.Click the button labeled, "Father Joab" to read it.
He and his wife Frances, had nine children, six of whom were boys. Five of them joined the Confederate Army nearly as soon as hostilities broke out. Three of the boys lost their lives fighting for their cause, one was presumed dead, and the fifth served his term and was discharged when the units were disbanded at the end of the war.
Click on each of their stories to learn more about the tragedy that awaited this family. Joab, Sr. died in 1868 and one cannot help but wonder if the cause of death was more from profound loss than any physical ailment.