Parley Parker Pratt was born in Burlington, Ostego County, New York, on 12 April 1802, the middle son of five born to Jared and Charity Pratt. At a young age he was required to work to help sustain the family, which limited his formal education. His mother taught him to read the Bible at home, where, he claimed, Christian virtues were taught by example. He became a voracious reader. When he was sixteen and boarding with his father's sister, he had his last opportunity for formal schooling.
[Source: Utah History Encyclopedia: Parley P. Pratt, http://www.uen.org/utah_history_encyclopedia/]