Katie D. Stores Pratt (Johnson)

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Biographical Sketch of Katie D. Stores Pratt (Johnson), 1864- ?

By Linda D. Wilson, Independent Historian

African American Kate D. Stores was born in November 1864 in Virginia. In 1900 she was living in Richmond, Virginia, with her widowed mother Irene Stores, age fifty-five. The census indicates that both her parents were born in Virginia. By 1900 Katie D. Pratt was also widowed. She had five children. Four of the five surviving children were living in the household: Virginia, 13; Thomas, 10; Letty, 7; and Robert, 6. Based on the age of her youngest child, her husband probably died between 1893 and 1900. The 1900 census lists her occupation as laundress. However, Brent Tarter in The Campaign for Woman Suffrage in Virginia, claims that Katie Pratt was a nurse.

In 1905 a Katie Pratt, laundress, was living in Manhattan, New York. Five years later Pratt and her son Robert lived in Manhattan. By 1920 Katie Pratt had returned to Richmond, Virginia. On April 12, 1922, Katie Pratt married Andrew J. Johnson in Richmond. Their marriage record gives her father's name as William Stores. Andrew's parents were Blunt and Frances Johnson.

Her life is significant because she was one of the first African American women in Richmond, Virginia, to register to vote following the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. In September 1920 Katie D. Pratt, Rosa Belle (Yancey) Dewitt, Puralee Sampson, Blanch Wines, and Mary E. Sparrow paid their poll tax of $1.50 and registered to vote in the November election. Churches and various organizations urged African American to vote. Adèle Clark and a few other white suffragists helped to ensure that African American women were not intimidated by white male registrars.

Her husband Andrew Johnson died on September 12, 1936, in Richmond. Kate Johnson was the informant on the death certificate. No extant record exists for her death or the name of her first husband.

Sources:

Brent Tarter, Marianne E. Julienne and Barbara C. Batson, The Campaign for Woman Suffrage in Virginia (Charleston, SC: History Press, 2020), 48-49 and 147.

Certificate of Death, Commonwealth of Virginia, for Andrew Johnson, accessed through Ancestry.com on June 23, 2022.

New York State Census, 1905, Manhattan, New York County, New York.

U.S. Census, 1900, Richmond, Jackson Ward, Richmond City, Virginia.

U.S. Census, 1910, Manhattan, New York County, New York.

U.S. Census, 1920, Richmond, Madison Ward, Richmond (Independent City), Virginia.

U.S. Census, 1930, Richmond, Madison Ward, Richmond (Independent City), Virginia.

Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, 1853-1935, database, FamilySearch, accessed on June 23, 2022.


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