Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Benjamin Prather

Male Bef 1762 - 1834  (> 72 years)


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  • Name Benjamin Prather 
    Born Bef 1762  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1834  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I44781  Tree1
    Last Modified 12 Jan 2022 

    Father James Prather,   b. 27 Jan 1740, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jul 1791, Prince George's County, Maryland - probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Anne {Unproved} Turner,   b. Abt 1744, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1793, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 50 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Abt 1760  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F8274  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rachel Walker,   b. Bef 1766, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 15 Jan 1782  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Sarah Prather,   b. Abt 1782, Prince George's Parish, Montgomery County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1812, Prince George's Parish, Montgomery County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 31 years)  [natural]
     2. Rachel Prather,   b. 1786, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1860, Greenup County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 12 Jan 2022 
    Family ID F27175  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      Contributed by Sandra Sanders

      Last Will and Testament of Benjamin Prather
      In the name of God Amen I Benjamin Prather of Prince George's County in the State of Maryland. being in good Health of body and of sound and disposing memory and understanding. aware of the certainty of death. and that the period of its approach is hidden from our eyes, desirous of setting all my worldly affairs and preparing for the awful transition from time to Eternity when it shall please our Heavenly father to summon me hence do therefore make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner following. that is to say
      First and Principally I resign my soul to my all gracious creator who fashioned it with an humble reliance on his mercy. and forgiveness of all my sins and transgressions through the mercy and atonement of Our Blessed Redeemer and I commit my Body to the earth to be suitable interred under the direction and at the discretion of my Executor hereinafter named and appointed Provided that there shall be no Funeral Preached over my remains. And It is my desire that neither of my Daughters nor any of my relations shall not wear mourning as is customary on such occasions - and after my Funeral Expenses and my Just debts are paid I devise and bequeath as follows
      I give and bequeath to my grand son Benjamin Belt Nichols (son of John and Rachel Nichols) all my Plantation whereon I now live being a part of two tracts of land called Hog harbour and Prather Folly. which has been Resurveyed and Called Mount Prospect Except one half Acre of Land which I reserve as a family Burying Ground at the back of the Orchard North of my Dwelling house where the Burying ground now is. Also a small tract of Land lying on the Piney branch bottom on the western side of the branch called Brothers Delight, in fee simple
      Item. I give and Bequeath to Kitty Waring (wife of Edward G Waring) One Hundred Dollars
      Item. I give and Bequeath to Elenor Baden (wife of Clement Baden) One Hundred and fifty Dollars.
      Item. I give and Bequeath to Caroline Waring (daughter of James Waring deceased) Fifty dollars
      Item I give and bequeath to Dr. James Waring (son of Edward G Waring) One Hundred Dollars and my map of the United States.
      Item. I give and Bequeath to Richard B Walker my large Bible. Item I give and Bequeath to Richard M Waring my watch
      Item I give and Bequeath to my Daughter Rachel Nichols my half dozen Silver Table spoons
      item I give and Bequeath to my daughter Eliza Nichols one dozen Silver Tea Spoons
      Item my Will and desire is that all my Negroes. viz Bob. Bachus. Joe. Bill Dorsey Henson, Sarah. Ann. John. Martha and Rachel, shall be sold for the Highest Prices that can be obtained for them under the following Provisions, that is, none of the aforesaid Negroes shall be sold to any Person Residing out of Prince George's County without their own Consent and in all cases they shall have the Privilege of Choosing their own masters (to be sold to all the rest and residue of my estate will to be sold to the best Advantage, and the proceeds of such sale as well as the proceeds of the sale of the Negroes to be equally divided between my two Daughters Rachel and Eliza share and share alike And it is my will John Nichols Husband of my daughter Rachel and Nicholas Nichols Husband of my Daughter Eliza Shall nor have any authority or Control over any part of my Estate hereby given and bequeathed to their wives (my said daughters Rachel and Eliza) but my said daughters may themselves receive of and from my Executor hereinafter named their respective shares and receipt in their own names which shall be as good and sufficient discharge to my Executor as if theyhad been at the time of so doing afeme sole
