PRATHER.....Descendants of Basil Prather


Descendants of Basil William Prather

Generation No. 1

1. BASIL WILLIAM1 PRATHER was born October 20, 1742 in Prince George County, Maryland, and died October 07, 1822 in Clark County, Indiana. He married CLORENDER ROBERTSON in Frederick County, Maryland. She was born August 14, 1748 in Frederick County, Maryland.

Notes for BASIL WILLIAM PRATHER:
Basil Prather and his family left Maryland about 1772 and moved to Rowan County , North Carolina. He took the Oath of Allegiance in North Carolina. Basil Prath er took part in the N.C. Militia, Salisbury District, at the Battle of Camden, South Carolina on August 16, 1780 under General Gates. In this battle he receiv ed a wound in his left knee, which caused him to limp for the rest of his life.

In 1789, at the age of 47, Basil Prather sold his 428 acres in Rowan Count y, N.C., gathered his family and other related families (BENNETT, LUTZ, HOLMAN, SWARTZ, BROWN, ROBERTSON, AND GAITHER are in the records). They formed a carav an of more than 80 people and came over land and by flat boat to Clark County, Indiana, where Basil bought 3,000 acres of land.

Basil Prather was a Christ ian man in whose parlor church services were held until the New Chapel Methodis t Church could be organized, perhaps the first Methodist church in the territor y.

Four of Basil Prather's sons married women whose fathers had also served in the Revolutionary War: Walter m. Martha Jacobs, daughter of Jeremiah Jacobs , Basil Robertson m. Rachel Holman, daughter of Isaac Holman, Judge Samuel m. E dith Holman, daughter of Isaac Holman, Lloyd Benton m. Nancy Redmon, daughter o f Benjamin Redmon.

Most, if not all of the above, are buried in New Chapel Cemetery in Clark County, Indiana. I am a native of Clark County but now live i n Louisiana. Last year I visited the cemetery and found stones for Basil Prathe r (which has a DAR marker), Isaac Holman, and Jeremiah Jacobs, all of whom are my ancestors. Hope this helps and is not too overwhelming.

Donna Prather Cr ider

More About BASIL WILLIAM PRATHER:
Burial: New Chapel Church Cem., Watson, Clark Co., Ind.

Children of BASIL PRATHER and CLORENDER ROBERTSON are:
i. NANCY2 PRATHER, b. 1765, Frederick County, Maryland; m. JOHN D. COOPER.
2. ii. WILLIAM B. PRATHER, b. August 15, 1766, Frederick County, Maryland; d. April 12, 1858, Jennings County, Indiana.
3. iii. WALTER PRATHER, b. February 02, 1768, Frederick County, Maryland; d. October 27, 1841, Clark County, Indiana.
iv. THOMAS PRATHER, b. July 23, 1769, Frederick County, Maryland.
v. BASIL ROBERTSON PRATHER, b. January 27, 1771, Lower Patomac Hundred, Frederick County, Md..
vi. CATHERINE PRATHER, b. 1772, Rowan County, North Carolina.
vii. AARON PRATHER, b. 1775, Rowan County, North Carolina.
viii. JOHN ASA PRATHER, b. 1776, Rowan County, North Carolina.
4. ix. SAMUEL PRATHER, b. 1780, Rowan County, North Carolina; d. Abt. 1850, Kansas.
5. x. LLOYD BENTON PRATHER, b. November 25, 1782, Rowan County, North Carolina; d. April 25, 1867, Douglas County, Kansas.
xi. REBECCA PRATHER, b. 1784, Rowan County, North Carolina.
xii. RACHEL PRATHER, b. October 27, 1787, Rowan County, North Carolina.
xiii. SIMON S. PRATHER, b. November 09, 1791, Rowan County, North Carolina.
xiv. CHLOE PRATHER, b. 1794, Rowan County, North Carolina.
xv. SUSANNA PRATHER, b. 1798, Rowan County, North Carolina.

