Brierfield in Bibb County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Absalom Pratt House
Born in Stokes County, North Carolina, Absalom Pratt settled in River Bend with his brothers, Hopkins, Joab and John, 1816-1818. Parents Richard and Rebecca Pratt soon followed. In 1822, Absalom married Mary Dickerson. Together they had 12 children. A son, Richard Hopkins Pratt, was principal of Six Mile Academy and Bibb County Superintendent of Education.
Absalom was appointed colonel of militia in 1841 and served as Schultz Creek Baptist Church clerk, 1840-44. He died of typhoid fever in 1845 and is buried in the Pratt-Wallace cemetery. Wife Mary lived until 1882. According to tradition, she operated a Cahaba River ferry and rather than allow the ferry to be used by Union troopers, under General James H. Wilson, Mary set the ferry adrift in April 1865.
The last family members, great-grandsons
Erected 2000 by The Pratt Family and The Cahaba Trace Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Education • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1865.
Location. 33° 2.554′ N, 86° 57.294′ W. Marker is in Brierfield, Alabama, in Bibb County. Marker is at the intersection of Montevallo Road (State Highway 25) and County Road 62, on the left when traveling west on Montevallo Road. Marker located near the entrance to the Brierfield Ironworks Historical State Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brierfield AL 35035, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bibb Naval Furnaces Brierfield Furnaces (within shouting distance of this marker); Bibb Furnace (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hayes-Morton House (approx. half a mile away); Sunshine & Dorothy Morton House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Six Mile Male & Female Academy Site (approx. 3.8 miles away); Site of Six Mile Male And Female AcademyTown of Wilton (approx. 4.9 miles away); Alabama Coal Mining (approx. 5.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brierfield.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 31, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 19, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 2,564 times since then and 169 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 19, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.