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One who cant be overlooked in any study of the south Alabama Autauga County or Prattville is Daniel Pratt a powerful influence on the south and the biggest on Autauga County Daniel Pratt was born in Temple New Hampshire on July 20 1799 His parents werent rich but lived comfortably They were religious and devoted members of the Congregational Church At the age of sixteen Pratt was a carpentry apprentice to a man named Putnam During his fourth year of service Putnam fell into financial trouble and was forced to mortgage his home Pratt asked if he could be released and go to work in the South If he were successful he would return and pay Putnams debts Daniel Pratt borrowed money from his grandfather and sailed to Savannah Georgia in 1819 After working as a carpenter and building homes in Savannah and Milledgeville Pratt returned to New Hampshire in 1827 In New Hampshire Pratt saw Putnam and paid the remaining debt Pratt was married to Esther Ticknor while he was still in New Hampshire After a couple of months at home Daniel Pratt and his wife returned to Savannah and later in 1831 moved to Clinton Georgia In Clinton Pratt worked as controller for Samuel Griswold a manufacturer of cotton gins At the end of one year Pratt became a partner and during the companys growth they thought about building an extension in Alabama In 1833 Daniel Pratt loaded a team of wagons with material enough for fifty gins and took his wife and two Negro slaves to Alabama His first stop in Alabama was at General Albert Elmores plantation in what was then Autauga County and now Elmore County Here he built a blacksmith and gin shop and built the first cotton gin in Alabama The new gins sold easily Daniel Pratt wanted to use water power for his next gin shop The location he chose was at McNeils Mill later known as
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