Obituary - Prout, William Sr

Prout, William d. 12 Oct 1823 R56/33
Prout. Near the Navy Yard, yesterday, about 1 o'clock, after a short illness, William Prout, Esq. one of the oldest inhabitants of this city. His funeral will take place this afternoon, at 3 o'clock, from his late residence. "He was the noblest work of God."

The Navy Yard Section During the Life of the Rev. William Ryland Columbia Historical Society, Volume 4
In the very earliest days of the city, William Prout was one of the most conspicuous of our citizens. Besides being one of the original proprietors of the land constituting a large portion of the Navy Yard section, he was a gentleman of high character, and thoroughly identified with the advancement of his section of the city. He was born in 1753, was married to Miss Sarah Slater, of Prince George's County, Maryland, and died in Washington in 1823, leaving three sons--Jonathan, William and Robert, a clergyman, and two daughters, Mrs. Martha H. McKnight and Mrs. Henry Bradley. The dwelling of Mr. Prout is no longer standing. It was near the Eighth Street entrance of the Navy Yard.
William Prout gave the land where the present Christ Church stands. One of 19 landowners who signed the March 31, 1791 agreement to convey land for the federal city.

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