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BIOGRAPHY: Rebecca Beavers Pratt born 1770 Bibb County, Alabama

This biography is also in the book Biographies of Notable and Not-So-Notable: Alabama Pioneers (Volume 1)





Bibb County, Alabama

It was said that Rebecca Beavers Pratt was of Royal blood, and that the Beavers had come from Scotland many years before her birth. They had been advised by their physician to leave that country because the humid climate there caused their children to have phthisic (asthma) which was almost always fatal, and this move saved the lives of all the children who had not already contracted the disease

In a letter to her kinfolk in 1931, a great granddaughter of Rebecca Pratt, wrote of her great grandmother whom she could recall to memory, having known her as a very small child. She also told in her letter of the first meeting of Richard Pratt and Rebecca Beavers:

“She (Rebecca) was out riding for pleasure and he (Richard) was hunting. Her horse became frightened and ran away. There was a deep chasm close by and Richard caught her horse and held it at great danger to himself, and saved her life….She told my mother he was the handsomest man she ever say in his hunting clothes. After that they met often and when her father would no consent to his visiting her they ran away and were married.”

Richard Pratt died soon after his removal to Alabama but Rebecca lived long enough to be well remembered by her grandchildren, and by some of her great grandchildren. It was said that Rebecca was frail physically, and that she possessed a thoughtful, reserved and Christian character. She was well educated for her day and opportunities, could read and write with facility, and taught her children at home. She was a devoted member of the Baptist Church and spent many hours in later years with her Bible and Hymn books.”

“Richard Pratt married in Rockingham County about 1789, Rebecca, youngest daughter of William and Abigail Beavers. The Beavers had moved about 1783 from Loudoun County, Virginia to the Mayo Mountain Region of North Carolina.”

Richard and Rebecca (Beavers) Pratt had seven children. (listed in his biography)


  1. Ellorine Cottingham Morgan compiled records
  2. The Pratt Family of North Carolina and Alabama, compiled by Margaret U. Lofquist for Carey P. McCord, MD
  3. Find A Grave Memorial# 118295781 Find A Grave Memorial# 118295781

This biography is included in the book Biographies of Notable and Not-so-Notable  Alabama Pioneers Volume I

Biographies of Notable and Not-so-Notable  Alabama Pioneers Volume I

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Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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