Generation No. 2

2. WILLIAM B.2 PRATHER (BASIL WILLIAM1) was born August 15, 1766 in Frederick County, Maryland, and died April 12, 1858 in Jennings County, Indiana. He married (1) ARY GAITHER December 17, 1792 in Iredell County, North Carolina. She was born December 14, 1770 in Frederick County, Maryland. He married (2) LETTICE MCCARROLL June 27, 1797 in Fincastle, Botetourt County, Virginia. She was born September 18, 1779 in Fincastle, Botetourt County, Virginia. He married (3) LUCINDA ASHCRAFT Abt. 1832 in Perry County, Indiana Unmarried. He married (4) REBECCA VAN MATRE Abt. 1832 in Jennings County, Indiana Unknown.

Notes for WILLIAM B. PRATHER:
Judge William Prather was born in Frederick County, Maryland. He served in the War of 1812. He moved from Iredell County, N.C. with others in his family and a llied families to Clarks Grant (Clark County, Indiana). He was a school teacher in North Carolina. He was listed as a Major in the Clark County, Indiana Milit ia in 1808.

William owned a Mill on Six Mile Creek, 3 miles below Schwarrts. The style of the mill was undershot; it was used for grinding corn. After seve ral ownerships, the mill was operated by John Prather. He made various changes in the old structure. He also added a sawmill; for a number of years, he did a large business. "In 1816, William and his family moved to Jennings County, Indi ana. There he served as County Judge for 7 years.

William was a member of t he Methodist-Episcopal Church. The first Methodist sermon preached in Jennings County, Indiana was at Prather's log cabin in 1816 by J. Chitwood, a local prea cher. Shortly thereafter, Russell Bigelow of Ohio organized a church at his hou se and named Brother Prather as leader. In 1830, William Prather lost his visio n.

The information on William's marriages came from Dewey Prather, a grands on, and is related in his family genealogy, which was collected by Sandy Prathe r Merritt of Barington, Illinois (circa 1980).

According to Dewey Prather, 'When William left North Carolina in 1799, after his first two children were bo rn, he traveled to Indiana with Basil, his father and his wife's family, the Mc Carroll's. Somewhere along the Kentucky and Indiana borders, he took a horse an d "slipped away". He went to Breckinridge County (now lower Meade County) and s oon "married", possible his childhood sweetheart, Lucinda Ashcraft. They had a son, Robert ("Bob"), born in 1800 in Kentucky. Lucinda died shortly after and i s buried in Ashcraft Cemetery in Brandenburg.

William went back to the McCa rroll family, with his son Bob (born of Lucinda Ashcraft) at Prather, Indiana, in Clark County, Indiana. He stayed with his wife McCarroll and had several chi ldren -- John, Peggy, Cynthia, Rachel, Hiram, Susan, Mary, Bertha, Lettice and William.

Around 1832, he started having family problems and left. William a nd son Bob and Bob's wife Elizabeth Pleasant went to Magnet, Indiana, which is in Perry County. There William "married" Rebecca VanMeter. He was scalped at En glish near Magnet, Indiana, but survived. Then William and Rebecca ("Becky") an d son Bob and Bob's family canoed upriver and up Wolf Creek to Caseyville, now Paynesville, Kentucky. They went about 4 miles below and bought land. He was a farmer and Methodist preacher. He had a son, William Jennings "Bill Jenkins" Pr ather (born 1833) and Nanny Sue (born 1835).

William was last seen on a boa t at Brandenburg, Kentucky, with a load of mules bound for New Orleans. Word go t back to Magnet, Indiana, to his wife, Rebecca VanMeter and son Bob that Willi am had jumped boat and was met by two sons from North Vernon, which were his so ns by his wife, Lettice McCarrol.

Mid-January of 1858, word came that he wa s seriously ill from exposure. Later, word came that he had died and for the fa milies to meet the corpse at the boat in Brandenburg, Kentucky, to go to Jeffer sonville, Indiana and Prather, Indiana for burial. When the families arrived at Jeffersonville, they learned that the grave hadn't been dug at Prather, Indian a, so they had a short service at the Livery Stable and told the families they could go home, that they would take his body back to North Vernon, Indiana for burial. I'm sure there must have been some family differences about where shoul d be buried.

In 1863, Lettice McCarroll Prather died and was buried next to William. This is probably what has confused some researchers since husband and wife are buried next to each other. It was probably assumed that no other "wiv es" existed and, in fact, there legally might have been no other "wives". There is no mention of divorce from Lettice McCarroll a

Child of WILLIAM PRATHER and ARY GAITHER is:
i. NANCY3 PRATHER, b. January 14, 1794, North Carolina.


