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Spratt, B. J.

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Spratt, B. J.
March 13, 2007 03:42PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, Kniffin 2nd ed., 1885
Caldwell Co.

B.J. SPRATT, Caldwell County, is a native of Garrard County, Ky., and is
a son of John and Sophia Spratt. He was born September 3, 1824, and is
the sixth of a family of seven children, as follows: H.D., deceased; John
T., deceased; Margaret; William S.; Elizabeth, deceased; Martha L.,
deceased, and subject. The paternal grandfather of subject was a native
of Virginia and an early pioneer of Lincoln County, Ky., where he died.
John Spratt was born in Virginia, was a farmer, and died in September,
1880. Mrs. Spratt, subject's mother, was a daughter of A.J. Brown, a
pioneer of Garrard County, who died in 1833 at an advanced age. Mrs.
Spratt died in 1853. The subject of this sketch, at the age of twenty
years, left the paternal roof and commenced learning the cabinet trade
in Princeton with Coon & Anderson, with whom he remained three years.
At the end of that time he enlisted in Company G, Fourth Kentucky
Regiment, for the Mexican war, and served throughout that struggle. He
then returned to Princeton, where he worked at his trade until 1852, when
he joined R.B. Snelling's company of gold seekers, and made the overland
trip to California, where he remained until 1855, mining and prospecting
in the meantime. In 1855 he located near the mouth of Rogue River, Ore.,
where he remained until the breaking out of the Indian war, which broke
up the settlement. With 105 other citizens he fled to a hastily
constructed fort for safety. This fort stood on the present site of
Ellensburgh, and afforded the settlers protection from the foe twenty-three
days, during which eight of the defenders fell. At the close of the
trouble Mr. Spratt joined the command of Capt. Rynerson, and assisted in
removing the tribe of Rogue River Indians to their reservation on Silette
River. There he found employment as carpenter and builder on the fort
in King's Valley under Lieut. Philip Sheridan, now lieutenant-general of
the United States army, and remained with the command until the spring of
1857, when he returned, via the Isthmus of Panama, to Caldwell County,
and purchased the farm on which he now resides. Mr. Spratt was married
in 1848 to Mary Jane Chambers, daughter of W.P. Chambers, by whom he had
two children: John F., and Jeannette, wife of J.K. McGoodwin, of
Princeton. Mrs. Spratt died in 1860, aged thirty years. Mr. Spratt's
second marriage took place, in 1862, to Mrs. Macy M. Bond, daughter of
Thomas Kevil. To this marriage five children have been born, whose
names are as follows: Neecy, Norah, Belle, Ocy and Sydney. Mr. Spratt
belongs to the Masonic fraternity, and votes with the Democratic party.
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