Bridging Generations

Ancestors and descendents of Joyce Verla Pratt and Mark Richard Berrett

107 Years Old!

Pop's birthplace in Wolverine, Michigan August, 2010

Pop’s birthplace in Wolverine, Michigan
August, 2010

107 years ago today, in the little village of Wolverine, Michigan, Francis Taylor Pratt was born to Iva E. (Compton) and Nonie P. Pratt – their first child and only son.

I’ve never been able to locate an actual birth record, so I’m supposing that recording births in Wolverine in 1907 was probably casual at best.   This is a very poor copy of his application for a birth certificate made 3 November 1939.

Application for delayed birth certificate

Application for delayed birth certificate

This is the birth certificate he received in response to that application.

Copy of delayed birth certificate

Copy of delayed birth certificate

Somewhere I’ve heard (maybe from my mother?) that Nonie and Iva were living in a boarding house at the time Pop was born.  I’ve often wondered what kind of experience that was for Grandma Iva – it couldn’t have been great to give birth in a boarding house.   Aunt Judy and Uncle Dave identified this home as where Pop was born.  In his short history, Pop described his birth home as “made of sheet metal and simulated glass.  It looked like a black house, but really it was sheet metal.”  These pictures certainly don’t match that description, but it’s very possible that the house has undergone major renovation over the years.  Or it’s possible that this isn’t the right house!

Regardless of whether this is the actual house or not, I like being able to connect an event with a place, and Wolverine is a great little village to connect with!

Beautiful big trees surround the house

Beautiful big trees surround the house

Old, but reasonably well maintained

Old, but reasonably well maintained

 

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