Child of WILLIAM PRATHER and LETTICE MCCARROLL is:
ii. JOHN LLOYD3 PRATHER, b. January 29, 1801.

3. WALTER2 PRATHER (BASIL WILLIAM1) was born February 02, 1768 in Frederick County, Maryland, and died October 27, 1841 in Clark County, Indiana. He married MARTHA JACOBS June 15, 1791 in Rowan County, North Carolina, daughter of JEREMIAH JACOBS and REBECCA DOWDEN. She was born January 30, 1777 in Washington County, Maryland.

More About WALTER PRATHER:
Burial: New Chapel Church Cemetery, Watson, Clark County, Indiana

Children of WALTER PRATHER and MARTHA JACOBS are:
i. BASIL E.3 PRATHER, b. March 20, 1792, Dutchman's Creek, Iredell County, North Carolina; d. Aft. 1860; m. CHRISTINE HAMILTON, February 24, 1812, Clark County, Indiana.

Notes for BASIL E. PRATHER:
From "Thomas Prather, 1604-1666, Descendants and Allied Kin":
Basil Prather e nlisted 9/1/1811 and served as Sgt. in Capt. John Norris' Company, 2nd Reg. of Indiana Militia. He was in the Battle of Tippecanoe and endured great hardships from exposure while crossing the White River. Shortly after the battle, he was discharged 11/24/1811. In 1850 he was a resident of Jeffersonville, Clark Co., Indiana. In 1855 he was allowed bounty land for his military service. Filed OW IR File #7188. (Research by Ephraim Stout Lillard, submitted by Mary Smith, Lou isville.)
War of 1812

ii. WILLIAM H. PRATHER, b. 1794, Dutchman's Creek, Iredell County, North Carolina; m. (1) RUTH UNKNOWN; b. August 06, 1795; m. (2) SARAH HILTON, October 25, 1816, Clark County, Indiana; b. Abt. 1796; m. (3) REBECCA N. MOORE, June 25, 1837, Clark County, Indiana; b. Abt. 1818.
iii. REBECCA PRATHER, b. 1796, Dutchman's Creek, Iredell County, North Carolina; m. GEORGE HARRISON, April 22, 1819, Jeffersonville, Clark County, Indiana.
6. iv. JEREMIAH PRATHER, b. March 03, 1798, Iredell County, North Carolina; d. September 09, 1853, Clark County, Indiana.

4. SAMUEL2 PRATHER (BASIL WILLIAM1) was born 1780 in Rowan County, North Carolina, and died Abt. 1850 in Kansas. He married EDITH ANN 'EDEY' HOLMAN Abt. 1800, daughter of ISAAC HOLMAN and CATHERINE WILCOXSON. She was born July 29, 1784 in Rowan Co., North Carolina, and died June 10, 1987 in Kansas.

Notes for SAMUEL PRATHER:
Election Judge

Children of SAMUEL PRATHER and EDITH HOLMAN are:
i. ALVIN3 PRATHER.
ii. SAMUELPRATHER, JR., b. 1801, Maryland.
iii. MARY PRATHER, b. November 02, 1804, Frederick Co., Maryland; m. (1) WILLIAM SPANGLER CRUM; b. October 03, 1801, Rowan Co., Kentucky; m. (2) JEREMIAH FALCONER; b. 1801.
iv. EDITH PRATHER, b. 1806, Frederick Co., Maryland.
v. ISAAC PRATHER, b. 1808, Frederick Co., Maryland.
vi. SION PRATHER, b. October 04, 1810; d. November 23, 1862, Ammunition Plant, Charlestown, Indiana; m. (1) CATHERINE LUTZ; b. December 12, 1812; m. (2) ELIZABETH SIMMON.
vii. RACHAEL PRATHER, b. 1812, Frederick Co., Maryland.
viii. NANCY PRATHER, b. August 14, 1814; d. March 26, 1886, Utica Township, Clark Co, Indiana; m. MILAS LEWMAN; b. October 04, 1807, Iredell Co., North Carolina.

