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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa

OBITUARY - SARAH HODGSON (GOODALL) PRATT

Sarah PRATT was born November 30, 1844 [Morgan Co. IL], and died July 23, 1934, aged 89 years, seven months, and 23 days.

Sarah GOODALL, the daughter of William and Jane (HODGSON) GOODALL, was born on a farm near Jacksonville, Morgan County, Illinois. She spent her childhood and youth on the old farm there, and when she was 21 (sic) years old was married to Levi C[lark] PRATT on March 12, 1865 [Morgan Co. IL]. To this union seven children were born, namely: Clara, Etta, Estella, Mary Ann (sic, should be Mary, Anna), Clark and William.

In the spring of 1880 she, with her husband and five daugthers, came in a covered wagon to Ringgold County, Iowa, and established their pioneer home on the prairie land of Middle Fork township.

Later they moved to a farm in Lotts Creek township. At this place her husband died on August 19, 1906. In 1919 she moved to Mount Ayr, where she lived until her health so failed that she was unable to keep house longer, and four and one-half years ago she came to live with her daughter, Mrs. Anna LAY, where she made her home until her death. Her family circle was first broken by the death of Mrs. Estella RUSH, who died on August 5, 1895. This was followed by the death of her husband in 1906. On March 27, 1917, Mrs. Mary PATCH died. On January 6, 1931, the family circle was broken once more by the death of another daughter, Mrs. Etta PATCH.

About forty-five years ago Mrs. PRATT was converted and baptized by Elder F. C. WATKINS and united with the Hickory Grove Advent Christian Church, and remained a truly consecrated Christian until she fell asleep in Jesus on Monday evening about six o'clock. She had a gentle, kind disposition, and was always cheerful and uncomplaining. She was a loving, self-sacrificing mother and a friend to all she came in contact with. She greatly enjoyed attending church and Sunday school and went as long as her health permitted.

Among those who are left to mourn are Mrs. Clara STRAWN of Vista, California, Mrs. Anna LAY of Mount Ayr, Clark PRATT of Benton, William PRATT of Oakes, N. D. There are also 30 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Thomas GOODALL of Shenandoah and James GOODALL of Kentucky, who are the only ones left of a family of eleven children.

Interment Hickory Grove Cemetery, Middle Fork Township of Ringgold County, Iowa.

Sarah's father William GOODALL was born May 26, 1767, Scarborough, Yorkshire, England, and came to America at the age of 36 years circa 1835. He married on April 26, 1836, Morgan County, Illinois to Jane HODGSON. They resided in Morgan County, Illinois where he died at age 72 on October 19, 1869, and was interred at Hebron Cemetery near Jacksonville, Illinois. Jane (HODGSON) GOODALL was born September 20, 1811, Scarborough, Yorkshire, England, the daughter of Christopher HODGSON (1781-1831) and Mary (RUSSELL) HODGSON (1784- ?). She came to America circa 1835 around the age of 24. Jane died at the age of 80 on December 28, 1891, Jacksonville, Morgan County, Illinois and was interred at Hebron Cemetery. William and Jane were the parents of ten children. Sarah Hodgson (GOODALL) PRATT was their 4th-born child.

Children of Levi Clark & Sarah Hodgson (GOODALL) PRATT:

1) Clara Belle PRATT
    Born: 04 May 1866, Morgan Co. IL; Died: 05 Dec 1966, San Jose CA
    Married 30 Mar 1886, Redding, Ringgold Co. IA Wm. Antrum STRAWN (1862-1951)

2) Etta Leonora PRATT
    Born: 21 Dec 1869, Morgan Co. IL; Died: 06 Jan 1931, Pueblo CO
    Married 12 Mar 1895, Ringgold Co. IA Wesley PATCH (1867-1931)

3) Esther Estella PRATT
    Born: 13 Apr 1873, Morgan Co. IL; Died: 05 Aug 1895, Mount Ayr, Ringgold Co. IA
    Interment: Hickory Grove Cemetery, Ringgold Co. IA
    Married 27 Sep 1891, Ringgold Co. IA Peter RUSH (1870-1955)

4) Mary Jane PRATT
    Born: 01 Aug 1876, Morgan Co. IL; Died: 27 Mar 1917, Boyero, Lincoln Co. CO
    Married 27 Feb 1896, Middle Fork Twp., Ringgold Co. IA Frank M. PATCH (1871-1952)

5) Anna Elizabeth PRATT
    Born: 08 Mar 1879, Morgan Co. IL; Died: Dec 1969, Mount Ayr, Ringgold Co. IA
    Married 26 Feb 1908, Ringgold Co. IA Homer Luther LAY (1870-1969)
    son of Luther Caleb LAY (1841-1933) & Sarah Jane (IRVING) LAY (1851-1911)

6) Clark Mills PRATT
    Born: 06 Nov 1880, Middle Fork Twp., Ringgold Co. IA; Died: 23 Apr 1942, Des Moines IA
    Interment: Hickory Grove Cemetery, Ringgold Co. IA
    Married 14 Aug 1907, Hickory Grove Church, Ringgold Co. IA Effie Mae MASDEN (1891-1977)

7) William Levi PRATT
    Born: 26 Aug 1884, Middle Fork Twp., Ringgold Co. IA; Died: 06 Feb 1962
    Married 13 Mar 1904 Lefa Ethel PRICE (1887- ?)

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, January of 2009

To submit your Ringgold County obituaries, contact Sharon R. Becker at
srbecker@windstream.net.
Please include the word "Ringgold" in the subject line. Thank you.

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