Prat (family)

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Prat (family)

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Samuel Prat (ca. 1829-1892) came to Nova Scotia from England in 1846 and was a station master for the Dominion Atlantic Railway. In 1857 he married Elizabeth Duport Morse (1835-1913) and they had five children who survived to adulthood: Annie Louisa (1861-1960), Rupert (b. 1863), Charlotte Elizabeth (b. 1865), Minnie Sophia (1868-1901), and May Rosina (1872-1965). Annie was an artist, poet, and the first dean of women at Kings College from 1917 to 1920. Following her graduation from the Art Institute of Chicago, Annie moved to New York City to open a studio with her sisters Minnie and May, who had apprenticed there as bookbinders. From 1899 to ca. 1903 the sisters operated Primrose Bindery in New York. Minnie won international recognition for her binding and was awarded a silver medal at the Paris Exposition in 1900. She died of typhoid fever the following year at Wolfville, N.S. Annie and May subsequently returned to Nova Scotia. May married Richard Sydney Starr in 1904 and they operated the family farm and orchard, "Willow Bank", at Starrs Point. The couple had two children: Charles ("Harry") (1905-1990) and Charlotte ("Sally") (d. 1983).


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