5. LLOYD BENTON2 PRATHER (BASIL WILLIAM1) was born November 25, 1782 in Rowan County, North Carolina, and died April 25, 1867 in Douglas County, Kansas. He married (2) NANCY REDMAN January 21, 1804 in Jefferson County, Kentucky, daughter of BENJAMIN REDMAN. She was born March 16, 1785 in Maryland, and died April 11, 1871 in Baldwin City, Douglas Co., Kansas.

Notes for LLOYD BENTON PRATHER:
From Gary Benton Prather (entered 07/26/95):
"The United States government was trying to get hold of Indian lands, and in 1809, William H. Harrison, Governor of the Indiana territory, secured from the Indians of southern and southwester n Indiana the title to a large area of land in the valleys of the Wabash and th e White Rivers. The area ceeded included over 3,000,000 acres of the best land in the whole region.
"Two Indian leaders -- Tecumseh and "The Prophet" (brothe rs) -- called upon Gen. Harrison and told him the Indian people should not ceed their land to get out of debt to the government, but should let the Warriors d ecide and make treaties. They had no desire for battle, but would defend with t heir lives any attempt at occupation of the valley of the Wabash.
"The year 18 10 passed without any outbreak, but the Government and Harrison made preparatio ns for the inevitable battle. When Tecumseh went south the next year to organiz e the Indians in the extreme southern part of Indiana and Illinois, Harrison oc cupied the Wabash Valley and paid a visit to Tippecanoe. While Harrison
encamp ed near the village, the Indians attacked on the night of November 7, 1811 and killed and wounded many of Harrison's troops, nearly causing a great crisis.
" Eventually, Harrison returned with his wounded to the settled part of the Terri tory and no Indian war resulted.
There was brewing a buildup, however, of host ility between the British who were allies of the Indians, against the American settlers. This, coupled with other conditions, resulted finally in the War of 1 812.
"Lloyd Benton Prather and his brother-in-law Reason Redman took part in t his action, and Lloyd was seriously wounded in the battle. The roll of the Army commanded by William H. Harrison from September 6 to November 24, 1811 include s the following:
"John Noris' Company of Infantry (Clark County Area)
"Sargea nts: Bazil Brather (brother of Lloyd Prather)
"Privates: Lloyd Prather (wounde d in action)
"Charles Beggs Co. of Light Dragoons (Clark County Area)
"Corpor al: Sihon Prather (this is another brother of Lloyd Benton Prather)"

More About LLOYD BENTON PRATHER:
Burial: New Chapel Church Cemetery, Watson, Clark County, Indiana

Children of LLOYD PRATHER and NANCY REDMAN are:
i. THOMAS HELMS3 PRATHER, b. 1805.
7. ii. JAMES RUSSELL PRATHER, b. November 17, 1807, Jeffersonville, Clark County, Indiana; d. January 25, 1850, Liberty Twp., Jefferson County, Iowa.
iii. ELIZABETH ANN PRATHER, b. September 19, 1810, Clark County, Indiana.
iv. REASON REDMON PRATHER, b. Abt. 1812.
v. MARY ELLEN PRATHER, b. 1817, Watson, Clark County, Indiana.
vi. WILLIAM R. PRATHER, b. 1820.
vii. JONATHAN CASS PRATHER, b. 1823.

Generation No. 3

6. JEREMIAH3 PRATHER (WALTER2, BASIL WILLIAM1) was born March 03, 1798 in Iredell County, North Carolina, and died September 09, 1853 in Clark County, Indiana. He married AGNES MARIA WARRICK March 31, 1825 in Floyd County, Indiana. She was born December 11, 1811 in Maryland, and died July 09, 1884 in Clark County, Indiana.

More About JEREMIAH PRATHER:
Burial: New Chapel Church Cemetery, Watson, Clark County, Indiana

Notes for AGNES MARIA WARRICK:
Researchers list name as: Agnes Marie Merrick
Marriage license lists name as : Agnes Maria Warrick

More About AGNES MARIA WARRICK:
Burial: New Chapel Church Cemetery, Watson, Clark County, Indiana

Children of JEREMIAH PRATHER and AGNES WARRICK are:
i. WALTER G.4 PRATHER, b. 1826.
ii. ROBERT P. PRATHER, b. Abt. 1827, Indiana.
iii. MARY JACOB PRATHER, b. February 25, 1833, Clark Co., Indiana.
iv. PERDELIA ANN PRATHER, b. January 02, 1835, Clark Co., Indiana; d. 1855, Clark Co., Indiana.

