NATHANIEL PROUTY, of Cairo, Ill., was born near Boston, Mass., June 3, 1830. The father, Elijah Prouty, was born in the same State, and there married to Mary Stoddard, of Massachusetts. To these were born six children. Nathaniel being the oldest. The parents and three of the children are deceased. Nathaniel left the parental roof at the age of twelve years, and when seventeen went to Boston, and there took the trade of Louse-carpenter, at which he worked until 1875, with the exception of three and a half years — while he was connected with Company I, of the Second Kentucky Cavalry. He left Massachusetts in the summer of 1857, and the same year located at Cairo, which has been his permanent home since. During his military service, he was taken prisoner at Newnan, Ga., and for five months was a prisoner of war in Andersonville and Florence Prisons. He participated in the battles of Perryville, Chickamauga, Stone River and several others of minor importance. He was mustered in at Mound City, Ill., in October, 1861, and discharged with the rank of Sergeant, at Louisville, Ky., April, 1865. He returned to Cairo and pursued his trade until 1875. On the 12th of May, 1876, he was married to Elizabeth Dinkle, widow of Henry Dinkle. Mr. Prouty, for more than twenty years has been a member of the Arab Fire Department. Since 1875, he has been the proprietor of a saloon on Commercial avenue. No. 92, with family residence connected.
Extracted 31 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, page 38.
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