I am hoping that someone can shed some light on the birth of Elias Pratt b 30 Nov 1853, and who his mother is.
Some say Mary "Polly" Porter and some say Elzira Watts, both of whom were married to John Pratt b1818.
The only records I have for Elias' birth are:
*Death Cert - names only his father
*Marriage registration to Hester Stephens - mentions Mr&Mrs John and E. Pratt as parents (but isn't Mary's middle name Elizabeth?.) Also, if it means Elzira, could it be his parents as he was raised?
*1870 Fed Census he is listed with his father and Elisa Pratt in the household, though he is only one year older (18) than his brother William (17).
*his birth year is very close to the supposed date of death for Mary Pratt - did she die in childbirth?
If anyone has a death certificate or record for Mary Porter Pratt, or a birth certificate etc for Elias Pratt, I would be super grateful. I have exhusted all my resources. I am really feeling that his mother is Mary Porter, but I have no proof, not even firm birth and death dates.