More About PERDELIA ANN PRATHER:
Burial: New Chapel Church Cemetery, Watson, Clark County, Indiana

v. MARTIN LUTHER PRATHER, b. December 11, 1837, Utica, Clark County, Indiana; d. May 31, 1907, Autaugaville, Autauga County, Alabama; m. ELIZABETH MORILLA BRUNER; b. July 16, 1839, Brownstown, Jackson County, Indiana; d. August 28, 1900, Autaugaville, Autauga County, Alabama.

More About MARTIN LUTHER PRATHER:
Burial: Ivy Creek Cemetery at Autaugaville, Autauga County, Alabama.

Notes for ELIZABETH MORILLA BRUNER:
Her father, Rev. John Jacob Bruner, III, bought the Plantation at Autaugaville, after the Civil War, for her and her husband in return for them taking care of Martha Ellen Bruner since the step-mother would not accept the handicapped lit tle girl.

7. JAMES RUSSELL3 PRATHER (LLOYD BENTON2, BASIL WILLIAM1) was born November 17, 1807 in Jeffersonville, Clark County, Indiana, and died January 25, 1850 in Liberty Twp., Jefferson County, Iowa. He married (1) LOVICA CAROLINE VETCH February 11, 1830 in Clark County, Indiana. He married (2) ELIZABETH JANE JAMISON July 27, 1842 in Harrison Co., Indiana, daughter of GEORGE JAMISON and ELON RENO/RENEAU. She was born August 06, 1822 in Mitchell Springs, Indiana, and died April 26, 1906 in Salem, IL..

Notes for ELIZABETH JANE JAMISON:
Betsy Ann Jamison and Elizabeth Jane Jamison are two different people. Elizabet h Jane Jamison married first to James Russell Prather,
Her second husband was Job Clark, married 8 Jan 1857.
CENSUS: 1830 Harrison Co., Indiana w/parents
CENSUS: 1840 Harrison Co., Indiana p.605 w/parents
CENSUS: 1850 ----
CENSUS: 1860 Martin Co., Indiana p.902 with spouse 3c 3sc
CENSUS: 1870 Martin Co., Ind iana p.371 widow 4c
CENSUS: 1880 Martin Co., Indiana p.269 4c 3gc
CENSUS: 190 0 Macon Co., Illinois p.115B with daughter Margaret
Census~research done by Re ki Gregory
Burial: Greenwood Cemetery, Macon Co., Decatur, Illinois

More About ELIZABETH JANE JAMISON:
Burial: Greenwood Cem, Macon Co., Decatur, IL.

Children of JAMES PRATHER and ELIZABETH JAMISON are:
8. i. MARGARET ELAN4 PRATHER, b. January 10, 1834; d. 1921.
ii. MARION WASHINGTON PRATHER, b. December 08, 1844, Jeff Co., Iowa; d. April 04, 1907, Pleasant Grove Cem; m. NANCY SMITH, April 14, 1879, Martin Co., Ind..

Notes for MARION WASHINGTON PRATHER:
There is no stone marker for him.

iii. MARIA L. PRATHER, b. November 18, 1846, Jeff Co., Iowa.
iv. MARTHA EMALINE 'EMMA' PRATHER, b. January 18, 1849, Jeff Co., Iowa; m. ROY 'JACK' BLACK, October 13, 1883, Marion Co., Ind..

Generation No. 4

8. MARGARET ELAN4 PRATHER (JAMES RUSSELL3, LLOYD BENTON2, BASIL WILLIAM1) was born January 10, 1834, and died 1921. She married WILLIAM E. JONES.

Children of MARGARET PRATHER and WILLIAM JONES are:
i. WILEY A.5 JONES, b. August 25, 1859.
ii. ELLEN JONES, b. September 30, 1862.
iii. MARGARET ELIZABETH JONES, b. November 12, 1866; d. April 24, 1904; m. CORNELIUS KELLY.