      And lastly I do hereby Constitute and appoint Richard M Waring Executor of this my last Will and Testament Revoking and annulling all former Wills heretofore by me made ratifying and confirming this and none other to be my last Will and Testament
      Witness my hand and seal this twenty first day of July in the year of Our Lord one thousand and eight Hundred and Thirtyfour
      Benj Prather (seal)
      Signed, Sealed, Published, and declared. by Benjamin Prather the above named Testator. as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us the undersigned who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each Other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto
      Joseph I Jones
      Samuel Phillips
      Overton C. Phillips
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      PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, MARYLAND WILLS; Liber T No. #1; 1790-1796;
      Folio 306 JAMES PRATHER 11/01/1783 07/22/1791
      being of good and sound perfect memory ."
      Bequeaths to:
      1 Wife
      -to have all the personal estate during her widowhood
      2. Benjamin Prather --son
      -to have Negro boy "Bob" and no more of the estate
      3. James Prather --son -to have Negro "Nor"
      4. Joseph Turner Prather --son
      -to have be dwelling plantation whereon testator now dwells called "Bachelor's Forest" cont. 55 1/2 acres and part of a tract of land which testator's father conveyed to him and part of was deeded by testator to son Benjamin
      -to have 1 feather bed and furn, 1 cow and calf
      -to have Negro girl "Little Nell"
      -Joseph and James named executors of the will
      5. Martha Prather -daughter
      Ruth Prather --daughter
      William Prather --son
      Ann Prather --daughter
      Rebeckah Prather --daughter
      -all personal estate is to be sold and the money from the sale to be applied to the above mentioned and before division the bond which testator gave to Thomas Deakins for the purchase of some land should be paid
      -testator desires that his children take it upon themselves to pay tor the re-survey which testator got out of the office and to be honored by a sufficient deed as the law directs
      Witnesses; William Hall Margery Hall Ninian Edmondston
      Then came: Ninian Edmondston
      Note: the testator signed the will in his own hand
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      Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records 1780-1784; Liber FF 1 {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 359. At the request of Benjamin Prather the following Deed was enrolled October 3, 1783
      Indenture made May 24, 1783; James Prather in consideration of 50 pounds sterling paid by Benjamin Prather has sold a tract called "Bacon Hill" containing 104 acres and being part of "Prather's Folly Enlarged" and part of "Hog Harbour" and bounded by the corner stake of Nathan Prather, deeded land and that divides James Prather and Zephaniah Prather's land willed by William Prather their father. Signed James Prather in the presence of and acknowledged before Christopher Lowndes, Abraham Boyd and at the same time Mrs. Ann Prather wife to James Prather relinquished her right of dower
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      Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records 1785-1787; Liber HH {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 100. At the request of Benjamin Prather the following Land Commission was recorded April 24, 1786
      Memorandum that on the special petition of Benjamin Prather of PGCo preferred to the justices of the county on the Monday before the 4th Tuesday in June 1785 for a land commission was issued on July 3, 1785; to Messrs Richard Isaac, Samuel Jones, James Edmonston of PGCo Gentleman, whereas Benjamin Prather is seized of a tract called "Prather's Folly Enlarged" and preferred his petition in writing to our county court held at Upper Marlborough Town for a commission to examine evidence to prove and perpetuate the memory of the bounds of the said tract of land. Therefore, we command you any three or two of you to examine all witnesses or persons concerned touching their knowledge of the bounds of the said tract. Witness Joshua Beall, Gentleman, June 3, 1785, issued July 3, 1785, John Read Magruder, clerk
      In pursuance of a commission to examine evidences to prove the bounds of "Prather's Folly Enlarged" we intend to meet at the dwelling house of Benjamin Prather on February 28 next. We met according to advertisement and proceeded to a walnut tree
      Nathan Selby aged about 50 years declared that his father told him that he planted this walnut at the end of a line of "Chews Folly" and at the corner between William Wilson Selby's land called "Grubby Thickett Enlarged" and "Chews Folly".
      William Wilson Selby aged 55 years declared that his walnut tree was planted at the end of the 11th line of "Chews Folly"

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