Jim Pratt

Black and white photograph of Jim Pratt.
Jim Pratt outside East Hyphen of Hampton Mansion, c. 1897.


Of the individuals enslaved at Hampton before 1864, most for whom there is detailed later information were house servants. An exception to this rule is field hand Jim Pratt (1834-1902), the youngest of four siblings (John, Joe, Caroline, and Jim) born to Charlotte and Henry Pratt. According to Ridgely family memoirist James McHenry Howard, writing in 1894, Jim “…is still upon the farm as a laborer & though getting old is one of the hardest workers that have been upon the place. When a younger man he took pride in eclipsing any hired hand in the harvest field.” Jim and his wife Laura Franklin Pratt had a remarkable 22 children, including four sons living in Towson at the time of Jim’s death at Hampton in 1902.

Last updated: June 6, 2020

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